Man arrested for bank robbery

Jul 21, 2021

A New Bedford man has been arrested in connection with Monday’s bank robbery at Bristol County Savings Bank.

On Wednesday, July 21,  at approximately 9:20 a.m., Dartmouth Police detectives, with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, arrested David A. Frates, 41, of Sherman Street, New Bedford in connection with the robbery, Dartmouth Police said.

Frates was charged with armed robbery while masked, threats and assault with a dangerous weapon.

Based on evidence gathered by Dartmouth Police detectives, an arrest warrant was secured Wednesday morning for Frates and he was arrested without incident at his home, Dartmouth Police said.

He was arraigned at New Bedford District Court, and is currently being held without bail until his next court appearance Wednesday, July 28.

According to Dartmouth Chief of Police, Brian P. Levesque, “This arrest is a culmination of hours of hard work by my detectives, and it once again exhibits this department’s commitment to keeping this community, and its citizens, safe.”