Sunday, January 13, 2008

Boston, Massachusetts


Boston Police Police Commissioner Edward Davis.

Cops nab officer in armed holdup

Robbery rocks BPD

By O’Ryan Johnson
Saturday, January 12, 2008 -

A Hub cop is behind bars after he allegedly pulled his police-issue Glock handgun on the owner of a Roslindale gas station in broad daylight yesterday and demanded he hand over all the cash, police said.

Officer Michael T. Jones, 44, then allegedly fled the scene, but the getaway car was spotted by several witnesses following the brazen 4 p.m. heist. A Roslindale man listening to his scanner heard the description and spotted the vehicle steer onto Canterbury Street, and police closed in.

Cops allegedly found Jones in the driver seat of the car parked in the driveway of the home where the car was registered. Inside the car, cops discovered the handgun allegedly used to commit the robbery, a department-issued .40 caliber gun, as well as clothing that matched the description of the suspect’s outfit.

Jones was placed under arrest, and police said he was positively identified by witnesses as the robber. Jones is being charged with one count of armed robbery, one count of armed assault with intent to rob and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

“It is reprehensible when an officer violated the law that he is entrusted to uphold and I will not stand for it,” Police Commissioner Edward Davis said.

Jones, a 19-year veteran, is assigned to area E-18 Hyde Park. He called out sick from work Jan. 2 and has not been back on duty since, police said last night. Jones was immediately placed on administrative leave while he sat in a jail cell.

“The internal investigation into this is well under way, and the punishment will be aggressive and certain,” Davis said. “I would like to commend the swift investigative response by Boston Police officers who successfully effected this arrest in less than one hour from the time the incident was reported.”

Jones will be arraigned Monday in West Roxbury District Court.

- ojohnson@bostonherald.com

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