By Aaron Lester, Globe Correspondent
Boston Police have arrested a man believed to be responsible for a string of commercial robberies in numerous Boston neighborhoods.
Officers apprehended the suspect, Michael Gomes, 35, of Boston on Friday after hearing of a tip that the man was at a Woodgate Street residence in Mattapan. Once there, officers saw the suspect hiding in an upstairs bedroom, the department said in a statement.
After a lengthy discussion, officers were able to convince Gomes to exit the Mattapan residence, where he was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon from a prior outstanding warrant.
Officers found a imitation firearm on the scene matching descriptions from several of the robbery victims, according to Officer Eddy Chrispin.
Police think Gomes is connected to a rash of robberies in the past month including incidents at convenience stores and gas stations in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan and South Boston since March 3, Chrispin said.
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