Two men were indicted by a federal grand jury on armed robbery and firearms charges Thursday.
According to the Justice Department, 32-year-old Alfredo Aldeco of Holyoke and 30-year-old Emilio Rivera of Springfield were each indicted on one count of interference with commerce by robbery, one count of using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
The two were arrested and charged by criminal complaint on November 21, 2018, and have been in custody since.
Court documents dated between October 25 and November 14 show at least nine armed robberies of convenience stores in Holyoke, Chicopee, Florence, West Springfield, and Agawam.
An investigation into the multiple robberies led detectives to determine that the same two men were involved in many of the robberies.
During at least one of the robberies, one of the two men indicted showed a distinctive long-barreled, black firearm-type object and threatened to “come back and kill” the store clerk if they called the police.
The charges both men face provides a sentence of more than 20 years in prison, more than three years of supervised release and a fine of more than $250,000.