Davis Square bank robbery suspect captured in Providence

Daniel Rosado, 32, will appear in federal court on Thursday, officials said.

Daniel Rosado
–Somerville Police

The man accused of robbing a bank in Somerville’s Davis Square and exchanging gunfire with a police officer on May 1 was captured in Rhode Island Thursday, according to officials.

Daniel Rosado, 32, of Providence, is being charged with armed bank robbery, brandishing and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, federal officials said in a press release. He’s scheduled to appear in federal court in Boston on Thursday.

Rosado allegedly fired a gun into the ceiling and pointed it at customers and employees after he entered the Middlesex Federal Savings Bank at 1 College Ave., the release said. He yelled, “Give me the money or I’ll shoot!,” and ordered people on the ground as he had a teller put money in a backpack, according to authorities.

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While the backpack was being filled, a customer escaped the bank and waved down a Somerville police cruiser, according to the release.

“The officer entered the bank, pointed his gun at the robber, and ordered him to freeze,” the release said. “In response, it is alleged that Rosado faced the officer, pointed his gun in the officer’s direction, and fired one shot. The officer shot back. During the exchange of gunfire, Rosado exited the bank and fled on foot, and the officer chased after him on foot.”

A passerby attempted to stop Rosado as he took off down College Avenue, resulting in him dropping the backpack, authorities said. Rosado continued, and officials lost him; he’s remained at large since. Inside the backpack, officials said they found over $500, a Webley revolver with four unfired rounds, and two cartridge casings.

Officials were able to use forensic analysis from the backpack to link DNA to Rosado; his driver’s license photo was then compared to video footage of the robbery, the release said.

Rosado has been convicted of multiple felonies in the past, including assault with a dangerous weapon, larceny from a person, and witness intimidation, plus negligent motor vehicle operation. Because of his criminal history, he is not allowed to own a firearm or ammunition, according to the release.

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The FBI had doubled the reward to up to $20,000 for help with his capture.