Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Suspect in Custody Two Hours after Carjacking Leads to Crash in Jamaica Plain


At about 5:48 PM on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, officers assigned to District E-13 responded to a call for a carjacking at the Citgo gas station located at 914 Huntington Avenue in Boston. On arrival, officers spoke to the female victim who stated that while she was putting air in one of the tires of her vehicle, a male suspect, later identified as Larry Hart, 39, of Boston, got into her car while holding a small tan dog. The victim immediately yelled at the suspect and ran back to the driver’s side door at which time she grabbed his left arm in an attempt to remove him from the vehicle. The two struggled briefly before the suspect suddenly drove off, causing the victim to fall to the ground as he fled. The victim received minor scrapes as a result of her fall and denied the need for medical attention. A short time later, police began to receive calls indicating that the suspect had crashed into several other vehicles while fleeing outbound on the Riverway. A short time later, officers located the victim's car, damaged and abandoned in the area of 99 Bynner Street in Jamaica Plain. The suspect was last seen by witnesses fleeing the area on foot with his unidentified canine accomplice running close behind him. Additional responding officers and a BPD K-9 Unit searched the area for the suspect to no avail. While continuing their investigation, officers learned that some of the victim’s credit cards which had been stolen during the incident were being utilized at area businesses around Mission Hill. Officers continued to search the area and located the suspect at about 8:00 PM in the area of 732 Huntington Avenue at which time he was placed in custody without incident. The suspect will appear in West Roxbury District Court on numerous charges including Carjacking, Robbery, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card and Receiving Stolen Property.

Investigators later confirmed that the suspect’s dog was safely secured at home and unharmed.