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The Boston Police Department reported this morning that they have arrested 3 persons in connection with the Murder of Richel Nova, 58, of Hyde Park, who was shot while delivering pizza to a vacant house on Hyde Park Avenue.

According to the Boston Police Department, two men and one woman allegedly placed an order with Domino’s Pizza and gave the address of the vacant house. Once Nova arrived to deliver the pizza, he was lured into the house where he was stabbed. The three suspects then drove off in his own car. The vehicle was found this past Thursday at a church parking lot on River Street in Hyde Park. Without disclosing what was found in the car, the Boston Police Department stated that a substantial amount of evidence was found in the vehicle.

An Everett man was shot by police and is in critical condition after trying to rob the Everett Cooperative Bank this past Tuesday.

The Everett Police Department alleges that the man entered the Everett Cooperative Bank, displayed a knife and robbed the bank of an undisclosed amount of case. The man fled but was cornered by several police officers in the backyard of a home on Tufts Avenue in Everett. When the police officers demanded that he drop the knife he refused, and instead lunged at one of the officers, at which time the officer shot him twice in the chest in Self-Defense.

Although he is expected to survive, he was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital where he was listed in critical but stable condition.

Jonathan P. Santos, 22, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, was arrested earlier today in Lawrence – he had been under investigation and wanted for an Indecent Assault & Battery.

The Boston Police Department reported that Santos was arrested this afternoon and formally charged with Indecent Assault & Battery; Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Armed Robbery, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs.

Indecent Assault & Battery:

Philip-Markoff-006.jpgPhillip Markoff, dubbed the “Craigslist Killer” by the media who was held without bail pending his Murder trial, was found dead at the Suffolk County Jail on Nashua Street yesterday morning from what appears to have been a suicide.

According to sources from the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk County Sherriff’s Department, Markoff was found alone in his cell with a plastic bag tied over his head. One other source also stated that Markoff had also cut one of his arteries.

Markoff charged with the April 2009 Murder of Julissa Brisman, whom he allegedly met at the Marriott Copley Hotel in Boston after locating her on a Craigslist ad. The Boston Police Department and Suffolk County Prosecutors alleged that Markoff struggled with her in the hotel room before shooting her 3 times in the chest.

images.jpgLuther M. Henderson, 35, of Brockton, Massachusetts, was arraigned earlier this month on Armed Robbery and Kidnapping Charges for allegedly meeting and then robbing a Craigslist escort at gunpoint.

According to the Brockton Police Department and Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office, Henderson arranged to meet a female escort he found through a Craigslist ad. After meeting at a predetermined location, which ended up being a vacant house, Henderson then allegedly showed a gun, asked the woman to strip, and bound her using zip-cuffs. Henderson then allegedly got into the woman’s car and stole her money, purse, cellphone and laptop.

Henderson was arraigned in Brockton District Court on charges of Armed Robbery, Kidnapping and Witness Intimidation.

In response to a Craigslist ad, three persons traveled from Rhode Island to Milton, Massachusetts to purchase a television they saw advertised on the Craigslist website, only to be robbed at gunpoint of over $1,000.

According to the Milton Police Department, the incident occurred at a foreclosed home on Randolph Avenue in Milton, Massachusetts. Upon arrival, one of the three men went to the door of the home and was ordered inside at gun point. Once inside, he was pistol-whipped and robbed. The robbers then went to the car and also ordered the other two individuals into the home at gunpoint. One of them was also pistol-whipped, and they were both also robbed.

At this time, no further information has been released regarding any possible leads into this investigation. If apprehended, the suspects face various criminal charges, including Kidnapping, Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Armed Robbery.

Michael Coty, 45, of Norwood, Massachusetts, pled Guilty in U.S. District Court in Boston in connection to three Armed Robberies in Needham, Wellesley and neighboring communities.

Police alleged that Coty and his co-defendant, Dimitri Long, robbed several Boston banks between April and July in 2009. During those robberies, the suspects allegedly wore masks and placed a fake bomb on the tellers’ counters before robbing the banks at gunpoint. Once the fake bomb was in place, the robbers would stage a fake 30 second countdown before the bomb was to go off.

Long has not changed his plea, and is contesting the criminal indictment that charges him with Armed Bank Robbery.

Boston Police Officers responded to a report of “an Armed Robbery in progress” at 10:30 p.m. Thursday evening. Once on scene, police officers met with the victim who reported that six or seven men had tried to rob him of his bike. Once the group of young men surrounded him, the youngest of them, a 13 year old, allegedly demanded the bike and his wallet, while another boy pointed what was alleged to be a gun.

As the Boston Police Officers were speaking to the victim, the 13 year old old allegedly rode another bike near the area, where he was identified as one of the suspects. Although he gave several false names to police officers, his identity was eventually determined and it was also discovered that he several outstanding arrest warrants.

It is not clear whether any gun or weapons were recovered.

Chukuma E. Ajene, 26, of Mattapan, Massachusetts, was arrested this past weekend for allegedly attempting to rob the AMC Lowes Theater on Tremont Street in Boston.

The Boston Police Department reported that Ajene, armed with a gun, allegedly jumped the counter and threatened to shoot everyone in the theater. The incident was apparently captured on the video surveillance system, and nobody was reported to have been harmed.

Ajene is expected to be charged with Armed Robbery, Trespassing, and Gun / Firearms Charges.

As a follow-up to my June 4, 2010 post on the Boston Criminal Lawyers Blog, Stephen Woodard, who had escaped from a Suffolk County Sheriff’s van, surrendered this past Monday in Charlestown, Massachusetts.

You may recall that Woodard escaped from the Sheriff’s van on foot last Friday and then stole a Department of Public Works vehicle that had the keys inside. A tip to the Boston Police Department led them to an apartment in McNulty Court in Charlestown, where Woodard was found.

Woodard is currently facing Armed Robbery and Drug Charges and Charlestown and East Boston District Courts, but could also face additional charges, including Escape and Larceny of a Motor Vehicle.

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