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December 24, 2011

Massachusetts Man Arrested in Mall Robbery


Randolph Police reported that they have arrested a man that was wanted in connection with the late-night robbery in the North Dartmouth Mall.

Michael Killory, 26, was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery while Masked; 4 counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon; and Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony.

According to police, Michael Killory allegedly exiting one of the dressing rooms at a store in the North Dartmouth Mall wearing a ski mask. He allegedly ordered the store employees on the floor and grabbed a deposit cash bag before running out the rear door.

Recent reports have suggested that one of the store employees followed him out the door and, when Killory took the ski mask off prior to getting into his car, the employee recognized him as someone he had worked with in the past at that same store.

Randolph Police reported that Michael Killory was arrested at the Outback Steakhouse in Randolph, where he was currently employed.

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December 7, 2011

3 Boston Men Arrested for Armed Robbery in Newton


Newton Police have arrested three Boston men on Massachusetts Violent Crimes Charges in connection with the alleged robbery of a man and woman in Newton Centre last week.

Enemias Eliseo Ardon Valdez, 26, and Juan Francisco Rodenzo, 33, both of Allston, along with Marlon Rodenzo, 20, of Jamaica Plain, were all charged with Armed Robbery and Assault & Battery.

According to the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office, Newton Police officers were called to Cafe St. Petersburg in Newton Centre last Friday for a report that a man had been robbed at gunpoint. Newton Police allegedly located the three Boston men behind a liquor store on Beacon Street who allegedly matched the description.

All three men were arraigned in Newton District Court this week on Armed Robbery Charges, and were all held without bail pending a Dangerousness Hearing.

Armed Robbery in Massachusetts is punishable by imprisonment for any term of years up to life. In order to be convicted of armed robbery, the Commonwealth is required to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the person:

  1. Was armed with a dangerous weapon;

  2. Applied actual force and violence to the victim or otherwise put him in fear by threatening words or conduct; and

  3. Took money or other property with the intent to steal it.
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April 28, 2011

Two Boston Men Indicted by Essex County Grand Jury in Lawrence Liquor Store Robbery


Jose Gonzalez, 29, and Rafael Tejada, 43, both from the Dorchester section of Boston, were indicted by an Essex County Grand Jury in connection with the Lawrence Armed Robbery of McCann's Liquors on March 6.

Both men were charged with Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, and one was also charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

According to the Essex County District Attorney's Office, Jose Gonzalez and Rafael Tejada attempted to rob McCann's Liquors in Lawrence on March 6 when they allegedly entered the store and beat the owner, Arturo Tavera, 67. Prosecutors also allege that Gonzalez and Tejada beat a store employee and a customer as well.

Lawrence Police Officers responded to the store and allegedly found Jose Gonzalez and Rafael Tejada in an apartment above the store, hiding in a crawl space.

Both men are expected to brought into Salem Superior Court to be formally arraigned on these Massachusetts Crimes of Violence Charges.

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February 12, 2011

Beverly Men Arrested on Armed Robbery Charges


Three Beverly men, Robert C. Kenney, 56, Christopher Littlejohn, 30, and Ramone Arakelow, 34, were arrested yesterday morning on charges of Conspiracy to Commit a Home Invasion and Armed Robbery against a purported Malden drug dealer.

The Massachusetts State Police, Lynn Police Department and the FBI were all reportedly involved in the investigation, who apparently created the identity of a fictitious Malden drug dealer and would-be victim. The men were apparently under investigation for offenses including Massachusetts Gun Crimes; and notably Robert C. Kenney, was allegedly involved in the sale of several illegal guns in areas of Boston and the North Shore.

All three men were arrested in Saugus in Kenney's truck when they pulled into a parking lot on Route 99 to allegedly plan out the Home Invasion and Armed Robbery. In the vehicle, the men allegedly had knives, a ski mask, duct tape and purported false identifications to pose as federal immigration officials.

The Beverly men were scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Lynn District Court on Conspiracy Charges, as well as Unlawful Possession of Burglarious Tools.

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February 1, 2011

Boston Men Arrested in Armed Robbery of Randolph D'Angelo's


Three Boston men were arrested Monday night for the Armed Robbery of a D'Angelo's in Randolph Monday night. Lee M. Francois and Johnson Charles, both of Dorchester, and Villy G. Bazile, of West Roxbury, are all scheduled to be arraigned this morning on Armed Robbery Charges in Quincy District Court.

