At about 8:20 AM on Friday January 20, 2017, members of the BPD’s Explosive Ordinance Unit responded to 101 West Broadway for a report of a police cruiser damaged by an incendiary device. On arrival, officers observed minor damage to a marked Boston Police cruiser. Additionally, officers observed and recovered evidence of what appeared to be an incendiary device that appeared to have been placed next to the police vehicle. Two police officers were treated for minor injuries as a result of the incident.
Thanks to a collaborative effort involving District C-6 Detectives, the Boston Police Special Investigations Unit, the Boston Office of the FBI and members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, a suspect is now under arrest. At about 9:30 PM on Saturday January 21, 2017, investigators identified, located and stopped the suspect vehicle on Rutherford Avenue in Charlestown and placed Asim Kieta, 42, of Dorchester, in custody without incident. The suspect will appear in South Boston District Court on multiple charges including Possession of an Explosive or Destructive Incendiary Device, Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer and Arson.
An official booking photograph of the suspect will not be made available for public release at this time due to the continuing investigation surrounding this incident.