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Robbery suspect arrested, others still sought

Brookline Police Department officers are still searching for the second suspect in Jan. 19’s armed robbery near Boston University after the first suspect was arraigned in Brookline District Court Thursday, Brookline Police officials said.

Brookline Police arrested Evan Holmes, a 29-year-old Quincy resident, on Thursday, said Brookline Police Lt. Philip Harrington. He was arraigned the same day at 2 p.m. and pleaded not guilty to three counts of armed robbery, one victim of which was a BU student.

Holmes is being held on $25,000 bail, Harrington said.

Harrington said an arrest warrant has been issued for Holmes’s alleged accomplice Tyler Mauritson, 27 and also from Quincy, who remains at large. He is described as 6-foot-2, weighing about 195 pounds and having brown eyes and hair.

Holmes and Mauritson allegedly robbed three people at 12:15 a.m. on Jan. 19. All three victims were college students, one of whom attends BU.

Holmes showed the students a black pellet gun and stole bags, wallets and cellphones, Harrington said.

Harrington said Brookline Police and Boston University Police Department are still investigating the other two robberies from Jan. 18 and Jan. 19. There have been no arrests made in either case.

“BU has its own very well respected police department and they work very well with us here in Brookline,” Harrington said. “Unfortunately, for lack of a better word, it’s a target-rich environment with a lot of young people out there walking around, displaying their iPhones.”

The first robbery occurred at 1065 Commonwealth Ave., next to the Shaw’s Supermarket at about 11 p.m. on Jan. 18. Two males allegedly robbed a BU student.

The first suspect was described as a thin, white male standing 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 wearing a North Face jacket and with a possible right-eyebrow piercing. The second suspect was described as an Asian male of muscular build.

The other robbery occurred at about 1 a.m. Jan. 19, just 45 minutes later, on Babcock Street. A female BU student was pushed to the ground by what she described as a black male. The male suspect, accompanied by a black female, entered a black sedan and drove away. They stole a cellphone and a small amount of cash.

Harrington said students should conceal electronics while walking at night and stay in groups.

“We stress people not to walk around with their iPhones and ear buds in,” Harrington said. “Being distracted, they should be aware of their surroundings at night, be cautious and be alert.”

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