Framingham firefighter charged with robbing Natick bank

Natick Police Department
A still image from surveillance footage of the Thursday bank robbery in Natick.

A Framingham firefighter was arraigned Friday on a charge of armed robbery for allegedly robbing a Natick bank, according to a statement from the Middlesex district attorney’s office.

Michael Espinosa, 34, of Framingham was ordered held without bail, pending a dangerousness hearing on Nov. 16, at his arraignment in Framingham District Court.

Espinosa also must surrender any guns he owns to Framingham police, according to the statement.


A message left with Espinosa’s attorney, Charles Hughes, was not immediately returned Friday night.

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Messages left with Framingham fire, Framingham police, and Natick police also were not immediately returned.

Prosecutors said Espinosa entered a bank on Worcester Street in Natick late Thursday morning wearing black sunglasses, a black scally cap, a dark T-shirt, a gray hooded sweatshirt, black pants, and black shoes.

He allegedly approached the counter of the bank and demanded cash from the tellers, telling them that he was armed with a gun, prosecutors said.

Espinosa left the bank with about $1,000 in cash, according to the DA’s office. Using surveillance footage, police identified Espinosa’s vehicle.


Authorities then carried out a search warrant at his home, where they found clothing, including a black scally cap and black sunglasses, that matched the clothing worn by the suspect during the robbery, the statement said.

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