NORTH ADAMS — A man is behind bars accused of robbing, at knifepoint, two city businesses over the weekend.
Just after daybreak on Sunday, North Adams police arrested a suspect for allegedly holding up a liquor store on Saturday night and, roughly eight hours later, a fast food eatery where he supposedly made of with an unknown amount of cash.
The suspect will remain in custody at the North Adams Police Department on $7,540 cash bail until his arraignment, scheduled for Monday morning in Northern Berkshire District Court.
Police posted news of the arrest on social media, but wouldn't name the suspect. As of Sunday night, no one was available in the police department to release the suspect's name.
The crime spree unfolded around 9 p.m. Saturday when officers were called to Dave's Package Store on River Street where a a hold-up alarm was activated. Police say the suspect, who showed the store clerk a knife, fled the scene before police arrived, but was identified from the security video from the store.
Later around 4:40 a.m. on Sunday, a second armed robbery occurred at the Dunkin' on Union Street. The suspect made off with a sum of money from one of the registers after going behind the counter and brandishing a knife toward the clerk, according to police.
Based on the description of the suspect by store workers, officers believed the two robberies were connected.
Shortly before 7 a.m, same date, an officer who remained in the area of Dunkin' observed the suspect walking in the Union Street area. The suspect began to flee from the officer, who gave chase on foot, pursuing him to River Street, where police say he allegedly resisted arrest.
Additional city police officers were called to the scene and the suspect was taken into custody.
The initial arresting officer and suspect were injured and taken to Berkshire Medical Center's North Adams Campus, where they were treated and released.