Two Dorchester men who allegedly used a shotgun and a handgun to hold up the McDonald's at 146 Tremont St. early this morning were ordered held on $100,000 bail each at their arraignment on charges of armed robbery while masked, kidnapping, and assault and battery in Boston Municipal Court, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Boston Police report Andre Nesbeth and Mason McKoy, both 26, may face additional charges:
Preliminary investigation reveals that the same suspects may also be responsible for a similar incident that took place at the same location last month.
The DA's office provides this account of what happened shortly after midnight today:
As he peered inside, one officer saw a person crouched on the floor, crawling from the back of the restaurant to the cash register. This person poked his head up to see who was knocking at the door, then crawled back to the rear of the restaurant. His face was covered by a piece of clothing.
The officer called for additional Boston Police units, some of whom responded to the restaurant’s back door. There, an officer encountered one man who turned and ran. The officer gave chase and caught up with that man and a second man. Both were sweating profusely and out of breath. The officer spotted a pair of gloves nearby, which one suspect claimed as his own because he was "looking for cans in the trash." The officer detained both men at the scene until additional officers made contact with restaurant employees.
Three employees told officers that they had been closing up for the night when the assailants - later identified as McKoy and Nesbeth - forced their way in, pointed a firearm at them, and tied them up. They described clothing and gloves that matched those worn by the two men detained in the rear of the restaurant. Officers took McKoy and Nesbeth into custody.
Officers recovered a firearm just outside the rear of the restaurant, near where the two suspects were detained. It was tested and revealed to be a replica firearm. Under Massachusetts law, however, a person using such a replica may be charged with and convicted of armed robbery if the victim believes it to be real.
Police say employees were able to point out the kitchen oil tanks behind which the pair allegedly discarded the shotgun on their way out.