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Lynn man who attempts to rob Dunkin Donuts and runs is arrested

LYNN — A report of an armed robbery led to the arrest of a Lynn man who tried to run (out) on Dunkin Donuts.

Rafael Soto, 34, of 57 Vine St., walked into the Walnut Street location on Monday night and attempted to rob the store. Lynn Police received a call around 8 p.m. that Soto claimed he had a gun and told the clerk to open the register. The attempted robber initially walked into the bathroom and then went to the counter, where he gestured to the clerk that he had a weapon in his waistband, according to Lt. Michael Kmiec. The gun was never visibly seen by any witnesses.

Soto grew impatient with the clerk, jumped on top of the counter, and began pressing a number of buttons on the register trying to open it himself. After a failed attempt, he fled the store and hopped into a getaway car which may have been driven by a second person, according to Kmiec. Witnesses were able to describe the suspect and provide responding officers with a partial license plate.

“Responding officers observed a vehicle close to the license plate then a follow up investigation led them to find Soto at a house where he was positively identified via surveillance and witnesses,” said Kmiec.

Soto was arrested and charged with attempting to commit a crime and on warrant charges of trespassing, armed robbery, armed assault with attempt to rob and receiving a stolen motor vehicle.

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