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Senate page faces armed robbery charge
By Maria Cramer, Globe Staff
An 18-year-old Senate page has been arrested for a series of charges, including armed robbery, possession of marijuana, and possession of a gun clip, according to state and Boston Police reports.
Rha-Shon Sheffield, a Mattapan man who goes by the nickname "Raw," was arrested early Tuesday after a state trooper pulled over a rented car carrying Sheffield and two other men. Inside the white Hyundai, the trooper allegedly found marijuana and the clip, which is used to hold bullets for a gun.
Sheffield showed the trooper a state employee identification card indicating he worked at the Statehouse, according to a State Police report.
The trooper quickly learned that Sheffield was wanted for robbing a Lowell man at knifepoint on Jan. 25., according to a Boston Police report.
During that incident, Sheffield and four other people allegedly lured the victim through the website Craigslist. They posted an ad for a laptop they claimed to be selling for $700, according to the report.
The man showed up at a building at Columbus Avenue in the South End to buy the laptop but instead was robbed at knifepoint. The thieves took his $550 Nokia cell phone and $10 in cash, according to the report.
Sheffield, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, was ordered held on $25,000 cash bail for the armed robbery and was held on $50,000 for the charges stemming from Tuesday's arrest, according to the office of Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
It is not clear how long Sheffield has worked as a page. The Senate clerk's office referred media calls to David Falcone, spokesman for Senate President Therese Murray.
"The Senate page in question has been terminated, effective immediately," Falcone said. "It's an unfortunate development, given the strong traditional significance of the Senate page program and the outstanding students who've participated throughout the years."