Test Drive Leads to Attempted Car Theft with a Fake Grenade

About 2:55PM on Wednesday, July 7, 2010, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) were dispatched to Expressway Toyota located at 700 Morrissey Boulevard to investigate a person which en route was updated to a male that jus tried to steal a car and stated that he had a grenade.

On arrival, officers spoke to staff from the dealer who reported that the suspect (described as Hispanic male about 5’10” in his early twenties with a facial piercing wearing shorts with the word “Ferrari” on the back) came in to the dealer and wanted to test drive a Mercedes. Dealer staff was hesitant to let the suspect drive due to nervous and fidgety behavior and instead opted to take him for a ride in the car. The suspect was taken for the ride and upon returning to the dealer while sitting in the car with the salesperson exclaimed, “I have grenade, get back or I will blow this up.”  The suspect was then observed to have removed a camouflaged grenade from his pants pocket.  The keys were removed from the car and the suspect pulled out of the car and a struggle ensued between the dealer staff and the suspect.  During the struggle, the salesperson yelled for another dealer staff to call 911. The suspect fled from the scene when he heard that the police were being called leaving behind his baseball cap and cell phone.

A description was broadcast and a short while later, other responding units observed an individual matching the suspect description in the area of Freeport St. and Dorchester Avenue. This individual quickly walked into a store once he observed officers. Officered entered the store and ordered the suspect to show his hands.  As officers approached the suspect, he stated, “I don’t have a bomb, I don’t have a bomb!”  The suspect was handcuffed and while officers were pat frisking him, he stated, “I have a fake grenade in my pocket.”

The suspect was detained and the victim brought to the suspect’s location for a possible identification. The victim, once he saw the victim, immediately identified him as the suspect saying he was 100% sure that he was the one.

The suspect, Carlos Guzman, 27 of Dorchester was arrested and charged with Attempted Armed Robbery.