Man arrested for beating woman after Boston police and BU Medical Center officer recognize him from wanted poster
A 47-year-old man is facing charges of attacking and robbing a woman in Roxbury after Boston police recognized him from a wanted poster and took him into custody, prosecutors said.
James Keane was arraigned Monday in Roxbury Municipal Court on charges of armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and larceny over $250, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office.
On Oct. 13, police arrived at the Walgreens pharmacy on Washington Street to investigate a report that a woman had been attacked inside the store, and left bleeding and semi-conscious on the floor.
The 45-year-old woman was taken to Boston Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening, prosecutors said. She later told police she got into a verbal argument inside the store with the man, who she only knew as “Jimmy,” before leaving.
Outside the store, the same man allegedly approached the woman near the intersection of Washington and Roxbury streets, pushed her to the ground, grabbed her head, and slammed it against the sidewalk, prosecutors said. He then allegedly stole the woman’s iPad.
Police released wanted posters of the man known as “Jimmy” after obtaining surveillance video from Walgreens. He was eventually identified by a Boston police officer and a Boston University Medical Center officer and taken into custody.
Keane allegedly admitted to police he was the man in the surveillance images, but insisted he did not assault the woman.
Keane was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail and was also ordered, if he makes bail, to have no contact with the victim, prosecutors said. He is to return to court on Nov. 27, prosecutors said.Jasper can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @Jasper_Craven