A Boston Police Department SWAT team and dozens of police units stood
outside a Mission Hill apartment for four tense hours thinking they were
engaged in a standoff with armed robbery suspects, but when they finally
went into the multifamily, no one was inside.
Police responded to 56 Fenwood Rd. at about 5:15 p.m. today after a man
flagged down a patrol car saying two men had just robbed him at gunpoint
inside an apartment there.
Special Operations officers responded and surrounded the house. Police
applied for and received a search warrant before finally entering the home
around 9:30. No one was inside.
“It was just an allegation of a robbery. The suspect was supposedly inside
this location. We secured it. SWAT came down, made an entry, the suspects
made good with their escape, and it’s under investigation by the
detectives,” said Police Lieutenant Trent Holland at the scene.
Residents close to the scene were evacuated from their homes.
Jimmy Sledge, 52, said he lives in the house where the suspect or suspects
were supposed to be barricaded.
“The police came in and they said something was wrong, and get out,” Sledge
said as he clutched a blanket while sitting in a wheelchair. “It scared
Two Boston Police K-9 dogs, including a gun sniffing dog, were seen
entering the house.
Holland said the intense police response was standard procedure.
“Anytime there’s an allegation of an armed person within an apartment
someplace, we have to mobilize the Emergency Services Unit,” he said.
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