At about 7:45 AM on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) officers responded to a call for an unarmed robbery at the Dunkin Donuts in the area of 1621 Blue Hill Avenue.
While en route, the 911 dispatcher broadcast the suspect description, advising officers that he was seen fleeing in a U-Haul box truck onto Cummins Highway. Upon arrival at the scene, officers spoke with the Dunkin employees who stated the male suspect entered the restaurant, ordered a doughnut, and paid with change. When the employee opened the cash drawer, the suspect jumped over the counter, pushed the employee, and grabbed cash from the drawer before fleeing.
While officers interviewed the victims, additional units in the area spotted a male fitting the suspect’s description operating a U-Haul box truck with a female passenger in the area of Walk Hill Street and Harvard Street. When officers attempted to make a stop of the truck, the vehicle took off, striking another car and running through a red light. The U-Haul eventually stopped in the area of Hazelton Street, and the operator fled on foot while the female passenger stayed on scene. Officers were quickly able to located the male, identified as 53-year-old James Anthony Brown of Brockton, hiding next to a garage. As officers apprehended Brown, they observed numerous denominations of US paper currency in the snow as he stood up. Brown was positively identified as the suspect who robbed the Dunkin Donuts, and officers placed him under arrest. Brown was charged with Unarmed Robbery (Chain Store), Assault and Battery, Failure to Stop for Police, Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Crash (Property Damage), Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Marked Lane Violation, and Failure to Stop for a Red Light.
Brown was also arrested by virtue of an active straight warrant issued out of Wrentham District Court for Unarmed Robbery and Assault and Battery. Boston police are working with outside agencies to investigate the possibility that Brown is responsible for several similar robbery incidents at other Dunkin Donuts and McDonalds in Boston, Quincy, and Braintree.