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WPD Operation Officers Arrest Male and Female for Armed Robbery

For Immediate Release: 11/2/2017 11:35 am

Worcester, MA (November 2, 2017) - On November 1, 2017, at approximately 4:45 PM, Worcester police responded to the area of 17 Wilson Street for a report of an armed robbery. Upon the officers arrival they met with a 23-year-old male victim. According to the victim, he was walking to work on Seward Street when he was approached by a male. The male asked the victim if he had the time and then demanded his wallet. The suspect pulled out a knife and held it towards the victim’s throat. As the victim reached for his wallet the suspect lowed the knife and placed it against his stomach. The suspect took the wallet and signaled to a female that was in the driver’s seat of a grey Infiniti. The male entered the front passenger seat and drove away on Wilson Street. The victim believes that the license plate to the vehicle was missing as it drove away. The vehicle was last seen taking a right on Marshall Street.

The male suspect was described as a white male, medium build and wearing a dark navy blue sweater and shorts.

The male was not injured and refused medical treatment.

Officers had broadcasted the suspect’s description and the type of vehicle that they were in to all officers citywide. At approximately 9:00 PM, a Worcester police officer was traveling west on Harding street when he observed a grey Infinity traveling in front of him. The officer observed that the rear license plate was attached to the vehicle by just two pieces of string.

As the officer drove closer to the Infiniti, the driver made an abrupt right hand turn onto Temple Street and parked on the corner. The male driver quickly exited the vehicle and proceeded to the rear and opened the trunk. The officer stopped his cruiser and called for assistance.

The male operator was identified as Joshua Lemerise, 28-years-old of 19 Burghardt Street, Worcester. The female passenger and owner of the Infinit were identified as Gina Riani, 32-years-old of 256 Belmont Street, Worcester. A license check of Mr. Lemerise indicated that he was operating the vehicle with a revoked license.

Mr. Lemerise was placed under arrest for Operating a MV with a Revoked License. At this time officers at the scene notified detectives that they may have the suspects in the recent armed robbery. Mr. Lemerise was transported to police headquarters for questioning. Ms. Riani complied when asked to go to police headquarters as well.

The victim was notified of the arrest and met detectives at headquarters. The victim was able to identify the two suspects when looking at photo arrays. In addition, officers were able to obtain information during the interviews of the suspects and the victim. Police also discovered physical evidence linking the two to the crime.

Based on evidence collected and information obtained, Mr. Lemerise was also charged with Armed Robbery.

Ms. Riani was also charged with Armed Robbery.

Both suspects will be arraigned today at the Worcester County District Courthouse.

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