Another Gun Taken Off the Streets

Last night around 9:43PM, officers from the Youth Violence Strike Force (gang Unit) arrested suspect, John Singleton, 49 of Haverhill and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm. Officers were on random patrol in the area of Harold and Holworthy Streets when they observed a group of individuals hanging out in front of 45 Holworthy Street.  Officers, being aware of some ongoing firearm related issues in the area and based on past interactions with groups in the area approached the group to conduct an investigation.  The front of the building having clearly posted “No Trespassing” asked if anyone in the group lived in the building. No one in the group answered officers’ questions. Officers quickly assessed the group and noted that they had interacted with most of the group in the past.  Officers, after quickly surveying the group, realized that some of the members of the group had prior firearm charges and so decided to conduct pat frisk of the group.

An officer started pat frisking the suspect when he was distracted by another member of the group.  Officers noted that this individual was trying to divert officers’ attention from the suspect and so another officer directed his attention to the suspect.  The suspect, at that time, told the second officer that he had already been pat frisked and attempted to distance himself from the officer. In addition to this diversionary tactic, officer also noticed that the suspect engaged in several physical movements indicative of an armed suspect.

Officers pat frisked the suspect and clearly detected the feel of something consistent with a firearm.  Officers, at the same time, noticed a sock protruding from the suspect’s waistband. Officers knowing that individuals often use socks to secret firearm, lifted the suspect’s shirt and confirmed that he was indeed in possession of a loaded firearm. The suspect was then placed under arrest and charged with the above offenses.

Not the Kind of Bruins Fan We Want

Yesterday around 2:48PM, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to the intersection of Warren St. and Copeland Streets for a person with a gun.  En route, officers were advised that the caller had seen a young man hand a gun to another young man wearing a black Bruins jacket and hat on a bicycle.  Officers were also informed that the suspect was last seen riding down Copeland St. towards Moreland Street. Numerous officers responded to the area of the call and in the area of Moreland St., officers observed a young man matching the suspect description riding a bike.  Officers stopped and approached the individual matching the suspect description in front of 77 Moreland Street.  Officers approached the suspect and ordered to stop and keep his hands in sight. The suspect, who was talking on the phone, stopped his bike but ignored officers’ commands to keep his hands in sight. Officers after the suspect’s failure to follow their commands approached him and attempted to conduct a pat frisk. The suspect violently struggled with officers until they were able to physically restrain him. Once the suspect was restrained, officers pat frisked him and felt a hard object in his waist consistent with a handgun. Officers then raised his jacket and a handgun fell out of his waist.

The suspect, a 13-year old male juvenile from Dorchester was then arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Resisting Arrest. Once arrested, the suspect was additionally charged with Receiving Stolen Property after it was discovered that the gun was reported stolen.

If You Fail the First Time, Try Again ‘Til You Get Arrested

Early this morning around 1:4)AM, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) were on patrol in the area of  1420 Dorchester Ave./Tedeschi Food Shop when they observed a male  walk in the store holding a woman’s Coach purse. Officers being familiar with the male conducted a threshold inquiry of the suspect about the purse. The suspect told officers that the bag was his girlfriend’s and provided various stories about where his girlfriend’s whereabouts. Officer’s unable to establish probable cause to arrest the suspect after questioning did however take possession of the bag asking the suspect to have his girlfriend come to the station to pick up the purse due to conflicting stories about where he was coming from and his girlfriend’s possession/ownership of the purse. In addition to taking the purse from the suspect, officers were able to ascertain the suspect’s identity in the event that this incident required further action. Around 4:50AM, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person breaking into a car at the intersection of Greenwich Street and Freeport Streets for a person breaking into a car.

On arrival, officers observed a car with a broken passenger side window and a suspect sitting in the car. The suspect jumped out of the car and took off running as soon as he saw officers. Officers chased the suspect whose shoes fell off in the process and as they did so saw that he had a metal object with wires hanging from it. The suspect was eventually caught and the item in his hand determined to be the radio from the car he had broken into. The suspect, Timothy Campbell, 34 of Hyde Park was arrested and charged with Breaking and Entering, Possession of Burglarious Tools, Resisting arrest, and Receiving Stolen Property.

The suspect, after being arrested for breaking into the car, was subsequently charged with another count of Breaking and Entering after a victim walked into the station and reported that her car had been broken into and her gray Coach purse stolen. The victim was also able to provide a description of the purse to officers and subsequently identified the purse that officers had seized from the suspect.  It should be noted that some of the victim’s items were not recovered despite the fact that the suspect had them on his person during the initial stop.

