Brockton pair face armed robbery, carjacking charges

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By Max Bowen-max.bowen@northstarreporter.com

Brockton residents are set to be arraigned for armed robbery charges at two North Attleborough supermarkets.

Valerie Proulx, 41, and Justin O’Connell, 36, both of Brockton, have been charged with two counts of armed robbery, while masked.

According to NAPD Capt. Joseph DiRenzo, police responded to a report of an armed robbery at Shaw’s two weeks ago. The suspects, a male and a female, had entered the store, brandished a knife at staff, and demanded money. This occurred again on Nov. 12 at the Stop & Shop on Route 1. This time, staff and customers took pictures of the suspect’s vehicle before it fled the scene as police responded.

DiRenzo said that, seeking to ditch the vehicle, the suspects called for a tow truck to take them back to Brockton. With the pair in the truck, the driver received a call telling him that the two were wanted for armed robbery. The driver pulled over at a rest stop in Bridgewater, and Mass State Police quickly arrived on the scene. Proulx was arrested, and O’Connell fled on foot. He hijacked a car, allegedly assaulting the driver with a coffee cup.

A short distance away, a State Police Trooper saw the car speeding down the road and pursued. O’Connell crashed the vehicle into a tree and was placed under arrest. Mass State Police have issued a court summons for carjacking, being armed with intent to commit robbery, and assault and battery of someone over 65. The two were taken to an area hospital, where North Attleborough and State Police detectives interviewed them. Other departments also spoke to the suspects, as similar robberies have been reported in nearby communities.