Lettuce Thief Attempts to Rob Woman While Being Pursued

On Wednesday, November 18, 2009, at approximately 4:47pm, Boston Police Officers, assigned out of Area D-4 (Back Bay), responded to the Shaws Supermarket located at 53 Huntington Avenue for a report of an attempted robbery.

A loss prevention officer observed a male steal various items from the salad bar and walk out of the store. This individual was known to the loss prevention officer for he was observed stealing from the store in the past. The security officer followed the suspect and observed him approach a female on Huntington Avenue and make an aggressive move towards her. Fearing for her safety, the security officer intervened and took hold of the suspect until the police arrived.

BPD Officers spoke with the female victim and learned she was attempting to enter her house when she was approached by the male, who stated, “Give me your money…Give me your money.” The female added that the suspect was “Stuffing salad into his mouth” as he demanded her money. The victim jumped back to avoid his advances before the security officer assisted. The victim informed officers that she believed the suspect was going to take her purse and push her down the stairs.

The victim was able to identify the suspect and he was placed into custody. Officers arrested Hector Tetzaguic, 38, of Dorchester on the charges of Shoplifting and Attempted Larceny from a Person.