Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Arrest Suspects Responsible for Two Separate Armed Robberies in East Boston


At about 8:42 PM on Thursday March 10, 2016, officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a radio call for an armed robbery in the area of 44 Brooks Street.  On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that he had just been robbed by three male suspects.  He stated that one of the suspects had an unknown object wrapped in a piece of clothing which he stuck into the ribs of the victim, leading him to believe it was some sort of weapon.  The three suspects took the victim’s gym bag which contained personal items then fled the area on foot.   Officers searched the area to no avail.

At about 10:35 PM, officers responded to a call for another armed robbery in the area of Lubec and Gove Streets involving three suspects with matching descriptions to the first incident.  Officers spoke to the second victim who stated that three suspects had just attempted to rob him but that he had yelled and screamed so loudly that the suspects fled the area on foot.  Officers quickly located two out of the three suspects Gerard Divenuti, 18, of East Boston and a 16 year old juvenile male, of East Boston, who were placed in custody without incident after being positively identified in both incidents.  The third suspect has not been apprehended at this time and no weapons have been recovered.

The 18 year old suspect has been arraigned in East Boston District Court on charges of Armed Robbery while the 16 year old suspect has been arraigned in Boston Juvenile Court on charges of Armed Robbery, Juvenile to Wit.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.  Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact District A-7 Detectives at (617) 343-4234

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line 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 all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.