FALL RIVER — Two juvenile girls, ages 14 and 15, are under arrest in Fall River and charged with robbing a bank in the city.

On February 20, 2019, at approximately 3:45 p.m., officers of the Fall River Police Department were dispatched to the Bay Coast Bank located at 81 Troy Street in response to an armed robbery complaint.

Officer Aaron Souza was informed that a young female, approximately five-foot-six wearing a dark blue sweater with Patriots logos all over it and black leggings, entered the bank and slid a note demanding money or she would blow everything up and kill everybody. The female held her two hands tightly as if she was concealing something.

The female obtained an undetermined amount of U.S. currency and fled on foot towards Troy Street. A description of the suspect was broadcast.

Detectives Derek Beaulieu, Dwaine Cabeceiras, John McDonald, Jeffrey Autote, and Lt. Jay Huard from the Major Crimes Division arrived and began to canvass the area. During that canvass, they located several cameras. From the multiple cameras, they were able to piece together the suspect’s path.

The suspect left the bank, crossed Troy Street and moments later walked back across Troy Street towards the bank and entered a dark-colored Toyota Camry with another female. Detectives were also able to obtain a Massachusetts registration number for that Camry from a different camera, which took them to a Mulberry Street home.

On arrival at that Mulberry Street residence, detectives observed several people in the first-floor windows moving around. They also located a black 2018 Toyota Camry with the same Massachusetts registration in the rear yard. Upon knocking, no one would open the door. The door was then forced open.

While speaking with the residents, a female walked through the hallway of the apartment. Detective Cabeceiras recognized her as the female who had entered the vehicle with the robbery suspect. This female, age 15, was now wearing the Patriots sweater.

Detectives learned that there was an apartment in the basement and made their way downstairs. While in the basement, a female emerged from the bathroom wearing black leggings similar to those of the robbery suspect. That female, age 14, was identified as the robbery suspect.

Both females were taken into custody, each charged with armed robbery.

--Fall River Police

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