Homeowner: Car that crashed in yard linked to Mass. bank robbery

Seekonk bank robbed at gunpoint by two suspects

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Two local police departments are investigating a crime that allegedly spanned across two states.

Police responded to reports of a robbery at the Webster Bank in Seekonk, Massachusetts just after 1:30 p.m. on Monday.  Police said the two male suspects stole an unknown amount of cash and fled in a dark-colored SUV on Central Avenue towards Pawtucket.

The bank robbery on Newman Avenue in Seekonk may be linked to a serious car crash that landed the crumpled vehicle just inches from a Cranston man’s front doorstep on Monday afternoon.

Cranston resident Charles Murphy was watching TV when a pickup truck careened into his front yard, crashed into a tree, bush, post, and then finally came to rest on his front doorstep. About four or five police cruisers were close behind the smashed car.

“By the time I got out on the front yard, they were pulling him out of the truck and throwing him on the ground and cuffing him,” Murphy said.

Murphy told Eyewitness News that a Seekonk officer on scene told him the crash that landed in his yard was related to the Seekonk bank robbery from earlier that day.  While the crash left a mark in Murphy’s front lawn, he said he is glad no one was injured.

“There’s always kids on this street, people out walking dogs and stuff and someone could have got really hurt,” he said.

Police from both Cranston and Seekonk are investigating the incident.

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