Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Apprehend Suspect after Violent Assault in South End


At about 1:45 AM on Thursday, March 2, 2017, officers from District D-4 (South End) was flagged down by an assault victim in the area of 26 Chandler Street.

While on patrol, an officer observed a victim bleeding from the head and yelling for help in the above area. After contacting EMS for the victim, the officer was informed that the victim had been struck with a metal pan and a ceramic vase several times by the suspect, later identified as 31-year-old Michael Perry of Malden, before escaping the assault via the fire escape from the third-floor room where the suspect remained. Additional responding officers then observed Perry smashing the window of that room and throwing furniture and other objects out of the window. BPD Tactical units responded, and after several failed attempts to negotiate with Perry, they made entry into the room. When Perry continued to be erratic and uncooperative with police, officers deployed a taser to no avail. Perry then jumped from the window onto an awning, then fell to the ground where he continued in a violent struggle with officers. Officers tased the suspect once more before he was finally taken into custody. Perry was arrested and immediately transported to Boston Medical Center for evaluation and treatment. Perry will be charged with Assault and Battery by Means of Dangerous Weapon, Kidnapping, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Willful/Malicious Destruction of Property, and Resisting Arrest.

“This was clearly a very disturbed, violent person we were dealing with,” said Commissioner Evans. “My officers used a lot of restraint with a suspect who had proved himself to be reckless and dangerous. Thankfully the officers were able to rely on their training and experience to deescalate the situation enough to take him into custody."