At about 5:39 PM, Wednesday, February 26, 2014 officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a robbery in progress in the area of 101 Arch Street in the Downtown area.
On arrival, officers observed a group of people holding a male suspect down on the ground. Officer placed handcuffs on the suspect for officer safety and spoke with individuals on scene to ascertain what had just occurred. A female victim on scene stated she was dining with her roommate at Wendy's at 71 Summer Street. The victim further explained that she left the table to go the bathroom and left her hand bag at the table with her roommate. When she returned, her bag and her roommate were gone. Officers spoke with the roommate, who stated she was sitting at the table and observed the suspect take the victim’s handbag from the table and flee the restaurant on foot. The witness gave chase up Summer Street and down Arch Street. Several bystanders observed the chase take place and also gave chase of the suspect. In front of 101 Arch Street, the bystanders were able to stop the suspect and detain him. The victim recovered her black leather hand bag from the suspect. The victim reported there were no items missing from the bag and all her insulin medication, which is valued at approximately $1000, was recovered.
Officers arrested Stephen Gauthier, 26, of Melrose and charged him with Larceny over $250.