EP robbery, stabbing suspects also connected to Pawtucket robbery

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — East Providence police say the two suspects involved in a robbery and stabbing on Newport Avenue Saturday night are connected to a similar robbery in Pawtucket earlier in the evening.

The robbery in Pawtucket happened around 8 p.m. at Colonial Liquors on Summit Street. When officers arrived, the clerk told them the store had been robbed at knife point by two suspects.

In surveillance video obtained by Eyewitness News, the two suspects storm into the store, and one rushes behind the counter. That suspect holds a knife towards the clerk, and then backs off.

About 20 seconds later, surveillance footage shows one of the suspects taking a bottle off the shelf and then the two suspects emptying the register.

The suspects then took off on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured.

The second robbery happened around 9 p.m., according to East Providence Police Lt. Raymond Blinn.

He says two armed and masked men entered Town Wine and Spirits on Newport Avenue Saturday.

As the suspects were attempting to rob the store clerk, a customer intervened and was stabbed by one of the suspects.

The victim, a 68-year-old man, was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspects, who were both wearing masks and armed with a knife, then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Blinn said the K-9 unit has been searching for the suspects and they are still on the loose.

Anyone with information on the robbery should contact East Providence police at (401) 431-1111 or the Pawtucket police at (401) 727-9100.