Man threatened with taser in Hyde Park sneaker holdup attempt; bystanders intervene

A Hyde Park man faces charges he started firing a taser at a man he and another guy were trying to rob last week.

Meshach Sicot, 19, didn't get a chance to actually shock his victim Feb. 10 on Greenwood Avenue because several people who watched the attempted robbery unfold intervened, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:

The witnesses told police that the man was seen menacing a male victim on the street; when confronted by witnesses, Sicot walked away. The victim informed Boston Police that he had traveled from Medford to sell a pair of Jordan sneakers for $550 in a deal arranged on Facebook. When the victim refused the purported buyer's demand to give up the sneakers without payment, Sicot allegedly produced a Taser and approached the victim with the weapon sparking electricity, prosecutors said. Passersby observed the victim backing away from Sicot and intervened.

According to the DA's office, the victim journeyed to Hyde Park after reaching a deal with a third person on Facebook to sell a pair of Jordans for $550.

Sicot had bail set at $1,000 on charges of armed assault with intent to rob and assault with a dangerous weapon. He was also ordered to wear a GPS monitor and abide by a curfew if he makes bail. Judge Paul McManus denied a request by prosecutors to revoke his bail in another case in which he is charged with counterfeiting, larceny and uttering.

The DA's office reports police are looking for a second man, possibly the one with whom the victim made his online deal in connection with the failed robbery:

As the officer attempted to turn his cruiser around on Greenwood Avenue, a male repeatedly walked in front of the cruiser in an apparent attempt to prevent the officer from pursuing the assailant. The man was identified as the same man who had arranged to purchase the sneakers from the victim. These actions and the snowbanks lining the street forced the officer to chase after Sicot on foot.

Also still missing: The taser.

Innocent, etc.

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What is the crime of uttering

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Saying something stupid? Just about all these criminals would be guilty of that - but I've never heard of it before.

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Fraud

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Specifically, fraud by forged instrument. Like counterfeiting, but not with money, I think? Or possibly the act of passing, not creating, funny money?

Something like that.

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You Got It

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Forgery is creating the phony money, check, signature, etc. Uttering it is presenting the thing as genuine.

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I also like how you can charge uttering and forgery.....

At the same time.

The law book im looking at refers to an 1871 case where a man was charged with adultery, and lewd and lacivious cohabitation with another person. The court said both charges could stick and the man did 2 years hard labor!

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There are so many laws on the

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There are so many laws on the books nowadays, that often a single discrete act can be a dozen different "crimes" at once. Prosecutors will often use this to their advantage in order to coerce people into taking a deal.

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Uttering.

Is basically fraudulently offering a forged document as genuine.

1. A suspect, with intent to injure or defraud, knowingly.....

2. uttered and published as true....

3. A forged or altered document or record of apparent legal significance.

things that can be uttered:

A record or document of "any public officer"
, deed, will, insurance policy, power of attorney, promissory note, check, money order, credit card, travelers check, certificate of title, stock certificate, endorsement on a bill of exchange, or any evidence or muni ent of title to property

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Snow removal...

...will never make it to the neighborhoods.

the snowbanks lining the street forced the officer to chase after Sicot on foot.

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