East Prov bank robbery suspect found in PA

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A man identified as a suspect in an East Providence bank robbery this week was arrested in Pennsylvania Friday morning.

Nicholas J. Casaburri, 34, has addresses in Providence, Leominster, Mass., and Norwalk, Conn. East Providence Police believe he’s the man who robbed the Newport Avenue branch of TD Bank about 2:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. He did not show a weapon, and nobody was hurt in the holdup.

East Providence Police Lt. Raymond Blinn said Friday their detectives had identified him through multiple sources, including the Leominster police department — and crediting “a very alert officer” at the Seekonk, Mass., Police Department. Notifications were sent to law enforcement throughout the Northeast that he was wanted.

About 2:00 a.m. Friday, police in Manheim, Penn. — a borough of 4,800 north of Lancaster, and a six-and-a-half hour drive from the Rumford TD Bank — contacted East Providence Police, saying they’d detained him and held him as a fugitive from justice.

East Providence detectives are now going to Pennsylvania to continue the investigation.

Lt. Blinn said Casaburri was the same man previously convicted in Framingham, Mass., of assaulting an officer while he was being arrested around 2010 for a car break-in. Casaburri also sued, according to the Metro West Daily News, claiming police brutality was inflicted on him in the same incident. On the officer assault, breaking and entering of a car at night and other charges, Casaburri served two years behind bars at the Middlesex House of Correction.

Lt. Blinn also confirmed Casaburri was also charged with driving without a license in Leominster back in January, as listed on police logs.

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