Cops Nab Armed Robbery Suspect
Passerby Calls City Police, Who Made Arrest 45 Minutes After Crime
Cambridge police stopped three men last week for one incident, only to find that they were wanted by the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) for another--an armed rubbery at 22 Peabody Terrace, according to HUPD Lt. John F. Rooney.
The incident might have gone unreported had it not been for someone who passed by the scene and called the police.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers searched the area for the suspects and victim and found neither, according to a police report. They never found the weapon also, noted Rooney.
The victim called the police approximately 45 minutes after the crime, said Rooney.
"The victim gets traumatized in situations like this," he said.
Later on, Cambridge police officers stopped three men for an unrelated matter and arrested one.
"He admitted his involvement in the Peabody Terrace incident," Rooney said.
Cambridge police, the HUPD and the district attorney will now work together on solving the case.
"We have strong leads on the other two suspects," said Rooney.
He termed the crime "somewhat random and sporadic."
While Rooney stated that he did not consider Peabody Terrace a high crime area, he said "occasionally, there are these types of incidents."
Rooney said that Peabody Terrace is protected by its own on-site security force as well as by police in both marked and unmarked cars.
"It's fairly well-patrolled," he said.
Rooney said that police will try to increase their visibility in the area.
"We're trying to service the community. If the community is alarmed, we try to address that," he said.
In other news from the HUPD's weekly blotter, a notarial seal from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was stolen from Holyoke Center, and the Harvard Sailing Center reported a stolen boat which was later found hidden behind some bushes. A motorcycle valued at $130 was also stolen from an unlocked office in the Science Center.