BOSTON, Dec. 31, 2012—A South End man was charged with armed robbery today after he allegedly stole a hair dryer, condoms, cologne, and other items from a man he’d met online, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
MARCUS JACKSON (D.O.B. 8/17/87) was arraigned in West Roxbury District Court today in connection with yesterday evening’s incident. Assistant District Attorney Kristina Kerwin recommended that he be held on $10,000 cash bail and Judge Ernest Sarason set bail at $1,000.
Boston Police responded to the area of the victim’s Morrell Street residence just after 5:00 p.m. after the victim reported that two men were refusing to leave his home. The man further explained that he had met the men on Craigslist and invited them over, but that they had worn out their welcome by stealing from him.
Officers soon spotted Jackson running in the rear of several nearby residences and holding his waistband. When they stopped him, he allegedly stated that he was chasing another man whom he claimed had stolen from his friend.
After repeated orders to move his hands away from his waist, Jackson did so. There, the officers found a hair dryer with the cord tucked into his left front pocket. Also recovered from Jackson’s person were bottles of Bacardi rum, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and Eternity for Men cologne; a stick of deodorant; seven condoms, and a metal case containing about 20 DVDs.
The victim identified Jackson as one of the assailants and identified each of the items as belonging to him. The officers were unsuccessful in locating the second assailant, known only as “Terrance.”
The victim explained to officers that he had invited Jackson and Terrance to his home after meeting them through Craigslist but that they had begun to argue and the men refused to leave.
“If you get a gun, I’ll get my knife and stab you,” Terrance said in the course of the argument, the victim told officers. The victim said the two men had put him in fear for his safety.
The men allegedly went through the victim’s residence, opening drawers and taking various items including his cell phone. The victim left the house and flagged down a snowplow driver, who let him use a cell phone to call 911.
Jackson was represented by attorney Josh Raisler-Cohn. He will return to court on Jan. 18.
All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.