Irish tourist accused of US armed robbery

Michael Lavery

An Irish tourist was today facing armed robbery charges in Boston.

Prosecutors say that hours after Robert McTernan (25), of Newbridge, Co Kildare, landed in Boston for a two-week holiday, he entered Bovas Bakery in the city's North End.

They allege that he walked into the bakery around 3.30am on Thursday and picked up a kitchen knife.

It is claimed that he then walked up to a bakery worker and demanded a cheese pastry. The worker handed it over then called police.

Officers found him outside and arrested him on an armed robbery charge. They could not find a knife.

McTernan pleaded not guilty at Boston Municipal Court, where a judge granted him $2,000 (€1,524) cash bail.

He was ordered to surrender his passport and is due back in court next week.

A local TV station showed surveillance film of what it said was the Irishman walking into the bakery and eating a pastry on the way out.

The story was carried by media outlets across America.