D-4 POLICE NEWS
A friend indeed
On Monday, Dec. 4, at about 8:36 p.m., officers responded to a radio call for a group of unknown men fighting in the vicinity of 150 Appleton St.
On arrival, the victim approached police and said an unknown male suspect stabbed him in the left side of his chest in the vicinity of Appleton and West Canton streets. Officers called for an ambulance before unsuccessfully attempting to question the victim, who was uncooperative and appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance. The victim also told police he would search for the suspect himself.
A few moments later, another unknown male, who refused to give officers his name and also appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance, approached police and said he was a friend of the victim’s. During this time, the man was very uncooperative and abusive towards officers.
Paramedics responded to the scene and transported the stab victim via ambulance to Boston Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.
The victim’s friend later responded to District 4 headquarters, where he became verbally abusive and made threats towards officers before fleeing the scene.
On Tuesday, Dec. 5, at approximately 11:15 a.m., officers monitoring the area of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard observed one male suspect hand a knotted, plastic baggie containing a brown powder consistent in appearance and texture with heroin to another male suspect in exchange for $20 cash.
After the two suspects completed the alleged transaction, the two suspects were apprehended by police, transported to District 4 headquarters and booked in the usual manner.
Holding it for a friend
On Wednesday, Dec. 6, at around 11:30 a.m., police responded to the Sheraton Hotel at 39 Dalton St., where hotel security had observed two male suspects acting suspiciously and standing in front of the second-floor elevator for about 20 minutes.
When a security guard confronted the two men, they proceeded to the hotel lobby before returning to the second floor a few minutes later. The two men told the security guard they were staying with a friend in room #1960, which turned out to be true.
One suspect was found in possession of a Burberry wallet containing a Massachusetts state identification card, which he told police he was holding for friend.
Believing it to be stolen, officers seized the wallet as evidence before instructing both men not to return to Sheraton or they would be cited for trespassing.
Further investigation revealed that the suspect with the wallet provided police with false information and had three active warrants.
Unusual marketing campaign
On Wednesday, Dec. 6, at approximately 3:15 p.m., a victim walked into District 4 headquarters and reported that an unknown person had been distributing fliers at Newbury Street and Commonwealth Avenue in the vicinity of the victim’s home between 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
The fliers listed the address of the victim and referred to his as a “sex offender,” as well as a “drug dealer, “rape suspect” and “kidnapper.” The fliers also advised readers to avoid the victim, and to contact police if they saw him.
The victim told police he was unsure who was distributing the fliers or why.
Making a withdrawal
On Wednesday, Dec. 6, at around 4:46 p.m., police responded to a radio call for a hold-up alarm at Commerce Bank at 1320 Washington St.
Upon arrival, officers spoke to the bank manager and tellers, who said the victim had approached a teller and showed her a note that read: “No dye, packs, large bills.”
The suspect then said, “Give me the money. You only have five second to do it, and no alarms.”
The teller handed over $798 to the suspect who fled on foot on Washington Street towards Peters Park with the cash and the note.
Members of the police’s Bank Robbery Task Force and FBI agents also responded to the bank to process the scene.