ESNA gets update on local crime

By Adam Swift

At last week’s Egleston Square Neighborhood Association meeting, police officers from Jamaica Plain’s E13 district updated members on several crimes that happened over the previous month.

ESNA members also raised concerns about the warming summer months and an increase of people loitering in the square.

Officer Orlando Cepeda said there was a stabbing at 380 Washington St. on May 10 where the victim walked into Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Cepeda said the stabbing was the result of the attempted theft of the victim’s cellphone.

Cepeda said the suspect was later stopped near the Egleston House of Pizza and identified by the suspect. The man was charged with assault with a knife, assault and battery with injuries, and several other charges, according to Cepeda.

On May 22, Cepeda said there was an incident that started involving a shooting in Roxbury where the suspects were later arrested in Jamaica Plain.

The most recent event highlighted by Cepeda occurred on Saturday, June 1, where a person was stabbed in the fish market parking lot during an attempted robbery of a scooter.

“The police arrived and helped the victim to the hospital right away,” said Cepeda.

As of the ESNA meeting, Cepeda said that incident was still under investigation.

ESNA chair Carolyn Royce noted that members were concerned about an increase of people loitering at the wall in Egleston Square.

“There’s basically a core group of people who stay the same, and it seems like now there are more people and new people and more activity,” said Royce.

Cepeda said the department has kept a cruiser in the square to help increase visibility.

There were also concerns raised about an increase of loitering and suspicious activity around the St. Mary of the Angels church. Police officials said they would look into adding more directed patrols in the area to help ease the issues. They also stated that the police work with other local agencies to help direct people to the proper help they may need if they are homeless or have substance abuse or mental health issues.

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