No Hiding from the Dog!

In the early morning hours today around 12:53AM, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to 83 Dix St. for a report of a male trying to steal the caller’s car. En route, officers were given information that the suspect had just gotten out of the car and was now fleeing up Dix St. toward Dorchester Avenue. As officers got the location of the call, an individual matching the suspect description was observed walking on Dix St. but as soon as officers got out of the car, the suspect fled. Officers chased the suspect but lost sight of him in the area of 28-34 Dix Street. Officers then formed a perimeter and asked for a K-9 officer to respond to the scene to assist in finding the suspect.

While still on scene with a homeowner in the area, officers noticed a bicycle in the bushes and asked the resident of that house about the bicycle. The homeowner at that time told officers that he knew nothing of the bicycle and that it was not there earlier. As officers were speaking to the witness, the K-9, Ajax alerted the K-9 officer to something in some nearby bushes. Officers then announced their presence and that of the dog and asked that anyone in the bushes come but no one came out. Officers allowed Ajax into the bushes and a short time later, a suspect was removed from the bushes who matched the suspect description.

Once the suspect was secured, the victim was brought to the scene and positively identified him as the person who was in her car. The suspect, Dason Alves , 21 of Dorchester was arrested and charged with Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle.

Good Surveillance Pays Off!

Yesterday around 5:56PM, officers from the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit) arrested suspect, Jamal Jones, 28 of Dorchester and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm. Officers from the Gang Unit were conducting surveillance in the Wayland Street area of Roxbury when they made note of the suspect who was accompanied by two other individuals in front of 75 Wayland Street. The suspect who is known to officers was observed looking up and down the street as he continually reached into his right pocket. Officers continued to monitor the suspect as he made his way through several streets observing the same conduct which was deemed to be indicative of an armed individual.  

Near 19 Ingleside Street, officers approached the suspect to conduct a threshold inquiry. As officers approached the suspect and asked o speak to him, the suspect was observed to quickly reach into his right jean pocket, quickly pull his hand out and appear to throw something out of his pocket as he turned his body a full turn.  As the suspect did this, officers clearly heard the sound of something metallic strike the ground.

The suspect was stopped and officers looked in the area where the suspect had been observed throwing the object out of his pocket and there located a loaded gun. The suspect was then placed under arrest and charged with the above offenses.

B&E Doesn’t Pay

Early this morning around 2:02AM,  officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) arrested suspects, Charles Moulaison, 18 of Dorchester, Michael B. Martin, 18 of Franklin, and Amir Massey, 18 of Dorchester and charged them with two count of Breaking and Entering in the Nighttime. Officers were initially responded to a call for a crime in progress in the area of King St. and Neponset Ave. for a two black males and a white male breaking into cars on King Street. On arrival, officers were initially unable to locate any suspects but a short while later, officers were able to locate suspect Moulaison who was held pending further investigation. A short while later, responding officers and a detail officer observed the other two suspects traveling on Sturtevant Street. Officers were able to chase down the other two suspects and detain them.

After the suspects were all detained, officers responded to the location of a witness who reported hearing a car alarm and then observing the suspects running down King Street.  After running down the street, the suspect stopped again and started checking the doors of cars again at which point the witness observed the three suspects enter a car that was parked in front of 132 King Street.  Officers responded to the car pointed out by the witness and confirmed that it indeed had been accessed by the suspects.  In addition, officers also located another car that had been accessed by the suspects.

The three suspects were then placed under arrest and transported to the district station. At the station, officers recovered several bags of marijuana from suspect Moulaison and a number of items that potentially were stolen.

Right Suspect, Wrong Crime

Yesterday around 5:20PM, officers from district A-1 (Downtown Boston) responded to a radio call for possible suspects of a stabbing that just occurred in the Downtown Crossing area on Tremont Street near Marginal Way. Officers immediately responded to the area of Tremont St. where the possible suspect was observed traveling and there observed an individual matching the suspect description cross the Mass. Pike Bridge onto Shawmut Avenue. Officers then observed the suspect walk into a building on Shawmut Ave. and came out shortly thereafter with a young child and another adult male.  Based on the description of the suspect from the Downtown crossing area stabbing incident, the proximity of this suspect and the call that officers had received, officers stopped this suspect in order to further investigate his connection to the stabbing incident.

