BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Police arrested a man this week for allegedly attempting to rob a blind man in broad daylight outside a store in Boston's Back Bay.
According to the Boston Police Department, officers responded to a call about an armed robbery in progress at around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of 760 Boylston Street, a Lord + Taylor store.
"Officers were met by an adult male victim and several witnesses who stated that a male suspect, later identified as Brian Buhamiizo, 38, of Boston, had approached the victim and attempted to rob him," BPD said. "The victim, who is legally blind, stated that the suspect approached him and grabbed his guide cane while stating that he was in possession of a firearm and demanding the victim’s property."
BPD said the victim was able to break away from the suspect and call 911 with the assistance of the witnesses on scene.
Responding officers soon stopped a suspect matching the description provided by those witnesses in the area of 699 Boylston Street, where he was placed in custody after being positively identified. No firearm was recovered. His identity has not been released.
This marks the second report of an attack on a disabled person in Boston this week. On Thursday, MBTA transit police arrested a 26-year-old Boston woman for allegedly throwing a woman out of a wheelchair and kicking her in the head.
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BPD said the suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Assault with Intent to Rob While Armed, Assault and Battery on a Person Over the Age of 60 or Disabled and Threats to Commit a Crime.
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