Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Collaboration and Cooperation between Police Agencies Allows Officers to Arrest Three Suspects in Two Separate Armed Robbery Incidents

INCIDENT #1: At about 6:30 PM on Saturday, April 7, 2018, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a robbery in progress at the Xpress Store in the area of 31 Winter Street. Upon arrival, officers were advised that a group of three males and a female had entered the store and stole an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects then became agitated and began to assault patrons in the store. One victim reported that the female suspect was armed with a taser and tased him while punching him. The fight spilled out of the store where unknown pedestrians attempted to intervene to no avail. The suspects eventually fled on foot into the Park Street MBTA station. The officers broadcast the suspect descriptions and one of the males and the female suspect were apprehended in the Downtown Crossing MBTA station by Transit Police and Boston Police officers. The suspects were identified and arrested. Officers charged a 15-year-old juvenile female and a 15-year-old juvenile male, both from Mattapan, with Delinquent to wit; Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Armed Robbery, Affray, and Disorderly Person. Both will be arraigned at Boston Municipal Juvenile Court.

The victims were treated on scene for minor injuries.

INCIDENT #2: At about 11:00 PM on Saturday, April 7, 2018, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for a robbery in progress in the area of East Concord Street. Officers were advised via 911 dispatcher that a male suspect had threatened to stab the victim with a needle before stealing the victim’s cell phone. The dispatcher broadcast the suspect description and that he fled on foot toward Harrison Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue. While en route, responding officers observed Boston Medical Center Security officers stopped on Massachusetts Avenue near Albany Street with a male fitting the suspect’s description. The BMC Security officers advised that they had heard the broadcast and saw the suspect, identified as 41-year-old Armando Cruz Jones of Boston, running across the BMC campus with a cell phone in his hand. Officers were able to positively identify Jones and recover the victim’s property. Jones was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery. Jones will be arraigned at Boston Municipal Court.