Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Track down Downtown Carjacking Suspect in Dorchester


At about 11:20 AM on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a carjacking in the area of 86 Bedford Street, Boston. Upon arrival, officers were met by a victim who did not speak English but who had sustained cuts to his forearm and hand. A witness also approached and reported that while in the area of 630 Washington Street he observed a suspect push the victim, jump into the victim’s car, and attempt to drive away. The victim sustained the injuries to his arm when he attempted to stop the vehicle from leaving by standing in front of it, and the suspect struck the victim with the car. The victim and witness chased the car until they lost sight of it. Boston EMS was able to treat the victim at the scene.

After treatment, the officers quickly transported the victim to the District A-1 station where a Boston Police cadet working the front desk was able to assist in translating for the victim. Through the cadet, officers were able to obtain detailed descriptions of the suspect and the motor vehicle which was then broadcast over the police radio citywide. Shortly after the broadcast, officers were informed by operations that officers in District C-11 (Dorchester) had stopped a suspect and vehicle fitting the descriptions in the area of South Sydney Street and Savin Hill Avenue.

Officers at the scene in Dorchester conducted a pat frisk of the suspect, identified as 35-year-old My Tran of Boston, and discovered the victim’s car keys in his pocket. Also located on Tran’s person was a wallet containing the victim’s credit cards and identification. In the victim’s vehicle, officers located three small plastic bags containing a brown powder substance believed to be heroin. 

Tran was arrested and charged with Carjacking, Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Motor Vehicle), Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Personal Injury, and Possession of Class A Drugs (Heroin). Tran was also found to have three active default warrants out of various jurisdictions and will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.