By Bill Kirk
---- — WOBURN — An Andover man is being held without bail on charges of armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after police say he held up a Heav'nly Donuts in North Reading early Sunday morning.
Michael Quinlan, 25, whose street address was not available yesterday, walked into the donut shop at 68 Winter St. at 4:23 a.m. Sunday, hopped up over the counter and held a knife to the cashier, according to Stephanie Chelf Guyotte, spokeswoman for Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.
"He ordered the employee to open the register," she said. "The employee opened the register and handed money to the suspect."
Quinlan then fled, but he was followed by another employee who had called 911. Police arrived and found Quinlan hiding in the bushes next to a nearby Papa Gino's.
Quinlan was arraigned yesterday in Woburn District Court and was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing, which is scheduled for Oct. 29.
A police report on the incident said that Quinlan was a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who was addicted to painkillers as a result of a back injury he suffered while serving, according to the Boston Globe
Quinlan's attorney, John Burke, could not be reached for comment.
The veterans agent in Andover would not comment on whether Quinlan had sought services.
Quinlan was honored by the veterans agent in North Andover in November 2012 for his participation in the war on terror. The veterans agent in North Andover could not be reached for comment.
North Reading police are continuing to investigate the robbery, including any potential link to similar robberies in the region.
A number of Dunkin' Donuts shops have been held up in recent months, leading some to speculate that Quinlan may have been involved in those cases as well.
At this time there is no corroborating information connecting this robbery to any others, the North Reading police said in a press release.