New Bedford Robbery Defendant Sentenced to Prison
Bristol County District Attorney’s Office
Thomas M. Quinn III
January 24, 2020
A 49-year-old New Bedford man who assaulted and robbed a woman inside her own home was sentenced to serve six to nine years in state prison last Friday in Fall River Superior Court, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.
Timothy Gregory pleaded guilty to indictments charging him with unarmed robbery, and assault and battery.
Just after midnight on February 23, 2017, the defendant and a 42-year-old co-defendant whose criminal case is still pending, knocked on the door of a New Bedford woman’s home. The woman, who was home alone with her two children, answered the door and let the two men inside after they made up a ruse to get in.
Once in the front door, the defendant forcibly moved the victim to the bathroom and struck her so hard that she fell into the bathtub. While the co-defendant allegedly kept the victim in the bathroom, this defendant ran into the basement and grabbed a safe. While bringing the safe back up the stairs, the victim was able to get out of the bathroom and stabbed this defendant with a pair of scissors. During the struggle, the defendant lost a sneaker.
The co-defendant is alleged to have then picked up the safe. He and this defendant then fled the home with the safe. This defendant was eventually arrested in September, 2018 in western Massachusetts.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney William Flynn and the state prison sentence was imposed by Judge Gregory Pasquale.
The defendant is well known to police and has an 18-page criminal record, which includes numerous convictions for offenses ranging from breaking and entering to assault and battery.
“The defendant is a career criminal who continues to commit serious crimes. Unfortunately the victim would not cooperate in this case. However, thanks to the prosecution team’s efforts, this defendant will be kept off the street for up to nine years,” District Attorney Quinn said.
The co-defendant is this case,42-year-old Lawrence Hendricks of New Bedford, is scheduled for a pretrial hearing on February 6 in Fall River Superior Court. He is charged with unarmed robbery and larceny from a building.
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