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7 Arrested for Breaking Into Gov't Center Garage Construction Site in Boston

Boston police said a witness told officers they saw a group of people wearing all black clothing inside the closed construction site at 1 Congress Street around 3:05 a.m. Sunday

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Seven people are facing charges after allegedly breaking into the Government Center garage demolition site in Boston, police said.

According to Boston police, a witness told officers they saw a group of people inside the closed construction site at 1 Congress Street around 3:05 a.m. Sunday. The witness told police the group was wearing all black clothing with masks on their faces, and some were said to be carrying backpacks.

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Officers established a perimeter around the site after being advised not to enter due to the hazardous conditions of the construction site under demolition. The group was seen running along the fence line, and officers were able to arrest six of them as they fled over a fence. The seventh suspect was found nearby shortly after and taken into custody, police said.

Police said those arrested were Jared Subiono, 22, of Boston; Rachel Pincus, 22, of Boston; Richard Tu, 25, of Roxbury; Jiashi Tang, 20, of Roxbury; Michael Yang, 25, of Somerville; Crystal Rhee, 25, of Belmont; and Jingyu Song, 22 of Boston. All are facing charges of breaking and entering and trespassing.

All of the suspects are expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court. Attorney information was not immediately available.

Boston police said the 1 Congress Street demolition site was closed at the time of this incident. The gates were locked and there were numerous signs surrounding the site informing people not to trespass.

The demolition of Boston's Government Center garage resumed last Monday, resulting in the closure of a portion of Congress Street for the remainder of the summer. Demolition of the garage had been on hold since March 26, when several floors collapsed, killing 51-year-old construction worker Peter Monsini.

In late June, the MBTA was forced to suspend Green Line and Orange Line service after it was discovered that at least one support column under the Government Center garage was "severely deteriorated" due to years of water damage. Service was allowed to resume a few days later after the support column was reinforced.

The victim of the Government Center Parking Garage collapse has been identified as construction worker Peter Monsini, who according to his cousin was born with an "Excavator in his hand". "I looked up to him, he taught me a lot," said Richard Monsini, Peter's cousin and friend.
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