Three years after the robbery of a Cromwell gas station, a suspect is facing charges after he evaded arrest and was found living in Rhode Island, police said.
According to police, the Gulf gas station at 207 West Street in Cromwell was robbed March 25, 2010, and officers in Rocky Hill identified 48-year-old Gerald R. Bates, Jr. as the suspect.
When officers confronted Bates, he confessed to the robbery, police said. Cromwell police issued an arrest warrant charging Bates with first-degree robbery and fifth-degree larceny and setting his bond at $100,000. Police said Bates agreed to turn himself in but never did.
While preparing for a county-wide warrant sweep in September of this year, Bates was discovered living in Rhode Island. Cromwell police obtained an extradition request from the Middlesex States Attorney’s Office, and Rhode Island law enforcement was contacted Oct. 16. Police said Bates was taken into custody near his home in Narragansett.
He was turned over to Cromwell police and arraigned at the Middlesex County Judicial Court.