NEWBURYPORT — A Seabrook man is being held without bail after allegedly holding up a Newburyport gas station last Friday, armed with a blood-filled syringe and threatening it held the AIDS virus. His alleged accomplice is being sought.
Jerry Dow, 22, of 70 Washington St., Seabrook, was arraigned yesterday afternoon before Judge Allan Swan at Newburyport District Court. Dow’s attorney made a case for Dow being released on a “reasonable bail of $2,500,” because he had no criminal record in Massachusetts and a minimal record in New Hampshire, where he lives with his parents.
But Swan found probable cause for the arrest after Assistant District Attorney Michael Brier described the crime and results of Newburyport Police Department’s investigation and evidence. Swan agreed with Brier that Dow poses a threat to the public and should be held without bail until his formal dangerousness hearing on Friday morning, April 26.
With a warrant out for him on two felony counts of armed robbery and larceny over $250, Dow was picked up earlier this week by Seabrook police officers Patrick Smart and Justin Murphy inside a South Main Street house. Seabrook Sgt. Brett Walker said the officers were conducting a sweep of houses Dow was known to frequent when they spotted him.
According to the Newburyport police report found in court documents, Dow and the other suspect, Nathan C. Eaton, 31, of 22 South Main St., Seabrook, allegedly pulled up in a red minivan to the Shell Station on Storey Avenue on April 12 around 9:30 p.m. After exiting the vehicle, they entered the gas station, with one man dressed in a red hooded sweatshirt and the other in a black hooded sweatshirt. Both had hoods covering their heads.
The gas station clerk who was robbed reported the suspect wearing the red sweatshirt was holding a hypodermic syringe in his hand that contained a red fluid, and threatened: “Give me all your money. This needle has AIDS in it.”