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Dorchester man in custody for attempting to kidnap a woman downtown.

From BPD News:

At about 3:19 AM on Sunday, February 9, 2020, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a person screaming in the area of 39 Winchester Street in Boston. On arrival, officers were approached by the female victim who stated two males had grabbed her and attempted to force her into a vehicle. While speaking with the victim, officers observed a black motor vehicle running with the driver’s door open inside of the parking lot across from where the victim was. While conducting a query of the vehicle, an unknown male appeared and ran toward the open driver’s door of the vehicle. Officers commanded the male to stop, but he refused. The male then entered the vehicle and fled the parking lot onto Arlington Street. The operator continued to flee from officers, violating numerous auto laws before coming to a stop inside a private lot on Warrenton Street. Officers exited their cruisers and approached the male who was identified and placed into custody.

Concurrently, officers spoke with the victim who stated she had been at a birthday party at a local nightclub and that the suspect was a mutual friend who had offered to drive the victim home. The victim stated that while she was in the backseat of the suspect’s vehicle, she told the suspect that she wanted to leave and when she attempted to exit, the suspect grabbed the victim and told her that she was going to leave with him. The victim again stated she wanted to leave and that she was going to order a rideshare to bring her home and when she attempted to exit, the suspect responded by grabbing the victim and pushing her up against a brick wall. The victim stated a second male who was present during the altercation disagreed with the suspect and fled the scene. The victim stated she overheard the suspect tell the other male that he was going to grab the victim again, causing the victim to call police.

Officers arrested Tony Santos, 31-years-old, of Dorchester. Santos is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Attempting to Commit a Crime (Kidnapping), Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Failure to Stop for Police, and Speeding.

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