Officers stopped the suspect and conducted pat frisk of the suspect as part of the threshold inquiry. During the pat down of the suspect’s backpack, officers felt a hard object at the bottom of his bag and asked the suspect about the object. The suspect at that time replied, “You can have it.”  Officers again asked the suspect several more times about the object in his car with the suspect repeatedly answering, “You can have it.” Eventually, the suspect answered officers telling them it was a gun inside the bag. The suspect was placed under arrest after officers looked in his bag and recovered a sawed-off .22 caliber rifle in the bag.

The suspect, Jeffrey T. Jones, 17 of Roxbury was arrested and charged with Carrying a Rifle or Shotgun on a Public Way, and Possession of Firearm with Altered Serial Numbers.

After the suspect was arrested, it was determined that he was not the suspect responsible for the stabbing.

Ticket Scalper Scalped for Counterfeit Tickets!

Yesterday evening around 6:00PM, officers from District A-1 (Downtown Boston) arrested suspect, David Lucas, 28 of Bronx, NY and charged him with Manufacturing Counterfeit Tickets. Officers were in the area of the Boston Garden monitoring vendors and scalpers when they noticed the suspect speaking to a passerby at the MBTA plaza. Upon making note that the officers were watching him, the suspect quickly began walking away as officers attempted to catch up to him. Officers finally caught up to the suspect on Staniford Street and there conducted a threshold inquiry. The suspect, once asked what he was doing, told officers that he was “scalping tickets.” When asked if he had any more tickets on his person, the suspect failed to answer. A pat frisk revealed that the suspect had 18 tickets on his person, 14 tickets for last night’s game and 4 for Wednesday’s game.

Officers, believing that the tickets were fake, brought them to the Boston Garden and there a box office manager confirmed that the tickets were indeed counterfeit.

Illegal Transaction Lands One in Jail for Unarmed Robbery

About 6:50PM, officers from District A-1 (Downtown Boston) responded to the intersection of Stuart and Washington Streets for a robbery in progress. En route, officers were advised that the suspect was still on scene with the victim. On arrival, officers observed a man and a woman. Officers spoke to the man who reported to them that he met the suspect and they engaged in a conversation about having money for sex, with the woman to receive monetary compensation for her services. The victim reported that the “negotiations” broke down and the female suspect took his phone and refused to give it back to him. The victim reported that the suspect started to walk away from him after taking his phone  and when he caught up to her at Washington and Stuarts Street, she threw his phone to the ground damaging it. In addition, the victim reported that the suspect also took about $40 from him.

The suspect, Felicia Younge, 38 of Dorchester was arrested and charged with Unarmed Robbery.

Be Careful Who You Call Friend

Yesterday afternoon around 4:39PM, officers from District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a call for a robbery in progress at 869 River Street/Hyde Park Auto Mall. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who reported that she had just been robbed at gunpoint by a male who fled the scene.  The victim further elaborated by telling officers that she had told a male friend to meet her at the dealer because she planned on buying a car. The victim reported that she arrived at the dealer, her male friend was already there and she got out of her car and got in his car. The victim then told officers that a short while after getting in her friend’s car, a male suspect approached her in his car, displayed a gun and took her purse which had a large sum of money because she had the money to purchase a car in her purse. The victim stated that her friend got out of the car and approached the suspect after he took her purse but the suspect fled the scene with her male friend following behind.

After telling officers her story, the victim told officers that she felt that she may have been “set up” by her friend because she had been unable to contact him since the robbery. The victim also stated to officers that her friend was the only one who knew that she would have a large amount of cash on her person.  After hearing this from the victim, officers were able to find a witness who told them that the suspect and the victim’s friend arrived at the dealer together in the same car shortly before the victim’s arrival. 

Officers received a description of the suspect and the victim’s friend and where the victim’s friend turned suspect is known to frequent. Officers also received a description of the suspect’s car and possible whereabouts. Officers responded to the area where the suspect is known to frequent, and there found a car matching the description of his car which was confirmed to belong to the suspect through registration query.  Around the same time that officers were investigating this incident, a call to 911 came in which the caller reported seeing an individual matching the suspect description walking through a nearby yard with a gun in hand.

Armed with this information, officers responded to the area and set up a perimeter.  After setting up this perimeter, officers were able to find the suspect in the rear of a back yard. After placing the suspect under arrest, officers responded to the dealer and were able to view video surveillance showing the robbery suspect arriving at the dealer with the victim’s “friend.”  

