Police arrest armed man after shoplifting incident at downtown convenience store

A man was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of robbing a 7-Eleven store in downtown Boston at knifepoint after a worker confronted him about the stolen items, police said.

Kyle Lincoln, 26, of Dorchester was charged with assault by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and shoplifting by concealing merchandise, police said in a statement.

At around 12:06 a.m., a 7-Eleven employee called police reporting a person with a knife in the area of 177 State St., where the convenience store is located, police said.

The employee told officers at the scene that he confronted a man in the store because he saw the man trying to steal food, police said. The man then started to act aggressively and pushed a different employee, police said.


Then he took out a knife, police said.

The suspect began to threaten the employees with the knife, police said, and left the store without paying for the items he had. Officers searched the area and could not find the suspect at that time, police said.

Officers later responded at around 2 a.m. to the area of 85 Causeway St., where the sports bar The Harp is located, after they received a report of a man causing a disturbance, police said.

Police saw the man who matched the description of the suspect from the 7-Eleven incident, later identified as Lincoln, and took him into custody, police said.

Officers found a knife in his pocket, police said.

Lincoln is set to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.

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