Over the past 36 hours, members of the Boston Police Department investigated three separate armed robberies that occurred between 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM on Thursday, September 21, 2017 in the Fields Corner/Meeting House Hill area of Dorchester. A fourth similar robbery also occurred on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 8:00 AM. At about 8:30 AM, a fifth incident occurred approximately half a mile away. In each incident, a female victim reported she was robbed of property by a male with a knife. In the fifth incident, the suspect robbed the victim at gunpoint and then sexually assaulted her. In all five reports, the victims gave similar descriptions of the suspect, his clothing, and behavior.
Due to the close proximity of the incidents and the similarity in the suspect descriptions, valuables targeted, and modus operandi of the suspect, detectives believed these incidents may be related. Investigators at the Boston Police Department, Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC), and outside agencies worked quickly to make these connections and gather evidence in each case. Within only a few hours, detectives had identified a suspect and set up surveillance at his residence. Shortly after on Friday afternoon, officers arrested the suspect, identified as 18-year-old Jude Despage of Dorchester. Despage will be charged with several offenses including Armed Assault in a Dwelling, Kidnapping, and Armed Robbery (Knife)..
Said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, “The investigators, officers, and detectives in the Boston Police Department, as well as outside agencies, wasted little time making the connection between these incidents and the suspect responsible. Thanks to the officers involved and their coordinated effort, a dangerous predator was taken into custody in an expedient manner and our streets are safer for it."
District C-11 (Dorchester) detectives and the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit continue to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents. Those with information are asked to call detectives directly at C-11 (617) 343-4335 or SAU (617) 343-4400. Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.