Two Arraigned in Christmas Eve Robbery

BOSTON, Dec. 27, 2012—Two Dorchester men were arraigned this week for allegedly robbing a man at gunpoint on Christmas Eve, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

At proceedings yesterday in Dorchester District Court, JOHN CESAR (D.O.B. 3/13/92) and ANTIOWANE DAVIS (D.O.B. 8/30/93) were arraigned on charges of armed robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm; Davis was additionally arraigned on a breaking and entering charge.  Assistant District Attorney Michael DiStefano requested Cesar’s bail be set at $25,000 and Davis’ at $50,000.  Judge Robert N. Tochka ordered $5,000 bail for Cesar at $10,000 for Davis.

According to prosecutors, the two men approached a 20-year-old Dorchester man in the area of Carruth and Minot streets at 12:20 p.m. on Christmas Eve.  The men questioned the victim about where he was from and what he was doing in the area. The men also said they themselves were from Dorchester Avenue.

One of the men, later identified as Davis, lifted his jacket to reveal a black handgun in his waistband, prosecutors said. The other man, later identified as Cesar, allegedly said, “Give me your stuff.”  The suspects then took the victim’s wallet and iPhone and ran in the direction of Adams Street.

The victim provided police with a detailed physical description of the suspects and their clothing. As a result, additional officers attempted to stop two men meeting those descriptions in front of the Boston Public Library branch on Adams Street.  Instead, prosecutors said, Cesar ran through backyards and was apprehended on Ashmont Street, while Davis fled down the dead-end Souther Road, where he allegedly discarded the black cap he was wearing during the armed robbery.

An off-duty Boston police officer spotted the black hat in the middle of the street in front of one Souther Road address and saw Davis walking out of another.  Further investigation revealed that a screen door to the residence Davis was seen exiting had been ripped and a sweatshirt matching the one worn by the suspect during the robbery was found inside the enclosed porch, prosecutors said.

A loaded Hi-Point .380 Caliber handgun with one chambered round was found under a nearby porch, according to prosecutors. When contacted, the resident of that building stated that the gun didn’t belong to anyone at that address.

Cesar and Davis will return to court on Jan. 9.


All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.