Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Bank Robbery Suspect, Recover Stolen Cash and Illegal Firearm


At about 5:00 PM on Thursday, November 19, 2015, members of the District D-14 (Brighton) Drug Control Unit responded to a radio call for a bank robbery in progress at TD Bank in the area of 391 Washington Street, Brighton.

While responding, officers observed a male fitting the suspect description and carrying a dark colored bag at the corner of Bennett and Market Streets. Upon noticing the officers and the marked cruiser, the male began to run. After a lengthy foot pursuit and violent struggle, officers were able to apprehend the male. Officers conducted a pat frisk of the male and his duffle bag and felt what they knew to be the shape of a firearm inside the bag. Further investigation of the bag revealed a large amount of US currency, a loaded black Glock 19 firearm with obliterated serial numbers, a loaded large capacity feeding device, a dark colored face mask, and additional clothing items. Officers on-scene at the bank were informed that the suspect had entered the bank wearing a dark mask, showed a firearm, demanded money from two different bank tellers, and then fled the area. Officers noted that the amount of money reported missing from each teller station was the exact amount of money recovered from the male’s duffle bag.

The suspect, 63-year-old Joseph G. Rachal from Everett, was arrested and charged with Masked Armed Robbery, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device (2 Counts), Using a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Loaded Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, Habitual Criminal, and Resisting Arrest.