According to the Randolph Police Department, the three men are alleged to have entered the store sometime around 9:30 p.m., and while wearing masked, robbed the employees at gunpoint.

The three men drove away, but were stopped by Randolph Police Officers less than a mile away from the store and were allegedly found to be changing their clothes. A search of the car allegedly revealed three sweatshirts similar to those described by witnesses, a bag containing cash; ski mask, and a BB gun.

In addition to Armed Robbery Charges, the men are also reported to be investigated as to whether they were also involved in other similar robberies in Boston, Quincy and Randolph.

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January 5, 2011

East Boston Man Charged with Beating and Robbing Girlfriend of Cell Phone


Paul A. Morani, 23, of East Boston, Massachusetts, was arrested this past weekend for allegedly beating and robbing his own girlfriend because she broke his cell phone during an argument. Morani was formally with Armed Robbery and Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.

According to the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Morani allegedly beat his girlfriend with a knife and punched her several times int he face. He also allegedly demanded she give him $200 and threatened further violence if she did not give him the money. The girlfriend ultimately walked into Boston Police Headquarters and reported the incident, from which she suffered multiple fractured ribs and injuries to her face and wrist.

Morani was not immediately charged in July because his whereabouts were unknown. He was believed to have gone to New Hampshire and even Las Vegas. An anonymous tip this past weekend, however, led Boston Police Officers to the Comfort Inn on American Legion Highway in Dorchester where he was arrested.

Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon:
In Massachusetts, the crime of Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon is punishable with imprisonment to the House of Corrections for up to 2.5 years; or to state prison for up to 10 years.

In order to be convicted of the crime of Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, the prosecutor at trial would have the burden of proving, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant intentionally committed an unwelcome touching, no matter how slight, with a dangerous weapon. In this regard, the prosecutor would have to prove that the touching was intentionally, and not accidental or negligent.

For purposes of the crime of Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, it is irrelevant whether there was any intent to cause injury, nor whether any actual injury resulted. Rather, any slight touching, so long as it was done with a dangerous weapon, is sufficient.

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December 30, 2010

Massachusetts Parole Board to Face Investigation After Woburn Officer Killed in Shootout Following Kohls Armed Robbery


he call for the investigation into the Massachusetts Parole Board was triggered after Cinielli, along with two other men robbed the Kohl's in Woburn this past Sunday and allegedly Murdered Woburn Police Officer John "Jack" Maguire, 60, who responded to the robbery call and began chasing two of the alleged robbers on foot. One of the men, who Woburn Police allege was Cinelli, began shooting at the officer and ultimately struck and killed him.

Dominic Cinelli was released by the Massachusetts Parole Board after a hearing in 2008 and now Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is asking for an investigation of the Parole Board for having released Cinelli, a man who at one point been sentenced to three concurrent life sentences for Armed Robbery, Armed Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Gun Crimes.

As a result, the Governor, along with Police Chief across the state and nationwide, are seeking a review of the Massachusetts Parole Board's decision-making criteria in order to determine how someone, such as Cinelli with such a violent history and had been previously convicted as an Armed Career Criminal, could have been given leniency and released.

Typically, when someone is granted "parole", the inmate is released from prison after having served a portion of his prison sentence. Once released, however, parolees still remain under supervision and if conditions of parole are violated, could be returned to prison. Some conditions of release may include checking in with an assigned parole officer; submitting to random drug testing; abiding by a curfew; and/or counseling or treatment programs.

When deciding whether to grant someone parole, the Massachusetts Parole Board weighs the inmate's risk to re-offense and the "compatibility of his...release with the welfare of society." The Parole Board will also typically review information about the inmate such as: interviews with the inmate; diagnostic prison data; the inmate's social background; the circumstances of the offense for which he was committed; Victim Impact Statements; prison conduct records, including programs the inmate may have participated in while serving his sentence; and of course, the inmate's juvenile and adult criminal histories.

According to the Massachusetts Parole Board, 64% of Massachusetts parolees successfully completed parole without being returned to custody; 36% were issued technical violations; and only 10% were found to have committed a new crime while on parole.

