Daily Dose Of Great Police Work: Local 'Cabbies' Assist Police in Locating Carjacking Suspect from Charlestown

 

At about 3:56am, on Sunday, January 26, 2014, officers from District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a radio call for a carjacking at 140 Main Street (Tedeschi) in Charlestown.

On arrival, officers spoke to the victim (a cab driver) who stated that a suspect (described as a black male, in his 20's, wearing a dark jacket and black scally hat) stole his Green Cab.  The victim reported that he pulled into the Tedeschi's parking lot and, upon doing so, observed store employees having a verbal altercation with the suspect described herein. At the end of the argument, the victim states that the suspect approached his cab, got into the rear passenger seat of his taxi and stated, "Take me to Bunker Hill Street and Corey Street." Given the fact that the suspect appeared to be intoxicated and had just been involved in a verbal altercation with Tedeschi employees, the victim instructed the suspect to get out of his cab. The victim further states that when he attempted to remove the suspect from his taxi, the suspect slid across the back seat and got out on the driver side. The victim states, after a brief struggle, the suspect jumped into the driver’s seat of the cab and drove off at a high rate of speed. 

Officers promptly broadcast a description of both the suspect and taxi over the police radio. Multiple units from both District A-1 (Downtown) and A-15 (Charlestown) began to canvass the surrounding areas in an effort to locate the taxi and suspect.

A short time later, another cab driver observed the stolen taxi in the area of Massachusetts Avenue. Officers subsequently located the stolen taxi on Columbia Road in the area of the Route 93 ramp. The male operator, Sakaria Mohamud, 30, of Charlestown, was positively identified by the victim and several witnesses as the individual who stole his cab.

Sakaria Mohamud was placed under arrest and charged with Carjacking, Assault and Battery (Victim Over 65) and Shoplifting Under $50.  Mohamud is expected to appear in Charlestown District Court on Monday.