Mass. man charged with robbing Mountain Heritage Federal Credit Union

January 11, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A man who was arrested in Florida after police say he and a woman robbed a bank there last month was charged Tuesday in the Nov. 5 robbery of Mountain Heritage Federal Credit Union in Martinsburg Mall, according to police and court records.

Kevin Louis Cyr, 36, of Worchester, Mass., was arrested after police shot him and fatally wounded his accomplice, Sarah Gauvin, during a pursuit with deputies following the Dec. 16 bank robbery in Stuart, Fla., a Martinsburg Police Department news release said.

A warrant charging him with bank robbery at the Martinsburg credit union at 800 Foxcroft Ave. was issued Tuesday by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller, according to court records.

Gauvin, 30, also was identified as allegedly taking part in the robbery in Martinsburg, the news release said.

After being treated for multiple gunshot wounds at a Florida hospital for his shooting injuries, Cyr told police that he and Gauvin were involved in multiple robberies across the nation, including one in Massachusetts and the Martinsburg credit union, the news release said.

Cyr was charged by the Martin County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office with one count of robbery with a deadly weapon, aggravated fleeing and eluding with serious injury or death and two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, according to the sheriff's office web-based inmate data system.

In the Martinsburg robbery, the female suspect handed a note written on plain white paper to a teller that read:

"This is a robbery the guy behind me in the mall is with me. We don't want anyone to get hurt. $20's, 50's, 100's on the counter. No alarms, no sudden movements, keep your hands where I can see them," according to a complaint filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court by Martinsburg Police Detective Cpl. S.F. Doyle.

In the Stuart, Fla., robbery, a man and a woman passed a note to a teller at a local bank, received currency and fled in a gray Ford Mustang with Massachusetts registration, Martinsburg police said in a news release.

A short time later, authorities caught up with the vehicle, which crashed into an unmarked Martin County Sheriff's Office vehicle, a news release issued by the department said.

The deputy driving the vehicle then retrieved his 12-gauge shotgun in his vehicle and fired multiple shots from inside his vehicle, the news release said.

Another deputy nearby also fired on the suspect vehicle with his .45 caliber handgun, the release said.

During the pursuit, police said that Cyr pointed a weapon at officers on several occasions, according to court records. Police found a BB pistol in the suspects' vehicle, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

After the Martinsburg bank robbery, Cyr told authorities that the couple fled to the West Coast.

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