Eastie teen arrested for allegedly car-jacking a pizza deliveryman

November 19, 2009
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An East Boston teen has been accused of carjacking a Revere pizza deliveryman at gunpoint Friday in East Boston and was arraigned in Chelsea District and will face additional charges in East Boston District Court.

Toby Ryan, 17, was arraigned in Chelsea Court on charges of armed carjacking, armed robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Ryan was additionally charged in East Boston District Court with receiving a stolen motor vehicle after he was observed allegedly running from the vehicle near his Vallar Road home about an hour later.

Chelsea District Court Judge Benjamin Barnes set bail at $1,500 on the robbery and firearm charges and East Boston District Court Judge Roberto Ronquillo, Jr., set bail at $5,000 for receiving a stolen motor vehicle charge.

Both prosecutors recommended that Ryan’s open bail on an unrelated shoplifting case out of the Boston Municipal Court be revoked. However, neither judge adopted that measure.

A 14-year-old male from East Boston was also taken into custody in connection with the incident and was arraigned Tuesday in the Juvenile Session of Chelsea District Court.

The incident occurred when Revere Police responded to Sumner Street shortly after 6:30 p.m. Friday evening for a report of an armed robbery. Officers spoke to the victim, a Domino’s Pizza deliveryman, who said that he had been robbed at gunpoint by two male assailants in their teens. The assailants, he said, demanded his cash and his car keys. The victim provided the officers with a description of each assailant.

While at the scene, the officers were approached by a witness who said he had knowledge of the incident. That witness told police that the assailants both lived in the Orient Heights housing development.

Revere Police contacted Boston Police, who were familiar with a duo who matched the names given by the witness and the descriptions given by the victims. Revere Police also provided their Boston counterparts with the description and plate number of the victim’s stolen Toyota Corolla.

At about 7:30 p.m., Boston Police observed the stolen car traveling in the area of Vallar Road. The officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but its operator allegedly sped off toward Waldemar Avenue before coming to an abrupt halt. Two occupants dashed from the vehicle, briefly eluding the officers.

Officers familiar with the area and its residents went to the home of a 14-year-old male. That youth’s mother said he was not at home but was with a friend.

The officers then went to the home of Ryan, with whom they were familiar with from previous encounters. Ryan was at his Vallar Road home, allegedly sweating profusely but denying having left the apartment. He was taken into custody.

Other officers continued to search for the second assailant, and found him in the lobby of a Waldemar Avenue building one street over. He was taken into custody as well.

Ryan was represented by attorney Barrett and will return to court on Dec. 15.

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