Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Multi-Jurisdictional Effort Leads to Arrest of Armed Home Invader


At about 12:00 AM on Sunday, May 24, 2015, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a home invasion in the area of 77 Endicott Street in the North End.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with the female victim who reported she was staying with her boyfriend when his apartment was robbed by four males—two with knives and one with a sawed-off shotgun. The victim stated the males appeared to be looking for something in her boyfriend’s roommate’s room. In the commission of the crime, the male with gun accidentally discharged one round into the floor before the suspects made off with several large bags believed to contain marijuana. Two witnesses outside reported seeing the suspects speed off in a motor vehicle and were able to report the plate number to the officers.

During a protective sweep of the apartment, the officers observed that the roommate’s room was ransacked and could see in plain view several large bags of marijuana, scales, drug paraphernalia, and a large safe that had been kicked open by the suspects. Officers observed that the room had previously been secured with a padlock on the door. The victim reported she did not know the roommate well, as she and her boyfriend had only been staying there for a week. Officers froze the residence pending a search warrant.

Armed with the suspect’s motor vehicle plate number and description, detectives were able to identify the suspect and broadcast his identity and vehicle on the Boston Area Police Emergency Radio Network (BAPERN). Shortly after the broadcast, a Somerville detective contacted Boston operations and advised that he was familiar with the suspect. Concurrently, BPD detectives received information that a shooting victim had driven himself to Cambridge Hospital. The victim had suffered a gunshot wound to the foot and appeared to be the suspect identified in the North End home invasion. Officers responded to the hospital and, after observing the butt-end of a shotgun and bloodstains in the suspect’s car, arrested 19-year-old Nikolas Angelesco of Somerville for Armed Robbery, Home Invasion, and Kidnapping.