Young Women Robbed in Arboretum

Sign for the Arborway, just around the corner from the main entrance of Arnold Arboretum

Chris Helms

Sign for the Arborway, just around the corner from the main entrance of Arnold Arboretum

Two young women were pushed the ground, robbed and threatened Monday evening in Arnold Arboretum, according to a witness. Police later arrested two of the three alleged robbers and got back the stolen property.

The incident took place about 8 p.m. near the main entrance of the park on the Arborway, according to Boston Police.

Three young men carried out the robbery, according to the account of a witness who saw a trio running away from the scene of the attack. A Jamaica Plain News source spoke to the witness. The source saw two girls speaking with Boston Police after the incident.

Scanner listener @stacos Tweeted the following information just after the incident:

Boston Police, contacted Monday night for confirmation, said they had no reports on the incident. On Tuesday afternoon, police posted an account of the incident on the department’s news site,

Police say three males approached two females who were leaving the Arboretum. One of them demanded the victims’ valuables. The robbers tugged at their waistbands as if to indicate they were armed, police report. They also allegedly told the victims they were in a gang and if the victims told police, their families would be harmed. The robbers pushed the victims to the ground and left on bicycles.

Police broadcast descriptions of the suspects and officers saw two people matching those descriptions on Washington Street in Roslindale. Police arrested Cesar Lara-Aguasvivas, 20, and a 14-year-old, both from Dorchester. The two are charged with armed robbery and buying, receiving or concealing stolen goods.