The victim’s ”friend” suspect, Norman Smith, 22 of Burlington was arrested and charged with Armed  Robbery. The incident remains under investigation in an attempt to locate the other suspect.

Vigilance Result in the Arrests of Several Attempted Stabbing Suspects

Yesterday afternoon, officers from District D-4 (South End) arrested suspects, Dominic Douglas, 19 of Roxbury, Michael A. Campbell, 18 of Roxbury, London C. Lee, 18 of Roxbury and a 16 year-old male juvenile from Roxbury and charged them with Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon. In addition, the 16 year old suspect was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs. An officer was operating an unmarked cruiser in the area of 801 Tremont Street when he observed an individual ducking behind a parked car. The officer’s attention being drawn to this individual, turned around and to further investigate and as he did so, observed another vehicle pull up to the car that the suspect was ducking behind and two occupants of the car get out and start chasing the male that was ducking behind the car. One of these individuals was clearly armed with a knife which was visibly open as he chased and his companion chased the other male.

The officer broadcast his observations to Operations and requested the assistance of other units as he followed the two males who were chasing the apparent victim with a knife.  The victim made good his escape from the apparent suspects at which time they returned to the car, got it and started driving away. The officer followed the car to Douglas Park where they pulled to the curb. There, the officer blocked the car in until other officers arrived.

The occupants of the car were all removed, one of whom was observed hiding a knife in his pocket as officers approached. After all the occupants were removed from the car, two knives were recovered from them. The male juvenile suspect was found to have more than 40 plastic bags of crack cocaine on his person during booking and was additionally charged with that offense.

GPS Helps Officers Track Robbery Suspects

Yesterday afternoon around 1:55PM, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to 3064 Washington Street/Metro PCS Store for a hold-up alarm. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim, a store employee, who reported that two black males had just robbed the store. The victim provided officers with a description of the two suspects who assaulted her, stole several phones from the store, the victim’s cell phone and money from the cash register. The victim further reported to officers that the suspects fled the store in the direction of Columbus Ave. toward Seaver Street.  Shortly after getting this information, officers learned that the victim’s phone which the suspects had stolen could be tracked via GPS. The phone was quickly tracked and officers determined that based on the GPS tracking on the phone that the phone was moving in the vicinity of Codman Park and Townsend Street, a short distance from the store.

Officers immediately responded to the GPS location and there saw a car idling in the middle of the intersection with two black males getting in the car. The two males getting in the car matched the suspects’ descriptions, and consequently were stopped.  A frisk of the two males revealed them to be in possession of several brand new phones including the victim’s cell phone. When asked where they were coming from, the suspects provided conflicting and inconsistent information. Ultimately, officers were able to confirm the phone that one of the suspects had due to a specific screensaver.  In addition to the phones, officers also seized a large sum of money from the suspects which had been stolen from the store.

The suspects were transported to District 13 for booking and while at the station, officers were additionally able to retrieve video from the store which allowed officers to further confirm the suspects based on their clothing.  The suspects, Darrell Brown, 22 of Randolph and Charles Gales, 20 of Roxbury were arrested and charged with Unarmed Robbery, Kidnapping, Assault and Battery and Kidnapping.

Detail Officer Leads to Gun Recovery

Yesterday morning around 10:57AM, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to 85 Wellington Hill St. in Mattapan in response to a call from a detail officer call for a fight. On arrival, the detail officer and assisting units spoke to the victim who was bleeding from the back of his head. The victim reported to officers that his brother hit him with a gun and directed officers to his brother who was walking up a nearby driveway. The victim continued by telling officers that he had gotten into a fight with his brother when his brother pulled out a gun wrapped in a black blue colored cloth and hit him over the head.  The fight was stopped when a witness alerted a nearby detail officer who separated the two. The detail officer reported to assisting units that he was flagged down by a witness and arrived on scene to see the two brothers fighting but did not witness a gun.

Having heard this story, several other units responded to the area and conducted a search of the area where the brother was initially seen walking away near his house and there recovered a black handgun wrapped in a towel from a recycle bin.

The suspect, Christopher M. Taylor, 44 of Mattapan was arrested and charged with Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun), and Assault and Battery.

Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested

Around 1:47PM yesterday afternoon, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) arrested suspect, Anthony Bournival, 17 of Roxbury and charged him with Armed Robbery and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Officers initially responded to the area of 18 Jon Elliot Square for an armed robbery in progress. On arrival, officers spoke to two female victims who reported that they were robbed at gunpoint by two suspects, one a white male wearing a white tank top and red shorts and the other, a black male wearing a light cream shirt and black pants. The victim reported that they were walking on Dudley Street toward John Elliot Square when the white male suspect walked up to one of the victims and pointed a handgun at one of the victims. Both victim became alarmed and ran across the street when the black male suspect pulled out a gun also and raised it in the air at which point the white male suspect walked up to the victim and took both their handbags. Both suspects then fled in different directions.

Officers broadcast a description of the suspects and their direction of flight to responding units after speaking to the victims. A short time later, officers stopped a male suspect matching the suspect description of one of the suspects in the area of Tremont St. and Columbus Avenue. There, officers pat frisked the suspect and stooped him in order to see if the victims could positively identify him. Both victims when brought to the suspect’s location positively identified him. Search of the suspect then resulted in the recovery of one of the victim’s ATM card from the suspect’s pocket.

Officers, while the suspect was at the booking desk, recovered several other items belonging to the victims. In addition, officers were able to recover the victims’ bags when someone called after finding the bags dumped in the back of their house. The suspect was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm after he admitted to being in possession of a firearm during the robbery which he passed off to the other suspect.

Detectives will continue to investigate this incident to determine the identity of the second suspect.

Death Investigation at 113 Evans Street, Dorchester

Last night, Tuesday, May 31, 2011 around 9:54AM, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a “ShotSpotter” activation in the area of 113 Evans Street. While en route, officers were advised that the call had been upgraded to a person shot. Officers arrived on scene and located a 20 year-old black male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was rushed to Boston Medical Center suffering from life threatening injuries where he today succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced.

The Boston Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident. Anyone with information about this shooting incident is urged to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by either calling the CimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department is only interested in what you know, not who you are.

B&E Suspect “Bagged”

About 8:04PM last night, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for vandalism in progress at 62 Northampton Street.  En route, officers were advised that the suspect, a 20-year old white male about 5’8” wearing a black shirt had broken into a car and was last seen in the area of East Lennox St. and Harrison Avenue. As officers approached the location, they were approached by a witness who pointed out the suspect who was in possession of a woman’s handbag. The witness then told officers that the suspect had broken into her mother’s car and stolen her mother’s handbag.

The suspect, Paul Wyman, 23 of Hanson was arrested and charged with Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle and Larceny Non-Accessory from a Motor Vehicle $200.00 and Over.

Officers returned to the scene and there were shown victim’s the car with the broken passenger side window that the suspect had been broken into. Officers were then told that the suspect had walked into the Pizza Stop store and placed an order and shortly thereafter walked out of the store when it became obvious that he would not be able to pay for his order. The victim and suspect then reported that shortly after the suspect walked out of the store, a neighbor ran into the store and alerted them that someone had just broken into their car. The witness then ran outside and observed the suspect reaching into the car and stealing the purse. The witness, at this time, followed the suspect until he was stopped and placed under arrest by officers.

Death Investigation at Humphreys Street and Humphreys Place

Last night, Tuesday, May 31, 2011 around 8:12PM, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to the a radio call for a person shot at the corner of Humphreys Street and Humphreys Place. On arrival, officers located a 28 year-old male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was rushed to Boston Medical Center where he later pronounced.

The Boston Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident. Anyone with information about this shooting incident is urged to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by either calling the CimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department is only interested in what you know, not who you are.

Crook Caught on Candid Camera!!

Yesterday morning around 11:44AM, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to 70 Burbank St. for a report of a theft of a piece of luggage. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who told officers that a piece of her luggage was stolen around 7:23am and that the person who had stolen the luggage was now back at this location. The victim further informed officers that she had reviewed the building security video footage and had observed the suspect take the bag which item totaling in excess of $900.00. Officers watched the video and observed the suspect steal the victim’s bag and responded to the apartment that the suspect was visiting.  Officers spoke to the suspect and advised him that they had observed him stealing the victim’s bag from the front stairs on security camera. The suspect at this time admitted to stealing the bag and reported that he had taken the bag to a relative’s place.

Officers responded to the address that the suspect stated that he had taken the bag to and there recovered the stolen bag and most of its contents except for a video console, some video games and a cell phone.  Some of the missing items were later returned to officers by relatives of the victim.

The suspect, Anthony Harley, 24, of Boston was arrested and charged with larceny over $200.00.

