Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Stealing a Car & Trying to Run Down a Police Officer Lands One License-lacking Suspect Behind Bars


At about 2:10pm, on Saturday, January 4, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Humboldt Ave & Howland Street when officers received a call for a motor vehicle stolen from the area of 120 Howland Street. According to the police dispatcher, the suspect and his dog were seen entering the stolen car before speeding away from the scene. A search of the area enabled officers to locate a motor vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle. Upon seeing the car, officers activated their emergency equipment (lights & sirens) and stopped the car. While approaching the car, officers observed a brown dog (possibly a pit bull) bouncing around the back seat of the car. Officers also noted loud music emanating from the car, as well as, the fact that the car appeared to be in reverse. In the interest of officer safety, officers instructed the operator to put the car into park. Instead, the suspect knowingly ignored the officer’s legal instructions and began backing up in such a way that he almost struck one of the officers. Officers continued issuing verbal commands instructing the suspect to stop the car, but instead, the suspect placed the car into drive and drove off. While fleeing the area, the suspect swiped the officer’s unmarked police vehicle and narrowly missed running down a second officer. Officers promptly broadcast a description of the suspect and his car as he fled the scene.

The stolen vehicle was later located in the area of 10 Wilmington Ave. While on scene, officers received information indicating that the suspect lived in the immediate area. Upon locating the suspect’s home, officers were allowed entry through the front door. Once inside, officers observed the suspect attempting to exit the residence through a rear stairwell. Upon seeing the officers, the suspect barricaded himself inside an apartment in the building. The Boston Police SWAT team responded to the scene, located the suspect hiding on a 3rd floor porch and placed him into police custody. 

Officers arrested Anthony Boyette, 26, of Boston and charged him with Stealing a Motor Vehicle, Refusing to Stop for a Police Officer, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Car) on a Police Officer and Operating on a Suspended License.