Print

News >> Browse Articles >> Crime News

+3

Firefighters Surprise Burgler When They Discover Home Invasion

Boston Globe via YellowBrix

September 24, 2010

CHELSEA – There may not have been fire in a Chelsea apartment yesterday morning, but firefighters responding to a call of smoke found something else.

Firefighters who arrived at a Lafayette Avenue apartment complex just after midnight yesterday came upon a home invasion in progress in the same apartment. Police responded, and one of the suspects was arrested and charged with stealing more than $40,000 from the apartment. Police are looking for a second suspect.

“I think it really caught the bad guys off guard,’’ said Chelsea police Captain Keith Houghton. “It caught the firefighters off guard, obviously.’’

Houghton gave the following account: One of the residents headed to a trash compactor outside the complex when he was approached by two males, one with a gun. The men demanded his keys and his apartment number. One of them stood with the resident, while the man with the gun headed to the apartment.

There, he bound a second victim with a computer cord and started to loot the apartment of cash, Houghton said.

At that exact time, firefighters arrived for a report of smoke in the apartment. The suspect who stood on guard was spooked and fled toward a silver car, and the resident told firefighters of a crime in progress. Police quickly headed to the apartment.

A short chase ensued, and the suspect in the apartment jumped out the third floor window. He was arrested outside. The suspect, Charnne Augustin, 25, of Chelsea was arraigned in Chelsea District Court on charges including armed home invasion and possession of a firearm. He pleaded not guilty.

Houghton said police found $10,000 in Augustin’s possession. Later, another $30,000 was found in a bag in the hallway.

Houghton could not describe the relationship between the victims and the attackers, but said the amount of money “is leading us to believe this was a targeted robbery; not many people keep 40 grand in their apartment.’’

The complex is known to police for past reports of crime. The source of the smoke was never determined, but Houghton said that officers smelled marijuana in the apartment, which might have led to the call to the Fire Department.

It was not the first time that firefighters led police to Augustin. Last year, firefighters in Dorchester found him unconscious. When they turned him over, they allegedly saw a loaded .38-caliber handgun. After his arrest he posted $5,000 cash bail, and the case was pending.

That bail was revoked yesterday and he was ordered held on an additional $250,000 on the new charges, according to Jake Wark, spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.


+3
  • Sfa_iv_max50

    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    GOODDDDDDDDDD JOB...

  • Snoopy_6_max50

    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    41144 Comments

    bump

  • Flags_and_stars_max50

    djs2v

    over 3 years ago

    5628 Comments

    Excellent job!

  • Fake_sunset_max50

    arroyol

    over 3 years ago

    696 Comments

    bump

  • Img_1050_max50

    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    45964 Comments

    Great job Chelsea FD

PoliceLink School Finder

Save time in your search for a criminal justice degree program. Use PoliceLink's School Finder to locate schools online and in your area.

Get Info

* In the event that we cannot find a program from one of our partner schools that matches your specific area of interest, we may show schools with similar or unrelated programs.

Recent Activity

Thcaf6zgyj_max30
LanaNJ commented on: "Paragould OBGYN Arrested for Video Voyeurism", 2 minutes ago.
Img_0425_max30
MrsBristol commented on: "Arnita Bristol", 42 minutes ago.
Snoopy_6_max30
Jonas submitted the article: "NorCal baby dies after being forgotten in hot car", about 1 hour ago.
Snoopy_6_max30
Jonas submitted the article: "Family Files Wrongful Death Suit In Alhambra Police Stati...", about 1 hour ago.
Img_0425_max30
MrsBristol commented on: "Arnita Bristol", about 1 hour ago.