String of violent crimes rocks Somerville in March

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SOMERVILLE — A series of violent incidents, including assaults and armed confrontations, have unsettled residents and businesses throughout Somerville, with police responding to multiple reports in March.

The Somerville Police Department has been actively investigating a succession of crimes starting on March 7, when at approximately 5:25 a.m., officers were called to a business on Beacon St. A male victim reported being assaulted with brass knuckles by an assailant after confronting another man attempting to break into the premises.

The victim sustained eye injuries during the attack.

Later the same day, at around 3:52 p.m., another assault occurred on McGrath Hwy.

The victim was approached by a male who brandished a knife and punched him in the face.

Police responded swiftly, apprehending the suspect and placing him under arrest.

The following day, March 8, at 11:27 p.m., police were dispatched to another business on McGrath Hwy after reports of a person with a gun.

Victims in a drive-through lane claimed they were threatened by a group of teens after an altercation erupted when the teens were asked to move.

A frightening incident on March 12, around 9:14 p.m., involved an attempted armed carjacking at a gas station on Broadway.

A suspect armed with a large knife demanded a couple’s car; however, the victims managed to escape unharmed.

On March 13, at about 11:02 a.m., officers attended a residence on Walnut St where a property manager discovered smashed windows and missing belongings.

An assault on a juvenile took place on Highland Ave, reported on March 18 at 5:51 p.m. The victim’s mother stated her son was attacked by two juvenile females.

Additionally, a breaking and entering was reported on March 15 at 7:46 p.m. on Summer St. The homeowners confronted a male who had entered their residence through the back door, prompting him to flee.

Earlier that same day, at 11:32 a.m., officers were called to a construction site where vandals had cut electrical wires, causing significant damage.

Beyond these highlighted incidents, Somerville Police have also noted other criminal activities, including three motor vehicle thefts, eight car break-ins, three package thefts, four instances of vandalism, three cases of motor vehicle vandalism, and four bicycle thefts within the month.

The police are urging the community to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities as they continue to investigate and address the crime spree that has hit the city.

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