Papasodero Apprehended in Uxbridge

Police have in custody the man they said used pepper spray to rob a downtown store on Friday.

arrested Valentino Papasodero at about 8:30 p.m. Monday in Uxbridge after receiving a tip he was staying at a house there.

"He was cooperative," Detective Jay Ball said, noting that Uxbridge, Northbridge and Douglas police assisted with the arrest.

There had been a warrant out for Papasodero, 26, of 93 East Main St., Milford, since Friday, when he allegedly assaulted two people with pepper spray before robbing .

Papasodero is charged with armed robbery while being masked and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (pepper spray). Ball said police would also apply for two more charges: use of a motor vehicle in a felony and possession of pepper spray without an FID card.

Papasodero's bail was set at $10,000 cash Monday night. He will be held at the police station before his arraignment Tuesday morning in .

Ball said Papasodero also faces a probation violation for another pending case in Milford—heroin possession. 

Lt. James Falvey praised officers for their quick work after the 10:55 a.m. robbery Friday at the Main Street shop. Falvey noted that all on-duty officers responded.

Papasodero allegedly walked to the counter of Luzo Brazil Imports and immediately sprayed a male customer before spraying the female owner, going behind the counter and grabbing cash from an unlocked filing cabinet.

The woman went to the hospital to get her eyes flushed; the customer did not require treatment.

The investigation led police to 22 Spring St., where Papasodero was allegedly seen after the robbery. Witnesses provided a description of Papasodero and Francis Amero, who were reportedly in a gray Mitsubishi with attached plates. Police are seeking a summons to charge Amero, 30, of 30 East Main St., with being an accessory after the fact, and use of a motor vehicle in a felony, Ball said.

The car, returned to police by Amero, the Scream costume mask Papasodero allegedly wore, a canister of pepper spray and a jacket were all recovered as evidence.

Officer Russell Poissant helped retrieve video footage of the attack and robbery.


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