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Two Men Arrested After Comm Ave Chase

Two officers injured; suspect flees through CAS


Two men were arrested and a third escaped police yesterday afternoon after a chase down Commonwealth Avenue, in the middle of campus. One man was arrested after a scuffle with a Brookline police officer outside Radio Shack, at 730 Comm Ave, and another was apprehended at the footbridge over Storrow Drive after fleeing through the College of Arts & Sciences.

A posting on the Brookline Police Department website reports that at approximately 2 p.m., officers responded to a report that three males had taken a cell phone off the counter at the East Coast Alpine store, at 860 Comm Ave, and had run toward Kenmore Square. When police spotted the suspects at Radio Shack, the men fled. One suspect ran across Comm Ave and into CAS, exiting through a rear door, before being apprehended by Boston University Police behind the George Sherman Union. BUPD Sergeant Larry Cuzzi, who was on the scene, says the arresting officer was injured and was treated at the BU Occupational Health Center, at 930 Comm Ave. Brookline police report that another suspect was arrested outside Radio Shack, after a scuffle that injured an officer. Both the officer, who suffered a leg injury, and the suspect, who was hit with a Mace-like spray, were taken to Beth Israel Hospital.

Cuzzi says Brookline police were questioning the two men in custody, looking for information that would lead to the arrest of the third suspect.

Julia Butler (COM’12) was near Radio Shack when she saw two men burst through the doors with two officers in pursuit. “It took a second to realize what was going on,” says Butler. “When I did, I flattened myself against the wall. The guys were really trying to get away and the police were pretty vocal, telling them to get down. One guy ended up running down the street; I didn’t see where he went. The other guy was subdued, and an officer sprayed him with pepper spray. One officer fell in the road, and I went up to him and said, ‘Are you OK?’ He said he’d be all right. It looked like he had a tear in the knee of his pants.”

Rachel Tesler (COM’13) saw a police officer with an injured leg lying on the ground outside Radio Shack, while a suspect was on the ground being detained by two other officers. “The guy on the ground was screaming profanities,” Tesler says. “I heard that the guy on the ground had been Maced and he seemed very disoriented. It sounded like the cop and the guy were fighting violently.”

Tesler says she’s never seen anything like it. “It’s not something that happens here,” she says. “Normally BU is a pretty safe place.”

Leslie Friday and Amy Laskowski also contributed to this story.

Art Jahnke

Art Jahnke can be reached at jahnke@bu.edu.

10 Comments on Two Men Arrested After Comm Ave Chase

  • - on 10.21.2011 at 10:45 am

    As a student, where on EARTH was my BU alert text/voicemail explaining the situation? Especially since the suspect ran into an academic building? BU, why do you send me endless test alerts but not alerts when important?

    • samantha on 10.21.2011 at 12:57 pm

      Agree with you 110%

  • Anonymous on 10.21.2011 at 11:31 am

    Maybe it happened too quickly. Also the guys were trying to run away, they weren’t out to hurt anyone who wasn’t trying to arrest them.

  • really? on 10.21.2011 at 12:07 pm

    Seriously BU? I ran into this man on Mountfort Street right before the Saint Mary Bridge yesterday afternoon. He was casually walking and smoking a cigarette. Thanks for the alert…NOT. How dangerous was that BU?

  • s on 10.21.2011 at 1:22 pm

    come on, its just a cell phone thieves running through the campus. that’s not enough to trigger the university wide bu alert to lockdown the entire bu.

    • B on 10.21.2011 at 2:39 pm

      Thank You! I really don’t think it was all that dramatic. Especially since an article has been release about it today. Relax guys.

      • - on 10.21.2011 at 3:49 pm

        I’m not saying a lockdown would be necessary. However, it would be much more comforting to get a heads up from BU that the situation was handled and all is well than to see dozens of disconcerting tweets from BU students.

        • a on 10.22.2011 at 11:14 am

          Calm down

  • SD on 10.23.2011 at 7:00 am

    As a parent, I have a question. Who is responsible to decide whether an alert is sent or not?

  • will on 10.25.2011 at 12:27 pm

    probbaly some liberals lookin for a handout from NOBAMA

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