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Nashua man reaches plea agreement with prosecutors after robbing a Nashua bank in November

CONCORD – A Nashua man has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors after robbing a Nashua bank in November.

Richard Marquis will plead guilty to aggravated and armed bank robbery, admitting to holding an eight-months pregnant TD Bank teller at knifepoint before leaving thousands of dollars in cash on the ground as he made his escape, according to court documents. ...

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CONCORD – A Nashua man has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors after robbing a Nashua bank in November.

Richard Marquis will plead guilty to aggravated and armed bank robbery, admitting to holding an eight-months pregnant TD Bank teller at knifepoint before leaving thousands of dollars in cash on the ground as he made his escape, according to court documents.

Police were called to the bank at 225 Daniel Webster Highway around 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 19 after Marquis entered the building wearing dark clothing and with his face covered. He brandished a knife and demanded cash before hurdling the counter and grabbing money and fleeing, police said.

Several witnesses spotted Marquis getting into a silver Toyota Scion, which was pulled over minutes later on the F.E. Everett Turnpike. Marquis and his alleged accomplice, Ashley Caron, were both arrested.

Caron is charged with accessory after the fact, according to documents filed at U.S. District Court in Concord.

Marquis was able to take more than $4,500 out of the bank tellers drawer, and police found nearly $2,000 on the counter and bank lobby floor plus another $1,100 on the ground near a drive up ATM outside the bank, according to court documents.

Caron told police Marquis and his aunt, who the couple was staying with, had an argument the morning of the robbery and Marquis’ aunt asked them to leave. They talked about ways to get money at a nearby restaurant, Caron told police.

She said she knew Marquis intended to rob the bank but didn’t think he would go through with his plan, according to court documents.

When they were pulled over, Marquis told police the money and knife were under the car’s passenger seat and police were able to find the remaining cash and a kitchen knife.

A pair of black gloves, a black mask and a black hooded sweatshirt were found in the backseat, according to court documents.

Marquis told detectives he owed his aunt tens of thousands of dollars he had borrowed to fund his addiction to pain killers and that he had lost his job a couple of years ago, according to court documents.

The armed bank robbery charge is punishable by as many as 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, but prosecutors have agreed to recommend a lighter sentence as part of the plea deal, according to court documents.

A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled, according to the court’s website.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached
at 594-6415 or jcote@nashua
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