SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Police say they’ve arrested a Springfield man who’s suspected of robbing multiple businesses in the city’s downtown area over the last few days.
That’s according to Police Sgt. John Delaney who says that 24-year-old, David Newson of Springfield, was taken into custody this afternoon on armed robbery charges of the United Bank on State Street.
At about 2:45 this afternoon, police received notice of a hold-up alarm activated at the United Bank at 115 State Street.
When they arrived they obtained a description of the robber who made off with an undisclosed amount of money and fled down State Street toward Maple Street on foot.
Shortly thereafter, Delaney says, “The officers confronted the suspect and observed that his hands were covered in “dye” from the pack that went off in his hands.”
Police allege Newson is the robber after they positively ID him. They also believe Newson was the armed robber of the Starbucks on East Columbus Avenue this morning at 8:00 a.m., as well as the armed robber of the Subway restaurant on Main Street both last evening and this past Saturday.
Delaney says David Newson is expected to be charged with those crimes later this evening.
Subway store clerk Bay Daniels says in her 10 plus years at Subway, her store had never been robbed until this week. She’s relieved that Newson is in custody.
“One happened in the morning, and the other one happened at night time. That’s crazy,” Daniels said. “We shouldn’t feel unsafe. Not where we live at and not where we work at.”