D-4 POLICE NEWS
Carry a big stick
On Sunday, July 1, at around 7:38 a.m., police responded to a radio call to investigate a person in Public Alley #438 after receiving information that a male suspect had threatened a victim with a stick.
Upon arrival, officers met with the victim, a janitor at 425 Boylston St., who was cleaning the alley. At this time, the victim said he asked the suspect to leave a doorway that he was attempting to clean. The suspect then obtained a piece of wood – possibly a mallet – and gestured towards the victim in a threatening manner.
The victim told police he knows the suspect, and that they had a previous altercation in January.
Police advised the victim to stay away from the suspect, and to contact them if he returned before searching the area for the suspect to no avail.
On Thursday, July 5, at about 12:33 p.m., officers responded to Santander Bank at 552 Commonwealth Ave. for a report of a robbery in progress.
On arrival, police spoke to a visibly distraught teller, who said a male suspect had approached her booth and passed her a note demanding money. The teller then removed some money from the drawer and handed it over to the suspect, along with a dye pack. Meanwhile, an observation specialist observed this and immediately pressed the emergency button.
The suspect then counted the money and removed the dye pack, which he returned to the teller, before demanding more money. The teller removed more money from the drawer and handed it over to the suspect before activating the emergency button herself.
A bank employee then followed the suspect as he took a left turn onto Commonwealth Avenue.
Police searched the area for the suspect to no avail.