Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Get Bitten in their Efforts to Take a Bite Out of Crime in East Boston


At about 9:26pm, on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a call for a domestic disturbance in the area of 178 Faywood Ave in East Boston. On arrival, officers, while approaching the front door of the location, observed a female making her way towards the front entrance while being followed by a male suspect in possession of a knife. Upon seeing the armed suspect, officers immediately unholstered their department issued firearms and instructed the suspect to drop the knife. Upon seeing the officers, the suspect began waving the knife and motioning towards the officers. At this time, the victim intervened and stated that everything was fine and the suspect, after dropping the knife, proceeded to exit the home.

However, once outside the location, the suspect began yelling and screaming at the officers. Specifically, the suspect told the officers that, although he was no longer in possession of a weapon, he would harm anybody who attempted to arrest him. As officers were in the process of subduing the suspect, the suspect began biting and kicking the arresting officers. At one point, the suspect even tried to gain control of one of the officer’s firearms. After a lengthy struggle, officers were able to handcuff the suspect and take him into custody.

One of the arresting officers was transported to Mass General Hospital where he was treated for bite wounds to his leg and both hands.  

After the suspect was taken into custody, the victim approached the officers and stated that the suspect should not have been arrested because he had done nothing wrong and the whole incident had been one, big misunderstanding.

Officers arrested a 23 year-old male from East Boston and charged him Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (knife), Resisting Arrest and Assault & Battery on a Police Officer.