By David Abel, Globe Staff
At age 31, Christopher L. Broxton has amassed a serious rap sheet: 80 arraignments for alleged adult crimes, 28 arraignments for arrests when he was a juvenile, and a whopping 44 convictions.
After police released grainy video images of a tall man wearing a baseball cap and blue zippered jacket during a bank robbery last month in Quincy, it didn’t take long for former inmates who served time with him in jail and local police officers to recognize Broxton’s clean-shaven face and dimpled right cheek. Even his estranged wife called detectives.
“All I can say is that he’s well known to the Quincy police,” said Captain John Dougan of the Quincy Police Department. “He’s been involved in everything from drugs to stolen cars and armed robberies. I wouldn’t say he’s a hardened criminal, but he’s been in trouble with the law for a long time.”
Broxton’s latest run-in with the law came last month when he allegedly entered a Citizens Bank shortly after noon in Quincy and handed a teller a note that he scribbled on the back of a personal check that read: “Give me all your money – no dye pack.”
He walked out the door with $475 in cash, police said.
Several days later, detectives posted the images from the bank’s video cameras on Massmostwanted.org, a website that features images of bank robbers and other miscreants. A photo also appeared in The Patriot Ledger newspaper.
Shortly afterward, tips began flowing in to the investigating detectives, according to a police report. Quincy Officer Dennis Keenan and Detective Michael Ward, both of whom had experience with Broxton, identified him as the suspect in the pictures. Detective Ted Querzoli of the Braintree Police Department, where Broxton had been living and had also been known to authorities, called to identify Broxton as well.
The detectives got calls from men who identified themselves as Steven Jayne and Luis Rodriguez. Jayne said he had served time with Broxton at MCI Concord in 1997 and Rodriguez said he knew Broxton from the time they spent at the Norfolk House of Correction in Dedham in 2007. Quincy Detective Ralph Willard said he confirmed both of their stories with the state Department of Correction.
Then, police got a call from Leah Broxton, the suspect’s wife. She told them he had stopped by her house several days before and tried to give her $500, to make amends after the two had split. “Leah said Christopher has a drug problem and that he needs to stop doing what he is doing before he or someone else gets hurt,” according to the report.
Broxton’s wife could not be reached.
Late Sunday, after a brief foot chase, he was arrested on Washington Street in Weymouth. He also was wanted on a warrant from Quincy for a motor vehicle theft.
On Monday, he was arraigned in Quincy District Court on charges of robbing the bank in Quincy as well as another bank in Milton last month, from which he allegedly stole $780. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held at the House of Correction in Dedham, without bail for two months.
Jasmine Khan, a public defender appointed to represent Broxton, declined to comment today.
But Jonathan Fernandez , a cousin of Broxton’s who lived with him for several years on Atlantic Avenue in Quincy, said he was not surprised his cousin had been arrested again.
“He’s been doing this since he’s a kid,” Fernandez said in an interview at the home yesterday. “It’s because of money or drugs.”
He said Broxton was estranged from his father, dropped out of school at a young age, and has only defined one ambition to his family: to buy a Cadillac. He said Broxton has rarely worked and was kicked out of his family’s home in Quincy for causing trouble.
“He was always getting in fights, stealing, or in jail,” Fernandez said. “He comes off as a nice guy – if you don’t know him. We still love him because he’s family, but we hate the things that he does.”
Broxton is due back in court for a probable cause hearing on June 2.
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