At about 4:30 PM on Sunday, October 15, 2017, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for an armed robbery in the area of 177 State Street, Boston.
While en route to the call, officers received a description of the suspect via 911 dispatch. About two blocks from the location of the incident, officers observed a male fitting the suspect’s description holding a closed folding knife in one hand and cash in his other. Officers attempted to stop the male, giving several commands to drop the knife. The male refused all lawful commands, continuing to grasp the knife even as officers attempted to place him in handcuffs. As the male continued to resist, a struggle ensued during which the male finally dropped the knife and officers were able to place him into custody. The male, identified as 55-year-old James Graham of Boston, was identified as the suspect who showed a knife and grabbed cash from the register at the Tedeschi convenience store at the above address. Officers placed Graham under arrest and charged him with Armed Robbery, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Unlawfully Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, and Resisting Arrest. Graham was also found to have three outstanding warrants out of various jurisdictions.