Boston University Offers $10,000 Reward for Information on Suspects
After the fourth armed robbery in the area, authorities opened a tip line they hhope will lead to arrests.
After last night's reported armed robbery attempt of a BU student, Brookline, Boston and Boston University police held a press conference Wednesday afternoon at the Brookline Public Safety building. BUPD also announced they are offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of suspects.
Photos and videos of suspects in two of the armed robberies were released, and a tips line has been opened for information: 1-800-494-TIPS or text "TIP" to 27463 (CRIME).
Chief Daniel O'Leary gave more details on the four cases of recent robberies. They say the suspects have shown a handgun in all four of the cases, which the suspects are holding near their hip when making demands of their victims.
The victims in all four cases have been Boston University students, one of whom had recently graduated. O'Leary told reporters that the area in which the robberies have taken place has a large population of students, and is a couple of streets away from the BU Campus.
"We do have crime consistent with a big city," BU Police Chief Thomas Robbins said, "but not cases with a pattern like this."
Police showed a short video captured on Oct. 5, which shows three suspects in the armed robbery on that day. One subject is described as a lighter-skinned black male in his teens, about 5'11" tall with short black hair and braces on his teeth, wearing new Air Jordans and a red sweatshirt and silver and black earrings. One of the other subjects, who had the black handgun used in the robbery, was slightl shorter--about 5'10" tall, with a backpack and a grey sweatshirt with a number of it.
Police are not certain what the number is, but they know one of the two digits is a 6.
In the first incident, on Sept. 23, two teenaged males robbed two BU students of cash and cell phones after asking for the time, and then flashing a semi-automatic handgun.
In the second incident, two days later, three black male teenagers wearing hooides showed a black handgun to another BU student, the trio then fled with stolen property toward Pleasant Street and Commonwealth Avenue. The suspects were seen putting their sweatshirts into a backpack on Sept. 25.
Robbery number three was on Friday, Oct. 5, when a recent college graduate was unharmed, after being shown a gun by three teenaged black males who then fled the scene toward Commonwealth Avenue with his cell phone and cash. Police released photos and a video of the suspects in this case, who they also believe may be connected to the Sept. 25 incident.
The fourth incident was an attempted robbery last night, Oct. 9, during which a young woman was pushed from Commonwealth Avenue into Brookline land at 808 Commonwealth Avenue. She was unharmed in the attempt. One suspect pointed a silver handgun at the victim.
Anyone with information in any of these cases is encouraged to contact Brookline Police at their main number, 617-730-2222, or to call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-494-TIPS or text "TIP" to 27463 (CRIME).