A Woburn man and his teen brother found themselves being held up at knifepoint in an alley when they traveled to Mattapan last week to meet with a man they thought wanted to sell him a phone, in a deal they'd brokered on Facebook.
Police responding to their 911 call were unable to find the suspects. But then, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports, police learned the main suspect had made a similar phone offer to the brother on Facebook.
The brother arranged with the man to meet in the same alley off River Street, only this time, an undercover Boston detective went in his place.
A man was stabbed in the leg at Dorchester Avenue and Adams Street shortly after 11 p.m. by one of two men, who grabbed his phone, then ran down Adams Street towards Park.
The suspects were black and in their early 20s. One is about 6'1" and the other about 5'7".
Boston Police report officers fresh footprints in the snow early this morning led officers to two East Boston teens they say had just robbed a man by putting a knife to his back at Bennington and Marion streets.
Police say Thomas Hernandez Leyva, 16, and German Mejia Salmeron, 19, are also suspects in two other armed holdups in the area in the two hours before their arrests, and that both were found with their booty from those stickups.
Boston Police report Peter Farrell, 22, managed to rob the Cumberland Farms at 628 E. 5th St. on Sunday even though the gloves he was wearing meant he couldn't operate the touch-screen cash register to open it.
Police say Farrell walked into the store as a clerk was closing it around 10:55 p.m., went around the counter and threatened the clerk with a knife:
A man was attacked and robbed in his own apartment at 55 Park Dr. shortly after 10 p.m.; he apparently managed to slice his two attackers, who ran away, trailing blood on the street outside.
The victim's injuries were not life threatening.
Everybody involved appeared to be college students.
Boston Police report that officers responding to a report of a large fight on the fourth floor of the Hotel Buckminster in Kenmore Square late Friday arrested a Roxbury man packing a loaded gun and a Dorchester man carrying a large kitchen knife nowhere near a kitchen.
It's the latest spot of trouble for the Beacon Street hotel, whose officials promised the Boston Licensing Board last September they were cleaning up their reputation as a place for miscreants, often underage, to book rooms, then hold loud parties.
Around 9:45 p.m. near the Home Market at Belgrade Avenue and Walworth Street.
Suspects are described as two Hispanic men in all black clothing, one about 5'11" in a mask, the other about 20, with long black hair and a goatee. They ran up Walworth towards Washington Street.
Police are at 190 Blue Ledge Drive in the Stony Brook Commons townhouse complex, investigating how a man in an apartment there got stabbed several times while a woman in a building across the street got hit in the head with something hard.
Because of the severity of the man's injuries, the homicide unit has been summoned.
On Jan,. 9, a teenager was stabbed to death in the nearby Georgetowne complex.
A man walking through Ringer Park shortly after 11 a.m. was surrounded by three young teens, one armed with a knife, who took his phone.
Knife boy was described as black, about 5'6" and wearing a bright-yellow jacket with a scarf over his face.
A man showed up at Boston Medical Center around 8:45 p.m. with a stab wound he said he got somewhere on Gerard Street a few blocks away. His injury was not life threatening.
Around 11:45 p.m. in front of the outbound entrance to the Orange Line Chinatown station and the CVS. The suspect was described as a black man, about 5'7" and wearing a dark jacket with a red design on it, a black hoodie and a white knit cap.
He was last seen walking towards Downtown Crossing.
Boston Police report a delivery man from the Fields Corner Domino's was stuck up around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday on East Cottage Street:
The Amazing store, 57 Stuart St., was held up around 4 p.m.
Boston Police report workers at the Greatest Bar, 262 Friend St., trying to break up a brawl on the third floor around 1:15 a.m. found themselves under attack.
One was stabbed repeatedly by a man who jumped him from behind, police say.
The victim stated to officers he was attempting to break up a fight when the suspect jumped on his back and began to stab him.
Around 8:30 p.m. at the rear entrance to the station. The two suspects are described as black, about 18, one wearing an Army jacket and sweatpants, the other wearing a red and black hoodie.
Somebody who thought he was arranging a sneaker exchange instead found himself surrounded by five guys, at least three armed with knives, shortly after 3 p.m. at West Street and Myopia Road.
The suspects, described as white males, took his wallet and then ran into the nearby George Wright Golf Course. Four wore black hoodies, one a gray hoodie.