PROVIDENCE, RI- On May 5, 2017 at 13:52 hours, police responded to 180 Washington
Street, Coastway Credit Union, for a report of a robbery. Upon arrival police
learned that a subject had entered the bank demanding money and after two attempts,
was given an undetermined amount of money with a dye pack and fled on foot toward
Fountain Street. The suspect was carrying a blue bag and held a note in his hand at
the time of the robbery. While police were canvassing the area, Patrolman John
Bento located the suspects’ belongings along with money and an exploded dye pack.
Three hours later on the same date, police were dispatched to 661 Broadway, Bank of
America, for another report of a robbery. Police were advised that a subject
approached a teller, handing over a note demanding money «within 30 seconds.» The
suspect became visibly upset, banging on the counter when the teller was not fast
enough and eventually fled on foot towards Manton Avenue, without any money.
Two days later, on May 7th at 13:07 hours, police were dispatched to 180 Westminster
Street, TD Bank, for a report of a robbery. Upon arrival police were told that the
suspect again used a note demanding money and asked for «no dye packs or GPS.» The
suspect was handed an undetermined amount of money and fled on Westminster Street
toward Eddy Street.
A similar description of the subject was given in each of these robberies. Following
the TD Bank robbery, Patrolman George Pereira located the suspect’s clothing on the
ground at the corner of Eddy and Fulton Streets, which was seized by detectives.
Based on information police had received, they halted vehicular traffic at the
corners of Randall and Charles Streets. Patrolmen Juan Robles, Eugene Chin, and Ken
Matsumoto removed a suspect matching the description from the rear of a Ford Escape
(taxicab). Patrolman Matsumoto observed a large bulge in the suspect’s right pants
pocket and after a search discovered a stack of currency along with the tracking
device. The suspect was identified as Michael Snow, age 30. Snow was taken to
central station and turned over to Detective Robert Melaragno who advised him his
After further investigation Michael Snow, with no present address, was charged with
two counts of second degree robbery and one count of assault with intent to commit
robbery. Snow was held for the next session of 6th District Court.
«This is another example of an outstanding arrest by our officers,» said Colonel
Clements. «I commend them for the great police work that went into the quick arrest
of a repeat offender, and continuing to keep our community safe every day.»