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Third Suspect in Robberies Arrested

Suspects tied to two of four robberies

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A third suspect has been arrested in connection with two of four armed robberies that have left the Charles River Campus awash in anxiety and put extra patrols from two police departments on the streets.

Boston University Police Chief Thomas Robbins says the suspect, whose name is being withheld because he’s a juvenile, turned himself in to Brookline police at about 5 p.m. Friday. He is charged with two counts of armed robbery for his alleged involvement in the second and third robberies in a two-week string of four robberies or attempted robberies of members of the BU community. Earlier on Friday, Brookline police arrested a second suspect, Taquari Milton, 17, of Roxbury. Milton is charged with two counts of armed robbery for the same crimes, committed on September 25 and October 5. Both suspects are scheduled to be arraigned in Brookline District Court on Monday, October 15.

The arrest comes less than 24 hours after a first suspect walked into Brookline police headquarters and turned himself in. That suspect, whose name is being withheld because he is a juvenile, is also charged with two counts of armed robbery for the same crimes. He pleaded not guilty to both counts in Brookline District Court and is being held without bail until October 18, when he will face a dangerousness hearing to determine his eligibility to be released on bail.

Robbins describes the arrests as the outcome of good police work, “and the usual cooperation” of the BU, Brookline, and Boston police. He says all three of the suspects are tied to the second and third robbery, and none has yet been tied to the first and fourth robbery. He says investigators are looking closely into the possibility. Robbins says the enhanced patrols put on the street by the BUPD and Brookline police will remain in place until those responsible for all of the crimes have been caught.

Peter Fiedler (COM’77), vice president for administrative services, says the BU administration is extremely proud of the work done by all three police departments in solving these crimes. Fiedler urges all students to remain cautious until all of the crimes are solved.

The arrests come in the immediate wake of a $10,000 reward offered by BU for information leading to the arrest and conviction of one or more of the perpetrators. Brookline Police Chief Daniel O’Leary says the role of the reward in the arrests is unclear, but he believes that the arrests were certainly influenced by a video of three suspects that was posted on BU Today and other news outlets. All three suspects now in custody appear in the video, which was recorded by a surveillance camera on October 5.

The robberies began at 3 a.m. on Sunday, September 23, when two BU students were robbed of an iPhone, an Android cell phone, a wallet, and $50 at Thorndike Street and Hamilton Road. On Tuesday, September 25, a trio of black males robbed three male BU students at gunpoint in the clear light of day—5 p.m.—at Egmont and St. Paul Streets. A third robbery, this time of a recent BU graduate, took place at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, October 5, at St. Paul and Thatcher Streets. A subsequent armed attempt to rob a female student occurred in the driveway of 808 Commonwealth Ave. on Tuesday, October 9, at 8:30 p.m. The woman told police that two assailants, who brandished a handgun, fled when they learned that she had nothing of value in her bag. There were no injuries in any of the assaults.

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Art Jahnke

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

68 Comments on Third Suspect in Robberies Arrested

  • ThatGirlwhoPostedAComment on 10.12.2012 at 4:55 pm

    Good

    • marie on 10.13.2012 at 8:38 am

      As a parent of a BU student, I appreciate every effort to reach out and communicate updates on the status of any crime or significant event taking place near the campus. Thank you!

    • Susan costello on 10.13.2012 at 10:55 am

      It is clear that the video of these three delinquents was what put an end to their crime spree!
      Perhaps B.U. Should put more surveillance cameras around the perimeter of the campus.
      Also, students should always remain vigilant no matter where they are. Unplug those ear buds!

      • Miguel on 10.15.2012 at 9:22 am

        First, BU students do not want camaras around campus, because they say, it is “invasion of Privacy”, second, BU is in the middle of a city, there is perimeter. But I do agree with you regarding remain vigilant and unplug those ear buds.

        • Mike on 10.17.2012 at 6:17 pm

          If you are walking on the street, there is no privacy there. Anyone could be taking your picture with out you realizing it anyways. High School students taking pictures on a tour of the college for example. As a Student I do not mind more cameras.

          It was good that they were there because they gave a picture of the suspects.

  • Old School on 10.12.2012 at 4:56 pm

    Please stop using the BU alert texts and emails to send updates about arrests. The system should be used to provide pertinent warnings and the change in conditions related to those warnings only (this is not enough of a change to warrant the use of text).

    • Steven Lehar on 10.12.2012 at 5:17 pm

      I think it is important, after an alert concerning armed robberies, to notify everyone originally notified that suspects have been arrested. This is as vital to our sense of safety as the original announcements. Thank you for keeping us posted, this is serious stuff.

    • New School on 10.12.2012 at 5:18 pm

      I think its very pertinent to those of us living in Brookline.