Proponents of the Parole system argue one of the primary factors is releasing inmates is economics. For example, on average, it costs taxpayers approximately $40,000 per year to incarcerate someone, versus $5,000 to supervise someone on parole.

The other men involved in the Kohl's robbery have been identified by the Woburn Police Department as Scott Hanwright, 19, of Wakefield, who has been charged with First Degree Murder; and Kevin Dingwell, 51, also of Wakefield, who has been charged with Accessory After the Fact.

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December 29, 2010

Marcus Colono Arraigned for Rape of 2 Boston College Students in 2008


At his arraignment yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court, Marcus Colono, 33, of Cambridge, was formally charged in connection with Rapes of two Boston college students in 2008. He was charged with four counts of Aggravated Rape, two counts of Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Home Invasion, and Armed Robbery.

At his arraignment, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office alleges that, in 2008, Colono broke through the apartment door of two female college students in Brighton, tied them up and raped both women while threatening them with a knife.

Although Boston Police had obtained DNA evidence from those rapes, the case had gone unsolved until a Suffolk County Grand Jury ordered him to submit a DNA sample, which ultimately matched the DNA taken from one of the females. That DNA sample was also matched to the brutal Cambridge Home Invasion for which Colono had already been charged.

In the Cambridge incident this past August, Colono allegedly raped an 11 year old boy and brutally assaulted the boy's father. See BostonCriminalLawerysBlog Post of 11/05/10. In that incident, Colono has already been indicted by a Middlesex County Grand Jury on two counts of Rape of a Child by Force; Home Invasion; and Armed Assault to Murder.

Colono was initially linked to the Cambridge Home Invasion when Cambridge Police purportedly matched a bloody handprint found on the wall to Colono's handprints, which were on file since 1998 from previous Drug Crimes.

Marcus Colono is the older brother of Michael Colono who was stabbed by Alexander Pring-Wilson in 2003, a Harvard University student at the time.

Following his arraignment yesterday, Colono was held on $1,000,000 cash bail.

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December 21, 2010

Pair Arrested in Boston Armed Robbery of Convenience Store


Briannah Newsom, 22 of Quincy, and Taylor Harrington, 25, of Boston, are both charged with Armed Robbery for their respective roles in the holdup of Home Market Convenience Store in Roslindale this past Sunday.

According to the Boston Police Department, Newsome and Harrington allegedly entered the Home Market sometime after 10:00 p.m. Sunday. Harrington allegedly went behind the counter, showed the clerk a knife and stole money from the register. Both Newsom and Harrington then left in a black car.

Sometime thereafter, store employees from a nearby CVS called Boston Police to report that a man and woman were acting suspiciously after entering the store. In response to the call, Boston Police Officers arrive and detained Newsom and Harrington. A 'bring back Identification' was conducted and employees from the Home Market Store identified them as the pair who robbed them earlier that evening.

In addition to being charged with Armed Robbery in connection with the Home Market of Roslindale incident, Boston Police are also actively investigating whether Newsom and Harrington might also be responsible for robbing the Dunkin' Donuts in Roslindale, also this past Sunday and approximately 40 minutes before the Home Market Robbery. In that incident, Dunkin Donuts employees also reported having been robbed by a man with a knife.

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December 10, 2010

Mattapan Murder Suspect Arraigned, Held Without Bail


Edward Washington, 31, of Boston, Massachusetts, was arraigned this morning in the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court in connection with the September 28th quadruple Murder in Mattapan that claimed the lives of four people, which included a 2 year old child.

Washington was formally arraigned and charged with four counts of First Degree Murder, Armed Assault with Intent to Murder, Armed Robbery, Home Invasion, and Gun Charges.

At Washington's arraignment this morning, Suffolk County prosecutors alleged that Washington conspired with Dwayne Moore and his cousin, Kimani Washington, to jointly rob the victims at 23 Sutton Street. As written in the Boston Criminal Lawyers Blog on 12/09/10, the suspects allegedly knew that the victim who was initially targeted, Simba Martin, ran a drug business from his Mattapan home and had a stash of drugs and money there. The prosecutor expressed the belief that Washington supplied the guns used the home invasion and murders, but did not reveal, however, whom they believed was the person who actually pulled the trigger that resulted in the four victims being murdered.

