Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Suspect and Recover Loaded Firearm After Armed Robbery in Boston


Daily Dose of Great Police Work: At about 2:57 AM on Sunday February 3, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for an armed robbery in the area of 62 Brookline Avenue in Boston. Officers were advised that a male suspect had gained entry to a business after hours and threatened two employees with a firearm while demanding cash. During the incident, the suspect fired a single shot which did not strike either victim or cause any injuries. The suspect then fled the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

While en route to the above location, officers observed a male party who matched the suspect description walking in the area of 686 Newbury Street. Officers stopped their vehicle and called out to the individual who was later identified as Leonard Payne, 54, of Hyde Park. As they approached, the officers observed that the suspect kept his right hand tightly inside his jacket pocket despite their verbal commands to do otherwise. Officers were able to gain control of the suspect’s right hand at which time they safely recovered a loaded .380 caliber Cobra handgun from inside his coat pocket. The suspect was placed in custody without incident after being positively identified. Investigators are continuing their efforts at this time in an attempt to locate the stolen U.S. Currency.

The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on multiple charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Third Offense, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Armed and Masked Robbery, Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling, Aggravated Intimidation of a Witness, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm with Three Prior Violent or Drug Crimes, Possession of Class B Drugs, Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon, and Armed Kidnapping.