BPD Officers Bravely Confront and Apprehend Hostage-Taking Suspect During Robbery of a CVS Pharmacy in Boston: At about 10:49 AM on Sunday, February 11, 2018, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for a breaking & entering in progress at 1249 Boylston Street (CVS Pharmacy) in Boston. While en route to the call, officers received information that the suspect was still on scene and threatening to harm an employee being held against her will with a hypodermic needle. On arrival, officers were directed towards the store’s pharmacy where they observed and encountered a black male holding a store employee against her will. Fearing for the safety and well-being of the store employee, officers unholstered their firearms and immediately ordered the suspect to release the victim and drop any weapons in his possession. When the suspect stepped away from the victim, officers quickly moved in and cuffed the suspect. A search of the suspect enabled officers to take possession of a pair of gold-colored brass knuckles. According to the victim, the suspect walked behind the pharmacy counter, told her he was a CVS employee and demanded to know where the pain killers were kept. When the victim/employee asked to see his work credentials, the suspect grabbed the victim by the back of her head and slammed her head into the pharmacy counter. At one point, according to the victim, the suspect picked up a bag of needles and threatened her. Officers spoke to a second store employee who stated that the suspect approached her, pushed her in the chest area with two hands and threatened to kill her.
Officers arrested Justin Morgan, 20, of Boston and charged him with Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (Brass Knuckles), Armed Robbery, Kidnapping and Assault & Battery on a Police Officer. The suspect is scheduled to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on Monday, February 12, 2018.
During the booking process, the suspect became verbally belligerent and physically abusive towards the officers. Refusing to cooperate, the suspect instead repeatedly tried to punch and kick officers. One officer was struck in the face.