On the above date , I was dispatched (marked unit East One) with Officer Kim as my back up (marked unit East Four) to 14 Broadway for a report of a fight. En route to the above location dispatch informed all responding units that one of the Suspects was fleeing the scene on Mount Vernon Street. Dispatch described the Suspect as a White male, wearing a gray T-shirt and Khaki shorts.
In an attempt to intercept the Suspect’s path I took a right turn onto George Street from Broadway and from George Street took a left turn onto Lincoln Avenue. As I was making the turn onto Lincoln Avenue I observed a White male fitting the above description running on Lincoln Avenue from Mount Vernon Street, towards George Street. I stopped my marked unit in front of 9 Lincoln Avenue and exited my marked unit. I told the White male to stop and he complied; the White male immediately reached into his cargo pockets; I told him multiple times to take his hands out of his pockets and then I reached for my holster; the White male then decides to run back towards Mount Vernon Street and takes a left down the drive way of 9 Lincoln Avenue, jumps a locked fence with a posted sign that reads “Beware of Dogs”. I yelled a the Suspect to stop as he landed on his feet on the other side of the fence. The Suspect is now in the backyard of 9 Lincoln Avenue. The Suspect ignored my commands and proceeded to climb on top of a garage in an attempt to evade and get away from the Police. I ran around the corner to 11 George Street and found the Suspect attempting to climbed down from the garage, but changed his mind once he saw me running up the driveway of 11 George Street. I lost sight of the Suspect.
I ran back to Lincoln Avenue and made my way to Mount Vernon Street. I then observed the Suspect in the backyard of 21 and 23 Mount Vernon Street. When the Suspect saw me approaching his location he ran across the backyards of 17, 13, and 9 Mount Vernon Street. At this point I lost sight of the Suspect, but a good Samaritan alerted me that he was trying to jump the fence of 9 Mount Vernon Street, which would have giving him access to Broadway and put him within a block away from the City of Charlestown.
The Suspect identified as Brian Howell was apprehended at 9 Mount Vernon Street and placed into custody for Trespass and Resisting Arrest.
A witness to the fight stated to Officer Kim that Mr. Howell was punching and kicking another White male who was on ground.
Officer Henry Diaz
Somerville Police Department