NORTH ATTLEBORO — A Brockton man arrested last month for allegedly robbing two local grocery stores and suspected in a string of other holdups has been indicted by a Bristol County grand jury.
Justin W. O’Connell, 36, faces arraignment in Fall River Superior Court on charges of armed robbery while masked, according to the clerk’s office.
No arraignment date was immediately scheduled.
The grand jury handed up the indictments Dec. 18.
O’Connell is being held without bail in pretrial detention under the state’s dangerousness law. He is charged with the Oct. 30 robbery at Shaw’s supermarket and the Nov. 12 holdup at Stop & Shop.
Police say he also admitted to robbing a Stop & Shop in Bellingham, among a string of other holdups in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, to feed a drug habit.
Charges are pending in Attleboro District Court for his alleged getaway driver, Valerie Proulx, 41, also of Brockton.
They were arrested in the Bridgewater area Nov. 12 a few hours after the robbery at Stop & Shop as they were having their car towed to Brockton.
A quick-thinking driver, who was informed by a friend that the car he was towing may have been involved in a robbery, took the vehicle off his flatbed in a rest area off Route 24 in Bridgewater, police said.
Proulx was arrested by state police in the rest area. O’Connell allegedly carjacked another vehicle and led state police on a chase into West Bridgewater where he was apprehended after crashing the car.