Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Kion THOMAS (Attempt to Commit Crime)

On January 15th, 2018, I, Officer Devin Schneider, was in full uniform while assigned to marked cruiser East-1 during the 4pm-12am shift. The following report is a summary of the events that I witnessed, as they pertain to incident #18003133:

At 6:01pm, I responded to 6X Bonair Street, for a report of a male trying to force his way into the reporting person’s vehicle. Officer Michael McCarey (East-4) was dispatched as well, and began to conduct a search of the area. I met with the reporting person, XXXXX. XXXXX was visibly upset, shaking and crying. I learned the following information based on XXXXX’s statements to me:

XXXXX had parked her vehicle along the street that she lives on, while speaking to her father through her cell phone. She observed a black male, wearing a face mask that covered up to his eyes, dark cargo pants, and a black hooded sweatshirt, who approached her vehicle. The male then appeared at her window and knocked hard against the glass several times. The male attempted to open the car door, and XXXXX could hear the door handle slam shut, as the car door was locked. The male then banged on the glass window again. The male did not say anything during the interaction. XXXXX put her keys in the ignition, started her vehicle, and fled the area. The male jogged down the street until she couldn’t see him anymore. XXXXX called her husband, who came and got her.

Officer McCarey informed me over the radio that he had located a male who matched the clothing description, located in front of xx Melvin Street. Melvin Street intersects with Bonair Street, and I responded to the scene, along with plain clothes Detective Mark Pulli. The male identified himself as Kion THOMAS. THOMAS was wearing a black hooded sweater, face mask, and khaki cargo pants. I would note it was dark out, and that THOMAS’s khaki cargo pants appeared darker when not in the light. Additionally,  the temperature outside was approximately 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

THOMAS had a small laceration on his right hand that was bleeding. I asked THOMAS what had happened to his hand, and he stated that he was angry with his “baby momma” and had punched a sign. I asked why he was angry, and he stated that he was supposed to have a visitation with his child, and they were not home. I then questioned if THOMAS had encountered the victim on Bonair Street, and he denied any involvement.

I returned to XXXXX and completed a show-up identification form with her, providing her with all the advisement listed on the form. With XXXXX sitting in the back of my cruiser, I drove to THOMAS’s location on Melvin Street. As we pulled up to THOMAS, XXXXX immediately stated: “That’s him on the right.” I would note that THOMAS was standing to the right of Detective Pulli and Officer McCarey. I asked XXXXX how sure she was, and she stated: “pretty darn sure.”

I returned to Melvin Street, where I read Thomas his rights pursuant to Miranda from a pre-printed card. THOMAS stated that he understood his rights, and indicated that he did not wish to speak with me. I placed THOMAS under arrest for attempting to commit the crime of: Breaking and Entering in the Nighttime for a Felony, (handcuffs double locked.) THOMAS was transported back to the police station in prisoner transport unit 200, operated by Officer Daniel Haley. THOMAS was booked in the usual manner by the Commanding Officer, Lt. William Rymill.

XXXXX completed a written statement of the incident. Both the statement and the show-up ID form were entered into evidence in the usual manner. I learned post arrest of a conversation that Thomas had with Officer McCarey and Detective Pulli, where Thomas alleged that he had banged on the window of XXXXX’s car because he wanted to use her phone to call his child’s mother.

Respectfully submitted,

Officer Devin Schneider

Badge #295

Somerville Police Department

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