    • Annoyed on 10.12.2012 at 5:21 pm

      I completely agree. I’m sick of getting texts about BU Today articles.

      • Wow on 10.12.2012 at 6:08 pm

        Yea, it must be getting really difficult to manage so many texts.

    • Romy on 10.12.2012 at 5:29 pm

      I hope you know BUPD does not take suggestions from the comments section of BU Today articles… If you have something to suggest to them you should probably let them know directly.

    • Em on 10.12.2012 at 5:49 pm

      please keep sending the alerts – this important for the community.

    • Ron H on 10.12.2012 at 6:10 pm

      If these messages were not sent out all you complainers would be complaining about not learning about the arrests.

    • Eggroll5215 on 10.13.2012 at 1:22 pm

      For those of you that do not appreciate the updates on these criminals then you can always remove yourself from the notification list. I personally am happy to receive these updates, and to know that these terrorists have been apprehended and are off the streets, makes me breathe a bit easier when I’m walking up and down Comm Ave. And, as far as any of them being charged as juveniles, if they are big enough to carry guns, big enough to rob and traumatize people then they are certainly big enough to be charged as adults, throw the book at them.

  • Eric Stoller on 10.12.2012 at 5:03 pm

    Wait, the first guy turns himself in and then pleads not guilty. Interesting strategy.

    • Eric on 10.12.2012 at 5:31 pm

      He’s probably going for a plea bargain. He can amend his original plea of not guilty later. Typical legal strategy.

    • annoymous on 10.12.2012 at 5:53 pm

      too bad hes a minor and won’t be charged heavily…

    • Simply Amazing on 10.12.2012 at 6:06 pm

      That’s how they start working on a plea deal.

    • Anonymous on 10.12.2012 at 6:26 pm

      Well, I’m assuming his lawyer is working on a plea deal right now.

    • Katie on 10.12.2012 at 7:38 pm

      I was thinking the same thing when I read that. It makes little to no sense.

    • Alex M on 10.12.2012 at 8:04 pm

      Hahaha, I just realized this. That is way too funny.

    • JB on 10.12.2012 at 10:16 pm

      Couldn’t agree more. If you turn yourself in for committing a crime, how can you be not guilty of said crime? Will someone please explain this. Give me a break!

      • kitty on 10.13.2012 at 3:15 pm

        “Terrorists”?? Juveniles are charged as juveniles, because they are juveniles. Particularly in Massachusetts, persons under 17 would need to have committed crimes involving death or serious physical injury to be charged as adults, and only then after the court agrees that the nature of the crime(s) warrants they legal status being changed to “adult” for trial. That doesn’t mean that a court might not do the Massachusetts version of “throw[ing] the book at them,” because armed robbery is a felony, but don’t hold your breath for stiff sentences. Juveniles can’t be sentenced to jail or prison terms, their “incarceration” is in a juvenile detention facility.

    • thinker on 10.13.2012 at 3:40 pm

      I thought about that too and actually am more worried than the legal eagles who know the plea techncalities seem to be:
      My guess was, he turns himself in accompanied by his family to let us know that he recognized himself in the video and hastened to avow that that video has NOTHING to do with the robbery (how would we know?)
      That would leave us all empty handed, would it not…

      • that guy on 10.15.2012 at 8:10 am

        Agreed. I’m sure he turned himself in saying he was one of the three in the video, not necessarily admitting to the crime.

    • Princess84 on 10.19.2012 at 8:18 pm

      First of all, they should not be charged as adults if there still a Juvenile the reason being cme on we all make mistakes not everyone is perfect they probably was bullied by the adult who lead this whole thing you don’t know what the situation was

  • Suemeister on 10.12.2012 at 5:07 pm

    Just because 2 out of the 3 suspects have been arrested, doesn’t mean we should feel any more comfortable and let our guards down. Being robbed could still happen.

    • Shrug on 10.12.2012 at 5:23 pm

      Being robbed can always happen. To anyone. Anywhere. I wonder if people were really walking around thinking they could never get robbed before this happened.

      • Shrug on 10.12.2012 at 5:24 pm

        Privilege is extraordinary.

      • Suemeister on 10.12.2012 at 5:31 pm

        Thanks for the support. The general public wouldn’t admit that mindset, I’m sure they just take those habits to be more aware for granted.

  • Good Police Work! on 10.12.2012 at 5:12 pm

    Let me get this straight– the initial arrest was made because the kid literally walked into the police station and turned himself in? Let’s keep the high fives and congratulatory reactions in check a bit.

    • Eric on 10.12.2012 at 5:32 pm

      We don’t know the circumstances or what kind of “pressure” was being exerted so that he would turn himself in.

    • Anonymous on 10.12.2012 at 6:29 pm

      lol..srsly.

