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Suspect found for Dorchester memorial vandalism; undergoing observation

State Police report they have a suspect for the vandalism at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Morrissey Boulevard:

The man, a 33-year-old Dorchester resident, was taken into custody without incident this morning by State Troopers and UMass Officers. He was then interviewed by police.

Following the interview, the man was sent to a Boston hospital for mental health evaluation and treatment. As such, his name is not being released at this time.

If he is released from the hospital over the weekend he will be returned to police custody and charged with offenses of malicious destruction of property over $250 and tagging. If he is hospitalized for treatment he will be summonsed to Dorchester District Court on those charges at a later date.

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Not Right. Not Left.

Somebody needing help.

Let's ALL hope that this person gets that help and just try to enjoy our Memorial Day.

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Read the report again. It didn't say the suspect needed help . It just said he was going for evaluation. The help part has yet to be determined.

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If you're going to throw stones maybe you shouldn't call someone a criminal who has not had their day in court.

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Glad they got this person who doesn't appreciate the sacrifice. Just a coward. Support our Veterans and God protect them from mental restlessness and addiction and among all, the biggest but slowest killer, lonieness.

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for much the same thing, only milder. Without and deterrence, he escalated. Another failure of the justice system.

"The man additionally is the subject of a prior default warrant out of the Dorchester court for a previous larceny of an American flag and Massachusetts state flag from the UMass campus. The warrant stems from a separate, past incident. "

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Great work by UMB and State Police. Not to spoil it, but it's unusual that this person was mentally fit to be interviewed but not fit enough to be booked and photographed, which would have only taken another minute since he's already in the system. Why didn't they want the name and mugshot to get out?

It's highly unusual, barring acute suicidal behavior, for the police to decide to seek a mental health evaluation before booking. If someone wanted on a default warrant and a new felony crime needs mental evaluation, they are booked and taken to the hospital under police guard.
Evaluation before booking is not even done in murder cases where mental health is obviously at issue. Mental health evaluations are ordered by a judge at arraignment, not by the desk sergeant on the weekend. In fact, mental health experts teach that it's important that the mentally ill who commit crimes be arrested and charged so that they "get in the system" where a judge can mandate treatment. It will be interesting to see why this was handled this way.

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Go ahead don't release his name. The community doesn't need to know about a dangerous individual. Today a war memorial, tomorrow a 12 year old girl.

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That's quite a jump you are making.

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From yesterday's Globe:

The twisted, fatal journey of the accused Appalachian Trail killer

The transformation of James Jordan into the menacing Sovereign, say many who know him, was at once shocking and sadly predictable.

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Mental illness is very poorly treated in this country and others. The number homeless on the streets and shelters, in prisons, etc., is shocking. Many if not most mass shooting at schools, workplace, etc., were committed by seriously mentally ill people.

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