Police catch Blackstone man suspected in city robberies

Police catch Blackstone man suspected in city robberies

WOONSOCKET – A Blackstone man has been arrested and charged in connection with four robberies that took place in Woonsocket between Dec. 26 and Jan. 11.

Patrick Dandenau, 30, was arrested by Woonsocket Police on Tuesday, Jan. 13. According to police, officers had been investigating four robberies that took place at gas stations throughout the city over the past month. In all of the robberies, they said, a white man brandishing a gun and dressed in dark clothing demanded money from employees. Investigators determined the suspect was driving a silver or tan-colored Toyota Camry and may have committed similar robberies in nearby communities.

On Tuesday evening around 10 p.m., Officers Jason Berthelette, David Bibeault and James Dybala were working the night shift when they heard radio transmission of a similar robbery occurring in Uxbridge, Mass. Trying to catch the perpetrator, officers set up a perimeter at entrances to the city to keep an eye out for the suspect's vehicle. A short time later, they observed a light-colored Toyota Camry enter the city from Blackstone on Harris Avenue. Officers pulled the car over and allegedly found evidence in the glove compartment that tied the driver, Dandenau, to the Woonsocket robberies.

Dandenau has been charged with four counts of first degree robbery. He is being held without bail pending a bail hearing on Jan. 30.