DETAIL OFFICERS ONCE AGAIN PROVE THEIR VALUE AND PLAY VALUABLE ROLE IN THE ARREST OF SUSPECT WANTED FOR ROBBING CAB STAND IN BOSTON
At about 9:55am, on Monday, November 9, 2009, officers from Area D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun at Boston Cab Dispatch located at 60 Kilmarnock Street. While in route to the call, officers learned via the Boston Police radio that the suspects (two dark-skinned males) while driving a white Honda, had just been seen fleeing the area. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim (an employee of the cab company) who stated that two suspects entered the store, showed a firearm and demanded money. Officers observed a laceration on the victim’s forehead. According to the victim, one of the suspects struck him in the head with the firearm. The victim was treated for a non life-threatening injury. According to the victim, the suspects, after obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, fled the scene in a white motor vehicle in the direction of Kilmarnock Street. A description of the suspects and their motor vehicle was promptly broadcast over the police radio.
In short time, an officer performing a paid detail observed an individual who matched the description of one of the suspects enter a taxi cab in the area of the Hemenway and Boylston Streets. Once the suspect entered the cab, the detail officer observed the suspect quickly slump down in the back of the cab. Given these observations, the detail officer approached and stopped the cab in the area of Commonwealth Ave and Charlesgate West. Given the earlier broadcast advising and alerting officers that the suspects were armed, officers (with guns drawn) instructed the suspect to exit the cab with his hands in the air. A search of the cab enabled officers to locate and take possession of two firearms and two white bags containing an undisclosed amount of money.
Officers arrested Gerald Hill, 47, of Boston and charged him with Armed Robbery, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firerarm on a Public Way and Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun).
Another officer performing a paid detail was able to locate the white Honda (which had been used as the suspect’s get-a-way car) in the area of Boylston and Ipswich Streets. The car, which had been reported stolen out of Newton, was towed.