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April 18, 2013

Suspect in gas station robbery arrested

SEABROOK — Police arrested a local man yesterday morning believed to be one of two people, one armed with a syringe, who robbed a Shell gas station in Newburyport Friday evening.

Jerry William Dow, 22, of Washington Street, was picked up by Seabrook police officers Patrick Smart and Justin Murphy inside a South Main Street house around 9:45 a.m. He is expected to be arraigned this morning at Seabrook Circuit Court. Should Dow wave extradition, he will be brought to Newburyport to answer for armed robbery and larceny over $250 charges.

Seabrook police Detective Brett Walker said the two officers were conducting a sweep of houses Dow was known to frequent when they spotted the suspect.

According to Newburyport police, Dow and another man entered the Storey Avenue gas station, located very close to Interstate 95, around 9:30 p.m., one holding a syringe containing red liquid. One of the suspects then told the male clerk the syringe contained the AIDS virus and threatened to stab him with it if he didn’t hand over all his money. The clerk did as he was told without incident and the suspects fled inside what was a stolen red Dodge Caravan.

The vehicle was later recovered by Salisbury police behind a Mobil gas station off Main Street. Newburyport police said evidence collected within the vehicle, reported stolen earlier that night in Seabrook, led to warrants being issued against the two suspects.

Dow’s alleged accomplice, whom Newburyport police declined to identify, remains at large.

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