BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston police arrested a man Saturday morning after he allegedly attempted to break and enter a house, punched a man in the face, vandalized 20 vehicles with two metal hose pipes, and kidnapped a toddler before resisting arrest.
Boston Police Department said officers responded to a call for a Breaking and Entering in progress at 37 Robinson Street in Dorchester at around 11:40 a.m.
When they arrived, officers spoke with residents who said a man had been banging on their apartment door and yelling for them to let him in. As the residents opened the door and told him to leave, the man allegedly tried to enter their apartment.
After the residents closed their door, they said the suspect kicked it causing damage, and they heard him break something in the hallway. The officers observed damage to the apartment door, the doorbell casing, and an upstairs apartment door.
Officers also spoke with another victim, who was outside when he heard a commotion. He said he watched as the suspect kicked a sideview mirror on his vehicle. He said he yelled out at the suspect, who then approached him and punched him in the face, causing him to fall to the ground. He said the suspect then kicked him, before fleeing along Robinson Street towards Draper Street.
While officers were talking to the victims on Robinson Street, a 911 call came in reporting that a man was vandalizing vehicles on Topliff and Stonehurst Streets. As additional officers responded to Topliff Street, they saw a large crowd chasing a man down the street. The crowd yelled to the officers to stop the man, as he ran down Topliff Street towards Homes Avenue.
As the suspect ran along Homes Avenue with officers in pursuit, he picked up a toddler and began running down the street holding the child. The mother of the toddler said she does not know the man who took her child, and that she has never seen him before. She said her child was unharmed during the incident.
Police said the suspect then turned into a fenced yard at 94 Homes Avenue, put the toddler down and held the gate shut preventing the officers from getting in.
BPD said he then turned to run up the steps leading into the home. The officers were able to grab hold of him, but the suspect pushed at them as they tried to place him in handcuffs. After a brief struggle, officers were finally able to regain control and place him under arrest.
Over a dozen people then approached the officers to report that the suspect had damaged several vehicles throughout the streets of Speedwell, Norton and Stonehurst. A total of 20 vehicles were reported vandalized during the incident.
The officers were then informed that the suspect had been holding two long metal-like objects, which he used to cause the damage. Another victim approached the officers and said the suspect had broken into his work van, and had stolen several items. He identified the two metal sink hoses that were laying on the street as his property.
BPD said the suspect will be charged with Attempted Breaking and Entering of a Dwelling, Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon to wit Shod Foot, Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle, Kidnapping, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer (2 counts) Resisting Arrest, and Vandalism (20 counts).
Once at the district station, BPD said the suspect refused the booking process, and assaulted a police officer. After a medical evaluation, the suspect was then transported to Bridgewater State Hospital for further treatment and evaluation. During transport, the suspect destroyed the interior camera of the patrol wagon, and violently kicked the rear doors, for which he will be additionally charged with Malicious Destruction of Property.
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