At about 8:31am, on Thursday, June 30, 2011, officers from Area D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a person causing a disturbance in the area of 146 Dartmouth Street. On arrival, officers observed the suspect, described as a Hispanic male wearing no shirt and baggy jeans, pacing back and forth in front of the entrance to the Copley Mall near Neiman Marcus. Officers spoke to security personnel who confirmed that the individual in front of the store was – in fact – the individual causing the disturbance. Security personnel further stated that they wanted the suspect removed from the property. Officers approached the suspect and informed him that he was no longer welcome on the property. While talking to the suspect, officers noted that the suspect appeared to be concealing something in his right hand. Specifically, the suspect appeared to be concealing something while holding a black hat in his hand. Fearing the presence of a weapon, officers instructed the suspect to drop the hat and show them his right hand. However, instead of complying with the officer’s legal instructions, the suspect became increasingly agitated and refused. As officers continued to instruct the suspect to drop the hat, the suspect moved towards the officers and began shouting, “Just shoot me!!! Shoot me!!!” Still unable to determine whether the suspect was armed, officers made a point to create distance between themselves and the suspect.
At this time, the suspect began pointing his hand, still covered by the hat, directly at officers in such a way as to suggest the suspect was in possession of a weapon.
After refusing to acknowledge or obey the constant and continuous stream of commands instructing him drop the hat and show his hands, the suspect was subdued when officers employed the use of less-than-lethal weaponry. Upon being struck by a pliable projectile round, the suspect dropped the hat. After a violent physical struggle, officers were able to apprehend the suspect. While attempting to apprehend the suspect, officers observed the suspect attempting to digest a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine.
Officers arrested Max Corona, 27, of Boston and charged him with Disturbing the Peace, Possession of a Class B Drug (cocaine), Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon on a Police Officer and Assault & Battery on a Police Officer.
The suspect was transported to the Boston Medical Center for further evaluation.
Seized and turned in as evidence was a small bag of a white powdery substance, believed to be crack cocaine, which the suspect had on his person during the incident.