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NORTH PROVIDENCE – Police say they have a suspect in the Sept. 21 robbery of the Citizens Bank at 1798 Smith St. Joshua Lavigne, 40, with a last known address of 3900 Post Road in Warwick, is now facing robbery charges.

At around 3 p.m. that day, members of the North Providence Police Department were notified of the robbery, where Lavigne allegedly entered the bank wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, black baseball cap and blue paper face mask and approached the teller to demand the cash tray from the cabinet. No weapons were displayed.

When the teller did not move fast enough, the suspect vaulted the counter and removed the cash from the drawer. The suspect then fled the bank on foot, according to police, entering a gray SUV and fleeing on Smith Street toward Providence.

An investigation led to Lavigne as the suspect in the robbery. With help from other law enforcement partners, including the U.S. Marshals Service and the Rhode Island State Police Violent Fugitive Task Force, Lavigne was located and apprehended in Cranston on Sept. 29. He was brought before the Third District Court and arraigned on second-degree robbery charges. Bail was set at $30,000 with surety. He was ordered held without bail as a probation violator.

Detectives Raymond Nardolillo and Christopher Petteruti are credited with conducting the investigation leading to the identification and apprehension of Lavigne.

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