TEWKSBURY – Tewksbury police, with the cooperation of other local law enforcement, nabbed a suspect.
On October 7, Tewksbury Police Department sought and was issued a warrant for John Freni, 28, of 33 Broadway, Malden, MA for the robbery of the Eastern Bank (1800 Main Street) on October 1, 2013, at approximately 2:30 pm, say department officials in a statement.
An investigation revealed that the suspect in Tewksbury’s bank robbery matched the description of a suspect wanted in connection with similar robberies in Billerica, Wilmington, and Dracut.
A cooperative law enforcement investigation involving Detectives from Tewksbury Police Department and from the three other victim communities identified key evidence which led to the arrest warrant being issued by Lowell District Court.
Freni was located October 7, by the Everett Police Department after he allegedly committed another bank robbery at the Eastern Bank located at 738 Broadway in Everett.
Tewksbury Police Department assisted Everett Police with the arrest. Freni was taken to Everett Police Station where he was held without bail.
After last week’s robbery, security was increased at area Eastern Banks.
Curious customers informed the Town Crier that they saw a security presence at the Wilmington and Chelmsford locations as well. While it’s unknown why or how many Eastern Banks now have security, a corporate spokesperson told the Crier, “We cannot reveal specific measures a bank puts in place as it puts those security measures in jeopardy.”
Tewksbury Police Department sought a suspect involved in the October 1st unarmed robbery of Eastern Bank, releasing a statement Wednesday afternoon, October 2. At 2:30 p.m. October 1, bank surveillance recorded a suspect described as a six-foot tall Hispanic male, wearing a Boston Red Sox hat with the “B” logo, a hoodie-type sweatshirt, and a white T shirt. The suspect also had what was described as Band-Aids on his neck. He fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction. A K-9 unit from the Andover Police Department responded to assist but was unable to locate the suspect.
Any time citizens notice suspicious activity, whether inside a bank or outside, in the parking lot, “Call the police immediately,” said Tewksbury Deputy Police Chief John Voto. The Dispatch Center can be reached at: 978-851-7373. If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line: 978-851-0175.