Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Arrest Suspect in Somerville After Armed Carjacking in Charlestown


At about 8:30 PM on Monday August 15, 2016, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) and the City Wide Mobile Operations Unit made an onsite arrest after a call for an armed carjacking in the area of 437 Rutherford Avenue.  A male victim had just started his car when the suspect, Jonathan Daniell, 28, of Arlington, suddenly opened the driver’s side door and stated “Get out!  I need your car!”  The suspect had his hand hidden underneath his shirt and was gesturing as though he was armed with a firearm.  Fearing for his life, the victim complied and the suspect drove away at a high rate of speed, nearly causing an accident as he pulled out into traffic. A short time later, officers assigned to a city wide tactical car observed the vehicle on Cambridge Street and attempted to pull it over.  Additional responding units were eventually able to block in the vehicle and remove the driver without further incident in the area of 33 Parker Street in Somerville.  As the officers were placing the suspect in custody, they carefully removed several hypodermic needles and $139.00 in cash from the suspect’s pockets.  No firearm was located or recovered from the suspect or the vehicle. 

Somerville Police soon arrived on scene and informed the officers that the suspect matched the description of a suspect who had just committed an armed robbery on their jurisdiction in the area of 4 Broadway Street.  When asked if he had just robbed someone, the suspect replied, “Yeah.”  In a coordinated effort by both agencies, the suspect was positively identified in each incident.  Officers later determined that the suspect’s license had been suspended and that he was wanted on an outstanding warrant for drug related offenses.  The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Armed Carjacking and Operating a Motor Vehicle After Revocation or Suspension.  The suspect will be charged separately for the armed robbery which occurred in Somerville.