Haverhill Man Gets Four Years in Prison for 2018 Armed Red Hen Market Robbery

Red Hen Market. (File photograph)

A Haverhill man is set to spend three to four years behind bars for his role in the November 2018 armed robbery of River Street’s Red Hen Market, Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett’s office tells WHAV.

Joseph Fowler saw his original charge of armed robbery while masked reduced to armed robbery as the result of a guilty plea deal in Salem Superior Court this week and apologized when accepting his sentence, Blodgett’s spokeswoman Carrie Kimball said.

As WHAV previously reported, Fowler was arrested by Lowell Police in December 2018 on a warrant out of Haverhill in the wake of what police say was a brazen daytime cash grab in which he entered the River Street convenience store appearing to purchase a lottery ticket and candy bar and instead demanded cash from the clerk. On his way out of the store, police say Fowler dropped a knife.

Police were alerted to Fowler’s whereabouts after surveillance images of the incident were circulated to media outlets and a relative contacted authorities, Kimball said.

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