Boston Police officers responded to a report of vandalism in progress on Dartmouth Street at 2:33 a.m. on November 30.
While driving along Dartmouth Street at Columbus Avenue, a taxi driver flagged down the officer and pointed down Columbus Avenue outbound and said “there’s the guy who threw the rock at my cab.”
The suspect reportedly stated, “I didn’t do anything,” then began running down Columbus Avenue. Officers gave chase to the suspect on foot and caught him on Columbus Avenue.
Officers spoke with the taxi driver, who said that the suspect entered the cab and demanded he be taken somewhere or he would smash the window, showing the driver the rock. Moments later, the suspect started hitting the driver with the rock and the driver asked him to get out of the cab. The driver stated that after the suspect exited the cab, the suspect threw the rock through the window. Officers observed the damage to the taxicab. The rear window was shattered and a rock was found in the back seat.
Officers arrested Michael Smith of 3108 Avalon Drive, Randolph, MA and charged him with assault with a dangerous weapon and destruction of property.