A 53-year-old Boston man was arrested late last week following a string of armed robberies in and around the North End, according to authorities.
Dante Mirabella is facing several charges; he was taken into custody with a loaded handgun near Charter Street and Jackson Avenue on Friday night, Boston police said in a statement.
Mirabella is accused of committing three armed robberies: one at about 12:26 a.m. on May 29 near 450 Commercial St.; another at approximately 10:52 p.m. on May 29 around 37 Merrimac St.; and the third at around 6:50 p.m. on May 30 near 160 Endicott St., according to police.
“All three incidents described the same suspect removing a firearm from his waistband before demanding cash from the victims and fleeing the area,” officials said.
While on patrol as part of their investigation Friday, officers found Mirabella, who matched the suspect description, officials said.
Police watched Mirabella make “multiple hand to hand drug transactions” near 190 Salem St. before he got on a bicycle and left, authorities said.
They then followed him around the corner and watched him get into the passenger side of an unoccupied parked motor vehicle and take out an item from his waistband, police said.
“Officers immediately recognized the item to be a firearm and quickly approached the suspect,” officials said in the statement. “Officers ordered the male out of the vehicle and attempted to secure the firearm, but during the process, the suspect grabbed a hold of the firearm’s handle in an attempt to remove it.”
Police were able to grab the loaded, .380-caliber handgun and arrest Mirabella around 9:12 p.m., authorities said.
Mirabella, who was expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court, was also charged with unlawful possession of a loaded firearm; unlawful possession of a firearm; unlawful possession of ammunition subsequent offense; and firearm violation with prior violent/drug crime conviction, according to authorities.