At about 10:00 AM on Monday, March 4, 2019, officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a radio call for an armed robbery in the area of 434 Border Street in East Boston. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated he had been assaulted and robbed of his belongings by three males. The victim stated the three males had approached him in the foyer, pushed him to the ground and began to punch and kick him before taking his backpack and a gold chain he was wearing. The victim stated one of the males was brandishing a knife during the assault. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Officers searched the area for the suspects to no avail.
At approximately 1:36 PM, officers were notified that two of the male suspects had been seen in the area of Meridian Street and West Eagle Street in East Boston. Officers responded to the area in an effort to speak with the males. On arrival one of the males was positively identified as the suspect who had been brandishing the knife during the earlier robbery and was taken into custody. The second male was identified as a 17-year-old male and released to the Department of Youth Services on an outstanding warrant.
Officers arrested Brian Cornejo, 21-years-old of Lynn. Cornejo is expected to be arraigned in East Boston District Court on charges of Armed Robbery and Assault by means of a Dangerous Weapon.