BPD’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit Displays Extraordinary Restraint While Arresting Suspect Wanted for Non-Fatal Stabbing in Mattapan

 

BPD’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit Displays Extraordinary Restraint While Arresting Suspect Wanted for Non-Fatal Stabbing in Mattapan:  On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, officers responded to a call for a person stabbed at 435 River Street in Mattapan.  On arrival, officers observed the victim, a 42 year-old female, suffering from multiple stab wounds. Officers quickly rendered first aid and comforted the victim until EMS arrived on scene. According to the victim, her son had stabbed her. The victim was subsequently transported to Boston Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. A search of the surrounding area for the suspect, Matthew Davis, 25, of Roxbury, proved unsuccessful.  Less than 24 hours later, however, officers assigned to the BPD’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit located the suspect inside 157 Adams Street in Dorchester. Upon entering the location, officers observed the suspect standing atop a stairway leading to an upper floor. Upon seeing the officers, the suspect immediately and implausibly thrust his hands into his waistband area. Fearing the presence of a weapon, officers immediately unholstered their department issued firearms and ordered the suspect to show his hands. Instead of quickly complying, the suspect chose to stare blankly at the officers. After several additional verbal commands instructing the suspect to remove his hands from his waistband area, the suspect finally complied. However, as officers moved in to handcuff the suspect, the suspect again inexplicably grabbed for an unknown object in his waist area, later shown to be an 8” knife. Fortunately, officers were able to secure the suspect’s arms before he could arm himself.  Said one of the officers on scene, “That guy’s lucky he didn’t get shot.” Davis was arrested and charged with Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (knife). Suspect to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on Thursday (11-19-2015).