Police announced the arrest of a 26-year-old Bridgewater man accused of robbing Banner Food Store at gunpoint.
According to authorities, Somerville Police responded to 130 E. Main Street at approximately 12:41 p.m. for a report of a robbery.
Upon arrival, the store employee told police he had been robbed and provided a description of the suspect.
Police initiated ensued a search he a man fitting the description of the suspect was located near Hamilton and Second Streets.
The suspect, later identified as Karriem Earp, was taken into custody after a brief struggle ensued.
During the struggle police reportedly recovered a “Ekol Botan” 9mm semi-automatic blank firing handgun from his Earp's waist area. Police also seized the proceeds from the convenience store robbery and 100 glassine wax folds of suspected heroin.
Earp has been charged with 1st degree robbery, 4th degree possession of an imitation handgun for an unlawful purpose, 3rd degree hindering apprehension, 3rd degree resisting arrest, and 3rd degree possession of CDS (Heroin) with the intent to distribute.
He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the Somerset County Jail.