Suspect in Brattleboro bank robbery indicted in federal court

BRATTLEBORO — A federal grand jury indicted Matthew T. Martin, 31, from the Springfield area, for armed robberies of a bank in Brattleboro and a credit union in Ludlow.

Martin appeared in federal court on Tuesday for his arraignment on the two-count indictment.

The judge ordered Martin remanded to custody and detained pending trial.

As charged in the indictment, on December 14, 2015, Martin committed an armed robbery of a branch of the People’s United Bank in Brattleboro.

In committing this offense, Martin is accused of assaulting others by using a dangerous weapon and device. Police say Martin robbed the bank by using a BB gun that resembled a firearm and by using a device that purported to be a bomb.

On December 21, 2015, Martin allegedly committed an armed robbery of a branch of the Heritage Family Credit Union in Ludlow. Again, Martin is accused of assaulting others by using a dangerous weapon, specifically, a BB gun that resembled a firearm.

Martin surrendered in December 2015 after the U.S. Marshals publicly named him a “Fugitive of the Week” based on outstanding arrest warrants in both New Hampshire and Vermont arising out a string of armed robberies.

Authorities are continuing to investigate Martin for additional robberies he may have committed in 2015, other than the two robberies charged in the indictment announced by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

If convicted, Martin faces a maximum penalty of up to twenty-five years in prison for each of the two counts of armed robbery.

The collaborative team investigating Martin has included federal, state, and local law enforcement agents, including those from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Vermont State Police, the New Hampshire State Police, and the police departments in Brattleboro, Springfield, and Ludlow.

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