ATTLEBORO — A 26-year-old woman has been charged with an attempted robbery in a shooting that left a clerk wounded at a South Attleboro gas station last month.
Police say she is also a suspect in holdups in Mansfield and Rhode Island in which the culprit wore an animal mask.
Ashley Weaver, whose last known address was at 118 Comstock Ave. in Providence, was arrested Thursday afternoon during a motor vehicle stop in Providence while under surveillance by multiple law enforcement agencies, according to Attleboro police Detective Lt. Timothy Cook Jr.
She is charged in the May 20 attempted robbery and shooting at the Mobil gas station on Newport Avenue in which the assailant wore a monkey mask.
Weaver, who has a lengthy criminal record, is also a suspect in a robbery four days later at the Cumberland Farms on Route 106 in Mansfield in which the gun-wielding robber wore a rabbit mask.
Police say Weaver is also a suspect in a convenience store robbery in Providence the night before the attempted holdup at the Mobil station. Weaver was arrested by the Rhode Island State Police Violent Fugitive Task Force and detectives from Attleboro, Mansfield and Boston police’s fugitive unit. Also assisting were troopers from the Massachusetts Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section.
Cook said she became combative with police before she was placed into custody and taken to the Rhode Island State Police barracks in Lincoln on a fugitive charge. The charge was related to an arrest warrant obtained by Attleboro police.
Police found a backpack and, after obtaining a search warrant, discovered it contained a black semiautomatic handgun that appeared to be similar to the one seen in security video at the Mobil station, Cook said.
Weaver faces charges of armed assault with intent to rob, being a felon in possession of a firearm and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon: a firearm, filed by Attleboro police, according to court records.
In Rhode Island, she was also charged with resisting arrest, simple assault and disorderly conduct after struggling with arresting officers, according to Col. James M. Manni, head of the Rhode Island State Police and director of the Department of Public Safety.
The investigation was conducted by Attleboro and Mansfield detectives with the assistance of agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Mansfield Police Chief Ron Sellon said the arrest comes after an “excellent multi-jurisdictional cooperative effort with Attleboro and Rhode Island State Police.”
Weaver’s record includes robbery, armed robbery and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, according to court records.
She served jail time in Suffolk County for a 2016 conviction for assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and has pending warrants in three Boston courts for an assault case and two robberies.
During the investigation, Mansfield and Attleboro police received anonymous tips identifying Weaver as the suspect. The tipster said she was living in Attleboro, according to court records. She also reportedly had lived in Boston.
Cook said police have been searching for Weaver since obtaining the arrest warrant earlier this week.
The Mobil station robbery occurred at about 2:30 a.m. and during a struggle outside the clerk was shot once in the stomach. He was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment.
The clerk was able to lift the mask during the struggle and saw the assailant’s face, according to police.
During the investigation, the clerk was shown a photo array and identified Weaver as the person who shot and tried to rob him, police said.
In the Mansfield incident, the robber fled the Cumberland Farms near downtown about 12:30 a.m. with an undisclosed amount of cash.
In the Attleboro and Mansfield holdups, the suspect was initially described as a man, but investigators now believe Weaver was the robber.