On Friday, April 30, 2021, officers from D14 responded to the area of the Portsmouth Street Playground (35 Portsmouth Street) for a report of an armed robbery. On arrival, a victim reported that he was attempting to purchase speakers from an individual after arranging the meeting on a social media app. The victim stated he handed the seller the money when the seller pointed a black firearm at him. The suspect fled with the victim’s money and the speaker.
Detectives assigned to D-14 initiated an investigation and located an individual on the social media app who was selling speakers in the Brighton area.
The seller and an undercover officer made arrangements to meet on May 2, 2021 in the area of 22 Portsmouth Street in Brighton. The undercover officer responded to the area where he observed two individuals who asked him if he was there for the speaker. The undercover officer approached the two individuals and displayed the United States Currency needed to buy the speaker and handed it to one of the individuals.
At that time, one of the two individuals displayed the butt of a firearm that was located in his waistband. Both suspects then fled on foot with the money. Members of the Youth Violence Strike Force and officers and detectives from D-14 pursued the suspects on foot. After a brief foot chase, both suspects were stopped and placed under arrest.
Officers arrested two 17-year-old male juveniles. Both will be charged with Delinquency to wit: Armed Robbery. Officers recovered the money and a BB gun from the suspects.
As the number of residents buying and selling goods online continues to increase and grow, so too do the potential risks associated with these types of transactions which can sometimes involve meeting a stranger in unfamiliar surroundings. In an effort to keep these arranged dealings as safe as possible, the BPD is introducing designated “Safe Exchange Zones” at every Boston Police District Station across the city, as well as, BPD Headquarters. These areas are monitored via security video and available 24 hours a day.
Please see the complete list of addresses below to find the Safe Exchange Zone nearest you:
BPD Headquarters, 1 Schroeder Plaza, Boston, 02120
District A-1, 40 New Sudbury Street, Downtown, 02114
District A-7, 69 Paris Street, East Boston, 02128
District A-15, 20 Vine Street, Charlestown, 02129
District B-2, 2400 Washington Street, Roxbury, 02119
District B-3, 1165 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan, 02124
District C-6, 101 W Broadway, South Boston, 02127
District C-11, 40 Gibson Street, Dorchester, 02122
District D-4, 650 Harrison Avenue, South End, 02116
District D-14, 301 Washington Street, Brighton, 02135
District E-5, 1708 Centre Street, West Roxbury, 02132
District E-13, 3347 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, 02130
District E-18, 1249 Hyde Park Avenue, Hyde Park, 02136