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BPD investigating whether weekend robbery is tied to Jamaica Pond crimes

Police are investigating whether a pair who were arraigned yesterday for a Franklin Park robbery are connected to a recent spate of Jamaica Pond robberies.

Jamaica Pond. Photo: Wikipedia/Bikeable. Jamaica Pond. Photo: Wikipedia/Bikeable.

Police are investigating whether a pair who were arraigned yesterday for a brutal Franklin Park knifepoint robbery are connected to a recent spate of similar crimes near Jamaica Pond, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

A 13-year-old Dorchester resident is being held on $10,000 cash bail after facing charges with assault with intent to murder, kidnapping and armed robbery.

The teen, whose identity has not been released as he is a minor, is a codefendant with Rafael Motas-Pena, a 21-year-old from Dorchester, who faces similar charges.

Police say this past weekend the pair were part of a trio that attacked and threatened a man at knife point, pushed him into a bush, tied him up, stole his possessions and threw him in a pond, according to the DA's office.

While police apprehended two of the three suspects, the third individual is still at large.

The area where the first two victims were robbed near Jamaica Plain Pond. Photo: BPD The area where the first two victims were robbed near Jamaica Plain Pond. Photo: BPD

Last month, police issued an alert after three people were robbed near Jamaica Pond by two men brandishing a
gun and a knife. Those crimes are still being investigated.

 

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