BPD Officers Display Tremendous Restraint While Disarming Knife-Wielding Suspect Outside Elementary School in East Boston

BPD Officers display tremendous restraint while disarming knife-wielding suspect outside elementary school in East Boston: At about 8:40am, on September 8, 2016, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a call for a man with a knife outside the Otis Elementary School at 218 Marion Street in East Boston. On arrival, officers quickly located the man with the knife and took him into custody. A search of the suspect, who appeared to be heavily intoxicated, enabled officers to confiscate a 9” kitchen knife (see photo). According to several witnesses, the suspect had threatened several parents accompanying their kids to school. According to one victim, the suspect showed the knife and threatened her with it as she walked past him with her 4-year-old son on Marion Street. Upon seeing the knife, the victim states she quickly grabbed her child and crossed the street to avoid any further interaction with the suspect. Officers arrested a 36-year-old male from East Boston and charged him with four (4) counts of Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Knife). Said a school administrator: “We really appreciate the response and handling of the incident by the Boston Police Officers who arrived on scene. They promptly apprehended the suspect and made every effort to disarm the man in such a way so as not to alarm or place in fear many of our kids still arriving for school. Clearly, the officers were aware of the presence of our children and did everything in their power to downplay the serious nature of the call for their benefit.”