Dramatic Police Chase Follows Attempted Armed Robbery on Beacon Hill

Police news from Beacon Hill, Dec. 3 to Dec . 7.

An attack on Beacon Hill Friday around midnight night lead to a dramatic police foot chase and an arrest.

According to police reports, a Suffolk University student was walking home when he noticed a suspicious man at Joy and Myrtle streets. The student said that because he was aware of a recent sexual assault in the area he looked to see if the man was following him and didn't see the man.

A few moments later, the student heard footsteps running toward him, turned and saw the man, who was now wearing a hood and face mask. The man grabbed the student and began to struggle with him. The student noticed the man was waving an unknown object that had a blue light, which the student feared was a taser. After struggling for 15-25 seconds, the man ran off without saying anything. 

The student called police, who quickly arrived on the scene. Police noticed a person matching the description of the suspect duck between two cars near Revere and Irving streets. When the officer got out of his car to investigate, the man ran down the middle of Irving Street, took a left on Phillips Street and right onto Garden Street.

Several police officers arrived as backup and joined the chase, reports indicate. A witness informed officers that he saw the man run down Revere Street, take a right on Anderson Street, and a left onto Champney Place. The witness said he also heard the man on his cell phone calling for someone to hurry up and pick him up. 

Police covered the exits and then entered the area through 50 Phillips St., at which point they saw the man running through back yards. Two officers climbed onto a roof and over several fences. One fell and was injured. The other cornered the man on a fire escape outside an apartment window at 29 Anderson St.

The suspect, Yohan Almonte, of 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, was positively identified by the victim and placed under arrest for attemped armed robbery while masked, trespassing and resisting arrest. 

Monday, Dec. 3

  • At 7 p.m. police responded to 15 Chestnut St. for a report of vandalism. 

Tuesday, Dec. 4

  • No major incidents reported.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

  • No major incidents reported.

Thursday, Dec. 6

  • At 9:30 a.m. police responded to 96 Charles St. for a report of larceny from a vehicle, $50 or less. 
  • At 10:38 p.m. police responded to 77 Charles St. for a report of larceny in a building, $200 or more. 

Friday, Dec. 7

  • At 8:45 a.m. police responded to 15 Beacon St. for a report of larceny from a vehicle, $200 or more. 
  • At 9:49 a.m. police responded to 47 Irving St. for a report of a handgun on the street. According to police reports, someone called 911 after seeing a 8mm handgun in the street. Police recovered the gun, which was not loaded, and canvassed the area for ballistic evidence to no avail. 


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