Vigilant Officers Nab Serial Armed Robbers

On Wednesday October 13, 2010 around 11:01AM, officers responded to 396 Beacon Street in relation to a robbery that occurred at the intersection of Massachusetts Ave. and Boylston St. around 10:50AM.

On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who reported that two black males robbed him of his described Apple I-Phone while he was walking inbound on Boylston Street. The victim stated to officers that as he walking he observed the two suspects cross the street toward him. One of the suspects, according to victim, upon nearing him stood in front of him with his hand in his right pocket (as if armed with a firearm) and exclaimed, “Give me your cell phone or I’ll shoot you!” The victim, not hearing the suspect, said “Excuse me!” at which point the suspect exclaimed, “Give me your phone!” An exchange took place between the suspects and the victim during which the suspects indicated to the victim that no one was around to help him and started counting down telling the victim that he would shoot him if he didn’t hand over his cell phone by the time that the suspect finished counting down.

The victim reported that he handed over his cell phone to the suspects and didn’t look back at the suspects until he was almost a whole block away and at that time noticed that the suspects were not in sight. Officers, after speaking to the victim, broadcast descriptions of the suspects to other officers in the area. Based on those descriptions, officers stopped two individuals matching the suspects’ descriptions in the rear of Westland Ave. around 11:45AM. The victim was transported to the location of the suspects and positively identified both suspects.

Pursuant to investigation after the arrest of the suspects, detectives were able to determine that the suspects were responsible for twelve (12) other robberies of cell phones in the Massachusetts Avenue/Newbury Street/Hemenway Street and Westland Avenue areas dating back to mid July.

The two suspects, Lamont T. Tracey, 19 and Arthur T. Willis, 19 both of Dorchester were arrested and charged with Armed Robbery and Receiving Stolen Property.

The suspects will be arraigned tomorrow at Boston Municipal Court.