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On December 17 female entered a secondhand clothing store and threatened the cashier with a syringe if she did not receive all the cash in the drawer.

This happened at a store called second time around located on Newbury Street.

On December 29 police officers spotted the woman who was suspected of having committed this robbery in the South End of Boston in the area of E. Berkeley St. and Shawmut Avenue. Her name is Sheila King and she now faces charges of armed robbery.

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At approximately 10:45pm last night Wednesday, May 25, 2011 police responded to the area of Commonwealth and Harvard Ave. for a report by motorist that he had been threatened with a firearm by two other motorists in a silver BMW.

The police were able to stop the vehicle fitting the description with two young men inside, Aram Barseghyam, 28, of Brighton and Aleksandr Yeghiyan, 22, of Watertown. A search of the vehicle revealed a black BB type gun which resembled a real firearm. Both men were arrested and will be arraigned in Brighton District Court on threats to do harm for brandishing what appeared to be a real firearm.

The victim claims that he was engaged in a verbal argument with the two men when the front seat passenger pointed what appeared to be a real firearm at him and stated” next time, bang, you’re dead”. The victim was able to identify the two men the police stopped as the ones involved in the altercation and was also able to identify the weapon is the one pointed at him.

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Central bank Burlington was robbed yesterday at 9:34 AM the suspect entered the bank and presented the teller a note threatening deadly force if money was not handed over. The EI believes that this bank robbery may be linked to other bank robberies committed since December 15 in Lynnfield, Malden, Reading, Salem and Westford.

The suspect is described as a 6 foot black male facial hair and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, he fled the scene on foot. It appears he was able to escape with an undisclosed amount of money. The other bank robberies were similar nature in that threats against bank employees were made.

The first bank robbery occurred on December 15 and savings bank in Lynnfield, that same day at TD bank in Redding was robbed, the next day citizens Bank and Malden was robbed and a handgun and fired by the suspect while leaving the bank.

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Dedham, Massachusetts resident William Spada shot his wife Patricia Spada then his daughter Deidre Spada before turning the gun on himself in a domestic violence incident which left him and his wife dead and his daughter in the hospital in critical condition. The daughter’s boyfriend was an eyewitness who narrowly escaped the shooting by running out of the house.

Massachusetts has a zero tolerance policy towards acts of domestic violence. If police respond to a home and a party alleges that a threat or an assault occurred they will make an arrest. This is done to avoid the police getting blamed for not diffusing what later can be an explosive situation as the one which occurred yesterday at the Spada home.

The flip side of the zero tolerance policy is that if an arrest is made based on a false allegation of assault or the accusing party no longer wishes to proceed with charges it becomes very difficult to undo. An experienced criminal attorney is needed to help guide you through the Court process. An alleged victim will be summonsed into to court to testify whether they want to proceed with the charges or not. The prosecutor will not just drop assault and battery charges on the whim of the alleged victim.

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The police have reported that two men, one of them Jose Lorenzo, entered a home in Quincy and encountered four occupants. One occupant was shot in the head but survived a second man was taken hostage and was later released in Dorchester. The two suspects made off with a flat screen TV, computers and cash. It is alleged that Lorenzo’s DNA was found at the scene.

Jose Lorenzo is charged with Armed Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault with Intent to Rob, Armed Robbery, Home Invasion, Larceny of a Motor Vehicle and Kidnapping.

Armed Home Invasion calls for a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years and up to life in prison. You need a criminal lawyer experienced in handling charges of armed home invasion. The State must prove that the suspect entered the home while armed with some type of weapon knowing that a person was inside the home; and that he then used or threatened to use force against the occupant.