After two armed robberies at Jamaica Pond on Sept. 24, the Boston Police Department is warning residents to be alert for further crimes by the gun- and knife-wielding suspects.
The robberies happened in the 11 p.m. hour on the footpath around the pond. The suspects are described as two black Hispanic men in their early 20s.
BPD did not explain why it waited nearly a week to alert the community about the violent crimes. BPD issued the alert only after a Gazette inquiry in response to emails from local crime watch groups. BPD did not directly respond to Gazette questions.
The first robbery, around 11 p.m., involved the suspects robbing a group of people. One suspect displayed a black firearm, while the other displayed a knife, according to BPD.
The second robbery, around 11:25 p.m., targeted a man who was walking on the path with his bicycle. The suspects forced the man into a wooded area, robbed him, and left him tied to a tree, according to BPD. Anastasia Lyman of Jamaica Plain’s Greenough Street area crime watch circulated an email reportedly quoting an acquaintance of the victim as saying the robbers also placed a bag over his head and forced him to divulge “passwords.”
Anyone with information about the crimes can contact detectives at JP’s District E-13 Police Station at 617-343-5628 or anonymously by calling 1-800-494-8477 or by texting the word “TIP” to 27463.
The District E-13 Community Service Office recently issued these tips for reducing your risk of being targeted by robbers:
- Be alert of your surroundings and the people around you.
- Avoid walking alone and trust your instincts. Cross the street to avoid groups loitering or hanging out.
- Do not talk on a cell phone or wear headphones while listening to an iPod, CD player or radio while traveling. This activity significantly decreases your ability to pay attention to your surroundings and makes you a target for criminals.
- Do not text or read any texts while walking.
- Stay in well-lighted areas as much as possible.
- Walk close to the curb. Avoid doorways, bushes and alleys where someone could hide.
- Avoid taking shortcuts through deserted areas such as parks, playgrounds and vacant lots.
- Walk confidently, with a purpose, and at a steady pace.
- Pay attention to your present location and always know where you are.
- Do not respond to conversation from strangers on the street. Continue walking.
- Make eye contact with people when walking. Without staring, make a mental note of the description of suspicious individuals.
- If you carry a purse hold it securely between your arm and body; if possible, leave it at home.
- Keep your house or car keys ready. Have them ready before approaching your house or car.
- If confronted, try to remain calm. A criminal will be less likely to attack you if you appear controlled and self-confident.
- If a criminal states he has a weapon, don’t challenge him/her, and do not resist: cooperate.
- Never try to apprehend the criminal.
- Avoid potentially dangerous situations. If you feel threatened or are followed cross the street. Trust your instincts. Do not allow a stranger to follow you to your doorstep. Go to a public place; enter a store, MBTA station or place of business where you can call the police.