For Immediate Release: 12/28/2017 2:32 am
Worcester, MA (December 28, 2017) - On Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at approximately 3:30 PM, Worcester Police responded to the area of 65 King Street for a reported carjacking. Upon the officers arrival they met with a 51-year-old male victim. The victim told the officers that he was sitting in his 2017 Honda Accord, in the area of 65 King Street, when a young black male approached his driver’s side window. The window was already rolled down when the suspect asked the victim if he could give him a ride. The victim refused. At this time the suspect produced a handgun from his waistband and ordered the victim out of his vehicle. The victim complied. The suspect entered the Honda and drove off. The vehicle was last seen turning right onto Chandler Street. The victim was unhurt. The suspect was described as a young black male in his teens, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.
While talking to the King Street victim officers received a radio broadcast indicating that another vehicle was involved in an attempted carjacking. The location of the second incident was in the area of 21 Newbury Street, a short distance from the original call. The suspect description was similar to the suspect of the original incident.
Officers arrived at 21 Newbury Street and located a very distraught 63-year-old female victim. The victim told the officers that she was sitting inside her Volvo with her dog when a young black male approached her vehicle with a gun in his hand. The suspect ordered her out of the vehicle. The victim became panic stricken and started to scream. As a result of the loud screams the suspect failed to take the Volvo and ran off. The suspect’s clothing description was similar to the King Street suspect. The victim was very upset and officers called for Worcester EMS to the scene so that she could be evaluated. The victim was eventually medically cleared.
During the same time officers searching the area located the stolen Honda parked in front of 84 Chatham Street. The Honda is equipped with a key fob in which the owner still possessed. Officers were told that once the vehicle passes a certain distance from the fob the vehicle will become inoperable.
Multiple police units were now on scene and began an extensive search for the teen. Police were certain that the same suspect was involved in both incidents.
A short time later one officer patrolling the area spotted two young males entering a grey Mazda. One of the males entering the Mazda matched the description of the male that was being sought. The officer followed the vehicle and activated his emergency lights. The Mazda stopped in the area of Fruit Street by Pleasant Street. At this time the two males that were seen entering the Mazda now abruptly exited the car and fled on foot. Officers focused on apprehending the teen that fit the suspect description. Meanwhile other officers stayed with the Mazda which had three other teens inside.
The suspect was seen running into a business located on Sever Street. Officers entered the business and located the suspect hiding under a desk. Apparently the owner of the business that the teen ran into is known to the suspect.
The suspect is a 14-year-old Worcester resident. Officers remained with the suspect while the two victims were given an opportunity to be driven by the location for review. Both victims’ identified the suspect as the one that was involved in the two incidents.
Officers at the scene of the Mazda ordered the three to exit the vehicle. The driver was a 14-year-old local male. The two passengers were 16-year-old local males. A search of the three produced a BB gun that replicated a handgun.
A check of the Mazda indicated that it was reported stolen earlier on Wednesday on Boardman Street. The vehicle was taken when it was running unattended while warming up.
The 14-year-old that stole the Honda and attempted to take the Volvo was placed under arrest and charged with 2 counts of Carjacking, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon over the age of 60 and Minor in Possession of a BB Gun.
The second 14-year-old was charged with Using a Motor Vehicle without Authority, Carjacking, Accessory after the Fact and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.
A 16-year-old male was charged with Carjacking, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Accessory after the Fact and Using a Motor Vehicle without Authority.
The second 16-year-old was charged with Using a Motor Vehicle without Authority, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Accessory after the Fact, Carjacking, and Minor in Possession of a BB Gun.
A fifth male suspect, the one that ran off with the 14-year-old suspect, is still being sought by police.
This investigation is ongoing.
All four juveniles will be arraigned at the Worcester County District Courthouse on a date yet to be determined.