Victim’s mom helps Boston police arrest teen who used BB gun to steal headphones and cellphone

A Roxbury teenager who allegedly stole a phone and headphones from a young girl was arrested Tuesday afternoon with some assistance from the girl’s mother, Boston police said.

Police apprehended the 15-year-old after a short foot pursuit along Malcolm X Boulevard and charged him with juvenile delinquency by reason of armed robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon.

Just before 5 p.m., police officers responded to the area of Malcolm X Boulevard and King Street for an armed robbery. They noticed a woman get out of her car and run toward a teenager walking on Malcolm X Boulevard. As she ran toward the teen, the woman pointed at him and shouted that he had stolen her daughter’s headphones, according to Boston police.

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The teenager ran away from the the woman, and after a brief pursuit, was taken into custody, police said. He was found to be carrying a BB gun when arrested, police said.

The woman and the girl told police the teenager was one of three men who robbed her daughter of her cellphone and headphones in the hallway of a residential building on Centre Street. When the victim balked at handing over the items, the teenager allegedly pulled out a firearm and pointed it at the victim, police said.

The other two suspects in the robbery have not been identified, Boston police said.

The Roxbury teenager is expected to appear today in Boston Juvenile Court.