West Warwick man indicted for Coventry bank robbery

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A federal grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday charging a West Warwick man with bank robbery.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha’s office, John Ryder, 28, of West Warwick, robbed a Bank RI branch in Coventry back in May.

Officials allege that Ryder robbed the bank with the use of force, intimidation and violence. Reports say that Ryder was wielding a machete while threatening bank tellers and robbed the bank of nearly $6,000 in cash.

Photos courtesy of the Coventry Police Department
Photos courtesy of the Coventry Police Department

An investigation by Coventry police and members of the FBI determined that Ryder spent a lot of time near the shopping plaza where the bank is located in the days before the robbery.

Officials say Ryder entered the bank wearing a mask and carrying the machete. He reportedly threatened the bank tellers and later fled into a wooded area behind the shopping plaza.

He was arrested by the Coventry police and FBI agents on May 13. He is scheduled to be arraigned in U.S. District Court at a later date.

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