Teen charged in Swansesa armed robbery

Photo by Shawn O'Domski

SWANSEA, Mass. (WPRI) — A 17-year-old boy is under arrest for allegedly slashing a man with a knife during a robbery.

Swansea police detectives said the incident happened at about 2 a.m. on July 16. A 21-year-old man told police he was stopped at the intersection of Ocean Grove Avenue and Bluff Avenue when two people wearing hooded sweatshirts approached his car and demanded his wallet. The two male suspects reached into the car and grabbed his cell phone.

A struggle ensued, and one of the suspects pulled out a knife and slashed the victim several times before they fled.

The victim drove home before calling police and was taken to Charlton Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries to his arms, hand, legs and forehead. He has since been released.

Police say they identified one of the suspects and arrested him shortly before midnight on July 18; he is a 17-year-old New Bedford resident whose name is being withheld. Police charged him with assault and battery with a deadly weapon and armed robbery while masked.

He was held on bail and is expected to be arraigned on Monday.

Anyone with information regarding the second suspect in the robbery is asked to call the Swansea Police Department Detective Division at (508) 674-8464.

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