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Second suspect arrested in Martha’s Vineyard bank robbery

A New Hampshire man was taken into custody after a car stop in Connecticut.

The Rockland Trust branch in Vineyard Haven in the aftermath of the recent robbery.Ray Ewing/Vineyard Gazette

A second suspect in the brazen Nov. 17 robbery of the Rockland Trust bank on Martha’s Vineyard has been arrested, the Cape and Islands district attorney’s office and Tisbury police announced Saturday.

Omar Johnson, 39, of Canterbury, N.H., was taken into custody late Friday evening following a car stop in New Haven. Johnson is charged with masked armed robbery with a firearm and conspiracy to commit armed robbery with a firearm.

Police allege that Johnson is one of three armed individuals — all masked — who entered the bank on a weekday morning earlier this month, tying up bank employees and gaining access to the vault before fleeing in the vehicle of a bank employee. Authorities have not disclosed the amount of money stolen.

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Johnson’s arrest marks the second in a case that has shaken the typically quiet island community. Miquel A. Jones was charged last week with a single count of being an accessory after the fact to the robbery. Jones has pleaded not guilty.

Johnson’s possible ties to the crime first surfaced last week, when court records revealed that a car believed to be associated with the robbery was registered in his name.

Just minutes after the robbery, court records show, a surveillance camera captured footage of a 2016 Nissan Murano — the same car used by the robbers to flee the bank — entering the parking lot of a state forest in Edgartown. Moments later, a dark-colored Hyundai Elantra with a missing rear hubcap was seen leaving the parking lot.

A day later, police conducted a stop of the Hyundai, which was driven by Jones. A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up three 100-dollar bills, two of which featured sequential serial numbers, as well as white sneakers and dark clothing consistent with that worn by the banks robbers, court records show.

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In an interview with police, Jones spoke of his connection to Johnson, describing him as the brother of Jones’s significant other. According to court records, Jones told police that Johnson had arrived on the island on Nov. 16, a day before the robbery, and stayed at Jones’s Edgartown home that night.

The next day, authorities allege, a man later identified as Johnson was seen in security footage boarding a ferry in Vineyard Haven around noon, just four hours after the robbery.


Dugan Arnett can be reached at dugan.arnett@globe.com.