Community Advisory - Harvard Square Armed Suspect Search

August 6, 2019

On Monday, August 5, 2019, at approximately 10:55 PM, the Harvard University Police Department received information from both the Cambridge Police Department and the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) that the Philadelphia Police Department issued a warrant for a murder suspect, Sohan Panjrolia, a 2013 graduate of the Harvard University Extension School, and after an initial investigation, was believed to be in Harvard Square.  Per the Philadelphia Police Department, the suspect was believed to be armed.  This information was shared with all Harvard University Police Department officers who were advised to be on the look out for the suspect.

On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at approximately 11:45 AM, the suspect was potentially observed in the area of JFK and Eliot Street.  At this time, multiple police agencies and officers converged at the location and began to conduct a search of the immediate area.  At approximately 12:35 PM, the suspect was observed in The Garage at the 36 JFK Street.  The suspect was then taken into custody by multiple officers from different agencies subsequently transported to Cambridge Police Department for booking.   No weapons were found on the suspect’s person.  

Harvard University Police Department issued a shelter-in-place alert to the Harvard community in conjunction with the situation, which was followed by a second shelter-in-place message and then an all-clear message after the suspect was taken into custody.       

For questions about this advisory, please contact the Harvard University Police Department's Public Information Officer, Steven G. Catalano, at 617-495-9225 or by email at

Disseminated at 3:45PM on August 6, 2019.