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Man accused of armed robbery, carjacking arrested in RI after high speed chase

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  September 12, 2013 02:42 PM

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Rhode Island police have arrested a man accused of robbing a Weymouth meat market and carjacking a car from an elderly Hingham woman.

According to police, Weymouth police tracked the suspect to an address in North Providence, Rhode Island.

Detectives subsequently contacted the Rhode Island State Police Fugitive Unit as well as North Providence Police Department to track the suspect down.

Shortly after noon on Sept 12, the suspect was spotted leaving in a car. A high-speed pursuit began, with officers following the suspect to Smithfield Rhode Island. The suspect was finally caught after striking a Smithfield police cruiser.

Jerry Anitus, 20, of Brockton, was arrested and is being held in Rhode Island on additional charged. He will eventually be returned to Massachusetts to face charges of armed robbery and carjacking.

Police have been looking for the suspect since Sept. 6, when he and another man allegedly robbed Prevites Market at gunpoint.

Both men fled from the store with police in pursuit. Though one man was caught, the second suspect was able to jump a barbed wire fence into Linden Ponds complex, a retirement community for senior citizens in Hingham.

There, the suspect carjacked a car from an 85-year-old resident, pushing her to the ground and almost running her over in the escape.

The vehicle was later located abandoned in Quincy.

In Massachusetts, Anitus will face charges in Hingham of carjacking, assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault and battery on a person age 60 or older, assault to commit a felony, using a motor vehicle without authority, and trespassing.

In Weymouth, Anitus is facing charges for armed robbery while masked, and breaking and entering in the daytime putting a person in fear.

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