Significant Arrest: BPD Officers Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection to Armed Robbery of Several Boston Convenience Stores

At about 2:30 PM on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, members of the BPD Fugitive Apprehension Unit, along with officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattpan) and members of the Youth Violence Strike Force, located and arrested 35-year-old Thomas Huggins of Mattapan and charged him in connection to a string of armed robberies in the Brighton and Mattapan areas beginning on January 10, 2018. During the arrest, Huggins hid in a closet before putting up a violent struggle with officers. Officers were eventually able to place Huggins into custody and recover a loaded 9mm Ruger pistol from his residence. Huggins was charged with Armed Robbery by virtue of an arrest warrant issued out of Brighton District Court. Investigators are seeking charges against Huggins for unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition and at least six additional incidents in the Brighton and Mattapan areas, including two armed robberies minutes apart from each other at 552 and 554 River Street (Cricket Wireless and Papa John’s), Mattapan.

The facts and circumstances surrounding the original incident in Brighton are as follows:

At about 9:53 PM on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, officers from District D-14 (Brighton) responded to a call for an Armed Robbery at 140 N. Beacon Street (Quality Market) in Brighton. On arrival, officers spoke to store employees who stated that a black male and black female entered the store. Employees stated that, once inside, the black male approached the counter, displayed a firearm, and demanded money. After taking an undisclosed amount of US Currency, both suspects exited the store. A short time later, on the same date of the robbery, officers were able to locate and arrest the female suspect in the area of 1441 Commonwealth Ave.

Huggins is expected to be arraigned in Brighton District Court on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and others. Anyone with information relative to this investigation is asked to call detectives assigned to District D-14 at (617) 343-4256.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers 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 in an anonymous manner. Together we make our city safer. The men and women of the Boston Police Department are here to help 24/7/365.