Four Occupy Boston protesters arrested

Four Occupy Boston protesters were arrested in two incidents today, including one incident where a protester stands accused of stealing a police bicycle.

Around 1:30 p.m., during a march in Downtown Crossing, Boston police were making an arrest unrelated to Occupy Boston when they allegedly saw a man walk off with a police officer’s departmental bicycle, said Officer Eddy Chrispin, a Boston police spokesman.


Police said they pursued the suspect for about 100 feet before catching him. Langston Peace, 29 of Boston, was arrested and charged with larceny over $250.

“When officers caught up with him, they asked, ‘What are you doing?’ and he did not answer,” Chrispin said.

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Three more protesters were arrested around 5:15 p.m. during a march from Dewey Square to the Back Bay.

During the march, which Chrispin said went against the flow of traffic and caused rush hour gridlock on Boylston and Newbury streets, three marchers, wearing masks, broke away from the pack and ran into the Boylston Street Burger King restaurant.

“They burst through the front door and ran through the main dining room, which was at capacity,” Chrispin said, as diners “cowered in fear, with a look of shock and disbelief on their faces.”


Arrested were: Jeffrey Nunes, 17, of Westport, Sean Cormier, 21, also of Westport, and Kiean Lyons, 17, of Norwood. They were charged with disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.

The Occupy Boston movement has been going on for more than a month, and while interaction with police has not been as violent as protests in New York or Oakland, Calif., scores have been arrested so far, including 141 in a sweep of an off-limits portion of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway on Oct. 11.

John M. Guilfoil can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @globe_guilfoil.
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