POLICE ARREST SUSPECT FOR INTENT TO MURDER IN EAST BOSTONAt about 2:04am, on Saturday, August 30, 2008, officers from Area A-7 (East Boston) responded to a radio call for persons stabbed in the area of 85 Trenton Street. On arrival, officers located four individuals (four Hispanic males) suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds. Two of the victims were transported to Mass General with non-life threatening injuries while two were transported to the Boston Medical Center with life threatening injuries. According to witnesses, the victims were sitting on a porch in front of 85 Trenton Street when a group of kids came walking up the street. Witnesses further state, as the kids were passing the porch, a member of the group pulled out a knife and began walking towards the victims. During the altercation, the four victims were stabbed.
A description of the suspect and/or suspects was promptly broadcast over the police radio. In short time, officers were able to locate an individual matching the description provided by the victims. The suspect was brought back to the location of the incident. Once there, witnesses were able to positively identify the suspect. Officers arrested Roberto Soto, 18, of East Boston and charged him with Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Knife) and Assault with Intent to Murder.
The Boston Police Department is currently investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Area A-7 detectives at (617) 343-4234. Individuals who wish to remain anonymous can either call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800)494-TIPS or text the word \’TIP\’ to CRIME (27463).
At about 11:05pm, on Friday, August 29, 2008, officers from Area B-2 (Roxbury) observed a white motor vehicle, with damage to its front end, speeding along Dudley Street while dragging the front bumper. Due to the fact that the windows were down, officers were able to get a good look at the operator of the vehicle. After losing sight of the car, officers re-located the car parked in an alley in the area of 442 Dudley Street. When officers looked inside the motor vehicle, the car was unoccupied. A search of the immediate area for operator proved unsuccessful. In short time, an individual walked into the police station to make a report stating his car had been stolen. The car being reported as stolen was the same one officers had located inside the alley.
When officers returned to the station to speak to the owner, officers noted that the person reporting the car as stolen was, in fact, the same person officers had observed operating the car. Given the coincidence, officers arrested the owner/operator, Marlon Pontes, 24, of Quincy and charged him with Operating Under the Influence (Alcohol), Driving to Endanger and Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Property Damage). According to witnesses, earlier in the evening, the suspect’s motor vehicle had struck several cars in the area of Fox Street before leaving the scene.
At about 10:55pm, on Thursday, August 28, 2008, officers from Area E-5 (West Roxbury) were on patrol in the area of Fallon Field when officers observed a large group of kids hanging out inside the park. While approaching the kids, officers heard what sounded like beer cans being tossed to the ground. Once on scene, officers observed beer cans and plastic cups scattered all over the ground. While speaking to the individuals, officers noted that the individuals appeared to be intoxicated due to the strong odor of alcohol emanating from the suspects. Officers arrested ten individuals and charged them all with Drinking in Public. Several were charged with the Unlawful Possession of Alcohol.