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Second and third suspects arrested in Boston University robberies

Posted by Your Town  October 12, 2012 03:55 PM

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Brookline Police arrested two more people Friday in connection to a string of armed robberies near Boston University in recent weeks.

Police have apprehended and charged Taquari Milton, 17, of Roxbury, with two counts of armed robbery in connection to robberies on Sept. 25 and last Friday, Oct. 5, according to the Brookline Police Department.

A third suspect also turned himself in to Brookline Police late Friday afternoon and is being charged with two counts of armed robbery in connection to the same two robberies, said Brookline Police Lt. Philip Harrington, a spokesman for the department.

On Thursday the first suspect was charged for the two robberies when a juvenile suspect voluntarily turned himself to the Brookline Police headquarters, accompanied by his lawyer. Police have not identified the juveniles.

The arrests come after four armed robberies occurred on streets surrounding the university’s campus between Sept. 23 and Tuesday.

Most of the victims were Boston University students and the robberies have put the BU community on edge. Campus officials along with police have warned students to be vigilant and cautious and about 300 students attended a town hall meeting about the robberies at BU Wednesday.

In each robbery, the suspects were described as two or three black makes in their late teens or early 20s and had shown or pointed a gun at the victims.

Harrington credited the arrests to good police work, but said no further information would be released Friday.

Milton and the two juveniles have been charged in connection to a robbery on Sept. 25 in which three students reported being robbed at gunpoint at St. Paul and Egmont street in Brookline while walking home from Commonwealth Avenue. In that robbery, police said one of the three assailants pulled out a black, semiautomatic handgun, cocked the weapon and placed it against the stomach of one of the students.

Milton and the juveniles have also been charged in connection to a robbery in the vicinity of St. Paul and Thatcher streets on Friday, Oct. 5, shortly after 5 p.m. in which three people described as teenaged black males approached a recent BU graduate, and one of the teens showed a handgun. The teens fled on foot toward Commonwealth Avenue after the robbery, according to police.

On Wednesday, BU offered a $10,000 reward for tips leading to arrest and conviction for the robberies.

Police said Milton and the juvenile who turned himself in Friday will be arraigned in Brookline District Court Monday, Oct. 15.

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