Boston Police report arresting a man they say went on a spree of destruction in Chinatown and downtown Saturday into Sunday before retiring to the city shelter on Southampton Street.
Lawrence Hawkins, 46, now faces multiple counts of destruction of property, destruction of a place of worship and defacing a burial ground, police say.
According to police, sometime between Saturday night and early Sunday morning, when he checked into the Southampton Street shelter at Mass and Cass, Hawkins used a brick to smash the front door of a business at 125 Charles Street South, smashed in the window of a cruiser parked outside the A-1 police station on Sudbury Street, damaged part of the Holocaust Memorial across Congress Street from City Hall by throwing another brick at it, broke a window at the JFK federal building next to City Hall and broke still more windows at 201 Washington St. and 15 Court Square.
Police say they discovered still more damage, to two historic burying grounds, this morning:
Around 10:44 AM, officers responded to the Granary Burying Ground located in the area of Tremont Street and Bromfield Street for a vandalism report. Officers were advised that multiple tombstones on the property had been vandalized including Paul Revere’s. A total of 14 tombstones were vandalized by being pulled from the ground or broken into pieces.
As officers continued their investigation, they observed vandalism to six additional tombstones located in the adjacent King’s Chapel Burying Ground. Officers observed one tombstone to be forcibly pulled from the ground.
Police say they quickly got a bead on Hawkins via surveillance cameras as he careened around downtown - and then to the shelter at 112 Southampton St.
A supervisor contacted the Newmarket Command Center who confirmed the suspect was inside the shelter.
At about 4:30 AM, officers responded to the shelter located at 112 Southampton Street and located a suspect matching the description from the prior vandalism incidents. The suspect was placed into handcuffs and transported to District A-1 for booking.