At about 3:00 PM on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, detectives from District B-2 (Roxbury) arrested three juvenile males suspected of committing a series of armed robberies in the area of Columbia Road and Ceylon Street.
Due to complaints filed over the past week for several armed robbery incidents with the same suspect descriptions and same modus operandi in the above area, detectives from District B-2 collaborated with the BPD School Police Unit to conduct an investigation and surveillance of the area. As a result of the investigation, officers were able to identify and develop probable cause to arrest three juvenile suspects in relation to the series of robberies during which the suspects robbed the victims at knifepoint. During the arrest of the suspects, officers recovered a knife from one of the suspects. Officers arrested one 11-year-old juvenile male, one 13-year-old juvenile male, and one 16-year-old juvenile male, all from Dorchester, and charged them with Delinquent to wit; Armed Robbery (Knife). The 16-year-old was additionally charged with Delinquent to wit; Unlawfully Carrying a Dangerous Weapon (Knife). The three were arraigned yesterday (6/1/17) in Boston Juvenile Court.
“An 11-year-old—it’s sad,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. “We're disturbed when we see kids this young committing crimes, but hopefully this is a wake-up call for the kids, their families, the community, and for us as a police department. Now we can work together, get in touch with these kids, provide them with services, and try to get them on the right track.”