BPD Never Sleeps: Two Suspects in Custody and Loaded Firearm Recovered After Officers Interrupt Armed Home Invasion in Dorchester


At about 1:44 AM on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a breaking and entering in progress in the area of 5 Lorenzo Street in Dorchester. Officers quickly arrived on scene and as officers began to surround the residence, they could clearly hear the sound of some sort of commotion inside accompanied by the sound of male voices yelling. One officer observed an open window on the first floor with a towel hanging out of it and slowly approached to check it. When the officer moved the towel to the side and could see clearly inside, he observed a suspect, later identified as Clayton Rodriques, 21, of Dorchester, standing in front of him on a staircase with a gun in his hand. The officer immediately drew his department issued firearm and ordered the suspect to drop his weapon at which time the suspect fled towards the rear of the building. Officers ran towards the rear of the home where they observed the suspect running towards the backyard fence. The officers followed the suspect through several backyards and out onto Morrissey Boulevard, crossing towards Neponset Avenue then through Garvey Playground. Officers continued to give chase until finally apprehending the suspect in the driveway of 17 Tolman Street. The officers later retraced the suspect’s path of flight and surrounding areas near the property at which time they safely recovered a loaded revolver.

As this foot chase and consequent arrest was occurring, the officers who had remained on scene made entry to the home and began to clear it as they attempted to locate any additional suspects and search for any potential victims. Officers located several unharmed victims inside the home and arrested a second suspect, later identified as Daronde Bethea, 25, of Milton, after he was caught climbing out of a window onto a porch roof on the side of the home. Both suspects will appear in Dorchester District Court on multiple charges including Armed Home Invasion, Armed Kidnapping, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon. The investigation into this incident remains ongoing at this time.