3 men charged over alleged robbery and armed robbery in Swansea

3 men charged over alleged robbery and armed robbery in Swansea

Footage of an apparent armed robbery of a courier in Swansea on February 19, 2024. (Ministry of Justice)

SWANSEA, Mass. (WLNE) — The United States Attorney announced that three men have been formally charged in the armed assault of a courier in February.

Steven Madison, 38, of Bridgewater, Christopher White, 37, of Raynham, and Quentin McDonald, 25, of Brockton, were each charged with one count of theft interfering with interstate commerce, commonly referred to as Hobbs Act theft; one count of arson of property used in or affecting interstate commerce; and one count of conspiracy.

On February 19, two men were seen on video stealing a rental van from a U-Haul store in Abington.

Later that day, an armed courier working for a company providing secure cash-in-transit services for licensed cannabis businesses arrived at a Swansea bank carrying approximately $436,200 in cash.

Apparently, the U-Haul truck pulled up next to the courier and a masked man wearing a camouflage vest got out of the van, pointed a gun at the courier and tied the courier’s hands behind his back with cable ties while a second man loaded money into the van.

The two men allegedly forced the courier into the back seat of his own car, pepper-sprayed him and closed the door.

Surveillance footage showed the courier remove one hand from the zip ties, draw his firearm and fire four shots toward the U-Haul van as it fled the scene before calling 911.

The men allegedly drove the van to a nearby location where they met a third man, transferred the money to an SUV and then burned the U-Haul van.

An investigation led to the identification of the three suspects and, during a search of Madison’s home, discovered an estimated $5,000 as well as a Rolex watch valued at $47,000, a sweatshirt similar to the one worn by one of the robbers, a firearm and ammunition.

A search of White’s home recovered zip ties, a black mask similar to one worn by one of the robbers, a firearm and ammunition.

Each of the three men is charged with Hobbs Act theft, which refers to theft affecting interstate commerce, conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act theft, arson and conspiracy.

Madison and White are also charged with brandishing a firearm during the commission of a felony, criminal possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Latest court reports show that the three men have been brought before a judge for preliminary proceedings.