EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 22, 2009

South Boston man arrested at train station after bank robbery

By Paul Tennant

HAVERHILL — Police captured a South Boston man at the downtown train station an hour after they said he held up the Bank of New England on Emerson Street yesterday afternoon.

A woman believed to be his accomplice was still being sought, police said.

Detective Glenn Fogarty made the arrest just as a Boston-bound train was pulling into the station at about 4:30 p.m., Deputy Chief Donald Thompson said.

William Wallace, 27, of 205 West 8th St., South Boston, was held on a charge of unarmed robbery pending his arraignment in Haverhill District Court this morning.

The suspect passed a note to a teller demanding money but did not show a weapon, the deputy chief said. He took an undetermined amount of cash, which was recovered.

An alarm alerted police to the robbery shortly after 3:30 p.m.

Police interviewed bank employees and were seeking a man between the ages of 25 and 35, 5-foot-8, about 200 pounds with a medium build.

The robber was wearing a hooded sweat shirt when he held up the bank, but removed it and was seen wearing a green T-shirt after leaving the bank, police said.

Wallace surrendered to Fogarty without incident, Thompson said.

Several bank robberies have occurred in the downtown area during the past year. On Aug. 13, the Pentucket Bank at 1 Merrimack St. was held up. Within 20 minutes, police arrested a homeless man from California, James Neil Hamlin, 56, and charged him with unarmed robbery.

Hamlin, who told police he was tired of living on the streets, is being held at Middleton Jail pending his trial.

The day before Thanksgiving last year, the Haverhill Bank on Merrimack Street was robbed of an undetermined amount of cash.

Police are still looking for a suspect described as 5-foot-11, weighing 200 to 220 pounds, with acne on his face and no facial hair.