Suspect in two armed robberies is arrested

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Cambridge police identified and arrested this man, who is suspected of armed robbery.

CAMBRIDGE — Cambridge police reported Monday morning that an arrest was made of a man suspected in two recent armed robberies.

On Sept. 4 at approximately 9 p.m., Cambridge Police received a call to respond to the grocery store Mercado Latino, at 124 Cedar St.

Upon officers’ arrival, employees in the establishment advised that a man had walked into the store with what appeared to be a rifle. The male demanded money from the employees, a statement from the Cambridge Police Department said. The employees turned over an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect.
After retrieving the video surveillance from the store, police determined that the weapon the suspect displayed was an AR-15.

There were no injuries as a result of the robbery.
On Sept. 11, at approximately 9:24 p.m. Cambridge Police responded to Tienda Velazques at 601 Race St. in reference to an armed robbery. Upon arrival, officers were able to observe surveillance footage and able to identify that the suspect matched the same description as an earlier armed robbery on Cedar Street. It was also determined that the suspect had robbed both stores using the same AR-15-style rifle.

The suspect once again demanded money at which time an undisclosed amount of cash was handed over and the suspect fled on foot. Detectives were able to obtain other surveillance footage from a nearby business which showed the suspect fleeing toward the area of Cemetery Avenue. Investigation lead to detectives obtaining a search and seizure warrant which was executed in the early morning hours on Sept. 12 at 414 Cemetery Ave.

Inside the residence officers located the suspect, identified as Salvador Padilla-Valadez Jr., 33 of Salisbury. Detectives were also able to locate the AR-15 style rifle along with other evidence.

Padilla-Valadez Jr. was charged with two counts of armed robbery, firearm charges, along with other related charges. He is being held in the Dorchester County Detention Center on no bond.

In other Cambridge police news:
On Sept. 11 at approximately 10:46 p.m., Cambridge Police were dispatched to a reported stabbing on Skinners Court. Upon arrival, officers located a male victim with deep lacerations to the neck, right shoulder, arm, and large puncture wound to the left side of the chest.

While tending to the victim, police located a suspect, identified as a 25-year-old Cambridge man, nearby. A report from police said the man was covered in blood.
It was determined that an argument between the suspect and the victim turned physical when the suspect grabbed a knife from his residence and attacked the victim. Tahrique N. Hutchins was charged with 1st and 2nd degree attempted murder, assault and other related charges.

It was also alleged that Hutchins assaulted another female subject earlier in the day, causing injury to her face and eye. Tahrique N. Hutchins was additionally charged with 2nd degree assault in that incident as well. Hutchins is being held in the Dorchester County Detention Center on no bond.
The victim of the stabbing was reported to be in stable condition on Monday morning.