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Friday, January 29, 2010

Bedford bank robber arrested in Carlisle hideout

Two days after he allegedly robbed the Brookline Bank in Bedford and five days after he robbed the Citizens Bank in the same town, Hector Marrero, 21, was arrested in Carlisle on Wednesday, January 20, on two charges of unarmed robbery on a Bedford warrant. He also faces two charges from Carlisle police: one for breaking into the North Road home belonging to his girlfriend’s family, and a second for using their car to commit the robberies. Bail is set for $100,000.

Multiple agencies aid in arrest

The arresting party included four Carlisle police officers: Chief John Sullivan, Lt. Leo Crowe, Inspector Andy Booth and Officer Richard Tornquist, a three-officer contingent from the Bedford police in two cars, five FBI agents, two state troopers with a canine, a sheriff and four officers from the Violent Crime Task Force. The size of the group and the number of vehicles, most of them unmarked, necessitated a staging area on Patch Meadow Lane before proceeding to the girlfriend’s family home on North Road where Marrero had holed up before and after the robberies. The girlfriend’s family was away in California and was not connected with the robberies.

Marerro was the only person in the house. He was found hiding in the back bedroom closet. Evidence found at the house, including jeans with a yellow patch which matched the description of clothing worn at the Brookline Bank robbery, and a hat with marking on it, also tied him to one of the robberies. According to police, Marerro said he had been binge drinking and also bingeing on heroin and cocaine. He has a long history of arrests, including one from the Concord Police for domestic assault in late November, 2009. ∆

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