Police Briefs 02-14-2019

D-4 Police News

Lone gunman

On Sunday, Feb. 3, at about 2:57 a.m., police responded to a radio call for an armed robbery in progress at the Cask n’ Flagon at 62 Brookline Ave.

While en route, officers were notified by BPD Operations that the male suspect, who was wearing a mask, was in possession of a firearm and had fired one round at the door, as well as placed the gun to a victim’s head.

As police were traveling on Brookline Avenue outbound from Commonwealth Avenue, they located a man matching the suspect’s description at the intersection and ordered him to raise both hands above his head. The suspect then backed away from officers and raised his right hand slightly while keeping his right hand inside his jacket pocket.

When police attempted to secure the suspect’s hands behind his back, the suspect resisted before they eventually were able to restrain him. At this time, one officer felt a hard object in his right jacket and pocket that based on his experience and training, he believed was a firearm. Police seized a Cobra .380 with one round in the chamber from the suspect before placing him in handcuffs.

After police informed the suspect of his Miranda rights, they demanded to his state-issued license to carry a firearm, which he said he didn’t possess. Officers subsequently seized a black ski mask and three strips of Suboxone from the suspect.

Meanwhile, police on the scene at the Cask n’ Flagon reported smelling the odor of spent gun powder and spoke to two employees who was doing payroll in the office when they heard a knock at the door. Upon opening it, the suspect entered the room and placed the gun to the one victim’s head while ordering the second victim to get on the ground. The suspect then demanded that the first employee open the safe and seized approximately $8,000 cash. The suspect, who told the victims to count to 10 before calling the police, then left the office, but he remained outside listening to the victims. Once he left, the victims called 9-1-1.

Police transported the victims to 603 Newbury St., where the suspect was being detained. At this time, both victims positively identified him as the perpetrator of the armed robbery.

The suspect was then transported to District 4, where he was booked in the usual manner on charges of possession of a Class B drug (Suboxone); discharging firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling; two counts of masked armed robbery; possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon to wit a firearm; two counts of kidnapping while armed with a firearm; two counts of aggravated intimidation of a witness; third offense for carrying a loaded firearm without a license; possession of ammunition without a firearm license; and carrying loaded firearm in a public way. He was also designated as a Level 3 armed career criminal at this time.

Double trouble

On Sunday, Feb. 3, at around 10:19 p.m., officers responded to a radio call for a robbery in progress at the corner of Massachusetts and Columbus avenues.

On arrival police spoke to the victim, who said as she was walking on Massachusetts Avenue, two younger, male suspects came up from behind her and grabbed her brown tote bag containing her house keys, a Massachusetts state ID, an Apple iPhone 7, and various debit and credit cards. Both suspects then fled down Massachusetts Avenue towards Boston Medical Center.

Police gave the victim a ride to her friend’s house and advised her to change the locks to her apartment and cancel her debit and credit cards.

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