A man killed in Dorchester early Saturday was ambushed in his parked car and executed while he lay on the sidewalk, prosecutors said Monday, as a judge ordered two men held without bail in connection with the slaying.
Around 2 a.m. Saturday, authorities say Omar Bonner, 26, allegedly shot Romeo McCubbin “several times at close range,” on Havelock Street near Blue Hill Avenue.
Assistant Suffolk District Attorney Ian Polumbaum said Omar Denton, 29, then kicked McCubbin, 25, in the head.
The two men jumped into a sport utility vehicle and sped away. But a Boston police detective who had heard gunshots in the area spotted the vehicle and followed in an unmarked car. The men raced down Harvard Street at 60 miles per hour and ran a red light before arriving at Bonner’s Hyde Park home, police said.
As the detective approached their car, Bonner jumped out and ran to the back of the house, while Denton took off in the opposite direction, police said. Bonner then walked back toward the detective with his right hand in his pocket, refusing to show his hands before finally removing a cellphone from his pocket.
Police said Bonner resisted arrest, saying: “I wasn’t even driving. I didn’t do anything.” He was restrained after a violent struggle, police said.
“Numerous officers were needed to ultimately move Bonner to a Boston police cruiser,” a police report stated.
Officers found Denton hiding under a parked car and took him into custody without incident.
Police said both men tossed their weapons while fleeing police. Shell casings from Bonner’s gun matched those found at the scene, prosecutors said. The semiautomatic handgun was found with no ammunition in the magazine.
Authorities offered no motive for the killing, saying it remains under investigation.
Bonner’s lawyer, John Tardif, said his client was in “complete shock’’ over the accusation and was “calling for his mother” when police placed him under arrest.
Denton, who lives in Milton, and his girlfriend are expecting a child in two months, his lawyer said.
Neither lawyer argued that the men should be given bail, but said they may revisit the issue after learning more about the allegations.
Both men were on probation for gun violations, prosecutors said.
Denton was previously acquitted of killing a 20-year-old man in 2004. Prosecutors had said Denton shot Cedric Phillips in the back of the head after Phillips intervened on behalf of a woman Denton was striking.
The first trial ended in a deadlocked jury; Denton was acquitted in 2008 after a second trial.
At McCubbin’s former home in Dorchester, a friend said those who knew McCubbin were distraught over his death.
“It’s a tragedy, man,” said a man named Chris, a relative of the mother of McCubbin’s 1-year-old daughter. “When I heard, I was shocked. He was a good dude, trust me.”
McCubbin was no longer seeing his daughter’s mother, but visited often, he said. The relative recalled McCubbin as an easygoing type and said he did not know who would have wanted to harm him.
“They are having it rough,” he said of McCubbin’s family.