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Quincy scanner tales: Assault charge; Chef detains alleged robber; Boston robbery suspect arrested in Quincy

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 13, 2012 03:33 PM

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Misunderstanding leads to fight
Quincy police said they arrested a Quincy resident who said he had seen a man hit a woman on the street and tried to intervene.

According to police, a man and his girlfriend were walking down the street at around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday and were at the intersection of Elm Street, Hancock Street, and Quincy Avenue when the girlfriend started to feel ill.

The couple told police that the girlfriend almost fainted and collapsed to the ground, while her boyfriend grabbed her arm and tried to catch her.

The suspect, standing across the street, believed that the man had struck his girlfriend, causing her to collapse, and he started to yell at the him, police said.

The men got in an argument, and the suspect asked the boyfriend if he wanted to settle this now. The pair started fighting, and the boyfriend allegedly hit the suspect in the face, causing his nose to bleed.

The suspect then allegedly pulled a knife out of his pocket and told the other man that he was going to cut him.

Police were driving by when they saw the commotion, and approached the group. The boyfriend screamed that the suspect had a knife, which the suspect denied, police said.

The officer then asked the suspect to produce the knife, and the suspect complied, police said.

After speaking with all three parties, police arrested James Moffett, 30, from Quincy. He was charged with assault by means of a dangerous weapon (the knife), and assault and battery.

Restaurant employee detains alleged robber
A Weymouth man was arrested in Quincy on Monday after allegedly trying to steal liquor from a restaurant.

According to police, one of the chefs arrived at 5:29 a.m. to prep the food for the day. As he was working, he heard glass breaking in the other room.

The employee went to that room and allegedly saw two males running to the exit. A third man was still behind the bar, so the employee grabbed him and held him to the ground.

A second employee arrived a short while later and called police. When officers arrived at approximately 7:30 a.m., they observed the suspect on the ground amid broken glass and bottles scattered about the room.

Police detained the suspect and reported finding several syringes on the ground next to the suspect and in his pocket. The suspect said he did not know the names of the other two suspects, police said.

The first employee did not get a good description of the other two suspects, who allegedly stole at least three bottles of alcohol. According to police, the other suspects could not be located.

Michael P. Sargent, 34, of Weymouth was arrested on an outstanding drug warrant. He was also charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, and malicious destruction of property.

Boston robbery suspect arrested in Quincy
Quincy police arrested a Weymouth man who allegedly robbed a Boston house Monday and fled to Quincy.

According to police, Quincy officers were told by Boston Police at 5:22 p.m. Monday that a suspect wanted for questioning in connection with Boston robbery was allegedly in Quincy Center after traveling there on the T.

Police searched the area and discovered that the suspect went inside a Burger King on Granite Street.

Officers went into the restaurant and found the suspect in the women’s bathroom. He appeared to be under the influence of narcotics and had several small puncture wounds in his left arm consistent with drug use, police said.

The suspect was arrested and searched. During the search, police said they found a vial labeled hydromorphone, a large amount of money, and women’s jewelry.

The items were seized and the suspect was transported to Quincy Medical Center for treatment.

As the officers were leaving the bathroom, an elderly man approached them and said the suspect had left a green bag in one of the booths. The bag contained two bottles of alcohol, DVDs, and collector’s coins, police said.

As the officers walked out of the building, a Quincy man approached them. The man told officers that the green bag belonged to him and that it had been stolen from his house earlier that day.

However; police kept the items for evidence and told the man he could file with the department to retrieve them after they had been photographed.

Ryan Preston, 26, from Weymouth, was charged with the four outstanding warrants from Boston police, receiving stolen property over $250, and possession of a Class B substance.

Misunderstanding leads to knife fight
Quincy police said they arrested a Quincy resident who said he had seen a man hit a woman on the street and tried to intervene.

According to police, the victim and his girlfriend were walking down the street at around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday and were at the intersection of Elm Street, Hancock Street, and Quincy Avenue when the girlfriend started to feel ill.

The victim and girlfriend told police that she almost fainted and collapsed to the ground, while her boyfriend grabbed her arm and tried to catch her.

The suspect, standing across the street, believed that the victim had struck his girlfriend, causing her to collapse, and he started to yell at the victim, police said.

The men got in an argument, and the suspect asked the victim if he wanted to settle this now. The pair started fighting, and the victim allegedly hit the suspect in the face, causing his nose to bleed.

The suspect then allegedly pulled a knife out of his pocket and told the victim that he was going to cut him.

Police were driving by when they saw the commotion, and approached the group. The victim screamed that the suspect had a knife, which the suspect denied, police said.

The officer then asked the suspect to produce the knife, and the suspect complied, police said.

After speaking with all three parties, police arrested James Moffett, 30, from Quincy. He was charged with assault by means of a dangerous weapon (the knife), and assault and battery.

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