Man sentenced for beating, robbing elderly man at gas station

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(WPRI) — A Canton man has been convicted of beating and robbing an elderly customer at a Dartmouth gas station.

The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said 39-year-old Robert Perard was sentenced to serve 10-12 years in prison after being found guilty last week of armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person over 60.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Perard was wearing a mask when he walked into the Shell Station at the intersection of State and Reed Roads on November 25, 2016.

Prosecutors said Perard then approached a 69-year-old customer, punched him in the face, knocked him to the ground, and hit him on the head with a gun. Perard then grabbed money from the victim’s pockets.

The District Attorney’s Office said investigators later determined a clerk at the gas station planned the attack with Perard. 

“This was a classic inside job because the clerk knew [the victim] carried all his cash on him,” District Attorney Thomas Quinn said in a news release.

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson Greg Miliote said the clerk, identified as Felicia President, fled the area. She would likely be indicted in the near future, Miliote said.

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