Police arrested Samuel T. Lemont, 18, of Bayberry Lane in East Greenwich, for the armed robbery of the Main Street convenience store. The robbery took place Tuesday evening in East Greenwichat 9:33 p.m. Lemont allegedly held up the lone employee, departing with an unknown amount of money.
The weapon — a semi-automatic handgun — was recovered, according to police. Lemont was arraigned Thursday in Kent County District Court on one count of first degree robbery. If convicted, he would face 10 years to life in prison.
East Greenwich police also arrested Trisha M. Newman, 24, of Summer Street in Central Falls, in connection with a break in at an occupied house on Frenchtown Road in East Greenwich Monday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. In that incident, a young girl (police said she was below the age of 15) was in the house at the time of the break. The girl barricaded herself upstairs and called 911, keeping in phone contact with police throughout the event.
EG Police Chief Tom Coyle said he was very pleased with the arrests. "I'm very proud. They worked around the clock," he said, referring to the officers involved in the two cases — Det. David Black; Det. Sergeant Jon Chirnside; Det. Lieutenant Jeremy Fague, and Det. Patrick Trainor.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Newman's alleged accomplice, Bruce McKenzie, 23, of Cranston. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call EG police at 401-884-2244.