Robbers with handguns assaulted two people near the Stony Brook T Station in recent days, according to a warning from the Boston Police Department.
The incidents occurred Wed., Dec. 10 around 9:20 p.m. and yesterday, Dec. 11 around 10 p.m. One victim was robbed, and the other incident was an attempted robbery, according to Jamaica Plain’s E-13 Police Station Community Service Office. In both cases, the victims were walking home from the Stony Brook T Station at Boylston and Lamartine streets.
E-13 detectives are investigating. Anyone with information about the crimes can contact them at 617-343-5628 or anonymously by calling 1-800-494-8477 or by texting the word “TIP” to 27463.
The Community Service Office also 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.