A young man from Newbridge who hit the international headlines last week for allegedly demaning a cannoli from a Boston bakery worker at knifepoint was due in Boston Municipal Court yesterday (Monday).
The Kildare man, Robert McTernan (25), was charged with one count of armed robbery which allegedly took place in the early hours of Thursday morning last.
The chartered accountant, who reportedly arrived in Boston just hours before the incident for a two-week holiday, is accused of entering the kitchen of the family run Bova Bakery in the North End shortly after 3.30am, picking up a blue-handled knife, and concealing it by placing it against his forearm. The 25-year-old then reportedly demanded a cheese pastry called a cannoli.
Once handed the cannoli, Mr McTernan allegedly held his finger to his lips and told the employee to “shush.”
He was arrested shortly afterwards, but police were reportedly unable to locate the knife during a search.
The Leader understands that Mr McTernan pleaded not guilty at Boston Municipal Court last week, where a judge granted him $2,000 (€1,524) cash bail.
He was ordered to surrender his passport and was due back in court yesterday (Monday).
Bova’s Bakery, which is located at the corner of Prince and Salem is family-owned and has been in operation since 1932.
The Leinster Leader contacted the bakery but the owner Anthony Bova was unavailable for comment. The story was carried by media outlets across America.
- Paula Campbell