From August 14th to September 10th, a series of seven armed robberies took place in Mattapan. The victims in each of these robberies were females who were walking home alone. In four of the incidents, the female victims were stabbed in the lower body and robbed. All seven robberies took place in the same geographical area, between the hours of 9:45 PM and 2:00 AM.
Detectives Juan Seoane and Matthew Fogarty, assigned to District B-3, canvassed the areas surrounding the robberies for any video surveillance and developed a person of interest. This same suspect was also observed using a victim's stolen credit card at the gas station within hours of one of the robberies. The suspect wore very distinctive clothing during each of the incidents and carried a black backpack. Detectives Seoane and Fogarty were able to capture images of the suspect from the video footage and disseminate them to patrol officers. They also noted that following one of the robberies, the suspect was observed running after an MBTA bus which was leaving the area at the time of the incident.
A robbery suppression plan was initiated with units assigned to monitor specific areas.
On Monday September 10th, a female victim called 9-1-1 and reported she had been stabbed following a robbery at which time a description of the suspect was broadcast. Detectives Al Young, Jean-Gerard Dorsainvil, Seoane and Fogarty who were conducting surveillance with Sergeant Detective John Fitzgerald in the area, began to search for the suspect along his past escape routes. The detectives observed a male matching the given description carrying a black backpack who was concealing his face under his hood as he left the area on an inbound MBTA bus. The bus was stopped and the suspect was safely removed. The suspect was found to be in possession of a small knife. The suspect was then positively identified by the most recent victim and placed under arrest without incident. The suspect would later be positively identified by past robbery victims as well.
For their dedicated efforts, they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.