Victim Fights Off Attacker - Police Arrest Suspect After Violent Armed Robbery in the Fenway


At about 2:21 AM on Sunday, October 25, 2015, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a person screaming in the area of 137 Park Drive.

On arrival, officers located a female victim who stated that she had just been slashed and robbed by a male suspect armed with a knife. The victim stated that while walking in the rear alley of the building she heard a person running up behind her. When she turned around, she was immediately attacked by the suspect who pushed her to the ground while attempting to take her purse. The suspect then pulled out a large knife and threatened to kill her. The victim fought back, kicking and striking the suspect several times until he fled the area on foot. The victim sustained a knife wound during the violent struggle. After providing a detailed suspect description, the victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Officers canvased the area and came upon a male matching the given description being chased down Saint Stephen Street by a Northeastern University Police Officer. Officers cut off the suspect’s path of flight and wrestled him to the ground, taking him into custody without further incident. Officers recovered several personal items belonging to the victim from the suspect, as well as a knife which had been discarded during the foot pursuit. Wayne Barber, 53, of Dorchester, will be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on charges of Armed Robbery, Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon, and Assault with Intent to Murder.

Tips For Ensuring Personal Safety:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night.
  • When parking, walking or returning to your car, travel in well-lit and populated areas.
  • Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.
  • Be watchful and aware. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of passing vehicles. Don’t become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device.
  • Avoid walking alone late at night. Walk with friends and people you know.
  • Keep a whistle within reach. If threatened, use the whistle to signal residents for help. Yelling “Fire!” “Help!” or “Rape!” are ways of drawing attention and alerting people of your situation.
  • Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
  • Carry a cell phone and call ahead to your destination to alert them that you’re on the way. Make sure you’re expected at a certain time, so in the event you fail to show up, those expecting you will know enough to begin looking for you.
  • Walk with confidence. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts. Anyone at anytime can be a victim of crime so never assume, “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”
  • If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to defend, distract, or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.
  • If you think that someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk towards an open store, restaurant or residence.