Keeping Boston Safe: Collaborative Efforts Allow Officers to Arrest Hit-and-Run Suspect Downtown


At about 6:15 PM on Saturday, July 16, 2016, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a motor vehicle crash in the area of 70 Rowes Wharf.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with a Homeland Security officer and Boston Harbor Hotel Security officer, who were standing by with a male in custody, later identified as 26-year-old Jesse George Rausch of Enfield, CT. The hotel security officer reported Rausch had struck several cars with his motor vehicle then attempted to flee on foot. A passerby assisted the security officer in stopping Rausch, and the nearby Homeland Security officer placed him in handcuffs to detain him from leaving the scene until BPD arrived.

Boston police officers' preliminary canvas of Rausch’s vehicle revealed a large nitrous oxide tank, which was quickly cleared and made safe by the BPD Bomb Squad. A pat frisk of Rausch revealed multiple tabs of what appeared to be acid and a glass vial of what appeared to be crystal meth. An inventory search of the vehicle also revealed a large quantity of Rice Krispies Treats and Trix Treats packaged for sale that appeared to be laced with a hallucinogen, a pill bottle containing a green-brown substance believed to be hashish, over $1200 in US currency, and various drug paraphernalia. All evidence was seized from the suspect. In addition, Rausch displayed signs of being under the influence of drugs.

Officers arrested Rausch and charged him with Operating under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, four counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs (LSD), Possession of Class C Drugs, two counts of Possession of Class D Drugs, and Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Crash Causing Personal Injury and Property Damage.