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Police Announce Arrests Of Two Officers For Armed Robbery, Assault

August 26, 1989 GMT

BOSTON (AP) _ Two city police officers were charged Friday with armed robbery and assault in incidents that netted them $140, a department spokesman said.

Police said the charges involved two incidents in which the two officers allegedly worked together.

Dwight Allen, 28, and Alan C. James, 30, both of Boston, were arrested after a four-day investigation indicated they were involved in the robberies, said William Celester, deputy superintendent of Boston’s Roxbury and Mattapan districts.

The offenses occurred between 11 p.m. Aug. 19 and 1 a.m. Aug. 20 in a busy section of Mattapan, Celester said.

According to police, in the first incident, one person was robbed and two companions were assaulted and in the second, money was taken from one individual.

The police report said that in the second incident, one of the officers put a handgun to his victim’s neck and identified himself as a police officer.

Department spokesman James Jordan said it was the first time he could remember that a Boston police officer had been arrested on robbery charges.

″We’ve had incidents where acts of alleged corruption have led to arrests,″ he said. ″But this is the first of its type, a robbery.″

Allen and James were arraigned Friday afternoon on multiple charges of robbery and assault by means of a dangerous weapon. Bail was set at $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety.

The officers, both recruited within the last four years, were off duty and in street clothes at the time of the alleged robberies, police said.

They had at least one gun from which shots may have been fired, Celester said. No injuries were reported in either incident.

Police were tracking a third man, who was not immediately identified, officials said.

Celester said the arrests were more a boost than a blow to department morale.

″Nobody wants to see a bad police officer and when we do, we act without shedding a tear,″ Celester said. ″They worked for us and we clean our own laundry.″