A suspect caught on tape Monday during an attempted robbery and brutal assault at a car rental shop in Johnston appears to be the same individual wanted for an assault and attempted robbery at CT Plus Convenience Store in Woonsocket early Saturday morning.
At Best Car Rentals on Plainfield Street in Johnston, the man, who appears identical to the suspect sought in Woonsocket, was denied a rental car after showing the clerk a South Carolina license with a birth date in March of 1991.
The suspect then pulled out what appeared to be a gun and demanded the business owner's jewelry. The owner and his wife fought back, resulting in a two-minute long attack on the couple during which the suspect's "weapon," a plastic gun, broke, and he fled the scene.
The Woonsocket Police Department is seeking help in locating the man, who is estimated to be between 6'2 and 6'4 and 200 lbs.
Around 1:20 a.m. on Oct. 8, a black male, wearing a gray and black striped shirt and blue hat, walked into the Woonsocket store and hovered in ailes, waiting for the clerk to approach the ATM to make a deposit. Video footage taken from seven cameras placed throughout the store shows the suspect wearing what appears to be the same sweater worn during the attack in Johnston.
The suspect then followed the clerk to an ATM machine at the back of the store, and holding a knife to his neck, demanded money. The clerk wrestled the weapon away from the suspect, who fled the scene, shoving another clerk to the floor as he ran between two surprised customers to escape. He reportedly took off down Hamlet Avenue towards Greene Street.
The attached video shows seven different angles of the incident, but the suspect's extended wait for his attack, along with skillful maneuvering to hide his face from the cameras, could imply a well-planned attempt.
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