Police & Fire

Armed Carjacking at Dock Square Garage

ClintonStGarageDock Square Garage on Clinton St.February 23rd incident report from Boston Police:

Carjacking Suspect Arrested with a Gun

Yesterday afternoon around 1:10PM, officers from District A-1 arrested suspect, Michael Fitzpatrick, 52 of Malden and charged him with Carjacking, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Intent to Rob while Armed, Operating a Motor Vehicle without Being Licensed and Leaving the Scene of an Accident resulting in Property Damage.

Officers initially responded to 20 Clinton St. Dock Sq. garage for a carjacking. On arrival, officers spoke to the garage clerk who reported that a car had just exited the garage with several women yelling “Open the gate, the guy has a gun! Hurry, hurry, open the gate, he’s going to shoot us!” Officers were able to get a description of the car along with the direction of flight from the garage attendant. While on scene, officers were advised that a victim had been located at the intersection of Commercial and Richmond Streets, and that the victim’s car had possibly been found in the area of 600 Commercial Street.

Shortly after the above information had been broadcast over the police radio, an officer performing a paid detail in the area was approached by a witness who informed him that the suspect vehicle had just been observed striking a tree and that the person who had been driving the car was seen walking away behind the rink towards the boardwalk under the North Washington Bridge. The detail officer quickly located the suspect and attempted to stop the potentially armed suspect. The suspect initially refused to stop for the detail officer, nor would he heed the officer’s commands to show his hands but continued walking all the while exclaiming “Why are you stopping me? I didn’t do anything!”

The detail officer assisted by another officer and a State trooper were able to stop the suspect and during a pat frisk recovered from the suspect a loaded firearm, and additional ammunition in his pockets.

Officers and detectives, based on conversation with the victim, learned that the victim had just parked her car in the garage when she was approached by the suspect who stated, “I need you car and I need your key!” while wielding a gun. The suspect threw her keys to the ground and fled from the suspect and was able to jump into an occupied car after explaining what had just happened to her. The victim along with the other occupants of the car then fled the garage in an attempt to get away from the suspect. Several other witnesses were found who recounted their accounts of what they had observed of the incident.

The victim was brought back to the suspect’s location where she was able to positively identify the suspect. The suspect was then placed under arrest and charged with the above offenses.

The Boston Globe reports more details on the actions of the good Samaritans that came to the victim’s aid.