UPDATE – The following is the actual YPD Press statement:
YARMOUTH POLICE ARREST VIOLENT FALMOUTH MAN FOR ROBBERY
On Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 12:58AM, the Yarmouth Police Department Emergency 911 Center received a report a robbery of a Town Taxi cab driver that had just occurred on Pleasant Street in South Yarmouth.
Yarmouth Police Department 12-8 Shift Patrol Officers Alexander Xiarhos, Jeffrey Rivett, Christopher Eccleston, Matthew Mangano, with assistance from Yarmouth Police Department K9 Patrol Officer Mike Kramer and K9 Satu, were dispatched to the area and conducted an investigation which determined that a female Taxi Driver was robbed of nearly $400.00 by a suspect described as a black male in his 20’s wearing a black tank top and cargo shorts.
The driver explained that she had picked up the man on Rosemary Lane in West Yarmouth and brought him to the Ambassador Inn in South Yarmouth. She further explained the man then asked her to drive him to the Pleasant Street area and then the robbery occurred and he fled on foot.
At approximately 2:42AM, Patrol Officers Eccleston, Rivett, and Xiarhos responded to room 136 of the Ambassador Inn. While inside the room, Police Officers encountered a male party laying on one of the beds who matched the description of the robbery suspect.
The suspect was detained and placed in handcuffs. He identified himself as Steven Harris and a computer check found that he had three active arrest warrants. Harris was subsequently positively identified as the suspect in the robbery by the victim.
A check of the room located a pair of black cargo pants and a black tank top on the floor next to the bed where Harris was laying. The clothing matched the description given by the victim of what the suspect was wearing. Also located in the room was $316.00 in cash located under the mattress where Harris was laying.
The clothing and cash were seized and entered into evidence.
Harris was transported to YPD Headquarters for processing.
Bail was set at $5,040.00 cash and Harris was held overnight and transported to the Barnstable District Court this morning.
The Yarmouth Police Department Command Staff commends the strong work of these Police Officers and Emergency 911 Dispatchers which had led to the capture of a robbery suspect and a career violent criminal with a total of 86 prior charges on his Massachusetts adult and juvenile records.
Arrest: STEVEN M. HARRIS
Address: 23 HOMESTEAD LN FALMOUTH, MA
WARRANTS FROM THE BARNSTABLE SUPERIOR COURT:
– ARMED ROBBERY
– ASSAULT AND BATTERY WHILE ARMED WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON
– ASSAULT WHILE ARMED WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON
– CONSPIRACY TO VIOLATE THE MASSACHUSETTS DRUG LAWS
HYANNIS NEWS VIDEO OF CRIME SCENE, INVESTIGATIVE TRAFFIC STOP, AND SUSPECT’S ARREST:
Initial HN Coverage:
SOUTH YARMOUTH – As you will see and hear in the following HN Video, at about 1:00 AM, Yarmouth Police Patrol Officers responded to the area of Pleasant Street and Akin Street after a female cab driver in her mid-twenties reported she had just been robbed.
The male suspect allegedly fled the area on foot with over $400 of her money.
A police K-9 responded and HN backed out of the area so not to contaminate tracking efforts.
Meanwhile, patrol officers worked the case, leading to a traffic stop on Wood Road, where a female was taken into custody on a warrant. The female was suspected of knowing the whereabouts of the suspect.
Over two hours of working leads and checking locations, officers caught up to their suspect inside of a room at the Ambassador Inn & Suites on Route 28 in South Yarmouth.
Their suspect, a Falmouth man, had several outstanding warrants and had recently done eight years in prison, sources tell HN.
As you will see in the HN Video, the cabbie was called to the scene to identify the man who allegedly robbed her of her money. Officers set up the cruisers in the hotel parking lot so the victim could see the suspect from a distance… but the suspect wasn’t being cooperative and refused to get out of the cruiser. That’s when the young cabbie walked right up to the cruiser’s door to look at the suspect face to face. She said she was 100% certain it was the man who robbed her. The suspect, who seemingly did not expect the woman to walk over, became outwardly enraged when he realized he had been pointed out for the robbery he’d soon be charged with.
No further details were available at the time of this report. The Yarmouth Police Department is usually very forthcoming with press releases whenever it is appropriate. Please check back for updates.
* All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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