Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Detail Officer Refuses to Surrender Firearm to Would Be Bank Robber in West Roxbury


At about 3:55 PM on Thursday October 27, 2016, a would be bank robber entered the City of Boston Credit Union located at 77 Spring Street in West Roxbury where he was surprised to see a Boston Police Officer working a paid detail.  The suspect, later identified as Richard Cassano, 51, of Dorchester, walked into the bank wearing a mask over his face and carrying a bag in his hand.  When the officer observed him enter, she instructed him to remove the mask to which he responded, “You give me your gun…”  The officer declined and instead repeated her verbal commands to the suspect.  After a brief standoff, not knowing if a weapon was inside the bag, the officer ripped it out of the suspect’s hand at which time he fled on foot out of the bank.  The officer followed the suspect to the rear of the building where she observed the suspect flee the scene in a small red sedan.  During the brief foot pursuit, the detail officer had been broadcasting over her radio which prompted a response from additional units.  The first to arrive on scene was a Boston Police Captain who stopped to pick up the detail officer on Spring Street near Springvale Avenue.  The officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle a short time later in the area of Baker Street near Spring Street.  As the officers approached the suspect vehicle, he immediately opened the driver’s side door and put his hands in the air at which time he was taken into custody without further incident.  It was later determined that the suspect did not possess a valid driver’s license and the car he was operating had been reported stolen.  The suspect will appear in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Attempt to Commit a Crime, Attempted Robbery, Receiving Stolen Property and Operating without a License.