Crime Beat

K9 Police Unit discovers gun after armed robbery

On Dec. 30, Boston Police Department (BPD) officers arrested Saquan Hines, 21, of Norwood for an armed robbery at a convenience store, according to a

Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at JP Convenience Store, which is located at 36 Gay Head St. The suspect allegedly had entered the store and pointed a firearm at the clerk and demanded cash from the register before fleeing from the store on foot. Officers saw Hines near 59 Creighton St. and stopped him because he matched the suspect definition. They frisked the subject and found numerous denominations of U.S. currency sticking out of his left front pants pocket, but officers did not discover a firearm. Officers reviewed security video of the incident which allegedly showed the suspect holding a black and silver firearm in his right hand during the robbery and stuffing cash into his left side pocket.

Boston’s K-9 “Rocky” and his handler responded to the scene to search for the missing firearm, and Rocky was able to track the suspect’s path of flight and located a loaded .45 caliber Ruger P345 handgun, which had been hidden under a barrel in the area of 22 Edge Hill St., along with other evidence directly connected to the suspect, according to The suspect was identified and placed into custody.

Hines was arraigned in Roxbury District Court on multiple charges including Armed Robbery, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Intent to Rob While Armed, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. He is being held on $20,000 bail, and will return to court on Feb. 18. Hines’ attorney is Steven Kim, who could not be reached for comment.

Drunk driver kills man and injures two passengers

On Dec. 22, a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Heath Street resulted in the death of 56-year-old Emmanuel Cabral of Boston, and the injury of two other passengers, according to the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office.

Boston Police officers responded to a call around 4:49 a.m. on that day, and determined that the operator of the vehicle that contributed to Cabral’s death was operating under the influence of alcohol, according to The driver was Joseph Kayode, 22, of Lynn, who has since been charged with Homicide by Motor Vehicle while Operating Under the Influence.

Kayode’s family has paid the $7,500 cash bail, and Kayode is ordered by the court to remain alcohol free and to submit to random alcohol screens pending trial. Kayode will appear again in court on Jan. 30.

Kayode is being represented by attorney Arnold Abelow, who said that “the whole thing is a tragedy for both families. It’s a tragedy for the victim’s family because there’s been a death, and for Kayode’s because he has no prior involvement with the court.”

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