Police Charge Man with Attempting to Rob a Leominster Bank Thursday Morning

October 11, 2018

David Bennett (in gray hoodie) is the Leominster man police believe attempted to rob the Santander Bank in downtown Leominster Thursday morning. He was taken into custody shortly after the attempted robbery on Whitney Street.

LEOMINSTER -- A local man was arrested Thursday after attempting to rob the Santander Bank in downtown Leominster.

According to a statement released by the Leominster Police Department, David Bennett, 43, of 41 Pleasant St. was arrested and charged with attempting to commit a crime.

Police were called to the bank located at 11 Park St. at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday for a reported unarmed robbery.

According to the department’s statement, the robbery’s suspect fled from the bank on foot. After an investigation at the scene, Bennett was apprehended nearby on Whitney Street and identified by several witnesses to the robbery.

The department said Bennett allegedly handed the teller a note demanding cash.

Additional charges against Bennett are possible, said the department.

At about the same time the robbery took place, the windows of two cars parked on Pearl Street behind the bank were smashed by an unknown individual.

Brenda Brousseau, a case manager working at the Armistice Homestead on Pearl Street, said she was in her office when a client told her that someone had just smashed her car’s windshield with a rock.

“He was gone by the time I came out but someone had come out of the dentist’s office (across the street) and she got a good look at him. What he was wearing right down to the sneakers,” said Brousseau. “I’ve never had anything like this happen before.”

The department’s statement did not say whether the two instances were related.

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