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Massachusetts man accused of zip-tying people, placing ‘bomb’ on counter during armed bank robbery

A Martha’s Vineyard man is accused of zip-tying people and placing a “target bomb” on the counter during an armed bank robbery in April.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that 40-year-old Peter Petyushin is charged with one count of armed robbery. He was previously arrested on related state charges in May.

Charging documents state that Petition entered the Rockland Trust Bank in Falmouth shortly before 9 a.m. on April 8, 2023. Wearing a blonde wig, Petyushin placed an alleged bomb on the teller counter and brandished a firearm, according to charging documents.

Prosecutors say the suspect was wearing a blonde wig during the robbery. (DOJ)

Petyushin allegedly brandished a firearm and told a bank employee, “I’m robbing you,” before the customers and bank employees handcuffed each other.

Charging documents say Petyushin forced two bank tellers to hand over $20,000 in cash. Brown Walmart bag. Petyusyan then allegedly took a customer’s car keys and fled the scene in the customer’s vehicle.

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Surveillance footage captured a man matching Petitioner’s description parking a gray van in a grocery store parking lot. The man got out of the van and walked in the direction of the bank before returning to the van about 15 minutes after the robbery. Additional surveillance footage captured the van traveling on the highway toward Mishpee after the robbery.

Petitioner has been identified as the registered owner of the van, according to charging documents. Cell site information picked up Patyushin as being in the Falmouth area at the time of the robbery.

Petyushin was arrested on May 23, 2023, on state charges in connection with the robbery. Authorities searched his Edgartown home and found thousands of dollars in cash in Rockland Trust money bands, zip ties, and clothing items worn by the robbery suspect, according to court documents. Authorities also seized around 60 firearms and ammunition.

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Petitioner remains in state custody and will appear in federal court in Boston at a later date. He faces up to 25 years in prison, up to five years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000 on the armed bank robbery charge.

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