At about 12:07 AM on Friday, February 21, 2014, officers in District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a radio call for a person with a knife in the area of Bennington Street and Marion Street.
Upon arrival, the officers spoke with the victim who reported two unknown males approached him, stuck a hard unknown object in his back, and told him to give them his money and wallet. The victim stated he handed over his cell phone and a bottle of Gucci cologne. The victim reported the suspects fled, and the victim contacted 911. The victim described the suspects as two males, one wearing a dark blue baseball cap and black jacket and the second wearing a dark jacket. While canvassing the area, officers observed fresh footprints in the snow in a yard in the area of 202 London Street. The officer followed the footprints and observed a blue cap lying on top of the snow. The officers then observed two males fitting the suspects’ descriptions hiding behind trash barrels in the alley near 202 London Street. Officers were able to apprehend the suspects, and they were positively identified as the individuals who had robbed him earlier. The victim’s cell phone was recovered from the suspects, as well as two other cell phones, other electronics, a bottle of Gucci cologne, and an undisclosed amount of US currency. Officers were able to link some of these items to two other armed robbery incidents that had been reported in the same area over the previous two hours.
A 16-year-old juvenile and 19-year-old German Mejia Salmeron, both of East Boston, were arrested and each charged with two counts of Armed Robbery and three counts of Intimidation of a Witness.