At about 1:10 AM on Monday, February 6, 2017, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Congress and Purchase Streets. Upon arrival, officers learned that two members of the BPD Command Staff were driving back from their Super Bowl post in Faneuil Hall when their unmarked cruiser was struck from behind by another vehicle, whose operator admitted to texting and driving. The officers exchanged information with the operator and his passenger, cited the operator for “Impeded Operation (Texting while Driving),” and both vehicles were towed.
A few hours later at about 9:40 AM, officers from District A-1 responded to a radio call for a bank robbery in the area of 389 Hanover Street (Eagle Bank). Twenty-five minutes after that a call came in for second bank robbery in the area of 75 State Street with a description of the two suspects matching that of the earlier robbery. Officers were informed that the two suspects attempted to flee the scene in a white cab on Congress Street and were provided the cab’s Hackney number. Officers on Congress Street observed a long line of white taxis waiting in traffic, including the suspects' getaway taxi. The officers stopped the traffic with their cruiser then proceeded down the block on foot to remove the suspects from the taxi. Officers arrested the two suspects, recovered the stolen money, and charged them with Armed Robbery.
As the suspects were booked, one officer recognized their names as the two men involved in the above motor vehicle crash that took place just a few hours prior. Said the officer with a hint of sarcasm, “Note to criminals—if you’re planning a bank robbery, try not to have your getaway car towed for smashing into a police cruiser.”