Two Men Arrested After Assaulting Gas Station Attendant in Cranston

Thursday, December 20, 2018


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Cranston police arrest two men

Two men were arrested by Cranston police after assaulting and robbing an attendant at the Sunoco Gas Station on Cranston Street on Wednesday night.

Gary Ruspus, 19, of 18 Blackstone Ave, Pawtucket was charged with robbery 1st degree, assault with intent to commit a felony, weapons other than firearms prohibited, conspiracy, and had an affidavit/arrest warrant from Providence Police for second-degree robbery. 

Samuel Medina, 19, of 44 Ansel Ave, Providence was charged with robbery 1st degree, assault with intent to commit a felony, weapons other than firearms prohibited, and conspiracy.

“The response by the officers and detectives was exemplary and swift with a quick identification, investigation and arrest to remove these two very brazen and viscous criminals from society unable to hurt anyone else,” said Cranston Police Department Major Todd Patalano in a press release.

Both suspects were arraigned in Kent County 3rd District Court where they were both held without bail and are violators based on prior arrests.

They are scheduled to appear back in Kent County 3rd District Court as violators on January 3, 2019. 

The Incident

On December 19, 2018, at approximately 7:48 p.m. Cranston Police were sent to the Sunoco Gas Station located at 905 Cranston Street for an armed robbery with a knife.

Two suspects approached the attendant on foot armed with a knife who was outside at the time near the gas pumps.

The two suspects immediately began attacking the attendant by physically assaulting him, knocking him to the ground punching and kicking him, then going through his pockets taking an undisclosed amount of money.

The struggle continued and at one point the suspects stabbed at him with a knife causing a non-life threatening laceration before fleeing on foot. 

Officers and detectives quickly saturated the area and based on the description, alert officers stopped a suspect vehicle being a gold 2003 Hyundai Tucson on Roland Avenue near Franklin Avenue trying to flee the area.

Inside the vehicle were two men, Ruspus and Medina, matching the description provided by the victim.

Both suspects were identified and arrested.


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