Police arrest man allegedly armed with potato

April 28, 2014, 3:16 pm
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(NECN) - A man who allegedly wielded a potato disguised as a gun during a robbery attempt has been arrested.

WPRI reports that Gary Deming, 34, was arrested on first-degree robbery charges.

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Authorities say the Cranston, R.I. man pretended he had a gun when he demanded money from a convenience store and a dry cleaner on April 21 in Providence.

The manager of the convenience store chased him off with a baseball bat; a dry cleaner employee gave him a fake $20 bill.

WPRI reports Deming is also accused of breaking into his sister's home on the same day as the alleged potato incidents. She told police he took a purse, $100 in cash and a debit card.

Material from the Associated Press used in this report.

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Tags: Providence, Cranston, potato, Gary Deming
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