Lynn Man Arrested in Connection with Bank Robbery in Everett

January 11, 2011
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Two men have been arrested and charged in connection with an attempted robbery of the Century Bank in Everett and subsequent police-involved shooting, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone and Everett Police Chief Steven Mazzie informed the public today.

Robert Giannino, 34, of Medford, was arrested by Boston Police Department this afternoon and was transported to Everett Police Department, where he was charged with unarmed robbery.  James Gordon Chase, 48, of Lynn, was arrested this afternoon by Everett Police Department and charged with unarmed robbery.

Both were slated to be arraigned Monday morning in Malden District Court.

According to authorities, at approximately 2:16 pm yesterday, Everett Police responded to a reported bank robbery in progress at the Century Bank on Route 16 in Everett.  When an officer arrived, it is alleged that Giannino fled on foot and a pursuit ensued.

When the officer encountered Giannino after the pursuit, it is alleged that Giannino got into a waiting vehicle, driven by Chase.  It is alleged that Chase then accelerated towards the officer, who was ordering him to stop.  It is alleged that the officer then discharged his department issued service firearm, striking Chase.  The vehicle then left the area and was tracked to an apartment building located at 319 Central Street in Saugus, where authorities were able to locate Chase.  It is alleged Giannino exited the vehicle prior to it arriving in Saugus.

The injured driver, Chase, was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was hospitalized until this afternoon.

The investigation into the bank robbery was conducted by Everett Police, State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force.  The justifiability of the police involved shooting will be investigated by the District Attorney’s Office, per protocol.

These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The Assistant District Attorney assigned to the case is David Rubin.

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