Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Snag Suspect in Downtown Bank Robbery


At about 10:40 AM on Friday, March 27, 2015, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a bank robbery at Cathay Bank in the area of 621 Washington Street, Boston.

Upon arrival, officers were informed that a male suspect had passed a note to the teller implying that he had a gun. Detectives viewed surveillance footage of the incident and broadcast the description of the suspect—a heavyset white male in his early 50’s wearing red hat, black jacket, gray sweater, and blue jeans. Officers also viewed surveillance video from a nearby hotel that showed the bank robbery suspect outside the bank speaking with a second white male in his 50’s wearing a brown jacket, black backpack, and carrying a blue duffle bag with a white Nike swoosh.

Officers used their familiarity and knowledge of the area to develop a possible flight path of the suspects, and walked in the direction of 39 Boylston Street in search of the bank robber. As they approached that location, officers observed two males exactly fitting the descriptions and video images of the two suspects.

Both males were detained. Forty-year-old Steven Lahti of Worcester was identified as the robbery suspect and arrested for Armed Bank Robbery. The second male was identified and released.