Fall River Police have arrested a suspect who they say attempted to rob one bank on Monday, then successfully robbed a second bank the same day.

Captain Barden Castro says the suspect, 57-year old Jesse Pritchard, was known to police.  Pritchard was spotted on surveillance video entering the Fall River Five Cents Savings Bank branch on North Main St.. He was seen passing a note to the teller, demanding money.

An officer checked the area around the bank and spotted Pritchard walking down North Main St.

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A second officer spotted Pritchard leaving BayCoast Bank on Robeson St. and walking quickly down the sidewalk. Officer Matthew Rezendes attempted to stop the suspect, but he fled on foot through several backyards.

Photo provided by Fall River Police
Photo provided by Fall River Police

After a short foot chase, Pritchard was placed under arrest. Two knives were recovered from the suspect during the arrest.

It was later determined that while inside of BayCoast Bank, Pritchard handed a bank teller a note demanding money. He had fled with a still undetermined amount of currency.

Captain Castro says Pritchard will be charged with the incidents at both banks, as well as a stabbing that happened Wednesday, May 4th on Nashua St. He is facing charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon - serious injury, armed assault to rob, and armed robbery.


Information provided by Fall River Police Department

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