Yesterday afternoon, on Wednesday November 30, 2016, the Boston Police Department and the City of Boston Credit Union recognized Officer Leoutrah Tabb for her actions in the line of duty on Thursday October 27, 2016, when a would be bank robber entered the Credit Union located at 77 Spring Street in West Roxbury. Officer Tabb, a 31 year veteran assigned to District E-5, was working a paid detail at the bank when the suspect, a 51 year old male from Dorchester, walked in wearing a mask over his face and carrying a bag in his hand. When Officer Tabb observed him enter, she instructed him to remove the mask to which he responded, “You give me your gun…” She quickly declined and instead repeated her verbal commands to the suspect. After a brief standoff, not knowing if a weapon was inside the bag, Officer Tabb ripped it out of the suspect’s hand at which time he fled on foot out of the bank. She 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, Officer Tabb 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 two 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 was later arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Attempt to Commit a Crime, Attempted Robbery, Receiving Stolen Property and Operating without a License.
For her courageous actions to protect the lives and property of the employees and members of the Credit Union, Officer Leoutrah Tabb was presented with a Commissioner’s Commendation from the Boston Police Department and a special award of recognition from the City of Boston Credit Union.