Southbridge man arrested after unarmed robbery attempt

SOUTHBRIDGE — Local police recently arrested a Main Street man after an unarmed robbery attempt.

David C. Pockwinse, 45, of 348 Main Street, was arraigned in Dudley District Court last week after allegedly attempting to steal a woman’s wallet outside a local business. According to a statement issued by the Southbridge Police Department on Monday morning, officers were dispatched on Friday, August 3 after receiving a 911 call about the attempted robbery. According to the police department’s statement, the female victim told officers she was exiting an unidentified business on Main Street when “she noticed an unknown male subject running towards her.” The unidentified woman was reportedly holding her wallet in her hand and the man, later identified as Pockwinse, grabbed the woman’s right arm and attempted to steal her wallet. Police said the victim was able to pull her arm away from Pockwinse and quickly ran to her vehicle before the suspect was able to commit the attempted robbery.

According to police, in fear for her safety, the victim fled the scene in her vehicle and, once she felt safe, pulled to the side of the road and called 911. The victim was able to give a detailed description of the male subject and told officers that he took off on foot down an alley on Main Street leading to the area of the municipal parking lot on Central Street.

Within minutes of receiving this information, Southbridge Police officers were able to make contact with a male subject matching the description given by the victim in the Central Street parking lot. After further investigation, the Pockwinse was positively identified by the victim as the suspect who tried to steal her wallet. Pockwinse was subsequently transported to police headquarters to be booked.

Pockwinse was charged with unarmed assault to rob and was held at Southbridge Police Headquarters prior to his arraignment at Dudley District Court.


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