Friday, March 1, 2013
A suspect who threatened an Eliot School teacher with a handgun is still at-large.
Two gunpoint robberies Wednesday and Thursday have Eliot Street neighbors on alert. A teacher at the Eliot School was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night, and a similar robbery in the vicinity took place on Holbrook Street near the entrance to the Eliot School yard Thursday night, according to a police report and an email obtained by Jamaica Plain Patch. A suspect, a 6-foot-1-inch black male with a black knit cap, grey hooded sweatshirt, slight beard and blue jeans, used a handgun with a glock-type square barrel in the Wednesday incident, according to police. There is speculation among neighbors that the incidents involved the same suspects, but police have not confirmed this. Police canvassed the area following both incidents, but were not…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Of the 43 robberies that took place on the MBTA system between Jan. 1 and Feb. 26, 36 involved the targeted thefts of electronic devices, specifically iPhones.
Staring at one’s cell phone while riding public transportation has become commonplace in today’s world, but transit police say this small, seemingly innocent practice could be contributing to electronic device thefts. Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 26, there were 43 robberies on the MBTA system, according to a post on the MBTA Transit Police blog. Thirty-six of those 43 thefts – or 84 percent – involved electronic devices, most notably smart phones such as the widely-used Apple iPhone. “Unfortunately, thefts of smart phones/electronic devices (most notably Apple products) is a nationwide trend,” the blog post says. “This trend often referred to as ‘Apple Picking’ is for the most part a crime of opportunity.” The blog post provides tips on how to …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Four MBTA riders bucked the stereotype that bystanders won't help crime victims in Boston. Would you?
On Friday, four T riders brought down and held an alleged cell phone thief after they heard a woman shout "They stole my phone!" It's a common perception that bystanders in Boston won't come to the aid of crime victims in this way. If you'd been there, what would you have done?
Riders responded to a woman's call "They stole my phone!" and held down a suspect until police could arrest the man.
MBTA passengers rallied to a woman's call of "They stole my phone!" and wrestled a suspect to the floor at Stony Brook T. The incident took place on Friday at 12:24 a.m. Just as an Orange Line train opened its doors, someone grabbed a cell phone from a passenger and fled with two other men. All three had been sitting near the victim: One to her left and two across from her. The woman's cry for help didn't go unheeded, according to a Transit Police report. A witness, who had reached the top of the escalator, heard the call and wrapped the main suspect in a bear hug to bring him down. One of the suspects' associates hit the witness twice, briefly freeing the main suspect. But that didn't last long, as three other riders grabbed the main …
Police issued an alert earlier this week. Here is information on where the latest street robberies have been occurring.
Police have released the locations of a spate of street robberies for which they issued an alert earlier this week. Several Patch readers had asked for this information. Occurrence Date Location Initial Incident Description Final Incident Description 04/04/2012 288 CENTRE ST ROBBERY ATTEMPT - UNARMED - STREET ROBBERY ATTEMPT - UNARMED - STREET 04/06/2012 3050 WASHINGTON ST ROBBERY - FIREARM - BUSINESS ROBBERY ATTEMPT - FIREARM - BUSINESS 04/08/2012 00 BYNNER ST ROBBERY ATTEMPT - UNARMED - STREET ROBBERY ATTEMPT - UNARMED - STREET 04/10/2012 00 ASHCROFT ST ROBBERY ATTEMPT - UNARMED - STREET ROBBERY ATTEMPT - UNARMED - STREET 04/13/2012 0 WASHINGTON ST ROBBERY ATTEMPT - KNIFE - STREET ROBBERY ATTEMPT - KNIFE - STREET 04/13/2012 0 HYDE PARK …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
There have been five street robberies reported to police between April 8 and April 18. In this alert, police also offer tips for staying safe.
UPDATE: Police have released the locations of the street robberies, which have happened all over the neighborhood. ~~~~~ [Editor's note: This is a slightly edited version of a community alert issued by the Boston Police for Jamaica Plain.] ATTENTION RESIDENTS: Your neighborhood has reported an increase in robberies during the month of April. Between April 8 and April 18, five street robberies involving suspects who are targeting victims for purses/wallets and/or cell phones in the Jamaica Plain area were reported to police. The robberies have occurred between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., with the majority occurring between 10:50 p.m. and 11:20 p.m. The suspect is generally described as a black male or Hispanic male between 5-8 and 6-2. The first …
Friday, February 24, 2012
Arrests have been made in an attack against a man who was kicked bloody in the lobby of the Forest Hills T. One of the alleged assailants said the man struck first.
Three young women have been arrested by Transit Police in connection with a possible anti-gay hate crime at the Forest Hills T. Police are investigating if an assault in which a man was kicked and hit by persons who were originally reported to be teenage girls, was an anti-gay hate crime, according to Channel 7. Only one of the suspects arrested is a teenager. On Sunday at 6:38 p.m., MBTA police were called to the lobby at the station, where they found people helping a man whose face was bloodied. Police went in the direction the assailants fled, according to a police report, and caught up with one of the girls at the end of Tower Street. The girl said the altercation started when the man "bumped" her with his backpack. The girl said the …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
According to Channel 7, police are investigating an assault against a man as a possible hate crime because of epithets used during the attack.
UPDATE, 7 p.m. Thursday: WHDH Channel 7 reports that three suspects have been caught. More details when we have them... ~~~~~ Police are investigating if an assault at the Forest Hills T, in which a man was kicked and hit by teenage girls, was an anti-gay hate crime, according to Channel 7. On Sunday at 6:38 p.m., MBTA police were called to the lobby at the station, where they found people helping a man whose face was bloodied. Police went in the direction the assailants fled, according to a police report, and caught up with one of the girls at the end of Tower Street. The girl said the altercation started when the man "bumped" her with his backpack. The girl said the man took a swing at her and she struck back only in self defense, the …
Saturday, February 4, 2012
A JP man had installed a program called "Prey" on his laptop. He was mugged and the laptop taken. By activating the program, his laptop sends its location and a photo of its surroundings.