, Newburyport, MA

April 22, 2013

Second robbery suspect caught

Police charge Seabrook man in gas station theft

By Dave Rogers
Staff Writer

---- — NEWBURYPORT — Local police say a second suspect believed to have robbed the Storey Avenue Shell gas station armed with a syringe earlier this month was arrested by Goffstown, N.H., police Friday and is expected back this week for arraignment in Newburyport District Court.

Nathan C. Eaton, 31, of Seabrook, was charged with armed robbery and larceny over $250 after police say he and 22-year-old Jerry Dow, also of 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 office, with one man dressed in a red hooded sweatshirt and the other in a black hooded sweatshirt. Both wore the hoods up to cover 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.”

On the night of the robbery, Salisbury police found the red minivan abandoned at Main Street’s Mobil on the Run gas station. Newburyport police responded and a state police K-9 team tracked the scent down the wood line along I-95 from Salisbury to Seabrook, but rain forced an end to the search.

The minivan was towed to the Salisbury Police Station and, upon inspection, police found a baseball hat covering the cup holders in the car, according to court documents, and under the cap they found a hypodermic syringe with a red substance in it.

Dow was picked up by Seabrook police officers Patrick Smart and Justin Murphy last Wednesday inside a South Main Street house. He was arraigned Thursday at Seabrook Circuit Court as a fugitive from justice and taken to Newburyport where the next day he was arraigned in Newburyport District Court on armed robbery and larceny over $250 charges. Initially seeking bail, Dow is being held pending a dangerousness hearing, scheduled for Friday.

Daily News reporter Angeljean Chiaramida contributed to this report.