FALL RIVER, MASS. (WHDH) - Officials arrested a man in connection with a robbery in Fall River on Thursday night.

Fall River Police responded to a complaint that a man was evading taxi fare and said he was going to rob a Shell Gas Station.

The taxi driver helped identify the man in the complaint. Officers recognized him wanted photos at the department. 

Matthew Trevains, 27 of Fall River, was wanted in connection with an unarmed robbery at Rockland Trust Bank on Brayton Avenue that occurred on Wednesday.  Travains had approached a teller station demanding cash, placed a plastic bag on the counter and then fled the bank with money.

Trevains was also wanted in connection with an unarmed robbery that took place early Thursday morning at a Tedeschi Store on East Main Street.

In both incidents, surveillance photos and witness descriptions were available.

The taxi driver who picked up Trevains on Thursday said they were on their way to Trevain’s requested destination when Trevains asked to stop at the Shell Gas Station on Rodman Street and Plymouth Avenue.

After Trevains was gone for a period of time, the driver sought him out and confronted him about payment and said he was going to call police. According to the taxi driver, Trevains then said he was going to rob the store in order to pay the driver.

Trevains was arrested and charged with attempting to commit a crime, evading a taxi fare and two counts of unarmed robbery.


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