East Providence Police charge Pawtucket man with 14 counts in pizza parlor robbery

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EAST PROVIDENCE — East Providence Police charged a 25-year-old Pawtucket man with 14 counts after he was arrested for robbing the Domino's Pizza parlor on Pawtucket Avenue Saturday evening, Nov. 24.

Justin Thomas, of 120 Beechwood Ave., was charged with 12 felony counts, including use of a firearm while committing a crime of violence, and two other misdemeanors, according to EPPD Captain Richard Frazier. He was arraigned and sent to the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston following the incident, which took place shortly before 11 p.m.

A regular customer of the Domino's establishment entered the location at about that time, but found no one to be inside the store. Concerned, the customer alerted police, who quickly arrived on scene. Domino's is located within a few hundred yards of the EPPD headquarters on Waterman Avenue.

Once there, police visually located a figure dressed in all black attire, including a hood. The suspect fled on foot out of the building's rear door. Officers took pursuit. Mr. Thomas was nearly subdued during the foot chase, but evaded police by jumping over a fence.

He eventually made his way into one of the police cars used by an officer at the scene. He attempted to flee in the vehicle, but backed into another police car then drove forward into yet one more vehicle in the area. He was eventually captured when surrounded by a third police car.

No weapon was found on Mr. Thomas when apprehended. The State Police Canine Unit was called to assist. The dog found a gun believed to be used to commit the crime in the area of the incident.

According to witnesses, Mr. Thomas entered the Domino's wielding a weapon. He forced the employees into a walk-in cooler, taking all of their personal possessions. He later ordered the store manager, at gun point, to open the business' safe.

Mr. Thomas was charged with seven counts of first degree robbery, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and larceny over $1,500, all felonies. In addition, he was charged with resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license, both misdemeanors.

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