Three suspects in Swansea courier robbery charged with new charges

Sarah Doiron and Shaun Towne

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SWANSEA, Mass. (WPRI) — The three Massachusetts men accused of robbing a courier at gunpoint outside a Swansea bank earlier this year are facing new charges.

Steven Madison, Christopher White and Quentin McDonald were charged Wednesday with theft interfering with interstate commerce, also known as Hobbs Act theft, arson of a vehicle affecting interstate commerce and conspiracy.

Madison and White were also charged with brandishing a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Prosecutors believe Madison and White tied up the courier, pepper-sprayed him and robbed him of more than $436,000 in cash at BayCoast Bank in February.

The courier, who had just picked up cash deposits from several nearby cannabis dispensaries, was trying to use the drop box outside the bank when a U-Haul van pulled up next to him, prosecutors said.

Two masked men, later identified by authorities as Madison and White, then jumped out of the van and accosted the courier at gunpoint. Prosecutors said one of the men subdued the courier while the other quickly loaded the bags of money into the U-Haul van.

The courier, who was also armed, managed to free one of his hands and fired three shots at the van as the suspects fled with the money.

Prosecutors said the suspects then met McDonald, who was waiting in his SUV parked on Reed Street. The trio allegedly transferred the money to McDonald’s vehicle before setting fire to and abandoning the U-Haul van.

Detectives were able to link the men to the robbery after reviewing surveillance footage and tracing the getaway car to McDonald’s.

Prosecutors said surveillance footage taken outside the bank showed the men waiting for the courier after he had made a test drive less than two hours earlier. The investigation also revealed that the men had stolen the van the night before from a U-Haul warehouse in Abington, Massachusetts.

U-Haul van set on fire on Reed Street in Swansea
U-Haul truck set on fire on Reed Street in Swansea

The suspects, who were arrested in May, each have extensive criminal histories, prosecutors said.

Madison and McDonald had previously been convicted of armed robbery while masked, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm, while White served time for theft and receiving stolen property.

Police arrested another suspect on the day of the robbery, but he was cleared of all charges after investigators confirmed he was not involved.

Shaun Towne contributed to this report.