Dad walking with two kids robbed at gunpoint

A rash of armed street robberies in and around Savin Hill hit a new low last week when a father walking with two small children was robbed by two teenage suspects near the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester. One of the teens flashed a handgun and demanded that the man give up his cell phone and cash.

The incident took place just before 6 p.m. last Tuesday (Nov. 22) in the parking lot of a strip mall that runs along 1156 Dorchester Ave., just steps from one of the clubhouse buildings on Deer Street. The victim was walking back to his car in the parking lot, escorting his two kids, ages 9 and 4.

Today, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester — which was closed last Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday— circulated a "safety notice" to warn parents and guardians about an "increase in crime" nearby. The flyer urges people to "use caution while walking to and from and when picking up and/or dropping off children."

The two teen suspects in last Tuesday's incident were described as black males, ages 16-18, both 5'8" wearing hooded sweatshirts. One of them flashed a sliver handgun.

Boston Police have already stepped up patrols in the vicinity of Savin Hill after a series of similar street robberies in recent weeks.

On Nov. 4, a woman told police she was robbed in an Auckland St. parking lot by a man who accosted her at gun point and demanded "give me everything you got." A Boston Police report said that the incident happened at about 6:05 p.m. on a Friday evening.

In another incident, a man was robbed on Mayfield Street near Dorchester Ave. on Oct. 18.

More recently, two Boston Police officers patrolling Savin Hill as part of a response to the robberies were attacked by two men who were later arrested after an intense manhunt on Nov. 1. One of them had a gun.

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