Alleged Andrew phone snatcher doesn't go far, promptly gets arrested

Transit Police report arresting a man they say snatched a Red Line rider's phone at Andrew station last night, evaded the victim in a foot chase, but then proved no match for officers in cruisers.

Police say Daniel Smith, 26, of South Boston, was arrested at Gavin and Logan ways, a few blocks away from the station, after officers looking for him spotted him and had the victim ID him. Smith is scheduled for arraignment in South Boston District Court today on a charge of unarmed robbery.

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Andrew Square

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It's 'heads up hockey' down there. I don't know if the victim was intent on his phone instead of his surroundings, but it pays to be alert.
The perpetrator looks like an addict. There are three methadone clinics within a short distance to the T station. I was told by a police officer that at least one and possibly a second will be moved a bit further away from the area.
Pay attention to your surroundings. More times than not, this is avoidable.

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No Heather

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Yuppies tend to be better able to hide their vices, and get treatment if necessary. Sometimes Heather, class plays a big role.

I've know some yuppie druggies in my time, and of course alcoholics.

Your response to everything?

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Is this going to be your canned response to everything negative that happens in South Boston? It's tiresome....

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I'm not from South Boston

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and have no connection to it.

And why do you feel the need to attack my reasoned response to Heather?

Directed at Heather, not you Anon

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My response was directed at Heather, who has used this particular response to previous postings about South Boston.

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Seriously, if I hear "be aware of your surroundings"

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one more frickin time, I am going to seriously lose it.

It is never acceptable to steal anything from anybody, EVER.

Saying "be aware of your surroundings," is passive-aggressive victim-blaming.

How about: dear Boston cops, please be aware there are junkies preying on people trying to get to work and earn a living.

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Don't be so naive. No one is

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Don't be so naive. No one is victim blaming. Being aware of your surroundings helps you avoid becoming a victim. I grew up in Boston, my parents taught me to be aware of my surroundings, not to flash any electronics around, not to take out my wallet in public and count my money. They weren't victim blaming, they have never been victims. Is it unfortunate, but reality. The fact is, there are desperate people everywhere and there are opportunists, ready to take advantage of anyone. Around here it is not called victim blaming, it is called being street smart.

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Whogirl

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Yes, your safety requires a proactive attitude. Relying exclusively on ' ...dear Boston cops, please be aware there are junkies preying on people trying to get to work and earn a living. ' The police can not be everywhere at all times, and they primarily REACT to crime. They aren't your or miine personal bodyguards.

Be aware of your surroundings. Common-sense.

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No, it's called

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Don't make yourself an easy target for perps and thieves. Common sense advice, and not victim blaming.

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That's a nice high horse you

That's a nice high horse you're on there, Whogirl. I'm sure it will help fill you up with righteous indignation at the unacceptability of the entire situation if your phone is ever stolen. Me, I'd rather just hang onto mine.

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I am aware of my surroundings - I didn't say I'm not.

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Just spare me the lectures that insult my intelligence. If I happen to look up, or down, for five seconds, and my purse is snatched, I really don't want the law enformcent stock response to street crime: "Be aware of your surroundings." Code for: it's kinda your fault.

I am aware of my surroundings - I didn't say I'm not.

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Just spare me the lectures that insult my intelligence. If I happen to look up, or down, for five seconds, and my purse is snatched, I really don't want the law enforcement stock response to street crime: "Be aware of your surroundings." Code for: it's kinda your fault.

The right to ditzy self absorption

... is unalienable there Scratch... how dare you!

Leaving aside that the same degree of minor mindfulness might also protect one from getting flattened by a truck, let us, by all means, belabor that obvious to death about how people shouldn't steal.

A high horse lovingly fabricated with the finest indignant cliches makes a ride for all to envy.

And who knew that the end result of an army of the finest code monkeys and engineers would boil down to a new way to be vapid?

The constitution enshrines the right to stare at 5 inch screens until all else vanishes and stumbling into the subway ditch becomes the new extreme sport. It's right in there with the right to bare arms. (I always prefer long sleeves).

Ruffled feathers... ripe for the plucking. .

Calm down.

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Instead of ''be aware of your surroundings''; how about ''use some street smarts'' (or common sense)?
This isn't Sunnybrook Farm. People need to pay attention. Whatever maybe on that screen I'm sure can wait.

While it's agreed that stealing from ANYONE is not acceptable,

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I do also agree that being aware of and paying attention to one's surroundings, especially when walking anywhere at night, can and does reduce one's chances of being a victim of a purse-snatching, an assault, or whatever.

My mom, who was NYC born-and-raised, would say the same thing.

Shadows = darkness

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How long has it been since you walked anywhere at night? Be honest.

If you're talking to me, anon,

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I still walk to places at night plenty of times. Being aware of one's surroundings is just simply a matter of looking around you every now and then. It's not so terrible.

really

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You know its funny that most of the comments here are people arguing about how the victim should have paid attention really this is what you guys are arguing about. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but c'mon. I've lived in south Boston my whole life and I personally know the kid who was arrested I've known him for years I went to school with him. He lived down the street from me. In no way am I defending him because if he did it he's completely in the wrong but what everyone is failing to realize is the kid is sick. And the person who had there phone stolen is in no way at fault for what happened. If someone wants to look at their phone while waiting for the train they should be able to without fear of someone snatching it. I have sympathy for both of them. and being called a yuppie or junkie is offensive. Just because I live in south Boston does that make me a yuppie or junkie? C'mon guys

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