Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Victim's Phone "Pinged" in Suspect's Home after Armed Robbery


At about 11:00 PM on Friday, April 6, 2018, officers from District D-14 (Brighton) responded to a radio call for an armed robbery in the area of 48 Strathmore Road. Upon arrival, officers were informed that a victim was robbed at knife-point of his gray Adidas backpack containing his passport, wallet, cell phone, personal papers, and over $400 in cash. The victim assisted officers in “pinging” his cellphone to a residence on Warwick Road in Brookline. Officers immediately broadcast the location of the ping and the description of the suspect, and operations notified Brookline PD.

A Brookline police officer responded and advised officers that the description fits that of a suspect who is known to them, 18-year-old Joscard Lucas of Brookline, who resides in the area of Warwick Road. Officer responded to the Lucas’s residence and set up a perimeter. As officers approached the residence, one of the officers on the perimeter advised that she observed property being thrown out a window onto a roof. Further investigation revealed that the property was in fact the victim’s property and the knife used in the crime, and Lucas had discarded them from his bedroom window. Officers processed the scene and the property. Officers then arrested Lucas and charged him with Armed Robbery and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon. Lucas will be arraigned in Brighton District Court.