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Victim’s mother helps Boston police nab accused robber

A Roxbury teenager who allegedly stole a phone and headphones at gunpoint from a young girl was arrested Tuesday afternoon with assistance from the girl’s mother, Boston police said.

Police apprehended the 15-year-old after a short foot pursuit along Malcolm X Boulevard and charged him with juvenile delinquency, specifically armed robbery and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.

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Officers responded to the area of Malcolm X Boulevard and King Street just before 5 for an armed robbery. They noticed a woman get out of her car and run toward a teenager walking on Malcolm X Boulevard. As she ran toward the teen, the woman pointed at him and shouted that he had stolen her daughter’s headphones, according to Boston police.

The teenager ran in the opposite direction upon hearing the woman, and after a brief pursuit, was taken into custody. He was carrying a BB gun when arrested, police said.

The woman and her daughter told police the teenager was one of three who robbed the girl of her cellphone and headphones in the hallway of a residential building on Centre Street. After the victim balked at handing over the items, the teenager allegedly pulled out a firearm and pointed it at the the victim.

The other two suspects have not been identified, police said.

The Roxbury teen was arraigned Wednesday in Suffolk County Juvenile Court, where a plea of not delinquent was ­automatically entered on his behalf, said Jake Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk ­district attorney’s office.

The teen was held on $500 bail and ordered to stay away from the victim.

He will return to court on March 26.

Sarah N. Mattero can be reached at sarah.mattero@globe.com.
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