Police Briefs 02-11-2021

Man Held on Gun Charges in Connection with Hotel Shooting

A Hyde Park man arrested Feb. 4 shortly after a shooting inside the Hyatt Regency Hotel was arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court on possession of a firearm charges, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said.

Messiah Leggett, 20, of Hyde Park, was ordered held on $100,000 bail by Judge James Stanton.

Assistant District Attorney William Kettlewell stated in court that Mr. Leggett was seen on video leaving the hotel with two companions and crossing Boston Common. He was detained at the intersection of Spruce Street and Chestnut Street. Police recovered a firearm near where Mr. Leggett and two juvenile companions were stopped by police. In speaking to police, Mr. Leggett acknowledged his possession of the firearm inside the hotel room where the deceased, a 17-year-old girl, was located.

“My Office is working closely with Boston Police detectives to learn exactly what transpired in that hotel resulting in the loss of this juvenile’s life.  We will not rest until we know how this teenaged girl was fatally wounded,’’ said District Attorney Rollins. “This is an active death investigation and my heart goes out to the family and loved ones of this victim.”

Judge Stanton revoked for 60 days the bail of Mr. Leggett on a West Roxbury gun charge.

Tina Nguyen is the Victim Witness Advocate. Attorney Mark Perkins represented Mr. Leggett, who returns to court on March 1, for a pre-trial hearing.

Kids from the ‘Burbs Caught Tagging in Fenway

About 1:07a.m. on Thursday, February 4, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) arrested suspects for  Vandalism of Property (Tagging/Graffiti) in the area of 120 Ipswich Street, Fenway.

Officers were on patrol in the Fenway area when they received information about a Vandalism in Progress occurring on Ipswich Street. The officers responded to the location, and upon arrival observed a group of four individuals huddled together along a wall to the left side of Ipswich Street. The officers approached one individual, later identified as Ian Barg, 20 of Ipswich, who was holding a can of purple spray paint and actively tagging the wall. Officers also observed a second individual, later identified as Lucas Pedrelli, 18 of Natick, attempting to flee the area while in possession of a gold can of pink spray paint. Officers secured both Barg and Pedrelli, and broadcast a description of the two other individuals who fled on foot towards Boylston Street. The officers recovered three cans of spray paint from Barg and Pedrelli. These cans were consistent in color with several graffiti in the area, which appeared to be freshly painted.

Responding units stopped a third suspect, a 19-year-old from Rutland, MA, at the intersection of Boylston Street and the Fenway, and the fourth suspect, a 22-year-old from Westford, MA, was stopped at 52 Westland Avenue. Both suspects were summoned into Roxbury District Court for Vandalism of Property (Graffiti/Tagging).

Ian Barg was arrested and charged with Vandalism of Property (Graffiti/Tagging). Lucas Pedrelli was also arrested and charged with Vandalism of Property (Graffiti/Tagging).

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