Man Sought in 'Joint Venture' Kidnapping, Knife Attack and Robbery on Lamartine

A man said to have been involved in an incident in which a man was briefly kidnapped, threatened and cut on Lamartine Street is among the state's Most Wanted.

A suspect in what police describe as a "joint venture" — in which a mark was briefly kidnapped, cut with a knife and robbed — is being featured among the state's Most Wanted.

The incident took place on Lamartine Street on on Sept. 15.

According to police reports, the victim's former supervisor at Whole Foods Dedham lured him into the situation by offering to pose as a middle man in the sale of the victim's cell phone. The men worked together for eight months and bonded by smoking pot together, the victim told police.

Here's what happened, according to police reports: The men met at Stop & Shop in Jackson Square and walked down Centre to Lamartine. Then the trap was sprung.

A vehicle pulled up alongside the men and someone grabbed the victim from behind, lifting him from off his feet. The man he'd trusted opened the back door as his alleged accomplice put the victim in the back seat.

Once in the vehicle, the victim found a knife to his throat. One of the men said to give up his belongings or he'd be killed. The victim, still struggling, suffered a superficial knife cut. He then stopped struggling and was robbed of two cell phones worth $400, his wallet and cash.

The robbers kept driving until they found a place to drop off their victim without being seen. They let him out at Amory and Dimock.

The victim was able to get a partial license plate.

On Sept. 21, investigators arrested Micheal J. Graffeo, of 21 Marjorie Road, Stoughton. He is the victim's former supervisor, or "team leader" as they are called in Whole Foods parlance. He was charged with kidnapping, armed robbery with a knife and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.

Whole Foods Market said it would not comment on the case.

According to the police report, the victim said Graffeo had been fired from the job at the grocer.

The case has now been featured on Mass Most Wanted as detectives try to find another suspect. Matthew Carey, whose booking photos are attached to this post, is being sought. He is a tall man of medium build and light complexion. If you have information about this man or the kidnapping, Boston Police ask that you call Detective Louis T. Relerford at 617-343-5628.


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