Man pleads guilty to robbery spree, shooting four people

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A Woonsocket man will soon learn his fate after pleading guilty to a months-long crime spree in the city.

Zackary Alvarado turned himself in on June 19 after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was wanted in connection with the shooting of four people in two separate incidents earlier that day.

Alvarado, 20, faced a judge Thursday and pleaded guilty to charges related to the shooting, as well as multiple robberies and assaults that took place over a four-month period in 2015, according to the office of Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.

Had the case gone to trial, Kilmartin’s office said prosecutors were prepared to prove that Alvarado robbed the Metro PCS store on Main Street at gunpoint three times in March and April of last year, firing his weapon into the air on one occasion.

In June, prosecutors said he robbed the Metro PCS store on Social Street, this time firing his gun into the front desk.

Later that week, the state said Alvarado shot two people in a parking lot off River Street and two more on Bernon Street, near the Truman Bypass.

Shell casings found at the shooting scenes matched the ones seized from the armed robberies, according to the AG’s office.

Alvarado has been held without bail since his arrest. He’s due back in court for sentencing June 1.

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