Two Washington Street business also targeted in gun-related incidents on Thursday
A group of teenagers allegedly beat and robbed a man at gunpoint on Thursday evening as he walked along Ashmont Street just after 7 p.m. According to a police report, the victim says he was accosted by 3 or 4 teens ages 15-17 as he was walking home from the Ashmont T station.
The incident happened near the corner of Ashmont and Ocean Streets, where the suspects allegedly were hiding behind a stone wall. The victim told police that the suspects demanded that he hand over a gym bag that he was carrying, he fought back, pulling away the bag and then fighting with the teens. When one of the assailants brandished a “black colored firearm,” the victim struggled with the gunman and was able to wrangle the gun from him briefly.
“[The] victim pointed the firearm in the air and pulled the trigger in an attempt to summons help but the gun did not fire,” according to the report. “The suspects then pulled Victim's jacket over his head and began to punch and kick Victim and regained control of the firearm.”
The suspects eventually subdued the victim and stole an iPhone 6 and a pair of headphones before making good their escape via Ocean Street. Officers did not report finding any suspects, who were described as black males.
There were two other reports of gun-involved robbery attempts on district C-11 on Thursday. Just before 12:30 p.m., police were summoned to Exclusive Barber Shop at 184 Washington St. for a report of an armed robbery in progress. According to the BPD report, three suspects robbed employees of the shop at gunpoint, stealing personal items, including jewelry and a phone. The suspects fled on foot on Bowdoin Street heading towards Geneva Avenue.
Later that night, around 9:18 p.m., an armed robbery was reported at Rosedale Grocery store at 547 Washington St., closer to Codman Square. The thief, who reportedly entered the store with a black gun in his hand, reached over the counter and pulled loose the cash register and ran out of the store with it. The suspect was said to be a black male, between 6’3” and 6’%”, 25 years old, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. The clerk said that the man said nothing— but simply took the register and left. It had between $200-300 inside, according to the report.