No bail for North Adams man suspected in knifepoint robbery of Adams gas station

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ADAMS — A North Adams man accused of robbing a gas station at knifepoint last month was ordered held without bail Wednesday after a dangerousness hearing at Northern Berkshire District Court.

Jake McInnis, 29, was arrested Friday and charged with using a knife to rob the Mobil gas station on Howland Avenue of $146 and a pack of Marlboro Reds.

Judge Paul Vrabel ordered McInnis to remain at the Berkshire House of Corrections for 120 days, due to his history of convictions, drug dependency and being a potential threat to others.

Police say McInnis entered the Mobil station at 12:25 a.m. Dec. 26, 2019, wearing a gray hoodie and a T-shirt pulled up over his face. According to the arraignment report, McInnis set a knife on the counter and said to the clerk, "I don't' want you to panic. I'm not going to hurt you. Give me the money."

The clerk gave him the money — activating the silent robbery alarm at the same time — and a pack of cigarettes, and McInnis left the store heading north on foot, according to the report.

Using surveillance cameras along Howland Avenue, Curran Highway and outside the house where McInnis was staying at the time, police say they were able to establish that McInnis had left the apartment that night, which goes against his contention that he stayed in all night.

They were able to establish that a car that resembles his ex-girlfriend's car traveled to the Mobil station that night. And the police also said that they have recovered the shoes he was wearing at the time.

McInnis was arrested at 10:30 p.m. Friday by a Massachusetts State Trooper who found him on Interstate 91 "walking in the right travel lane wearing dark clothes." McInnis was stopped and offered a false name. After further questioning, he identified himself and the trooper was able to determine that he had an active warrant for his arrest on charges of armed robbery and armed robbery wearing a mask.

He was taken into custody and later transferred to the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction.

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