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EAST PROVIDENCE â Det. Capt. Richard Frazier admitted it may have been one of the dumber crimes he's seen in his lengthy career.
Police have arrested Jeremy Schmidt, 20, of Newman Avenue, Rumford and two juveniles after they forced a Chinese food delivery man to the ground and stole $100 cash, his cellphone and car keys, not to mention the food, on Jan. 19.
According to Frazier, Schmidt is being held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institution on felony charges of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Two city boys, both 17, face the same counts; they both have been transported to the state's Training School.
âWe have a warrant for another adult, but we haven't picked him up yet,â Frazier stated Wednesday afternoon. âThe warrant is signed, and we're attempting to locate him at this time.â
Frazier indicated the quartet called in a $60 order of beef teriyaki, fried rice and other items from the Golden House Chinese Restaurant on Warren Avenue last Thursday night.
âThey called it in and asked that it be delivered to 12 Short St., which is a vacant house,â Frazier noted. âThe delivery man didn't know it, and two men sitting on the front porch led him to the back. Two others were waiting for him with guns, and they wore masks on their faces. They made him lay on the ground, then stole those items.â
What Schmidt failed to consider? He had used his cellphone to make the order.
âNot too smart,â Frazier deadpanned. âWe didn't find him that day, but (the cellphone) led us to him and one of the juveniles, who were arrested on Monday.â
They took into custody the other juvenile on Tuesday.
The delivery man was shook up but didn't sustain any serious injuries.
Frazier said police have recovered the two weapons used, as well as one of the ski masks apparently used during the crime. The adult whom officers have yet to pick up will face the same felony charges as Schmidt, who is scheduled to appear at a bail hearing at Sixth District Court in Providence on Feb. 7.