A man with nine outstanding warrants was arrested Saturday night in South Boston after leading State Police on a foot chase that began on Carson Beach, where troopers have beefed up patrols this summer following brawls on Memorial Day weekend that involved hundreds of youths, authorities said.
State Police said in a prepared statement that a plainclothes trooper approached Rosuan Kindell, 30, of Dorchester, on the beach at about 7:40 p.m. because he was acting suspiciously and drinking from an open container of beer.
Kindell appeared nervous and hesitated to give his name, according to the statement.
When the trooper discovered several bags of a substance believed to be heroin in his possession, Kindell fled, the statement said. He ran through Joe Moakley Park onto Old Colony Avenue before three troopers apprehended him at the bottom of a stairway in a common area of the Mary Ellen McCormack housing development on O’Callaghan Way, State Police said.
Kindell was charged with possession of Class A narcotics with intent to distribute, according to State Police. He is scheduled to be arraigned today in the South Boston division of Boston Municipal Court.
At the time of his arrest, Kindell had eight active warrants out of Massachusetts and one in Maine, for charges that include aggravated assault, larceny, and a restraining order violation, State Police said.
He will eventually be returned to Maine to face charges that he violated his probation from a conviction for oxycodone trafficking, according to the statement.
It was not known yesterday if Kindell had an attorney. His relatives declined to comment when reached by phone.
State Police spokesman David Procopio said the agency assigned more plainclothes troopers to the beach after the Memorial Day weekend melee and that crime in the area has not been a major problem this summer.
“From what I’ve heard, in the wake of that incident earlier in the summer, things seemed to calm down,’’ he said in a phone interview. “I would not say that there’s a widespread [crime] problem.’’
The beach was nearly empty under an overcast sky when a Globe reporter visited the area yesterday, but two neighborhood residents who go there frequently said they see troubling behavior on a regular basis.
Vivian Alexander and John Lyons, both 41, were sitting on a bench near an entrance with their dog, Nu-Nu.
Alexander said she walks her dog on the beach every morning and has not witnessed any significant violence since the fights in May. But she did say that intoxicated patrons are often disruptive, committing acts of vandalism, such as knocking over lifeguard chairs.
“I would just say it’s a weird beach,’’ Alexander said. “It looks nice, but it’s just weird.’’
Another persistent problem, she said, is rowdy teenage boys who travel in small groups, shouting profanities and verbally harassing young girls. She said they also ride their bikes recklessly near beach entrances.
“They’ll run you down on the sidewalks,’’ Alexander said.
The couple also reported seeing the same man snapping pictures of girls with his cellphone over the last two summers.
Aside from public drunkenness and petty crime, beach cleanliness is another issue, according to Lyons.
He said horses from the State Police mounted patrol unit often leave droppings on or near the beach that no one removes.
“One thing they should do is clean up’’ the horse manure, he said.