A fifth shooting victim, Marcus Hurd, who happened to arrive at the Mattapan home to purportedly buy drugs, was also shot but still remains hospitalized and in critical condition.

Following his arraignment on Murder Charges this morning, Edward Washington remains held without bail.

How Can Prosecutors Obtain a Conviction if They Don't Know Who Pulled the Trigger?
Despite apparently not knowing which of the persons charged with Murder actually pulled the trigger, Suffolk County prosecutors will likely proceed on what is called a Joint Venture Theory.

When someone is charged as a 'Joint Venturer', a person can be found guilty of a crime even if he did not personally commit the act; but rather, 'aided and abetted' in the commission of the crime with other persons.

In a 'Joint Venture', a criminal defendant may be found guilty if he is found to have intentionally participated with another int he commission of a crime as something he wished to bring about, and by his actions, intended to make it succeed.

When the prosecutor seeks to prove his case through a 'Joint Venture Theory', he must prove:

  1. That the defendant was present at the scene of the crime;

  2. That the defendant had knowledge that another person intended to commit the crime and shared that person's intent; and

  3. That the defendant aided or assisted in the commission of the crime, or that by agreement, was willing and available to assist the other person in carrying out that crime if necessary.

Therefore, when this case goes to trial, prosecutors will not necessarily have to prove who, specifically, pulled the trigger. Rather, they will simply have to prove that each of the defendants were there; they all shared the intent to commit the murders; and all assisted in the commission of the crimes in some way.

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December 9, 2010

Third Boston Man Arrested in Mattapan Quadruple Murder


Edward Washington, 31, of Boston, Massachusetts, was arrested and is to be charged in connection to the Mattapan murders that claimed the lives of four people during the September drug robbery in Mattapan.

Boston Police reported that Washington is to be charged with four counts of Murder, as well as Armed Assault with Intent to Murder, Home Invasion, Armed Robbery, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. He is scheduled to be arraigned this morning in the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court.

As previously reported in the Boston Criminal Lawyers Blog, the Boston Police and Suffolk County prosecutors allege that Edward Washington, Dwayne Moore and Kimani Washington conspired to rob Simba Martin, who was known to them as dealing drugs from his Mattapan home on Sutton Avenue. The men, according to the Boston Police and prosecutors, knew that Martin ran a drug business from his home and knew of his stash of drugs and money.

On September 28, 2010, the men tried to get Martin to come out of his home, but another man, Marcus Hurd, arrived to purchase drugs of his own. At that point, the men forced both Martin and Hurd inside the home at gunpoint and began robbing the home.

After cash, drugs and other items were taken, Martin and Hurd, along with Levaughn Washum-Garrison, Eyanna Flonory and her 2 year old child, Amani Smith, were forcefully taken from the home and directed to nearby Woolson Street where they were shot, execution style, multiple times. Their bodies were found, naked, the next morning by a passer-by. Only Marcus Hurd survived the gunshot wounds, but he remains in critical condition at a Boston Hospital.

The day after the murders, Kimani Washington was stopped by Boston Police Officers driving the car they believe was linked to Marcus Hurd. Washington was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Suffolk County prosecutor have revealed that one of the guns allegedly used in the Mattapan murders was seized during a search of Washington's mother-in-law's apartment. He has not, as of this date, been charged with Murder.

Dwayne Moore was also previously arrested and has already been arraigned in the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court. He has been charged with four counts of First Degree Murder.

At Moore's arraignment, Suffolk County prosecutors revealed that Moore knew of Martin's illegal drug business, including the stash of drugs and money at his home, because he had lived with Martin for a short time after being released from state prison in 2010 after serving time for a Manslaughter conviction.

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November 28, 2010

Livery Driver Held up at Gunpoint in Mattapan


The Boston Police Department reports that a livery driver, who picked up two men and was driving them to Mattapan on Saturday afternoon, ended up robbing him of $400 in cash.

The two men allegedly put what the driver believed to be a gun to the back of his head and stole his wedding band, cell phone, earrings and cash. The driver walked to Boston Police District B-3 in Dorchester and gave a description of the suspects. Boston Police Officers reportedly saw two men matching the description given by the driver and followed them to an apartment on Walk Hill Street.

