Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Ever Alert & Attentive BPD Officers Run Down & Apprehend Suspect Wanted in Connection to the Robbery of Two Downtown Pharmacies - About 6:31am, on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for an attempted armed robbery at 587 Boylston Street (CVS Store). On arrival, officers spoke with store employees who stated at an individual entered the store, stated he had a firearm and demanded all of the store’s supply of adderall. After being told it would take a several minutes to meet his demands, the suspect presumably grew impatient and left the store. Although threatened, store employees say the suspect never showed or brandished a firearm. The suspect was described a light skinned black male wearing a green puffy jacket, salmon pants and brown boots. Officers conducted a search of the area for the suspect but were unsuccessful in their efforts to locate him.
Approximately an hour later, at about 7:30am, on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for an unarmed robbery at 620 Washington Street (Walgreens). On arrival, officers spoke with store employees who stated the pharmacy had been robbed by an individual who entered the store and demanded Adderall pills. After securing/stealing the two bottles of the orange pills, the suspect fled the store on foot. The suspect was described as a light skinned black male, wearing a cream-colored winter hat, black and green jacket with a black hoodie, a bright blue t-shirt and red pants. Officers conducted a search of the area for the suspect but were unsuccessful in their efforts to locate him.
About 45 minutes later, at about 8:14am, on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for an attempted carjacking in the area of Commonwealth Ave & Massachusetts Ave. While in route to the call, the BPD dispatcher updated officers that the suspect had failed in his efforts to carjack the vehicle and was last seen running on foot in the area of Mass Ave and Cambridge Street. The suspect was described as a black male in his thirties, stocky build, wearing a green jacket with gray sweatpants. In short time, officers located an individual fitting the description of the suspect in the rear of 205 Newbury Street. However, when told to stop, the individual ignored the officer’s legal instructions and took off on running. Based on the information that the suspect might be armed, department firearms were drawn when officers caught up to and confronted the suspect a second time. When again issued legal instructions commanding him to stop and show his hands, the suspect ignored the officers and began clutching at his waist area. At this point, several officers converged on the suspect, took him to the ground and handcuffed him.
Officers arrested Kerry Bell, 37, of Boston and charged him with Carjacking, Resisting Arrest and Assault by means of a Dangerous Weapon (knife).
A search of the suspect enabled officers to locate and recover a plastic Walgreens bag containing several orange pills later proven to be the adderall stolen from the Walgreens pharmacy at 620 Washington Street.
The identity of the suspect was later confirmed by Walgreen employees during a bring back procedure in which the suspect was returned to the scene of the earlier incident for identification purposes. Upon seeing the suspect, one of the employees stated: “That’s him.”
As such, Mr. Bell was additionally charged with Unarmed Robbery.