Two young men have been arrested in connection with the armed robbery and stabbing of a Boston University researcher Tuesday night, Brookline police said Thursday evening.
Brookline police officers officers took into custody Wallace Vick,19, of Dorchester and Shaqone Cazeau, 20, from Boston, according to a statement from Lt. Philip Harrington of the Brookline Police Department.
They are being charged with armed robbery while masked and armed assault with intent to murder, Harrington said.
Both are being held on bail, and are expected to be arraigned Friday at Brookline District court on Washington Street.
In Tuesday's incident, at the intersection of Pleasant Street and Browne Street, a postdoctoral fellow from BU was was thrown to the ground, stabbed and punched, police said. The victim told police that he was grabbed from behind.
A laptop, cellphone and iPad were stolen, police said. "He stated they told him to shut up when he began to argue with them about taking his property,'' Brookline police said in their report.
It was the latest in a series of hold-ups near the Boston University campus since the beginning of the school year.
Boston University and local police departments announced plans Wednesday to step up patrols after the attack.
Robert A. Brown, the university’s president, said patrols had been significantly bolstered after robberies in the fall and earlier this winter. Suspects were arrested after some of those incidents.
Meanwhile, about four miles away, Boston College police said they would step up patrols after receiving reports of two armed robberies during the past week, one at the intersection of Reservoir Avenue and Lee Road in Newton, the other on Lake Street in Brighton.