Suspect in robbery, knife fight held without bail

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — The man suspected of robbing a Fall River convenience store and getting into a knife fight with the owner is in custody.

Police said they arrested Jose Tirado-Sanchez Monday.

With his head down and hood up, Tirado-Sanchez was arraigned Tuesday morning on multiple charges, including attempted murder. During the proceedings, counsel waived a reading of the charges and Tirado-Sanchez was ordered held without bail until his next court date Feb. 11.

Jose Tirado-Sanchez (Photo Courtesy: Fall River Police)
Jose Tirado-Sanchez (Photo Courtesy: Fall River Police)

Tirado-Sanchez, 36, is accused of robbing Jarek’s Market on Fifth Street Sunday morning. According to the police report, the suspect told police he had nothing to do with the robbery.

Surveillance video of the robbery shows the suspect and the store’s owner swinging at each other with knives.

“He jumped on my counter, said ‘give me money, give me money,'” recalled the store’s owner. “I’m so scared, but I’m happy to have a life.”

The owner first told Eyewitness News about the frightening ordeal Monday night. The robber fled the store with about $200 cash.

During the struggle, the clerk noticed tattoos on the robber’s neck and face. The following day, police said they found Tirado-Sanchez sporting similar tattoos.

The police report said Tirado-Sanchez “was told that he was brought to the police station to be interviewed because he matched the description of the suspect. Tirado-Sanchez immediately denied any involvement.”

Detectives then asked to see his lower legs, the report states.

“I then asked to see his lower legs. Tirado-Sanchez then raised his sweatpants legs and we observed a laceration on his left shin as well as a laceration on his right shin.”

Police said those injuries, as well as a cut on his hand, were consistent with blows dealt to the robber by the clerk.

On Tuesday, the owner said he’s relieved police made an arrest so quickly.

“I’m very happy because we like to save our business,” he said. “We have to save our neighborhood and our children. That’s the important thing.”

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