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.
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.