Boston Police ultimately arrested Troy Fernandez, 21, and Molijah Burley, 19, both from Dorchester, and have charged them with Armed Robbery.

While pursuing Fernandez and Burley into the apartment, officers also observed a large bag of marijuana, and ended up arresting three other people for Drug Crimes. Rodney C. Haskin, 22, Phillip Henry, 24, and Sharon M. Thibeau, all of Mattapan, were all arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, Marijuana.

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November 24, 2010

Suffolk County Prosecutors Allege Mattapan Quadruple Murder Resulted from Drug Robbery


Dwayne Moore, 33, was arraigned yesterday morning in the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court, charged with four counts of First Degree Murder in connection with the Mattapan murders of four people: Levaughn Washum-Garrison, Simba Martin, Eyanna Flonory, and her 2 year old child, Amanihotep Smith.

At Moore's arraignment in Dorchester, Suffolk County prosecutors alleged that Moore conspired with Kimani Washington to rob Simba Martin, who was allegedly dealing drugs from his Mattapan home on Sutton Avenue. According to prosecutors, Moore lived with Martin at one point in 2010 after being released from state prison following a Manslaughter conviction, and therefore knew about Martin's illegal drug business, and presumably, his stash of drugs and money at his home.

On the night of the murders, September 28, Moore and Washington tried to get Martin to come out of his home, but another man, Marcus Hurd, arrived to purchase drugs of his own. At that point, Moore and Washington forced both Martin and Hurd inside at gunpoint and the two began robbing the home.

After cash, drugs and other items were taken, the two men, one woman and her child were forced out of the home naked and taken to nearby Woolson Street where they were shot multiple times. Only Marcus Hurd has survived the incident but he remains in critical condition.

The day following the murders, Kimani Washington was stopped by Boston Police driving the car that was believed to be linked to Marcus Hurd, and he was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. As of this date, Washington has not been charged with Murder.

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November 22, 2010

Boston Man Arrested in Quincy Home Invasion


Jose Lorenzo, 22, of Boston, Massachusetts, was arrested in connection with a shooting and Home Invasion that occurred at a Quincy last month. The incident resulted in one man being admitted to the hospital with critical injuries.

Lorenzo is charged with Armed Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault with Intent to Rob, Home Invasion, Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, and Larceny of a Motor Vehicle.

According to the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office, Lorenzo's DNA was allegedly found at the scene of the crime. A warrant for his arrest was issued shortly thereafter police discovered his DNA, and Lorenzo was arrested when you appeared to check in with his Probation Officer.

The Quincy Police Department reported that two men broke into the home. Four men were in the home at the time, but the two men were wearing bandanas to conceal their identity. The two men allegedly stole numerous flat screen TV's, cash and computers, and ultimately shot one man in the head. The men allegedly took one of the occupants hostage, later dropping him off on Dorchester Street.

Home Invasion:
Generally speaking, other than Murder and Rape, Home Invasion is considered to be one of the most serious crimes one can be charged with. Home Invasion is the crime of entering the home of another while armed with a dangerous weapon, and force or at the least the threat of force is used upon the occupants of the home. In Massachusetts, the crime of Home Invasion is punishable for 'not less than' 20 years and up to life in state prison.

In order to prove the crime of Home Invasion, the prosecutor must establish, by proof beyond a reasonable doubt, that:

  1. The defendant unlawfully entered the dwelling of another;

  2. He knew or had reason to know one or more persons were person within the dwelling;

  3. He was armed with a dangerous weapon at the time of entry; and

  4. He used force or threatened the imminent use of force on any person within the dwelling house; or alternatively, caused injury to any person within the dwelling.

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November 12, 2010

Two Everett Women Charged in Armed Robbery and Stabbing of Winthrop Woman


Sharnell Donahue, 31, and Diane Tuck, 51, both of Everett, Massachusetts, were each arraigned this morning in East Boston District Court for allegedly trying to rob a Winthrop woman of drugs.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Donahue, while wearing a ski mask, allegedly stabbed the 44 year old Winthrop woman in the chest after conspiring with Tuck and a teenage girl to steal her drugs.

Donahue and Tuck were both charged with Armed Assault with Intent to Rob, while Sharnell Donahue was also charged with Armed Assault to Murder and Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon. Following their arraignment, each were held on $50,000 cash bail.

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