A shoplifting incident turned into an armed robbery when a man who allegedly sole from Stop and Shop pulled a knife on a loss prevention officer.
On Saturday around 5:50 p.m., officers were dispatched to the grocery store on Liberty Street for an assault with a weapon. Investigation yielded a man was attempting to steal an electric shaver and numerous Axe deodorants when a loss prevention officer approached him. Police say the suspect pulled out a large knife and was able to flee.
A K9 officer traced the suspect through a wooded area towards Liberty Street where he was spotted. A foot chase ensued before he was captured. The loss prevention officer positively identified him as the suspect.
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Randy Lopez, 38, of Springfield was charged with armed robbery, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, four counts of assault and battery on a police officer, and resisting arrest.
In addition, Lopez was determined to be involved with a Thursday armed robbery at the Walgreens Pharmacy on Liberty Street. Lopez was also charged with armed robbery in connection to that crime.