Shooting Suspect Arraigned

By SCOTT JACKSON

An 18-year-old Randolph man was arraigned Monday on seven charges he is facing in relation to a Friday afternoon shooting in Quincy Center, which prosecutors said was a failed attempt to rob a drug dealer.

Cory Kisakye was pleaded not guilty to the charges – including armed robbery and unlicensed possession of a firearm – Monday afternoon in Quincy District Court. Bail was set at $25,000.

A second individual, a juvenile, has also been charged in connection with the shooting, but that person’s identity has not been made public because of his age.

Prosecutors said Kisakye and the juvenile were apparently walking around Quincy Center Friday afternoon with two loaded guns looking for someone to rob. Prosecutors said the pair arranged to meet a marijuana dealer in a stairwell outside the Mason Temple on Hancock Street and planned to rob him.

A witness told police the drug dealer fought his assailants and it was at that point a pistol in the juvenile’s hand went off. The drug dealer was not injured, and the shot pierced a nearby window.

Police were called to the scene around 1:50 p.m. Friday. Kisakye was arrested shortly thereafter in the garage at 1250 Hancock St., but the juvenile was able to flee the scene while leaving behind a backpack with two loaded handguns.

A State Police helicopter was called in to help hunt for the juvenile suspect after he fled the garage. The second suspect was arrested about an hour later at the corner of Furnace Brook Parkway and Newport Avenue after being spotted by two people listening to a police scanner.

Kisakye is due back in court April 19 for a probable cause hearing.

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Quincy Mans Pleads Guilty To Federal Bank Robbery Charges

A 28-year-old Quincy man has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges he robbed multiple banks throughout the Boston area.

Kyle P. Nathan, 28, pleaded guilty to four counts of bank robbery in the U.S. District Court in Boston on Thursday. Judge Douglas P. Woodlock scheduled sentencing for July 12, 2017.

According to court documents, on various dates in February and March 2016, a number of banks were robbed in the Greater Boston area. Because the similarity of how the banks were robbed, and the physical description of the robber, law enforcement suspected that the same individual was involved in each of the robberies.

Law enforcement identified Nathan as the individual responsible for the robberies of a branch of the East Boston Savings Bank in South Boston on Feb. 27, 2016; a branch of the East Boston Savings Bank in Dorchester on March 8, 2016; a branch of the Santander bank in Chelmsford on March 10, 2016; and a branch of the Citizens Bank in Chelmsford on March 18, 2016.

On March 18, 2016, following the robbery of the Citizens Bank in Chelmsford, law enforcement officers arrested Nathan. At the time of his arrest, Nathan was wearing the same clothing he had been wearing during the prior robberies.

The charging statue provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Colonel Richard D. McKeon, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Chelmsford Police Chief James Spinney, made the announcement Thursday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Weinreb’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

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Quincy Police Warn Businesses Of Counterfeit Currency

By SCOTT JACKSON

The Quincy Police Department wants businesses to be on the look out for counterfeit U.S. currency after three fake high-denomination notes were used in recent days.

Customer tried to pass counterfeit $100 bills at the Stop & Shop on Southern Artery and the Big Y on Hancock Street within hours of each other Friday, Sgt. Karyn Barkas said; cashiers were able to spot those fakes and contacted police. The individual at the Stop & Shop and the pair of customers at the Big Y who attempted to use the fake bills fled the stores before officers could arrive.

A manager at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 195 Newport Ave. also reported finding a fake $20 bill in his cash register Monday while he went through his cash receipts from the previous day, Barkas said.

Quincy police are investigating each incident and it is unclear if they are related. The department has also alerted the U.S. Secret Service, which Barkas said is done whenever someone attempts to use a counterfeit bill.

Barkas said people handling money should inspect it thoroughly.

“Look at the printing, it tends to blur on the counterfeit bills, and the paper itself is a little smoother than a regular bill,” she said.

Special pens designed to catch counterfeit money can also be used.

In the three recent incidents, Barkas said it was obvious that bills used were counterfeit. She credited the cashiers at both grocery stores for being able to spot them and contacting police right away.

“It seems like there has been a spike in [counterfeit bills],” Barkas said, “but people are catching them.”

 

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Conviction Upheld In 2006 Shooting Murder In Quincy

A 49-year old Mattapan man will remain in prison, sentenced to life without parole for the Jan. 9, 2006 murder of Jamal Vaughn outside a Quincy apartment, the state’s highest court ruled Friday (Feb. 24), according to Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey.

In a 24-page decision, the Supreme Judicial Court rejected both Deryck Long’s appeal and his motion for new trial, according to District Attorney Morrissey. The court had heard arguments on the case on Oct. 11, 2016.

“We are gratified that the SJC has affirmed the first-degree murder conviction and rejected Long’s claims that mistakes by his attorney and a motions judge should disturb the verdict,” Morrissey said. “Although the murder precedes my tenure as District Attorney, my review of the evidence shows very clearly that Long drove to Willard Street in Quincy that night armed and with the intention of murdering Mr. Vaughn. I am pleased for Mr. Vaughn’s family and friends that the SJC has put this to rest.”

Long was convicted by a Norfolk Superior Court jury in 2011. Hours before the murder, Long and Vaughn had been in a brief altercation while Long was retrieving belongings from an apartment where he had frequently stayed with a former girlfriend.

“The investigation by Quincy Police and State Police detectives attached to the District Attorney’s Office put together a solid body of evidence,” Morrissey said. “They deserve great credit for the strength of that investigation; Assistant District Attorneys Pamela Alford, who argued the appeal, and ADA Craig Kowalski deserve recognition for the hard work that led to this successful result.”

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Police Searching For Suspects After Gas Station Armed Robbery

Quincy police are asking the public for any information connected to an armed robbery at a local gas station earlier this week.

According to a posting on the Quincy Police Department’s Facebook page, on Tuesday Feb. 21, at approximately 9:12 p.m., Quincy police officers were dispatched to Prestige Gas, located at 9 Franklin St., Quincy for a report of an armed robbery.

On arrival officers were met by the cashier. The male cashier stated he was walking in the store from outside when a black male who was masked grabbed him and forced him, at gunpoint, to the floor in the rear of the store. The cashier stated to officers that the suspect held a black pistol to his head and held him on the ground. The cashier then stated there was another masked black male suspect who was watching the front store door.

The armed suspect then demanded the cashier to turn over the store keys. The suspects then observed customers approaching the front door and both fled the store on foot to an awaiting vehicle described as a dark color SUV with a partial MA plate 42K.

The vehicle and the suspects then fled on Franklin St. towards School St.

This incident is very similar to an armed robbery that occurred at Prime Gas, 596 Hancock St., Quincy on Jan. 31, 2017.

If you have any information that may assist in this investigation, you are asked to contact Det. Ed Bagley at 617.745.5766 or ebagley@quincyma.gov. You may also submit a tip using our MyPD app.

A video of the robbery can be viewed on the Quincy Police Facebook page.

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