Police release photos of suspect in violent New Year’s Eve robbery in Boston Public Garden
Boston police Tuesday released surveillance images of one of three suspects who allegedly robbed a trio of out-of-towners as they walked through the Public Garden on New Year’s Eve, leaving one victim with a stab wound.
The attack occurred around 10 p.m. on the final night of 2018, according to police, and the stabbing victim was treated at a Boston hospital for injuries that weren’t life-threatening.
The photos released Tuesday depict a stocky man in jeans and a brown hooded sweatshirt. Police said in a statement that he’s “wanted in connection to a stabbing and armed robbery incident.”
He appears to resemble the victims’ description of one assailant: a gun-toting white male standing 5 feet 9 inches tall and wearing a light brown hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans, according to a police report.
The victims described the suspect’s accomplices as a Hispanic male also standing 5 feet 9 inches tall and clad in a black and maroon hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans; and a light-skinned black male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and carrying an unknown weapon, according to the report.
Here’s how the confrontation went down:
“[O]fficers spoke to the victims who stated they were walking through the Public Gardens when they were approached by three unknown males,” the statement said. “The males demanded the victims’ money before stabbing one of the victims. The victims eventually handed over their property to the suspects. At this time, the suspects grabbed the male who had been stabbed and forced him to withdraw an undisclosed amount of US Currency from an ATM in the area. The suspects fled the area on foot. The victim was treated at a local hospital for a non-life-threatening stab wound.”
According to the report, the victims, all men in their 20s who gave Pembroke and Amherst addresses, said they didn’t call police for about a half-hour after the incident because they were looking for the man who had been forced to withdraw cash.
Now detectives are looking for the suspects.
“The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident,” the release said. “Anyone with information is asked to contact District A-1 Detectives at (617) 343-4248.”
In addition, community members “wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463),” the statement said. “The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.”