Widow’s lawsuit against Citizens Bank allowed to move forward

David Main was shot to death in 2010 during a botched robbery outside a Citizens Bank in Woonsocket.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A Superior Court judge is allowing the widow of a man shot to death outside a Woonsocket bank to go forward with her lawsuit against Citizens Bank.

David Main was robbed and killed while trying to make a deposit back in September of 2010.

Main’s wife, Kathleen, filed a suit in 2011 alleging that the bank failed to provide adequate security by increasing precautions after prior robberies.

Citizens Financial Group sought to have the suit dismissed, contending that no such requirement applied because the previous robberies were not violent.

The judge disagreed and refused to dismiss the lawsuit.

The case made national headlines as the gunman, Jason Pleau, was at the center of a tug-of-war between state and federal authorities over the death penalty. Pleau eventually pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life without parole.

Pleau’s getaway driver, Jose Alibal Santiago, and lookout, Kelley Lajoie, were sentenced to prison in February of 2014.

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