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U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island

August 3, 2012

Middletown Man Sentenced to Nearly 11 Years in Federal Prison for Hobbs Act Robbery, Firearm Charges

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Craig A. Rich, 33, of Middletown, was sentenced today to 130 months in federal prison for robbing a Middletown hotel clerk at gunpoint in February 2011, shortly after he unsuccessfully attempted to rob two women at gunpoint a short distance away from the hotel.

 U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi also sentenced Rich to serve 5 years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term. Rich pleaded guilty on October 27, 2011, to one count each of Hobbs Act robbery, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a robbery, and felon in possession of a firearm.

Rich’s sentence was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Middletown Police Chief Anthony M. Pesare.

According to information presented to the court, on February 21, 2011, Middletown Police responded to an emergency call that two women walking near their place of employment had been confronted at gunpoint by a male wearing a ski mask and dark clothing in an unsuccessful attempted to rob them.

Moments later the officers received an emergency call reporting an armed robbery at a hotel nearby, by a person fitting the same description as the person who attempted to rob the two women. Responding officers saw a person fitting the description of the robber walking in the hotel parking lot. As officers approached the suspect he fled into a nearby field. Rich was quickly located hiding in a bush and was apprehended. Officers recovered a .38 caliber handgun and a black ski mask discarded in the field along the path of pursuit, and a wad of cash from Rich’s pockets.

Rich has been detained since his arrest.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gerard B. Sullivan.

The matter was investigated by the Middletown Police Department with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Contact: 401-709-5357

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