Monday, August 7, 2017

Hyde Park man arrested after trying to sell back a phone to it's rightful owner.

Roggers Etienne
On August 6, 2017 at 5:45PM Transit Police officers assigned to the North District received a radio call to respond to the MBTA's Harvard Sq station for a report of stolen cellular telephone. Upon arrival the officer met with the victim who informed the officer she accidently left her Apple iPhone in the unisex restroom located in the unpaid lobby area of the station. When she returned to retrieve her phone it was missing. Utilizing a friend's phone she called her cell phone. No one answered however shortly thereafter the phone the victim used to call her number received a text stating words to the effect the phone would be returned for 200.00 dollars. The victim called her number again this time the phone was answered by a male. The victim and the unknown male negotiated a price of 120.00 for the return of the phone and the victim was given instructions on where to make the exchange.

Transit Police officers responded to the area where the victim was advised to make the exchange and observed the victim and the SP male, later identified as  Roggers Etienne, 23, of Hyde Park conversing. As soon as Etienne noticed the police officers he fled, at this time the victim yelled to the officers Etienne was indeed the male she spoke with and negotiated a price to return her phone. After a lengthy foot chase officers apprehended Etienne on Bow Street near Linden Street in Cambridge. Etienne was placed into custody for Receiving Stolen Property and transported to TPD HQ for the arrest booking process.

media inquiries should be directed to Superintendent Richard Sullivan at

the events listed above are allegations; All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt