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Woman, 36, charged in uncle’s fatal shooting

Crime tape cordoned off the scene at Wood Avenue in Hyde Park on Saturday.Scott Eisen for The Boston Globe

and Felicia Gans

Globe Correspondent

A woman who allegedly shot her uncle to death in Hyde Park on Saturday afternoon and then fled was arrested hours later in Peabody, bringing to a close a statewide hunt for a suspect Boston Police described as “armed and dangerous.”

Yvonne Lewis, 36, of Hyde Park, was arrested without incident by Boston and Peabody police at about 6 p.m. at a hotel on Jubilee Drive, located off Route 128 in Peabody, law enforcement officials said.

Lewis, a former civilian employee of the Boston Police Department, is alleged to have shot her 49-year-old uncle in the head, in a home at 239 Wood Ave., about 1 p.m., police said.

The victim, who has not been identified, died shortly after the shooting at Brigham & Women's Hospital, a Boston police official with knowledge of the investigation said Saturday night.

Police said they had not yet determined a motive for the shooting by Saturday night. They were also still looking for the murder weapon, according to a law enforcement official.


The Suffolk district attorney's office said she would be charged with murder and arraigned Monday in West Roxbury District Court.

A police official who spoke on condition of anonymity said Lewis was located in a hallway of the hotel and had not yet checked in. A man who answered a phone at the hotel declined to comment.

Boston police homicide investigators, the Boston Police Special investigations unit, the Peabody police, and a state trooper were all involved in the arrest.

In a statement released on Twitter, Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans thanked "our community of friends who helped us locate and apprehend Yvonne Lewis without incident."

Lewis allegedly fled Hyde Park in a red Nissan Pathfinder early Saturday afternoon, sparking an alert to police across the state to be on the lookout for that car or another vehicle that she owns, a white Lexus with Georgia plates.

Police initially believed the victim was Lewis's brother. However, a neighbor and past Globe articles stated that Lewis had only one brother, who was killed in a car accident in 1998.


Another official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Lewis is a former employee of the Boston Police Department. Public records show that as recently as 2013 she was listed as a communications equipment operator, and earned a salary of just over $5,500.

In 2011, Lewis earned $54,719 , according to the most recent payroll data available to the Globe. The official said Lewis's employment was terminated, but information on when or why was not immediately available.

Lewis was the subject of at least 10 internal affairs complaints during her time with police, according to a Globe database. Eight of the complaints, made between 2003 and 2012 for issues such as untruthfulness, conduct unbecoming, and conformance to laws, were sustained; one was "unfounded" and one was listed simply as "filed."

On Saturday afternoon, the yellow two-family home on Wood Avenue where the shooting occurred was cordoned off with police tape, the door ajar. Neighbors said they were shocked by the violence, and many said they had not heard any gunshots.

Mackenzie Williams, who lives next door, said he was surprised to see police, with their weapons drawn, rushing into his neighbors' home.

"I rushed inside and tried to stay safe," said Williams, who had been about to leave the home with his wife to run errands. "I cried, 'Stay inside! Stay inside!'"

Hassan Hassan, who also lives on Wood Avenue, was roused from bed by the wailing sound of police sirens. He saw a man taken from the house on a stretcher, his body completely covered.


About an hour after the shooting, said another neighbor, Mona Abdullah, she saw a woman outside 239 Wood Ave, begging police to be let inside.

"She said her parents were inside and she needed to see them. She was screaming," Abdullah said.

Residents of the street filled with two-family homes described the family as quiet.

Ruby Garrett, 70, has lived just down the street from them for more than 30 years, and said she just saw Lewis this weekend, when they had a brief but friendly conversation.

"She just said she was here to visit," said Garrett.

A law enforcement official said Lewis may recently have been living in Georgia.

Garrett said her children grew up with Lewis and her brother and sister. Everyone was devastated, she said, when Lewis's brother was killed in a car crash with another man who was fleeing police in a stolen vehicle. At the time, Yvonne Lewis told the Globe she was horrified by the other driver's criminal record.

"I want justice to be served," she said in a 1998 Globe article.

Garrett said the Lewis children were always dutiful, the family hard-working.

"All the years we've been here, we never had any problems," she said. "We kind of look out for one another."

A LinkedIn account registered to an Yvonne Lewis - with the same birthdate and job history -- listed Lewis's most recent employment as "Actress/ Model/ V.O/ Host/ Talent/ Choreographer/ Personalirt Talent."


She described herself as an aspiring actress. The Globe could not independently verify the LinkedIn account.

"I do some modeling as well but Acting is my passion," she wrote. "I've taken classes and I have experience so if you're interested, please feel free to contact me. Thanks and God Bless!"

The account lists her interests as "Sky Diving, Swimming, Horseback Riding, Rock Climbing, Skiing, No Fear!"

The account also lists Lewis as having worked for At Home Real Estate in Dorchester from 2005 to 2009. Jeffrey Barranco, a real estate agent, said on Saturday that Lewis had been professional and easy to get along with.

"She was very likeable," said Barranco, who said he has not seen Lewis in years, and knew her only professionally. "Everyone was sort of an independent contractor, so I didn't really have any deals with her. She kind of operated on her own. She was lovely to have in the office."

Lewis never talked about her family, and kept mostly to herself, Barranco said.

"I never saw any signs of violence or unusual behavior," he said. "She was definitely more on the quiet side, but nothing alarming."

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