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Quincy man arrested for robbery of BU students in Brookline; another sought

Posted by Tom Coakley  January 24, 2013 11:31 AM

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Brookline police have arrested a 29-year-old Quincy man in connection with the armed robbery on Saturday of three Boston University students and are looking for a second man.

Standing out of sight behind a wall in Brookline District Court Thursday afternoon, Evan Holmes pleaded not guilty to three counts of armed robbery and was ordered to be held on $25,000 cash bail.

Brookline Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a second suspect in the robbery, identified as Tyler James Mauritson, 27, also of Quincy, who is still at large.

The Saint Paul Street robbery was among a string of assaults on BU students in Brookline and Boston that remain under investigation by multiple police agencies.

Three students told police they were walking near the intersection of Freeman and Saint Paul streets around 12:11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, when they were approached from behind by two men, one of whom was armed with a gun.

The two men took the women’s purses and iPhones and fled toward Commonwealth Avenue, according to police.

Using surveillance video from the area of the robbery, police were able to locate a woman on Egmont Street in Brookline who said Holmes and Mauritson had been at her home on the night of the robbery, according to Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney Philip Brown. The woman told police that the two men had been high on drugs that night and left her home at one point before returning with a few purses and iPhones that they allegedly told her they’d obtained by robbing three women, according to Brown.

Brown said Holmes has a history of substance abuse problems and police arrested him in a sober home in Quincy on Wednesday.

After obtaining a search warrant for the home, police found a pellet gun hidden under some rags in a bathroom where Holmes had been.

Police also recovered several of the items that had been stolen from the women in an apartment that Holmes has had access to, according to the district attorney’s office.

Mauritson.jpg Tyler James Mauritson. Photo courtesy Brookline Police.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Mauritson charging him with armed robbery Anyone with information about him should call Brookline police at 617-730-2222.

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