A Rhode Island man was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Boston in connection with the May armed bank robbery in Somerville that resulted in shots fired.

Daniel Rosado, 32, of Providence, was indicted on one count of armed bank robbery, one count of brandishing and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Rosado was arrested and charged by criminal complaint on May 23, 2019, and has been in custody since.

A man later identified as Rosado on May 1 allegedly entered the Middlesex Federal Savings Bank in Somerville’s Davis Square, brandished a handgun, fired a shot into the ceiling and pointed the firearm at customers and bank employees.

It is alleged that Rosado yelled: “Get down!” “Everybody on the ground!” “Second drawer!” “Hurry up!” and “Give me money or I’ll shoot!” Customers and bank employees laid on the floor, while the robber approached a teller window, threw a backpack at the teller and demanded money.

While the teller filled the backpack with money, a customer exited the bank and flagged down a marked police cruiser occupied by a uniformed Somerville police officer.

The officer entered the bank, pointed his gun at the robber, and ordered him to freeze. In response, it is alleged that Rosado faced the officer, pointed his gun in the officer’s direction, and fired one shot. The officer shot back. During the exchange of gunfire, Rosado exited the bank and the officer chased after him on foot.

As Rosado allegedly fled down College Avenue, a bystander noticed that Rosado was being pursued by a police officer and attempted to tackle Rosado, which caused Rosado to drop his backpack. Rosado kept running, and witnesses eventually lost sight of him.

Upon review of the backpack, law enforcement found a Webley revolver, loaded with four rounds of ammunition, and two empty cartridges, as well as more than $500.

Further investigation, including forensic analysis of the backpack, linked the DNA profile found on the backpack to Rosado. A subsequent review of Rosado’s driver’s license photo matched the images of the robber captured on video surveillance at Middlesex Bank.

According to court records, Rosado has prior felony convictions, including negligent operation of a motor vehicle, larceny from a person, witness intimidation and assault by means of a dangerous weapon. Due to these prior convictions, Rosado is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

Rhode Island Man Indicted for Somerville Armed Bank Robbery

by Banker & Tradesman time to read: 2 min