      • kitty on 10.13.2012 at 3:19 pm

        The kid probably turned himself in because he was likely to be identified from the video, and he had some family member who was on the ball and realized the first one in has the opportunity to get the first story out and be the witness against the others. He may indeed provide the information that ties all 4 incidents together.

        By pressure you mean the police? Come on.

  • ThatGuyWhoPostedAComment on 10.12.2012 at 5:16 pm

    I agree with Old School above. Use txts for emergency warnings ONLY.

    • another commenter on 10.15.2012 at 5:29 pm

      Please! I’m tempted to remove my cellphone number from the database if they are going to stupidly run up the bill for newspaper articles. “I’m sorry, I only have a landline.”

  • R M on 10.12.2012 at 5:18 pm

    Agree about the texts. Telling me you caught a suspect is not an emergency. This whole system was designed to protect students in the event of an emergency, but now that I know you overuse it I just ignore the messages.

    • Romy on 10.12.2012 at 5:36 pm

      Why do you people have to find something wrong with every situation and complain about it? If you didn’t get the text updates you would probably complain about BUPD not notifying and updating the campus properly.

    • Caroline on 10.12.2012 at 8:07 pm

      Very true. When we were getting texts about bomb threats and armed robberies that had just happened, it was useful. Seeing the incoming number, I urgently read the message. Now that we’re constantly getting updates on the case, I casually glance at the first part of the message and sometimes don’t read the second or third part. R M is completely right – it is an EMERGENCY alert system. When everyone involved has been caught (i.e., there is no longer a threat), please let us know, but the intermediary texts do make us take the alerts less seriously.

      • Caroline on 10.13.2012 at 2:10 pm

        Another issue with this is that the people who don’t read further than the texts have no idea that only the kids associated with the second and third muggings have been arrested and that therefore, there are at least two other muggers still out there. Sending out a message that there has been a third arrest when the most participants in any of the muggings was three suggests that all the bad guys have been apprehended and it’s now safe to walk the street.

      • S on 10.13.2012 at 7:21 pm

        So you took ten seconds to urgently read a text message. What an inconvenience.

    • LD on 10.12.2012 at 8:56 pm

      ignoring the messages is the dumbest thing to do. get over yourself.

      • another commenter on 10.15.2012 at 5:31 pm

        Some people don’t even have cellphones. Gosh, they’re living life so dangerously!

  • My2cents on 10.12.2012 at 5:32 pm

    Aren’t 17 year old youth considered juveniles? That’s still too young to vote, drink, go into bars. Why was this youth’s name published?

    • kitty on 10.13.2012 at 3:21 pm

      17 year olds are considered adults for the purpose of criminal charges; it has nothing to do with the “age of majority” which is currently 21 years of age. Two different things.

    • Art Jahnke on 10.13.2012 at 6:54 pm

      Massachusetts is one of 13 states where criminal cases involving 17-year-olds are handled in the adult justice system rather than juvenile justice system.
      http://www.wbur.org/2012/02/08/criminal-age

  • Priorities? on 10.12.2012 at 5:41 pm

    Still no news on who shot Kanagala Rao last April, I presume.

  • Sesh's Friend on 10.12.2012 at 5:42 pm

    I hope Police does a detailed ballistic fingerprinting of the gun/weapon recovered to the one used to kill Seshadri during the spring semester. RIP Seshadri !

    Sesh’s Friend

    • kitty on 10.13.2012 at 3:29 pm

      You should be contacting the Boston Police about Sesh’s death and grill them on their forensic progress. Last I heard there was no gun recovered that might be linked to Sesh’s death, so nothing to compare bullets to in a “ballistic fingerprinting.”

  • annoymous on 10.12.2012 at 5:52 pm

    I hope they don’t let them out… they will just repeat their old ways – they won’t learn.

  • John on 10.12.2012 at 6:19 pm

    Good Police work? The Police did nothing….the kids all turned themselves in.

    • kitty on 10.13.2012 at 3:22 pm

      No, two of them did. The 17 year old did not turn himself in, the one who is considered an adult.

  • Worried on 10.12.2012 at 6:33 pm

    We compliment BUPD for keeping us informed as our kids are afraid to go out of their buildings. Now at least they know several of the suspects are in custody and they can walk to classes with less fear. We look forward to when the other suspects are found and we are immediately informed. We consider these updates extremely important.

  • Annonomous on 10.12.2012 at 6:33 pm

    Good Police work done by 3 Police Agencies. I dont think people really understand the efforts made. Someone turned themself in because they new they were caught and they are now trying to save themselves….GREAT Job Police! And THANK YOU for ALL the Sacrifices you make!!

  • Jared on 10.12.2012 at 6:56 pm

    Has the gun used in these robberies been recovered?

