DETAIL OFFICERS HELP IN THE SEPARATE ARRESTS OF TWO ARMED SUSPECTS
ARREST #1 @ 7:46am:
At about 7:46am, on Thursday, July 15, 2010, officers from Area D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for an armed robbery in progress at the intersection of Worcester Square and Tremont Street. While en route to the call, Boston Police Operations (Channel 5) broadcast a description of the suspect over the police radio. The suspect was described as a black male, in his twenties, wearing a gray-hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans. According to the victim, the suspect approached her from behind, showed a knife and demanded money. After getting the victim’s wallet, the victim says the suspect fled on foot in the direction of Worcester Square.
An officer performing a paid detail in the area of Massachusetts Avenue and Shawmut Avenue observed an individual who matched the description of the suspect. As a result, the detail officer called in his observations and began to follow the suspect. In short time, back up units arrived and the suspect was stopped. As officers were approaching the suspect, officers observed the suspect quickly toss aside or drop several items under a parked car. Upon retrieving the objects, officers discovered that the discarded items (personnel papers, various ID’s, credit cards, bank card) belonged to the victim of the armed robbery. While the suspect was being detained, the victim was brought to the scene. Upon seeing the suspect, the victim stated, “That’s him.” A search of the suspect enabled officer to locate and take possession of a large knife.
Officers arrested a 21 year-old male from Dorchester and charged him with Armed Robbery.
ARREST #2 @ 9:00am:
At about 9:00am, on Thursday, July 15, 2010, an officer performing a paid construction detail in the area of Massachusetts Ave and Tremont Street stopped a motor vehicle wanted in connection with a radio call for a person with a gun. According to the victim, he was driving in traffic when a man in a blue car cut him off, waived a gun at him and yelled, “Don’t be stupid.” According to the victim, the incident took place in the area of Tremont and Melnea Cass Blvd. Upon hearing the radio call, the description of the blue car and the fact that it was heading in his direction, the detail officer began looking for the suspect’s car. Upon seeing the car at the intersection of Mass Ave and Tremont Streets, the detail officer approached the motor vehicle. With the car stopped, the detail officer asked the operator if he had been involved in an earlier altercation. In answer to the question, the operator stated, “Yah, another guy tried to cut me off.”
At this point, the detail officer instructed the operator to fully pull his car to the side of the road. However, instead of complying, the suspect took off an effort to flee the area. At this point, the detail officer got on his police radio and broadcast the suspect vehicle’s direction of flight. In short time, a 2nd officer performing a paid detail got on his police radio and informed officers that he, too, had just seen the suspect’s vehicle drive by him in the area of Mass Ave.
A short time later, a 3rd detail officer observed the suspect vehicle come to a stop in the area of Shawmut Ave and Northampton Street. As the detail officer approached the car, the officer observed a black male exit the car and take off on foot. Officers also observed the passenger in the car (a white female) move into the driver’s seat and take off. Seeing this, the detail officer began to pursue the suspect on foot.
While pursuing the suspect, officers heard several witnesses yell, “He has a gun.” Officers continued to pursue the armed suspect down Washington Street. Officers observed the suspect run down an alleyway in the area of 1855 Washington Street. Upon turning the corner, witnesses told officers that they observed the man toss an object to the ground. Officers located and took possession of a black firearm.
A short time later, a 4th detail officer located the suspect and took him into custody. When asked if he was in possession of any weapons, the suspect stated, “Not anymore.”
Officers arrested a 26 year-old male from Boston and charged him with Refusal to Submit to a Police Officer, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of Firearm with Altered Serial Numbers and Driving to Endanger.
Officers also located and stopped the suspect’s motor vehicle in the area of Shawmut Ave and Camden Street. Upon stopping the car, officers located and took possession of two magazines loaded with ammunition.