📷 Trent Nicholopoulos, Christopher Say, and Phillip Smith were arrested on Friday night in Webster after allegedly committing an armed robbery in Southbridge.
Victim robbed at gunpoint with infant in backseat
SOUTHBRIDGE — Three area men were arrested after an armed robbery of a man waiting outside a grocery store with his infant daughter on Friday evening.
According to a public statement released late Monday afternoon by the Southbridge Police Department, two Webster men and a man from Worcester committed the armed robbery outside of the Big Y Supermarket on East Main Street in Southbridge before being apprehended by Webster Police in that town. The suspects placed into police custody were Trent Nicholopoulos, aged 28, of 43 Hillside Avenue in Webster; Christopher Say, aged 27, of 19 Nelson Street in Webster; and Phillip Smith, aged 40, of 121 Whipple Street in Worcester.
It was approximately 7:30 p.m. on Friday when Southbridge Police were dispatched to the Big Y parking lot in response to a reported armed robbery. According to police, dispatch advised responding units there were three suspects believed to be in a gold colored vehicle along the lines of a Chevy Malibu or Impala. The armed robbery victim told officers he was waiting in his vehicle with his 9-month-old daughter when the suspects’ vehicle, driven by Say, pulled up to the passenger side of the victim’s vehicle. Police said Smith then exited the vehicle to approach the victim’s driver side and removed the car keys while Nicholopoulos approached the passenger side and pointed a handgun at the victim. Nicholopoulos allegedly demanded money and threatened to shoot the victim, whose name was not released by police. According to the police statement, Smith punched the victim several times in the face area before all three returned to their vehicle and fled the scene. Police said the victim was not seriously injured and was able to provide a description of each of the three suspects.
Southbridge Police alerted area police departments to be on the lookout for the vehicle. According to the report, it was “a short time later” that the Webster Police Department reported they had stopped the suspect vehicle in Webster. Officers in Webster reported they had recovered the firearm suspected to have been used during the commission of the robbery and that all three suspects were in custody. Officers from the Southbridge Police proceeded to Webster and transported Nicholopoulos, Say and Smith to Southbridge Police Headquarters on Mechanic Street. Police said the property stolen during the armed robbery was also recovered.
Nicholopoulos was charged with armed robbery – joint venture and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon to wit a firearm; Smith was charged with armed robbery – joint venture, assault & battery and with intimidation of a witness; and Say was charged with armed robbery – joint venture. The three men were held at Southbridge Police Headquarters pending their release on bail and/or their arraignment in Dudley District Court on Monday. The Webster Police Department charged the three suspects with various firearm violations.
Nicholopoulos has been arrested by area law enforcement agencies before, including charges of assault to commit a felony, unarmed robbery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in 2013; with the robbery of a diamond engagement ring from a couple at a fast food restaurant in 2012; and with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate the drug law, possession of more than an ounce of marijuana and committing a drug violation near a school in 2009. His father, David Nicholopoulos, is a retired officer from the Webster Police Department who has since been arrested multiple times as well, including instances in which father and son were arrested together.