‘Armed and Dangerous' Bank Robbery, Carjacking Suspect in Custody

Tewksbury PD: Suspect arrested in New Hampshire

Police have arrested a man suspected in two bank robberies and a carjacking in two New England states.

Michael Munroe, 32, of Raymond, New Hampshire, and his girlfriend, 29-year-old Rebecca Norton, were arrested Saturday in Hancock.

Munroe was wanted in connection with bank robberies in Ossipee and Seabrook, and a carjacking in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.

Police say they believe that the suspect wanted in connection with a carjacking and an attempted carjacking in Massachusetts may have robbed a bank in Seabrook, New Hampshire, on Friday morning.

"It's scary," said Michael Wolkovitz, who was at work while the bank below his Seabrook home was being robbed. "I have a family."

The suspect was positively identified using surveillance photos from the bank. He was seen running south on Route 1 and police said he should be considered "armed and dangerous." 

Norton has two outstanding warrants for her arrest for possession of drugs and parole violation.

Rebecca Norton
Tewksbury Police
Rebecca Norton

"It wouldn't surprise me. She's a drug addict," said Norton's uncle, Jack Norton. "Drugs do funny things to people."

Police say the couple was spotted Friday morning at the Motel 6 in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, and that there was talk of robbing a bank.

Investigators showed up looking for the couple at Jack Norton's family's home in Raymond, New Hampshire, Thursday.

"Hell, no," he said, when asked if he had talked to his niece. "I don't want her here. She's not allowed here anymore."

Police Searching for Suspect in Bank Robberies and Carjacking

Munroe was also wanted in connection with multiple other violent crimes, including another bank robbery in New Hampshire and a carjacking and an attempted carjacking in Massachusetts.

The crime spree may have started Monday in Ossipee, New Hampshire, where police say he's suspected in the robbery of Northway Bank. A male suspect entered the bank and handed a note to a teller. The note threatened that he had a gun, demanded cash and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. 

On Wednesday, Tewksbury Police said they responded to the Dress Barn at 10 Main St. for a report that a woman had been robbed as she left work. She told police that she was grabbed as she approached her vehicle, and the suspect took her purse and stole her vehicle.

The vehicle was later recovered in Wilmington, but there was no sign of the suspect. The victim was not physically harmed.

Using surveillance video and information from a previous drug arrest on Tuesday, police identified the suspect as Munroe. Tewksbury Police sought him for carjacking, robbery and larceny over $250.

Tewksbury Police
Michael Munroe.

On Thursday, Reading Police put an elementary school in "shelter in place" mode and asked residents to lock their doors and windows after an attempted carjacking around 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Home Goods on Main Street. Officers searched the area, but were not able to find the suspect.

Back on March 19, Munroe also allegedly assaulted a man on Depot Road in Epping with a female accomplice, stealing the man's wallet and cell phone, according to Seacoastonline.com.  

Agencies assisting in the investigation include Amesbury Police, Salisbury Police, Tewksbury Police, Reading Police, Newburyport Police, Massachusetts State Police, Seabrook Police, Epping Police, New Hampshire State Police, the Rockingham County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Marshal's Service Fugitive Task Force.

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