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Benjamin Will of Florence held on $100,000 bail after allegedly robbing woman at knifepoint

Benjamin D. Will, 26, of 58 South Main St., pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Northampton District Court before Judge W. Michael Goggins to one count of armed robbery.

According to police, the woman was on the Nagle Walkway going to her car in the Hampton Avenue parking lot about 1:15 a.m. Sunday when Will blocked her path, grabbed her purse and threatened her with a knife.

Will allegedly ripped the purse from the woman’s wrist and ran toward the Roundhouse parking lot, according to police.

Goggins agreed to impound all identifying information about the victim from court records.

According to police, Will was a suspect in an unrelated breaking and entering and was arrested about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on a warrant issued by Hampshire Superior Court on a charge of violating the conditions of his probation.

While in custody, Will allegedly admitted to committing the armed robbery because he was “desperate” for a heroin fix and needed money. Will’s account of the robbery matched the statement given by the alleged victim, police said.

Will is due back in court July 9 for a hearing to determine if a change in bail is warranted.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@gazettenet.com.

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