Man arrested at Kerry's home has prior charges
BOSTON (WHDH) -- A West Roxbury man was charged with public drinking after authorities stopped him while he was taking photos of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Beacon Hill home.
Kerry was visiting his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, as the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Sunday afternoon when Boston police were called by State Department Security agents guarding Kerry’s Louisburg Square home.
Police asked Vladimir Romanov, 29, why he was taking pictures of a window of Kerry’s house.
He told them: “He stated that he was taking the picture in order to show a friend of his in jail the bars on the windows. He then deleted this photo in front of the authorities,” said prosecutor Neil Flynn.
Romanov would have been released on personal recognizance for the public drinking charge, but the judge revoked his bail on a previous charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. Police said last April Romanov tried to extort money from a man while trying to attack him with a hammer at a Metro PCS in Quincy.
In this weekend’s case as well as the case in April, Romanov reportedly smelled of alcohol.
Police said outside of Kerry’s home, Romanov could only produce Russian identification. They said they confiscated an open bottle of blackberry brandy, a pellet gun, three cell phones and come CO2 cartridges from his car.
Romanov also has an open drunk driving charge out of Waltham from last November.