Men Charged with Stealing Purse also arrested on Assault, Drugs Charges on Beacon Street

Three men face a long list of charges after a botched purse snatching lead to a fight with police on Beacon Street.

Boston Police responded to a larceny in progress report on Berkeley Street at 12:45 p.m. on September 23. It was reported that three males tried to flee from a restaurant after they had allegedly taken a woman’s purse from a near by table.

The victim stated that she had gone to the bathroom and had left her purse on the table. She was notified by the manager that that the suspects were headed to towards the stairs.  The manager confronted the suspects and was able to recover the purse.

Police began to search the area for the suspects. When the three males walked passed an unmarked cruiser on Beacon Street, an officer asked, “Hey guys, can we talk to you for a minute?” One of the suspects looked at the officers and kept walking.

As the officer approached this suspect, it is reported that the man reached into his pockets and tossed two unknown items onto Beacon Street. When the officer tried to question the suspect, reports say that the suspect pushed the officer and a struggle ensued. The suspect was able to break free and headed inbound on Beacon Street. As a second officer attempted to grab the fleeing suspect, one of the other suspects tackled the officer and both all three hit the ground.

The first suspect got to his feet and continued inbound on Beacon Street. The second officer chased after the suspect and was able to catch him after another brief struggle.  The second suspect was also detained after a more violent struggle. The third suspect was told not to move and remained still until additional officers arrived. Officers also recovered a black Air Soft pistol with the orange tip painted black.

When the police returned to their cruiser, they reportedly found two baggies filled with brown powder. The suspects had a total of seven various pills on them as well.

A witness was brought to the scene to identify the suspects, who identified two out of the three suspects.

The suspects were then taken to the police station for booking.

The first suspect was charged with larceny from a person, two counts of assault and battery on police officers (with injuries), resisting arrest, possession of a Class A Substance, and possession of a Class E Substance.

The second suspect was charged with larceny from a person, two counts of assault and battery on police officers (with injuries) and resisting arrest.

The third suspect was charged with larceny from a person and possession of a Class E substance.

Information used in this article was supplied by the Boston Police Department. Charges do not indicate a conviction.


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