FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) -- Police have a man in custody accused of robbing a Fall River gas station and leaving what he claimed to be an bomb on the scene.
Robert Raymond Chase, 50, of Fall River, was arrested without incident at his Haffards Street home.
According to police, a male suspect entered the Hess gas station just after 5 p.m. Monday. He then showed the clerk a suspicious package, telling her it was an explosive device and demanded cash.
He fled the store in a taxi with an undisclosed amount of money.
Fall River and Rhode Island State Police were called to the scene and the area surrounding the store was shut down. A bomb squad carefully examined the package before determining it was a fake.
"We rendered safe, what we found. We found no explosive," said Sgt. Jerry Galizio of the Mass. Bomb Squad. "There were some other components with the device. The Fall River PD is following up."
Even though the scare was a hoax, the surrounding neighborhood is still shaken up.
"It scares me because it's not anything I would ever expect... I'm in real shock," one of Chase's neighbors, Kimberly Carlson, said.
After speaking with witnesses, officers were able to track down the suspect at his house, where they also removed evidence.
Police said that ever since the Boston Marathon bombings, there has been an increase in threats such as this one.
"Unfortunately, since the Boston bombings, we've been quite busy running on calls on different devices or suspect bags," said Sergeant Galizio.
Chase has been charged with armed robbery, bomb threat with serious public alarm, possessing a hoax device with intent to cause fear, and disturbing the peace. He's being held on $10,000 bail.
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