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Boston Man Charged with Robbing Three Businesses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Boston man has been charged for allegedly robbing three Boston businesses.  

Akeem Lahens, 33, was charged by criminal complaint with one count of affecting commerce by armed robbery. Lahens is currently in state custody on related charges and will appear in federal court in Boston at a later date. 

According to the charging documents, a series of commercial armed robberies occurred in Boston in late April and early May 2023: the armed robbery of Boost Mobile in Jamaica Plain on April 26, 2023; the armed robbery of Cricket Wireless in Jamaica Plain on April 27, 2023; and the armed robbery of Dunkin Donuts in Dorchester on May 4, 2023. Law enforcement believed that the robberies were connected and the perpetrator was likely the same person, as the suspect’s appearance in surveillance footage and witnesses descriptions was the same. Additionally, in each of the robberies, the suspect allegedly brandished two large knives, made a verbal demand for money, forcibly took money from the store and forced or attempted to force the victims into a rear room or bathroom of the store. 

On May 5, 2023 Lahens was arrested on state charges related to the armed robberies. It is alleged that during a search of Lahens’ residence in Dorchester on May 6, 2023 two knives and sandals allegedly worn by the robber in the April 26, 2023 robbery were recovered.  

According to court records, at the time of the armed robberies, Lahens was on federal supervised release after pleading guilty on April 26, 2021 in the Southern District of New York to five counts of robbery. Lahens was sentenced to 30 months of in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.  

The charge of affecting commerce by armed robbery provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Christopher DiMenna, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox; and Michael A. Davis, Vice President Campus Safety and Chief of Police at Northeastern University made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney David G. Tobin of the Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case. 

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated August 21, 2023

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