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Outbreak of street robberies on Mission Hill, some by gang with guns and tasers

Updated with additional information from police.

Five people were held up at gunpoint on Parker Hill Avenue early this morning, one night after two people were held up at ATMs on Tremont Street.

Boston Police report five people were robbed in two separate incidents in McLaughlin Playground on Parker Hill Avenue around 2:30 a.m. - two other people managed to flee the muggers:

On arrival, officers spoke with a victim who stated he was walking with two friends through the park when they were approached by the suspects. During this encounter, the suspects demanded the three victims turn over personal property, all of whom complied. None of the victims reported any injuries.

At about the same time, another group was walking through the park and was confronted by the suspects. Two additional victims complied with the suspects demands to turn over property and other potential victims ran from the area. Neither of these two victims were injured.

In both incidents the suspects are described as four black males in their early twenties, all about 5'11", two wearing grey sweatshirts, two wearing black sweatshirts.

Police say two college students making withdrawals at two different bank ATMs on Tremont Street Thursday night were forced to hand over money to people who came up behind them and demanded cash, or else.

One of the robberies occurred around 9 p.m., another around midnight, BPD Superintendent Robert Merner said. He said a suspect was arrested but that the investigation continues.

On Tuesday, a man was found shot to death on Parker Hill Avenue.

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When is Michael Ross going to step up and become Boston's version of Batman?

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back to the 1980s.

Folks do realize this is because of the close proximity of housing projects,right? The violent street crime in Mission Hill and JP has always been closely connected to the projects. I know it mean spirited of me to say this, but it's da thruth.

South End? The projects.

South Boston? The projects.

Charlestown? The projects.

Dorchester? The projects.

It's the same shit in every neighborhood that surrounds projects or subsidized section 8 developments.

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Why yes, I remember the 1980s quite well. I remember this one time that a couple from the suburbs were driving by the Mission Main projects on their way from childbirth classes when a black guy jumped into their car, forced them to drive around, then shot them both, killing the wife and her unborn child. Thankfully the husband survived.

Oh, wait...

And you do realize the Section 8 is a program, so theoretically most apartment units are "section 8 developments?"

Hope you're having fun in the suburbs.

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OK - so I guess you covered section 8, and good points (honestly).

Sometimes you can't have a real discussion without facing some unfortunate truths.

And no - not everyone in the projects is a criminal, far from it. PLEASE don't put words in my mouth here, but I would assume that there is more violence around those developments than you would find elsewhere.

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I don't live in the suburbs

I have never lived in suburban towns or rural areas for that matter.

I lived as a teenager for 5 years on Mission Hill, before that Somerville, Allston and the Bronx, NYC, where I was born.

Come up with something other than Charles Stuart, a statistical anomaly. In the year he did what he did, and every year since, the overwhelming vast majority of violent crimes in Boston were not committed by anyone who fits his profile.

I know what I'm talking about when it comes to violent, urban street crime.

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If this happened by D Street, Old Colony, Franklin Field, Bunker Hill, Fidelis Way, or any other housing development, the point would be tougher to refute, but let's be honest here, Stuart was able to get the entire region to believe his story for months not because it was true, but because of the perception.

But yes, most, but not all, crimes of this nature are committed by people at the bottom of the socioeconomic scale. However, if one is cognizant of their surroundings, Southie, Charlestown, the South End, and even Mission Hill are fairly safe.

By the way, with that "not committed by anyone who fits his profile" attitude, I'll assume you were on the hill rather than where those who fit your profile live. I also will someday visit Gaelic Park in the Bronx. I'm assuming that's the part of the Bronx where you were born.

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Throgs Neck

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Women are far less likely to be assaulted by some random stranger on the street than they are by their intimate or former intimate partner.

When a women is found dead and there are no witnesses, such partners need to be ruled out as suspects. That was as true then as it is now.

Look up Meleanie Hain for a classic example of focusing on the wrong bogeyman.

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to otherwise safe neighborhoods and cities. There are places where you do run a high risk being jumped by strangers. It is legit to worry about being jumped on the street, and to take precautions. In JP, the closer you are to Bromley Heath, the greater should be your concern. And you should avoid places like the pond after dark, unless you are very cautious. The 'kids' target especially a certain type of person they percieve won't put up a fight. JP has a lot of such people. The 'kids' percieve such people, ironically, are also prone to behavior that is not street smart.

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but it doesn't seem to hurt the neighborhood any

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When the Fens robbery Friday morning, my school sent out an email describing the suspects as 4 black males in their 20's with dark colored hooded sweatshirts. One was reported to have a gun, the other 3 tasers.

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