  • JB on 10.12.2012 at 8:32 pm

    Here’s the part that gets me:

    “Robbins says the enhanced patrols put on the street by the BUPD and Brookline police will remain in place until those responsible for all of the crimes have been caught.”

    If the departments can afford to have these extra patrols in place while they are actively pursuing these criminals, why not always have them out there? Why does it have to be “until (they)… have been caught”?

    • Caroline on 10.13.2012 at 2:13 pm

      Who would be there to break up the parties?

  • Sdot on 10.12.2012 at 9:33 pm

    Good police work my foot!! Two of the three turned themselves in. The police clearly couldnt swat a fly on this one.

  • Todd Williams on 10.13.2012 at 7:55 am

    There’s plenty of action going on around BU Theatre Production Center on Huntington Ave too… A bloody weapon found on Symphony road, an incident at Symphony Convenience, a robbery at Unos, and I’ve heard about an armed robbery outside of Panera this week, though have not seen confirmation yet.
    http://huntnewsnu.com/2012/10/crime-log-oct-1-oct-8/
    http://huntnewsnu.com/2012/10/23844/

  • gb on 10.13.2012 at 9:29 am

    the pressure we have put on as a united parent community has worked and please pay very close attention that the suspects arrested appear to have not been involved in robberies 3 and 4 so this is still very much an open case and our children need to stay on guard and be diligent. We also need to continue to put pressure on BU leadership to contunue to use all means to keep our kids safe. I continue to express the opinions of the parents to BU leadership so please share your thoughts a BUCRIMEWAVE@gmail.com

    • The City on 10.13.2012 at 7:59 pm

      Oh can it, you didn’t do anything! The police solved it, not you Mamma

  • BU parent on 10.13.2012 at 1:29 pm

    The Brookline and BUPD must continue to keep the extra patrols out there for the saftey of the students and staff.

  • Michael on 10.13.2012 at 1:44 pm

    Unfortunately every large city, with the possible exception of NYC, is dealing with these types of criminals. UPenn, U of Chicago, USC and now BU. it has gotten so bad, that these thugs are now committing robberies in broad daylight. No one is safe at any time of day. I really believe that we should have our returning veterans patrol the streets. They are used to dealing with much more dangerous terrorists and are in great physical condition. Of course, this will never happen due to politics, unions, etc, but just imagine how safe you would feel with this presence on the streets. In any event, these criminals will serve a couple years and return to the streets as adults. God Bless America.

  • kk on 10.13.2012 at 3:21 pm

    How did these kids get their guns. Who gives them
    Or sale them

  • Just another BU parent on 10.13.2012 at 4:49 pm

    What I find significant is that the first youth charged walked into the police station with his parents and without a lawyer. I am surprised that no one thought of giving the suspect’s parents any credit. If convicted, I hope the $10,000 reward is offered to the parents, and if they do not accept it, a charity of their choice.

    Most of the time when charges are make against a BU student, we see pictures of parents and their lawyers in court. Very serious charges have been leveled against BU students in the past and the final punishment is inevitably relatively light compared to some of the suggestions mentioned above. Is this a reflection of wider “culture of entitlement” at BU?

    Finally, I think our police did a fine job in this case. Suggestions that our returning veterans (who lack police training )handle the juveniles, shows a lack of respect for the work of our police, returning vets and justice system.

    • Steve on 10.14.2012 at 2:00 pm

      You mean the same parents who allowed this kid to be on his own committing robberies should be rewarded $10,000 for dragging him to the police station? If his parents receive the award, BU will never see a single cent in donation from me for as long as I live.

  • goat on 10.13.2012 at 11:00 pm

    I cant believe how crazy everyone has gotten about this… you go to school in a city. cities are dangerous. expect everything. if you want to be sheltered like you probably have for the majority of your life then transfer to some place in the middle of the woods where there are 500 students and a bunch of squirrels. jeesh.

  • Oh Wow on 10.15.2012 at 9:32 am

    I want these titles to be more appropriate. Brookline police didn’t commit a tremendous effort for this. They lucked up with at least 2 of 3 suspects just walked in and decided enough was enough. there were like 2 robberies per week over a MONTH according to the floods to txts that I received from BU. These headlines that say “suspect arrested” should say, Suspect in custody.

    Also, can we be completely honest… these were kids robbing college students (clearly, no one told them that college kids don’t walk around with loads of cash) for smart phones and pocket change. I admit, being robbed at gunpoint can’t be fun but what happened to the last woman? She had nothing so the kids ran away. The gun adds seriousness and shock value but people are acting like this is Harvard University and girls were getting raped on campus at night— THAT is serious.

    However, sad that these kids just threw their lives away over foolishness. What a waste. They’ll learn now. Happy that the BU community and surrounding areas can walk the streets with thie rpiece of mind back in tact.

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