UPDATE: Second suspect due to be arraigned

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Police are on the scene of an armed robbery at Rockland Trust in Vineyard Haven on Nov. 17. — Eunki Seonwoo

Police have arrested a second suspect in the armed robbery of the Rockland Trust Bank on Nov. 17.

Omar Johnson, 39, of Canterbury, New Hampshire, was arrested after a vehicle stop in New Haven, Connecticut, according to a press release issued by Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe and Tisbury Police Chief Chris Habekost. Johnson was arrested by Massachusetts State Police, Tisbury Police, FBI and New Haven Police.

The arrest took place at 8 pm Friday, the release states.

Johnson is being charged with masked armed robbery with a firearm and conspiracy to commit armed robbery with a firearm, the release states.

A court clerk in New Haven confirmed that Johnson is on the docket to be arraigned on those charges on Monday.

Meanwhile, West Tisbury Town Administrator Jen Rand told The Times there is no connection between the accused and the town’s health agent Omar Johnson.

Miquel A. Jones, 30, of Edgartown was arraigned last Monday on a charge of being an accessory after the fact. He is being held in lieu of $300,000 bail.

Further details incorporated in a Boston Globe article published Nov. 22 — details sourced from now deleted Edgartown District Court records — allege two men parked a car in Vineyard Haven on Nov. 17 (the day of the robbery), paid cash for ferry tickets at 9 am at the terminal, and later boarded a ferry at 9:21 am. The Globe reported that a car with similarities to the Elantra driven by Jones later dropped off another man. That man, per the Globe article, appeared to drive the car left behind by the two departed men over to the SSA terminal. The man subsequently departed, ostensibly in the car, on a 12:24 pm ferry. The ticket was allegedly paid for with a card belonging to Jones, the Globe reported.

Police told The Times at the scene Nov. 17 that three armed suspects rushed the bank employees as they opened at 8:15 am., tied up the employees using plastic ties and duct tape, and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects allegedly stole a teller’s SUV and ditched it at a parking lot near the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest. 

According to the release, an active investigation is ongoing by local and State Police, as well as the FBI.

Updated with confirmation that the Johnson will be arraigned in Connecticut and to clarify that it’s not the same Omar Johnson who serves as West Tisbury’s health agent.

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  1. I don’t believe that the Edgartown District Court records were “deleted” If this case went to the Duke’s County Superior Court for indictment then the District Court case is no longer relevant and the paperwork would have be transferred also, thereby closing the original case.

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