By Ling-Mei Wong
The Chinatown Safety Committee discussed local crime on Jan. 8 at the Doubletree Hotel for its monthly meeting.
Boston Police Department Capt. Jim Hasson and Sgt. Tom Lema reported crime statistics from Dec. 9, 2013 to Jan. 8, with more incidents reported compared to the same time period in 2012. Six robberies occurred, along with three aggravated assaults, 11 larcenies, 118 parking citations and 10 larcenies from motor vehicles.
Two robberies involved high-stakes mah jong games in Chinatown, including one in the last 30 days and one in December.
“These are very scary, very violent armed robberies with guns,” Hasson said. “One person was hit in the head with a gun. We’re partnering with the FBI to identify potential locations and raise awareness. We want to convince people not to host these games, as gambling is against the law and very dangerous.”
The first robbery in December took place at Johnny Court, when two masked Asian males with guns took $2,000. The other robbery took place on Oxford Street.
There was an attempted robbery 800 Washington Street, with police arresting a suspect identified by the 58-year-old Asian female victim. Another arrest was made after a cell phone was recovered at Oxford Street, after the victim’s fiancé chased the suspect from Kneeland and Tyler streets. A reported robbery on Beach Street at a martial arts studio is being investigated.
Chinese New Year events
Chinatown will ring in the Year of the Horse with several community events. A flower market will be held Jan. 27 to 31 at the Chinatown Park. The Boston Police Department will host a Chinese New Year party for teenagers at Boston Asian: Youth Essential Service on Jan. 29 at 199 Harrison Avenue. The Chinatown Chinese New Year celebration will take place Feb. 9 at Phillips Square. Tufts Medical Center will have its Chinese New Year event on Feb. 12.
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