For Immediate Release: 7/10/2017 2:59 pm
Worcester, MA (July 10, 2017) – Members of the Worcester Police Detective Bureau conducted an investigation into the armed robbery of the Honey Farms Market located at 304 Belmont Street. The suspect had entered the store armed with a hypodermic needle. During the investigation detectives were able to identify the suspect as David Cardwell, 39-years-old of Worcester. Mr. Cardwell is apparently homeless.
On Saturday, July 8, 2017, investigators received a tip that Mr. Cardwell was panhandling on the I-290 eastbound off ramp by Vernon Street. Detectives went to that location and discovered MR. Cardwell panhandling.
Mr. Cardwell was placed under arrest without incident and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (syringe) and Armed Robbery.
Original Press Release:
On Thursday, July 6, 2017, at approximately 4:09 AM, Worcester Police responded to the Honey Farms Market located at 304 Belmont Street for a reported armed robbery. Responding police were informed by dispatchers that the suspect had armed himself with a syringe.
Upon the officers arrival they met with the 26-year-old male victim/clerk. The clerk told the officers that a male entered the holding a syringe and demanded a pack of cigarettes and money from the cash drawer. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and fled the area on foot, last seen running west on Belmont Street behind the market. It appears that the suspect may have entered a dark colored sedan and drove off heading east on Belmont Street.
The suspect was described as a white male, 35-45 years old, approximately 5’5” tall, dirty blonde hair with a beard wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and jean shorts.
There were no injuries reported.
This investigation is ongoing, if anyone has information about this incident they can send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message at worcesterma.gov/police. Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.