The FBI is reviewing whether it will hand out a $20,000 reward for the arrest of Somerville armed bank robbery suspect Daniel Rosado, who was nabbed Thursday at his home in Providence R.I.
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A Davis Square businessman who watched as bystander Dave Powers shoved the fleeing suspect and made him drop his backpack after the May 1 bank robbery says Powers should be at the top of the list for that reward.
Authorities say the backpack contained cash, a gun and the DNA evidence they used to track down Rosado, a career criminal.
Daniel Rosado, 32, of Providence, R.I., was arraigned in Boston federal court Thursday on the charges of armed bank robbery, brandishing and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the United States Attorney’s Office – District of Massachusetts.
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“If it wasnt for that act of bravery, they wouldnt have that DNA sample that certainly led to the arrest. He’s absolutely most deserving of it,” Jack Connolly, owner of Wedgwood-Crane & Connolly insurance, who watched Powers’ actions on his own security video monitor that day.
Powers’ actions were “extremely” crucial for the joint Bank Robbery Task Force investigation, said Somerville Police Chief David Fallon. Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone called Powers’ push “critical.”
“We will recognize this person formally at some point,” the mayor told reporters. “We’re very grateful … He showed great courage.”
Investigators conducted a forensic analysis of the backpack, in which they say the DNA profile found on the bag linked back to Rosado. His driver’s license photo also reportedly matched the images of the robber captured on surveillance camera at Middlesex Bank.
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Powers, a Kendall Square web developer, wrote in an email to the Herald that he appreciates the “various law enforcement departments acknowledging the role that my actions played in leading to an arrest, and Im pleased that various members of the public also appreciate my efforts.
“That being said, I havent heard anything definitive about any such payout, so I can only speculate just like everyone else,” Powers added.
An FBI spokeswoman Thursday said the agency is reviewing whether it will be handing out the $20,000 reward.
Todays arrest and charges put an end to a three-week search for a dangerous and reckless individual, said U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. No one should feel afraid to do the everyday, basic American errands we all need to do. But on May 1, its alleged that one man callously threatened the lives of dozens of innocent people who were doing just that.
Rosado, 32, of Providence, R.I., was arrested at home Thursday and charged with armed bank robbery, brandishing and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Rosado appeared in Boston federal court and was ordered held until his next court appearance on May 31. Rosado could face a sentence of up to life in prison if convicted of all three charges.
Rosado, clad in jeans and a black shirt that didn’t cover up his large neck tattoo, appeared in federal court downtown on Thursday afternoon and was ordered held until his next court appearance on May 31. Rosado could face life in prison if convicted of all three charges, which have a minimum sentence of 7 years.
Federal officials confirmed that DNA taken off the backpack Rosado dropped after he was hit by Powers was used to track him down. The backpack contained “forensic evidence” along with $500 and a Webley revolver, loaded with four unfired rounds of ammunition.
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Rosado was sought for the robbery of the Middlesex Federal Savings Bank at 1 College Ave. Cops say he fired a shot from his revolver into the ceiling before stealing cash. Officers say he fired another round at them as he ran off.
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Powers clocked Rosado on his way away from the bank, knocking the robber off his feet and disarming him.
A forensic analysis linked the DNA profile found on the backpack to Rosado. The photo on Rosados drivers license matched the images of the robber captured on video surveillance at Middlesex Bank, setting police quickly on his trail, officials said.
According to court records, Rosado has prior felony convictions for larceny, witness intimidation and assault with a dangerous weapon.