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Man charged with home invasion on Chandler Street in the South End; victim able to summon help via a 911 whisper

Boston Police report a man shoved into his Chandler Street apartment by some guy on Saturday afternoon was able to discreetly call up 911 on his phone and whisper for help.

Police report officers who arrived at the man's home, at the Columbus Avenue end of Chandler, shortly before 5 p.m. spotted the home invader walking out and immediately recognized him as somebody already wanted on numerous warrants.

Upon speaking with the officers, the suspect provided a name which they knew to be false. Officers detained the suspect on scene without incident and then made contact with the victim who stated that as he was entering his home, the male suspect approached him from behind and shoved him to the floor of his foyer before locking the front door behind them. The suspect then forced the victim through the main interior door of his residence and into the living room area of the home. The victim stated that the suspect appeared distressed and agitated. After several tense moments, the victim was able to discreetly contact the Boston Police Department via his cell phone, speaking in a whispered tone to a 911 Dispatcher who was able to quickly ascertain the address and discern the seriousness of the unfolding incident, resulting in the officers’ prompt response to the scene.

Police did not identify the suspect, but said he was wanted on 22 outstanding warrants in Boston, Somerville and Cambridge.

He was charged with assault and battery on a victim over 65, unarmed breaking and entering in the nighttime, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct and providing a false name to a police officer, police say.

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How is a guy with 22 outstanding warrants wandering around?

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Everyone keeps voting for incumbents.

Elections have consequences. This incident isn't going to sway anybody's vote anyway. It's an old person. If we cared about them, we'd be doing a lot more about controlling the spread of COVID-19.

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Serious question Will - who's the specific incumbent you have in mind who should have done something about this, and what are you proposing that they have done?

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Who are soft on crime?

I don't know if I love three strikes and you're out, but I'm completely on board with 22 strikes and you're out.

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And who was running on a platform that was "tough on crime" who didn't get elected?

Mind defining what "soft on crime" really means here anyway? How is it elected officials fault that the police weren't able to find someone who's had 22 warrants put out for them? This feels like a complaint in search of a problem.

(also it's pretty funny to me that someone who's such an avowed Libertarian is suddenly complaining about elected officials being "soft on crime". Shouldn't you be glad that the government isn't abusing its power to do things that the free market should be handling? Probably this guy should have just hired some private security to defend himself like a responsible adult.)

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of ignoring all the questions where you might actually have to take a stance on something rather than just complaining

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Congratulations on your ability to blow low-effort dogwhistles when it suits your libertarianism of convenience.

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Or in your rush to make a snappy comment you mis-read what one of the warrants was for? Assault and battery on someone over 65, not that the perpetrator was over 65.

Sheesh. Take a breath, you don't have to have a comment on every post.

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You're making my point. The victim was over 65, but this guy is out on 22 warrants. If we really cared about old people, we'd keep criminals away from them.

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I assume he didn't have a known residence and probably doesn't have an office job. It's not necessarily easy to track someone down.

Of course, poor communication between departments probably also contributes to this, but even if it were perfect, sometimes it's just hard to find someone.

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They've found him 23 times now. What's hard to find are the judges and prosecutors who keep kicking him free.

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Try skipping your next jury duty - you'll be issued a bench warrant. No one has to have any idea where you are for that to happen. Outstanding warrants mean that they haven't found him yet to arrest him, not that he was arrested and then let go.

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Outstanding warrants could also mean you did not show up for your court date.

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Our judges and prosecutors lock up more people than anywhere else in the world, and by a huge number.

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I don't think it's that difficult to find somebody. It's a small town.

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I look forward to hearing about the exploits of Will LaTulippe, private detective. You can start with these guys - shouldn't be hard to find them so I'm excited to see what you can get accomplished here.

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People would call me "private dick" and I'd just giggle.

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