RAYNHAM — An East Wareham woman faces charges after allegedly robbing a convenience store in Raynham with a hypodermic needle.

According to a release from Chief James Donovan, on Monday, December 14 at approximately 6:07 p.m., Raynham Police received a 911 call for a reported robbery at the Seasons Corner Market, located at 442 New State Highway. A description was given of an adult female suspect who brandished a needle she claimed to be infected with AIDS before leaving with a quantity of cash. A license plate of the suspect's vehicle was obtained and provided to Raynham Police investigators.

A notice was issued to surrounding communities to be on the lookout for the suspect and vehicle.

Moments later, the same vehicle was identified by Massachusetts State Police as being wanted in connection with a similar robbery in New Bedford. State Police located the vehicle and made a traffic stop in the town of Marion after a brief vehicle pursuit. The driver, 34-year-old Ashley Demers of East Wareham, was arrested after a brief on-scene investigation. She is charged with armed robbery.

Donovan said Demers likely faces additional charges in other communities as well as charges stemming from the pursuit and motor vehicle infractions identified by State Police.

"This was a terrific example of the level of professionalism, teamwork and communication that exists among municipal police departments and the State Police," Chief Donovan said. "In this instance, a suspect – who made violent threats against people doing their jobs to provide goods and services to the public during these difficult times – was apprehended safely and efficiently by well-trained police officers."

Demers was booked at the State Police barracks in Dartmouth and will likely be arraigned tomorrow in either Taunton and/or New Bedford District Court.

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