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    Man held in armed holdups near BU

    Brookline police have ­arrested a 29-year-old Quincy man in connection with the armed robbery Saturday of three Boston University students and are looking for a second man.

    Standing out of sight ­behind a wall in Brookline District Court Thursday afternoon, Evan ­Holmes pleaded not guilty to three counts of armed robbery and was ­ordered held on $25,000 cash bail.

    Brookline police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a second suspect, identified as Tyler James ­Mauritson, 27, also of Quincy.


    The St. Paul Street robbery was among a string of assaults on BU students in Brookline and Boston that remain under investigation by several police agencies.

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    Three students told police they were walking near the intersection of Freeman and St. Paul streets in Brookline around 12:11 a.m. Saturday when they were approached from behind by two men, one of whom was armed with a gun.

    The two men took the women’s purses and iPhones and fled toward Commonwealth Avenue, police said.

    Using surveillance video from the area of the robbery, police were able to locate a woman on Egmont Street in Brookline who said Holmes and Mauritson had been at her home on the night of the robbery, said Assistant Norfolk District Attorney Philip Brown.

    The woman told police officers that the two men had been high on drugs that night and left her home at one point before returning with a few purses and iPhones that they told her they obtained by robbing three women, Brown said.


    Brown said that Holmes has a history of substance-abuse problems, and that ­police arrested him in a sober home in Quincy Wednesday.

    After obtaining a search warrant for the home, police seized a pellet gun that had been hidden ­under some rags in a bathroom where Holmes had been.

    Police also recovered several of the items that had been stolen from the women in an apartment that Holmes has had access to, the district ­attorney’s office said.

    An arrest warrant has been issued for Mauritson that charges him with armed robbery.

    Anyone with infor­mation about him should call Brookline police at 617-730-2222.

    Brock Parker can be reached at