D-4 Police News
Play with fire
On Friday, March 22, at about 3:10 a.m., police conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Exeter Street and Huntington Avenue in the Back Bay.
At this time, officers traveling northbound on Massachusetts Avenue had pulled over to the side of the row to allow two Boston firetrucks to pass them when they observed a grey Toyota Corolla trying to pass the police car and blocking the firetrucks’ path in the process.
After police activated the lights of their vehicle in an effort to pull over the suspect’s vehicle, it stopped briefly in the middle of Massachusetts Avenue before taking a right on St. Botolph Street.
Police then followed the vehicle from a distance as it traveled down St. Botolph Street at a high rate of speed before taking a left-hand turn at West Newton Street and failing to yield for a stop sign at St. Botolph and Cumberland streets.
The suspect’s vehicle was then seen taking a left turn onto West Newton Street before taking a right on Huntington Avenue and traveling down it at a high rate of speed. After speeding through a stop sign at Huntington Avenue and Stuart Street, the vehicle turned north on Dartmouth Street and left onto Huntington Avenue before finally coming to a stop at the corner of Huntington Avenue and Exeter Street.
When officers exited their car in an attempt to make contact with the suspect, he jumped out of vehicle with his hands in the air and said: “You don’t know what I’ve been through.”
Police then drew their pistols and ordered the suspect to get on the ground. When the suspect failed to comply with their instructions, they holstered their guns and attempted to restrain the suspect’s hands.
“I’m not going down like this,” the suspect exclaimed. “You guys don’t know what I’ve been through.”
Police attempted to pacify the suspect by talking calmly to him, which only managed to agitate him to the point where while struggling with officers, he pleaded for them to shoot him.
After a lengthy struggle, the suspect was placed under arrest for refusing to submit to a police officer.
An officer sustained a back injury during the altercation and was transported by ambulance to Tufts Medical Center for treatment.
On Friday, March 22, at approximately 5:07 p.m., police responded to a radio call for an assault at Au Bon Pain at 100 Huntington Ave.
On arrival, the officer met with the café manager, who said a victim was robbed in the restroom at approximately 4:50 p.m. He was washing his hands at that time, when two unknown male suspects grabbed him from behind and struck him several times in the face before forcibly removing the victim’s wallet and fleeing on foot.
A stationary security camera might’ve captured the suspects’ images, the manager said.
EMTs arrived on the scene, but the victim denied medical attention at this time.
The officer also searched the area for the suspect to no avail.