Gas station robbed by machete-wielding man, police say

Rory Schuler

Police in Raynham, Mass., are looking for a sword-wielding robber they say robbed a Hess Gas Station earlier this week.

At about 11:19 p.m., Monday, police say, a man about 5-feet, 8-inches tall, with a thin build and around 17 years old, walked into the Route 44 station wearing a large black hooded sweatshirt, black bandana on his face, dark colored jeans and carrying a large machete-type sword.

“A guy walked in wielding what looked like a sword type [of weapon] bigger than a machete; some sort of martial arts sword,” said Raynham Police Capt. Richard Pacheco.

After taking the money and register drawer he fled out the front of the store and around back, police said. Although they don’t have the escape on video, police believe the suspect most likely fled in an awaiting vehicle.

Raynham Police believe the suspect may be the same man who committed a similar crime in Bridgewater earlier that day.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a sword before [used in a robbery],” Pacheco said. “Usually they use a knife or a gun. But this was a good size; better than a foot long from what I can see on the video. The attendants in the store always think [the weapon] looks bigger in person.”

Pacheco said, by watching the store’s security tape, he could tell that the store workers were surprised by the choice of weapon.

“They looked kind of stunned,” he said. “I don’t think that’s what they were expecting, that’s for sure.”