The Boston Police Department charges Morgado Veiga, 19, tried to hold up two people in rapid succession yesterday afternoon but was successfully turned away by both.
Veiga, police say, first showed a gun to a woman walking in the area of Sudan and Sydney streets around 5:05 p.m. and demanded her phone. However, she started screaming, which apparently scared him off and he fled without her phone.
About five minutes later, police say, Veiga tried holding up a man on Sydney Street, but his would-be victim instead pushed the gun away, the ran and eluded Veiga.
Police say officers responding to both reports didn't have to look too hard to find him - not only did both victims provide a similar description, he stood out because he was wearing only a T-shirt in the 39-degree weather.
Police say they found Veiga's jacket - and a pellet gun in one pocket - abandoned nearby on Carson Street.