MBTA Officer Thwarts Robbery in Charlestown

(NECN) - An MBTA officer is being credited with stopping a robbery at a Dunkin Donuts in Charlestown.

Officer Matthew Donovan says that he walked into the store Saturday night when he saw someone yelling at the two cashiers. When one clerk saw the officer, she told him that the man had shown a knife and demanded all the money in the register.

"He was really focused on the register," said Donovan. "The store was crowded. There were plenty of people in there. And it got to a point where I was right next to him, almost tapping him on the shoulder, saying, 'sir, please calm down we'll figure this out.' Because he was screaming the amount of change he deserved back. I didn't realize it was a robbery until she had pointed to a knife in his pocket, which turned out to be a spoon."

Transit police arrested the suspect, later identified as 35-year-old Michael Wallace, for armed robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon.

When searching the suspect, police found several articles of women's jewelry. They are now investigating.
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