At about 8:15 AM on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) served a warrant for the arrest of a 17-year-old juvenile responsible for a string of robberies of taxi cab and Uber drivers in the area of Dacia Street.
On March 22, officers at the front desk of District B-2 took walk-in reports for three separate incidents in which two to three young males entered a taxi or Uber vehicle, then one demanded money from the driver. Detectives immediately launched an investigation, but meanwhile, the suspects struck 4 more times in District B-2 and at least twice in District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) over four days, each report made at the station after the crime had long been completed. After extensive investigation into statements and evidence collected by BPD detectives, they were able to identify the primary suspect and obtain an arrest warrant for the 17-year-old juvenile from Roxbury.
During the juvenile’s arrest on April 6, the suspect became combative, spitting on and kneeing the arresting officers. In addition to the warrant for Unarmed Robbery, the juvenile will also answer to two charges of Assault and Battery on a Police Officer.
"I would like to recognize and commend the great work of my detectives and officers who assisted in identifying and arresting this violent individual," said Commissioner Evans. "Time can be of the essence when investigating crimes. I am grateful that no victim was seriously injured by this individual and he was taken into custody before he could strike again."