D-4 POLICE NEWS
On Monday, May 14, at about 2:25 a.m., police responded to a radio call for a robbery in progress at Dartmouth and Stuart streets.
Upon arrival, officers located the victim, who said an unknown male suspect grabbed her bag before grabbing her friend’s bag, at which time the suspect threw her friend to the ground and struck her with his knee and elbow.
The victims said they observed the suspect as they were leaving Brownstone restaurant, and he proceeded to follow them down Stuart Street towards Dartmouth Street to the staircase adjacent to the Eastern Bank, where the incident occurred.
Paramedics responded to the scene and transported one of the victims to Tufts Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.
Police canvassed the area for the suspect to no avail.
Down the toilet
On Friday, May 18, at approximately 7:45 p.m., officers were conducting a routine check of the Boston Medical Center lobby bathrooms at 850 Harrison Ave., due to numerous complaints of narcotics use and overdoses at that location.
Police observed an individual inside a closed stall with his jacket draped over the door. When officers knocked on the door, the occupant responded he would be out momentarily.
About 15 minutes later, the occupant still hadn’t exited the bathroom, so police returned to the location and again knocked on the door and ordered him to come outside. At this time, police pushed open the unlocked door and observed the individual seated on the toilet with his pants on as he was looking into his lap. Officers then saw a hypodermic needle in his lap, as well as a metal bottle cap on the toilet dispenser, which is commonly used to prepare narcotics for consumption.
After the occupant requested that police shut the stall door, he stood up and reached into his left pants pocket. Fearing the suspect was attempting to destroy evidence, police placed him in handcuffs, and as he stood up, the syringe and cap fell into the toilet. The toilet, which is quipped with an automatic sensor, then proceeded to flush away the items.
Police then advised the suspect that while he wasn’t under arrest, he was being detained for a criminal investigation. A subsequent pat-frisk search of the suspect reveled he was in possession of five loose Synthroid pills. The suspect couldn’t provide proof of a prescription for the medication, which he said he found on the ground earlier that day.
Police also learned that the suspect had received several no-trespass orders to stay away from the hospital. During booking, the suspect stared at the officer and was overheard uttering threats toward him.
The suspect was subsequently charged with trespassing, possession of a Class E drug and witness intimidation.