Brass Knuckle Brawlers Attack Officers Overnight

At about 12:06 AM on Tuesday May 31, 2022, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) arrested two suspects after responding to a call for an Assault and Battery in the area of School and Province Street in Boston.

On arrival, officers were met by an adult male victim and a witness who informed the officers that the victim had just been attacked by two unknown suspects. The victim stated that he was leaving work at a local restaurant and was making his way to a nearby MBTA Train Station when he was approached by a male and a female who asked him for a cigarette. When the victim told the two parties that he did not have any, they struck him several times with clenched fists as well as an unknown metal object before taking his phone and smashing it on the ground.

As Boston EMS arrived on scene to treat the victim, officers located a female matching the given suspect description, later identified as Latia Smith, 41, of Boston. At the time of the stop, the suspect was wearing a pair of ‘brass knuckles’ on her left hand. The suspect was placed in custody without incident.

At about 12:40 AM, as the officers were standing by with the female suspect awaiting a possible identification procedure, a male later identified as Pablo Castro-Larios, 24, of Malden, suddenly snuck up on one of the officers, striking him in the head with a clenched fist before fleeing on foot. The officer gave chase and soon had the suspect in custody following a brief but violent struggle. At that time, the officer observed that this suspect matched the given description of the male party involved in the initial incident.

Both the male and female suspects were then positively identified on scene and will appear in Boston Municipal Court for arraignment. Latia Smith is charged with the following: Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Dangerous Weapon Unlawfully Carried and Destruction or Injury of Personal Property. Pablo Castro-Lairos is charged with the following: Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Interference with a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Dangerous Weapons Unlawfully Carried and Disturbing the Peace.