Three fugitives arrested in Boston

Boston police and US Marshals arrested three fugitives Tuesday, including two men from Boston, and a Florida man wanted for child rape, in connection with separate incidents, police said.

Authorities located and arrested Johnathan Kirkland, 25, of Florida in Dorchester after he fled the state “in an effort to avoid and evade capture,” police said in a statement.


Kirkland was wanted in Ocala, Fla., for rape of a child, the statement said.

He was charged with being a fugitive from justice and is awaiting rendition to Florida, police said.

Charles Phillips, 29, and Romando Joseph, 28, both of Boston, were arrested separately in South Boston, according to the statement.

Police said Phillips was wanted for an incident on Feb. 4 in Charlestown in which he allegedly stabbed a female victim multiple times during an altercation. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Phillips was charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, the statement said.


Joseph was arrested on a charge of threats made on Feb. 1 in Mattapan, when he allegedly threatened to hurt or kill several individuals in the area, police said.

In the statement, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said the arrests show the department’s commitment to “apprehending any individual who thinks it’s okay to hurt or harm any member of our community.”

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