After a man entered a Somerville bank earlier this month, firing a shot into the ceiling and firing again shortly later at police as he ran off with money, it was DNA from the suspects backpack that helped led to a Thursday morning arrest, according to court documents.
The Middlesex Federal Savings Bank at 1 College Ave. in Somerville was robbed just before 10 a.m. on May 1, authorities said.
But it was apparently a bystander’s help that led police to crack the case. In a news release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office thanked area web developer Dave Powers, a man who happened to be on the sidewalk in Davis Square as the alleged bank robber sprinted away from the scene and demonstrated, in the words of a statement provided by Boston FBI Special Agent Joseph R. Bonavolonta, “extraordinary courage.” Powers, in an incident captured on surveillance footage, bodychecked the suspect, knocking his backpack to the ground. Police say the bag contained a revolver, $500 cash, and, apparently, enough DNA to identify Rosado via forensic analysis.
A male robber yelled, Everybody on the ground,” while firing a gun and leaving with $929, according to a federal affidavit.
At 6:25 a.m, FBI Boston’s Violent Crimes Task Force @SomervillePD & @ProvidenceRIPD arrested Daniel Rosado, 32, in Providence, RI in connection with the armed bank robbery that occurred on 5/1 in Somerville, MA. He was safely taken into custody without incident. pic.twitter.com/4bE46A4WAl
The robber ran off and when a bystander tried to tackle him on the sidewalk, the suspect dropped his black backpack.
At 6:25 a.m., Thursday, authorities arrested 32-year-old Daniel Rosado in Providence in connection with that robbery.
It is alleged that Rosado yelled: Get down!, Everybody on the ground!, Second Drawer, Hurry Up!, Give me money or Ill shoot! during the May 1 robbery.
The federal affidavit reveals that DNA samples from that black backpack helped identify Rosado as the suspect.
DNA samples were taken from the straps, buckles and zippers of the backpack and were sent to the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab for testing, the affidavit reads.
On May 18, the Crime Lab informed the FBI that the DNA from the backpack matched a DNA profile in the Combined DNA Index System. The profile was for Daniel Santos Rosado, according to the affidavit.
Agents looked at a photo associated with Rosados Rhode Island license, which was taken around May 16, the affidavit reads.
“Today’s arrest and charges put an end to a three week search for a dangerous and reckless individual,” said U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling in a statement. “By not just brandishing, but actually discharging his weapon – twice – the alleged defendant instilled fear and endangered the lives of members of our community for his own greed and selfishness.”
Compared to video surveillance from the bank robbery, authorities believed Rosado was the suspect, according to the affidavit, which noted that the height and weight listed on Rosados license matched the description of the robbery suspect given in witness statements.
As the investigation continued, the FBI learned that Rosado was stopped by East Bridgewater police several months earlier and was cited for driving without a license, according to the affidavit.
The EBPD officer identified the bank robber as Rosado, the driver of the car he stopped on Jan. 14, 2019, the affidavit reads.
Then, a photo array was shown on May 20 to a Middlesex Bank employee who witnessed the robbery. The array had eight photos, according to the affidavit, and the employee positively identified Rosado as the bank robber.
Daniel Rosado, 32, of Providence, R.I., is slated to appear in Boston federal court Thursday on the charges of armed bank robbery, brandishing and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, and felon in possession of a firearm, according to the United States Attorney’s Office – District of Massachusetts.
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A man armed with a gun went inside the Middlesex Federal Savings Bank at 1 College Ave. in Davis Square just before 10 a.m. on May 1.
He has been convicted in New Bedford District Court of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, for which he received a sentence of two years committed.
In 2012, he was convicted in New Bedford District Court of larceny from a person and witness intimidation.
Also in New Bedford District Court in 2012, Rosado was convicted of assault by means of a dangerous weapon and received a sentence of two years committed.
Those crimes would preclude Rosado from possessing a firearm or ammunition, according to the affidavit.