Over the course of the last month, detectives investigated two unarmed robberies that occurred on February 18, 2021. The first occurred at approx. 4:45am, outside of 95 W. Squantum St. A 69-year-old Asian male was walking towards the NQ train station when attacked and his lunch bag stolen. The victim suffered serious injuries in the attack and has been hospitalized since the incident.
The second robbery occurred on the same day, at approx 9:55 PM on West Squantum Street, by Division St. A 55-year-old Asian female had her shoulder bag stolen from her as she walked home from the NQ train station. The victim was not injured.
Based on a thorough investigation, which included interviewing witnesses and viewing surveillance footage from local businesses and residences, detectives identified the individuals involved in these two robberies. On Friday, March 12, 2021, detectives applied for, and were granted, arrest warrants for Brian Kenney and his wife Angelina Kenney. A search warrant was also obtained for their residence at 100 West Squantum Street.
Brian Kenney, 34, of Quincy was arrested and charged with one count of Unarmed Robbery on a Person Over 65 and one count of Unarmed Robbery. Angelina Kenney, 38, of Quincy was arrested and charged with one count of Unarmed Robbery on a Person Over 65 (joint venture) and one count of Unarmed Robbery (Joint Venture). Upon the execution of the search warrant, items of evidentiary value were recovered.
We’ve heard and seen many comments that this was a hate crime. Massachusetts criminal law defines a hate crime as “any criminal act coupled with overt actions motivated at least in part by racial, religious, ethnic, handicap, gender or sexual orientation or sexual orientation prejudice, or bias.” After a thorough investigation by detectives in the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, and a review by the Quincy Police Civil Rights Officer, there is no indication that these incidents were motivated by hate. Rather, they were crimes of opportunity and theft was the motivating factor.