Woonsocket bar robbed at gunpoint

Blackstone Valley

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A Woonsocket bar was back open Friday afternoon after it was robbed at gunpoint overnight.

City police say they were called to Brews and Cues on Rathbun Street just after midnight. The bartender told the responding officers a man wearing a ski mask stormed in, pointed a black handgun at her and demanded she give him all the cash in the register.

Once the suspect had the money, he ran off heading northbound on Rathbun Street, according to police.

“We haven’t had problems like that when someone’s gone into an establishment with a handgun,” Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Oates said Friday morning. “Handgun robberies here in Woonsocket, that type robbery is unusual, so it’s out of the ordinary.”

Police say there were several patrons inside the bar at the time, however, none were able to identify the suspect. According to Oates, one of the patrons didn’t take the robbery seriously at first.

“From what I understand, the comment made was he thought it was a joke,” Oates said. “So it wasn’t that disheartening to him the way it happened but obviously, the female bartender was upset.”

Police are now following up on leads and reviewing surveillance footage from inside and outside the bar.

The suspect is described as a black man in his late 20s or early 30s who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, tan pants, black shoes, and a black baseball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call Woonsocket detectives at (401) 766-1212.

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