Keeping Boston Safe: Officers in the Right Place at the Right Time to Catch Armed Carjackers


At about 1:00 AM on Sunday, July 24, 2016, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force observed an unknown male operating a motor scooter without a helmet or headlight in the area of Humboldt Avenue and Waumbeck Streets in District B-2 (Roxbury).

Officers attempted to conduct a stop of the vehicle which proceeded into Trotter Park where they lost sight of the scooter and operator. As officers pulled up to the park entrance, they observed two different males running toward them and looking back over their shoulders as they ran. Officers stopped these males for trespassing in the park after dark and conducted a pat frisk for their safety. Officers recovered a large black Bowie knife from the first male, later identified as 25-year-old Cody Brown of Dorchester. As officers spoke with the males, they were approached by the unknown male on the scooter whom they had originally followed into the park. The male on the scooter explained to officers that the males they had stopped had carjacked him earlier in the evening. The victim reported that while asleep in his SUV, the males had dragged him out by his shirt, assaulted him, and then drove away in the victim’s vehicle. The victim stated he then went to his friend’s house, borrowed his scooter, and was out looking for the suspects when the officers stopped them in the park. Officers recovered the car key to the victim’s vehicle in Brown’s pants pocket.

Both Brown and the second male, 20-year-old Raquawn Givens of Dorchester, were placed under arrest and charged with Armed Carjacking and Trespassing. Brown was additionally charged with Unlawfully Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, and Givens was additionally charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class C Drugs after officers recovered a plastic bag containing over 20 Xanax pills from his person.