Boston Police are reporting that District A-1 officers arrested a suspect wanted in connection of three recent armed robberies in the North End, including the one previously reported at Bob’s Grocery. The suspect had a loaded gun at the time of his arrest, which was made around 9pm on Friday night by patrolling officers in the area of Charter Street and Jackson Avenue, near Copp’s Hill Terrace.
Police arrested Dante Mirabella, 53-years-old, of Boston’s North End. He is charged with three counts of Armed Robbery for the following incidents, all which describe the suspect using a handgun and demanding cash.
- the first robbery took place at about 12:26 AM on May 29, 2019, in the area of 450 Commercial Street. A male and female had exited Rocco’s Cucina & Bar after closing time and were confronted by the suspect as they walked up the street. The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded cash. The victims handed over money and the suspect fled on foot.
- the second holdup took place at about 10:52 PM on May 29, 2019, in the area 37 Merrimac Street (parking lot) and
- the third armed robbery took place at about 6:50 PM on May 30, 2019, in the area of 160 Endicott Street (Bob’s Grocery, see previous post).
According to BPDNews.com:
On Friday night, patrolling officers in the North End observed a male matching the description of the suspect wanted in connection to the three recent armed robberies in the area. Officers continued their surveillance of the male, further observing him engaged in multiple hand to hand drug transactions in the area of 190 Salem Street in the North End before getting on a bicycle and fleeing the area. Officers followed the male to the area of Charter Street and Jackson Avenue where they observed him enter the passenger’s side of an unoccupied parked motor vehicle. Officers observed the male remove an item from his back waistband and place it in his front waistband. Officers immediately recognized the item to be a firearm and quickly approached the suspect. 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. Officers were able to take the firearm from the suspect before placing him under arrest. Officers recovered a Highpoint .380 caliber firearm loaded with seven rounds of live ammunition.
Mirabella is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of 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.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.