At about 9:01 PM on Wednesday January 20, 2021, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) and members of the Massachusetts State Police responded to a call for a hit and run involving a Boston EMS ambulance in the area of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard in Roxbury. On arrival, officers spoke with EMTs who stated that while travelling through the intersection with their lights and sirens activated, they were struck by a vehicle that failed to stop, causing minor damage to the rear bumper of their ambulance. The operator of the offending vehicle, later identified as Edward Bates, 30, of Andover, then fled the scene on foot. With assistance from additional responding units from District B-2 (Roxbury), C-6 (South Boston), C-11 (Dorchester) and the BPD K-9 Unit, officers set a perimeter and conducted a search for the suspect, eventually locating him several blocks away from the scene, hiding on a rooftop of an industrial building located at 150 Shirley Street in Roxbury. While on the roof, officers observed several “No Trespassing” signs. Officers were able to place the suspect in custody without incident and remove him safely with assistance from members of the Boston Fire Department. Officers continued their investigation, recovering a small plastic bag containing crack cocaine from the suspect’s wallet. Officers also determined that the suspect’s license was suspended.
The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle with Suspended License, Operating within 300’ of Ambulance with Lights and Siren Activated, Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Property Damage), Possession of Class B Drugs and Trespassing.