Police Arrest Two Robbery Suspects with the Help of GPS


At about 10:11 PM, on Monday, June 17, 2013, officers from district D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a robbery in progress in the area of 334 Massachusetts Avenue,  Boston (Red Mango).

On arrival, officers were met by the two female store clerks.  One of the employees stated two unknown black male suspects were outside the backdoor of the business and asked to use the bathroom.  The female victim stated one of the suspects grabbed her arm and forced her back into the store.  The suspects brought both victims to the backroom. The victims stated the suspects told them they did not want to hurt them and wanted the money because of their drug addiction. The suspects told the victims to open the register, took the cash and fled.  The store clerk stated the suspects also took her cell phone and gave a description of her light blue phone.  A description of the suspects was broadcast over police channels.  Officers were able to use the cell phone’s GPS to locate the location of the cell phone.  

Officers canvassed the area and found two males matching the description of the suspects in the exact area the GPS located.  The suspects were identified and were found to be in possession of  a large amount of cash,  a screw driver, a folding knife and the victim’s light blue cell phone.  Officers were able to confirm the cell phone belonged to the victim.  

Jerome Hairston, 45, of Boston, is  charged with Unarmed Robbery (265/19C). 

Charles Welsh, 57, of Roxbury, is charged with Unarmed Robbery (265/19C) and Possession of Burglarious Tools (266/49).

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call District D-4 (South End) detectives at 617-343-5619.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling CrimeStoppers 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 those wishing to remain anonymous.