TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — The man arrested in connection with armed robberies in four local communities appeared for arraignment in Taunton District Court Friday morning.
The judge ordered Miguel Gonzalez, 19, of Stoughton, held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.
Raynham authorities have charged him with armed masked robbery; larceny over $250; and malicious destruction of property over $250. In Taunton, he was charged with unarmed robbery; and larceny over $250. More charges are expected to follow from other cities and towns where crimes were committed.
Gonzalez was taken into custody Thursday around 8 p.m.
The arrest came just hours after police in Taunton, Pawtucket, Raynham and East Providence met to compare notes on several armed robberies in their respective communities. Investigators determined the crimes – including a robbery at an East Providence liquor store in which a man was stabbed – were all connected. In each of the cases the suspects were armed with knives, police said.
A second suspect is still at large.
All four police departments are encouraging anyone with information to contact them.
- East Providence Police Department: (401) 431-1111
- Pawtucket Police Department: (401) 727-9100
- Taunton Police Department: (508) 824-7522
- Raynham Police Department: (508) 824-2716