U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
November 18, 2010
TWO CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY, ROBBERY AFFECTING COMMERCE, USE OF A FIREARM IN A CRIME OF VIOLENCE DEATH RESULTING IN ROBBERY AND SHOOTING DEATH OF WOONSOCKET GAS STATION MANAGER
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced today the filing of a Criminal Complaint in U.S. District Court in Providence which charges two men with the armed robbery and shooting death of David D. Main of Woonsocket, R.I. Mr. Main, the manager of a local gas station, was robbed and shot at close range as he approached the doorstep of a Woonsocket branch office of Citizens Bank on September 20, 2010. Mr. Main was about to enter the bank to deposit receipts belonging to the gas station.
Jason W. Pleau, 33, of Providence, R.I. and Jose A. Santiago, 33, of Springfield, Mass. are charged with one count each of Hobbs Act conspiracy to commit robbery affecting commerce; Hobbs Act robbery affecting commerce; and using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, death resulting. The defendants’ initial appearances in U.S. District Court have not yet been scheduled.
A third defendant in this matter, Kelley M. Lajoie, 32, of Springfield, Mass., was arrested on October 14, 2010 and appeared in U.S. District Court in Providence on a Criminal Complaint charging her with Hobbs Act Robbery. She has been detained since her arrest.
Hobbs Act conspiracy and Hobbs Act robbery are punishable by maximum sentences of 20 years in prison. Use of a firearm while committing a crime of violence, death resulting is punishable by a maximum sentence of life imprisonment or death.
A Complaint is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case is being prosecuted by Deputy Criminal Chief – Assistant U.S. Attorney Adi Goldstein and Assistant U.S. Attorney William J. Ferland. Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Rhode Island Department of Attorney General continue to review evidence and information related to this case.
The matter, which remains under investigation, is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Woonsocket Police; and Rhode Island State Police, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service and the Rhode Island National Guard.