NEWBURYPORT — Two Seabrook men will await their trials for armed robbery in jail, deemed a danger to the public as they face charges that they allegedly held up a gas station armed with a syringe.
Jerry Dow, 22, of 70 Washington St., Seabrook, appeared before Judge Allan Swan for a dangerousness hearing yesterday morning at Newburyport District Court. He is charged with larceny over $250 and armed robbery for allegedly holding up a Newburyport gas station on April 12 armed with a blood-filled syringe he claimed was infected with the AIDS virus.
A similar hearing was held on Wednesday for Nathan C. Eaton, 31, of 22 South Main St., Seabrook, who is also charged with larceny over $250 and armed robbery.
Yesterday, Assistant District Attorney Maura Bailey called Inspector Charles Eaton to the stand to relate the evidence found during the investigation that led to the two men being charged with the crime. Inspector Eaton testified that in a follow-up interview with Dow, he admitted committing robbery, being addicted to drugs and using needles to inject them.
According to court documents, Dow and Nathan C. Eaton allegedly pulled up to the Shell Station on Storey Avenue on April 12 around 9:30 p.m. in a red minivan. After exiting the vehicle, they entered the gas station, with one 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 reported the suspect wearing the red sweatshirt held a hypodermic syringe in his hand that contained a red fluid, and threatened: “Give me all your money. This needle has AIDS in it,” according to court documents. After receiving the cash, the same suspect told the witness: “Don’t call anyone or we’ll come back and kill you.”
Upon arrival at the gas station, police reviewed the business’s video surveillance camera footage, which corroborated the witness’s testimony.