Three women were arrested after police reportedly saw them “punching and kicking” a man on the ground, Boston police said in a news release.
Three Females Under Arrest for ABDW and Unarmed Robbery Downtown. https://t.co/0rf0QAxt0M
— Boston Police Dept. (@bostonpolice) February 16, 2020
The incident happened around 1:08 a.m. on Sunday near 125 Tremont Street in Boston, where officers said two women went into a convenience store and allegedly assaulted an employee before stealing several items and leaving.
Police said as they approached the area they saw the three women, Jenna Gonzalez, 21, from East Boston, Audrina May Hebert, 18, from Malden, and Brianna Romero, 21, from Malden, assaulting a man on the ground.
“Officers spoke to the suspects who stated that the victim had approached them aggressively, asking for his cell phone,” police reported. “The suspects stated that they did not have his phone, causing the females to attack him.”
When officers spoke to the alleged victim, he reportedly said he had asked the women for a cigarette before “they suddenly began attacking him.” He told officers that one of the women stole his cellphone during the assault.
Police asked the suspects if they had his phone and two of them said no, but the third admitted to taking it, police said.
During the officers’ conversation with the suspects and alleged victim, officers said that the convenience store clerks approached them and said “the suspects had been fighting and harassing passersby in the general vicinity of the convenience store.”
The clerks said the women had been loitering for a while before being asked to leave and attacking another female. They allegedly “returned to the store multiple times, throwing merchandise and assaulting them.”
Gonzalez, Hebert, and Romero are being charged with two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, unarmed robbery, and disorderly conduct.
Romero is also being charged with possession of Class B substance after she was reportedly found carrying a small plastic bag containing what police reported as cocaine during the booking process.
All three suspects are expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.