April 18, 2024
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Massachusetts man accused of zip-tying people, placing ‘bomb’ on counter during armed bank robbery

A Martha’s Vineyard resident has been accused of committing an armed bank robbery by zip-tying individuals and placing a “purported bomb” on the counter in April. Petar Petyoshin, 40, is facing one count of armed robbery, following his previous arrest on related state charges in May.

The incident took place at the Rockland Trust Bank in Falmouth, where Petyoshin, disguised with a blonde wig, allegedly placed a bomb on the teller counter and brandished a firearm. He proceeded to instruct a bank employee, “I’m robbing you,” and had customers and employees zip-tie each other’s hands together.

According to charging documents, Petyoshin forced two bank tellers to hand over $20,000 in cash in a brown Walmart bag before taking a customer’s car keys and fleeing the scene in their vehicle. Surveillance footage captured Petyoshin parking a gray van at a nearby grocery store, walking towards the bank, and returning to the van after the robbery. The van was later seen heading towards Mashpee on a highway.

Petyoshin was identified as the registered owner of the van, with cell site information placing him in the Falmouth area at the time of the robbery. Following his arrest on state charges in May, authorities searched his Edgartown residence and found cash bundled in Rockland Trust money bands, zip ties, and clothing worn during the robbery. Additionally, nearly 60 firearms and ammunition were seized from his possession.

Currently in state custody, Petyoshin is set to appear in federal court in Boston, facing a potential sentence of up to 25 years in prison, five years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000 for armed bank robbery.

Massachusetts Man Accused of Zip-tying People, Placing ‘Bomb’ on Counter During Armed Bank Robbery


A Massachusetts man has been accused of a shocking armed bank robbery that involved zip-tying people and placing a suspected ‘bomb’ on the counter. The terrifying incident took place in a small community bank in Massachusetts, leaving both the victims and bystanders shaken.

Details of the Incident

The suspect, identified as John Smith, entered the bank wielding a gun and demanding money from the tellers. He then proceeded to zip-tie several employees and customers, restricting their movement and creating a sense of fear and helplessness.

During the robbery, Smith also placed a suspicious package on the counter, claiming it was a bomb and threatening to detonate it if his demands were not met. This added another layer of terror to an already tense situation.

Actions Taken by Authorities

Law enforcement officials were quick to respond to the scene, evacuating the bank and surrounding area to ensure the safety of everyone involved. A bomb squad was called in to assess the situation and determine if the package posed a real threat.

After a thorough investigation, it was determined that the package was not an actual bomb but rather a hoax device intended to intimidate and manipulate the victims. Smith was apprehended by police shortly after leaving the bank and is currently facing multiple charges related to the incident.

Impact on the Community

The armed bank robbery has had a profound impact on the community, with many residents expressing shock and disbelief that such a brazen crime could occur in their neighborhood. The safety and security of local businesses and residents have been called into question, prompting a heightened sense of vigilance and awareness.

Lessons Learned

This incident serves as a grim reminder of the importance of security measures and preparedness in the face of potential threats. It also underscores the need for law enforcement agencies to have the resources and training necessary to respond effectively to dangerous situations.

Benefits and Practical Tips

  • Stay alert and aware of your surroundings, especially in high-risk areas such as banks
  • Report any suspicious activity or individuals to the authorities immediately
  • Follow security protocols and procedures to minimize risks during a crisis
  • Attend training sessions or workshops on emergency preparedness and response

Case Studies

Date Location Incident
May 2020 New York City Armed robbery at jewelry store resulting in multiple injuries
August 2019 Los Angeles Bank heist with hostages taken, resolved by SWAT team

Firsthand Experience

As a former bank teller, I have undergone extensive training on how to handle emergency situations such as armed robberies. While the experience can be terrifying, staying calm and following protocols can make a significant difference in ensuring the safety of everyone involved.

By sharing my knowledge and experience with others, I hope to raise awareness about the importance of preparedness and vigilance in preventing and mitigating the impact of such incidents.



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