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Springfield man denies hypodermic needle robbery



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Sunday, November 12, 2017

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man denied charges in Hampshire Superior Court Friday that he robbed a Subway sandwich shop with a hypodermic needle.

Jason M. Houle, 46, pleaded not guilty to charges of armed robbery and assault by means of hypodermic needle. He is represented by attorney Jon Heyman.

The incident occurred on Dec. 8, 2015, at Subway’s eatery at 161 College Highway (Route 10).

Houle allegedly pulled out a hypodermic needle, held it in a “threatening manner” and demanded the employee give him all of the money in the cash register, according to police. Houle was able to take an undisclosed amount of money.

Police looked through video footage of the Subway store and nearby establishments and found a man fitting the description by the Opa Opa Steakhouse and Brewery. The next day, police investigated the area by the steakhouse and found a hypodermic needle, Goyette said.

The needle went through a DNA analysis and results came back recently with a match on Houle.

He was originally arraigned in Northampton District Court on May 12, 2017.

Houle is being held on $5,000 cash bail.

Emily Cutts can be reached at ecutts@gazettenet.com.