 

Officers on Surveillance Arrest Armed Suspect

Around 7:00PM last night, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) were conducting surveillance in the Talbot Ave. and Wales St. due to a few recent incidents of firearm related violence in the area. While conducting surveillance in the area, officers observed a young man who was sitting on the stairs of a house appear startled, start looking over his shoulder from side to side, jump up from his seated position and suddenly disappear out of sight.  Around this same time, officers observed another male briskly walk past them to where the suspect had been sitting and walk up the stairs where the initial young man had been sitting.  As officers continued to observe the second male, he pulled what appeared to be a black sock from his back pocket and extended his arms toward the stairwell and residence that the first young man had just entered.  A short time later, the second male was observed descending the stairs nervously looking over his shoulders as he placed the black sock back in his pocket.

Based on their observance, officers formed the opinion that the suspect may be armed with a firearm secreted in the black sock and had possibly been intent on shooting the first young man who had fled the stairs after he obviously saw the suspect.  Officers then radioed this information to other units in the area and gave them the description of the suspect and his direction of flight.  Officers within a few moments observed the suspect with the black sock protruding from his back pocket as he walked from Talbot Ave. to Wales Street. Officers followed the suspect and once he became aware of officers presence was observed to pull the black sock from his rear pocket and throw it into an overgrown vacant lot. The suspect was stopped, a search of the field conducted and a loaded firearm found in a sock in the field.

Once the suspect was arrested while awaiting transport for the suspect, two individuals exited from a vehicle and confronted officers about arresting the suspect.  The two suspects refused officers’ orders to back off as they appeared to be trying to free the suspect. The two other suspects were eventually arrested.

Officers then returned to the location where they had first observed the young man sitting on the stairs and he explained that while he was sitting on the stairs to his house he saw a car occupied by the three suspects drive by several times and the last time the car drove by, the first suspect got out of the car and approached him and pointed a black object at him, presumably the gun in the sock and exclaimed, “What!?” and continued to approach him. The suspect stated to officers that there was an ongoing feud between the suspects and some of his friends and further reported that the suspect fled out of the door before firing any shots at him but that he was now in fear for his life as the suspect and his friends now knew where he lived.

The first suspect with the firearm, Prescott Thompson, 21 of Dorchester was arrested and charged with Assault with Intent to Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Receiving Stolen Property as the gun turned out to be a stolen gun after investigation. The second suspect, Harvey Patterson, 21 of Dorchester was arrested and charged with Witness Intimidation, Assault and Battery on a Public Employee, Assault with Intent to Murder, resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct.  The third suspect, Taylor Sinkler, 18 of Hyde Park was arrested and charged with Assault with Intent to Murder, Witness Intimidation and Disorderly Conduct.

Robbery Suspects "Hosed"

About 5:31PM yesterday, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to 225 Massachusetts Ave. for a robbery in progress. En route, officers were advised that the suspect, an older male wearing a blue t-shirt, had brandished a gun during the robbery and fled onto Massachusetts Avenue. On arrival, officers received further description of the suspect as having blonde hair, and the fact that he had fled the area in the company of a second suspect wearing a green polo shirt and blue jeans cutting through the Symphony parking lot. Based on this description and the direction of flight, other responding units stopped two individuals matching the suspects’ descriptions on Gainsborough St. between Huntington Ave. and St. Botolph Streets. The two suspects were positively identified by a witness and the victim and they were subsequently placed under arrest.

Officers then spoke to the victim and learned that the suspect walked into the store and stated to the victim, “Give me the money!” The victim at this time was speaking to the store owner and simply put the phone down leaving the line open while the suspect again exclaimed, “Give me all the money now!” The victim opened the drawer after the suspect pulled up his shirt and displayed a gun in his waistband. The suspect reached in the cash register drawer, grabbed the money and fled out of the store where he was met by suspect #2 who was outside the store waiting.

 The owner who was nearby the store when the robbery was taking place was able to see the suspects as they fled the area and followed them to the parking lot behind Symphony Hall. There, the suspect who did the actual robbery was observed changing his shirt and fleeing up an alley on Gainsborough Street where he lost sight of the suspects.  A short distance later the two suspects were stopped by responding units and placed under arrest after they were positively identified.

The suspects, James Travis, 41 of Boston and Paul R. Whooten, 47 of Roslindale were placed under arrest and charged with Armed Robbery. Search of the main suspect after arrests revealed that the item that he had displayed as a gun in his waist was only a garden hose nozzle covered with electrical tape. The stolen money was also recovered from the suspect.