$25,000 bail for suspect in attempted armed robbery of Quadland's Flowers and Gifts

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NORTH ADAMS — The man who allegedly tried to rob Quadland's Flowers and Gifts at gunpoint on Monday was ordered held on $25,000 bail on Wednesday.

David Taylor, 22, was arrested at a Bracewell Avenue apartment Tuesday evening after witnesses and a confidential informant allegedly identified Taylor as the man who brandished a gun in the store shortly after 9 a.m. on Monday morning, authorities said.

Taylor did not make away with any cash or items, according to the police report, and fled after one of the store's owners assaulted him.

A man later identified by a confidential informant as Taylor was captured on surveillance video running behind the Big Y shortly after the attempted robbery, police said. The photos taken from the footage show a bulge in the man's waistband that was believed to be the weapon used in the robbery.

In a photo array, one of the store owners, Cynthia Martin, identified Taylor, saying she was 90 percent sure he was the assailant. Owner Thomas Martin identified Taylor and one other man in the array, according to the police report, and was only 50 percent sure it was either of them.

During his arrest, police allegedly found shoes that matched those of the suspect and a pistol-style air rifle.

Assistant District Attorney Robert Royce, in asking for the $25,000 cash bail, alleged that Taylor's actions appeared to be driven by his drug addiction.

Taylor's attorney, Mark Pasquariello, questioned why the third store employee who was present when the robbery occurred was not shown the photo array. Pasquariello also suggested the surveillance photos taken from the van were not clear enough to prove that it was his client running behind the store.

"If this is the photo the commonwealth has, it's not definitive," Pasquariello said.

Taylor pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court to single counts of armed assault with intent to rob a person over 60 and being in possession of a firearm while committing a felony.

Judge Paul H. Smyth set bail at $25,000 cash and ordered Taylor to return July 27 for a pretrial hearing.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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