The Post reported incorrectly yesterday that four Air Force police SWAT teams participated in a Mississippi raid in which a woman was captured who is wanted in connection with last week's Brink's holdup in New York. FBI and military officials said Air Force police did not participate in the raid.
Authorities in Mississippi and New York yesterday arrested two women in connection with last week's Brink's holdup in New York.
After an all-night stakeout in the Mississippi woods, more than 100 police and FBI agents, joined by four Air Force police SWAT teams, raided a farmhouse and arrested Cynthia Priscilla Boston, the minister of information for a black separatist group called the Republic of New Africa (RNA), characterized by the FBI as a terrorist group. Boston gave up "without incident" at dawn yesterday, according to a bureau spokesman. No shots were fired.
And last night authorities in New York arrested Eve Rosahn, whose car was used in the Oct. 20 robbery at a shopping mall in Nanuet, N.Y.
The FBI is continuing to search for Boston's husband, William Johnson, a reported Black Liberation Army (BLA) activist who has been named by the FBI as a conspirator, with Boston, in the shootout, and Donald Weems, an escapee from a New Jersey prison.
Rosahn was arrested on charges of criminal facilitation in the Brink's holdup. She was being held without bail. Last Friday she was freed on bond on charges stemming from a demonstration against the Springboks, the touring South African rugby team.
The bloody Brink's robbery, in which two police officers and one Brink's guard were killed, has become a subject of national interest.
With members of the radical Weather Underground and the BLA arrested as suspects, law-enforcement officials have theorized that the groups may have combined forces and may have been responsible for a number of other armed robberies in the New York area.
The bungled holdup, which has resulted in the arrest of seven persons and the shooting death of another, also uncovered information regarding alleged "safe houses," manuals on the construction of bombs and the diagrams of six New York police precinct houses.
Yesterday's arrests, according to a complaint filed by the FBI in U.S. District Court, came as a result of a raid on one of those "safe houses." The day after the robbery, on Oct. 21, police and FBI agents searched an apartment in Mount Vernon, north of New York City.
They missed by hours a number of suspects, including Samuel Smith, a BLA activist who was killed by New York City police in a shootout here last Friday.
Their search, however, yielded a bloody mattress, bloody clothes, ammunition and the fingerprints of suspect-at-large William Johnson.
Police were also able to learn, from interviews with the building superintendent and his wife, that a number of people had been seen that day emptying the contents of the apartment into a tan van.
The persons identified included Boston, Johnson, Samuel Smith and Donald Weems, a former Black Panther whose criminal record, according to United Press International, includes armed robbery, arson and attempted murder, and who escaped from a New Jersey prison in 1978.
Also identified was Marilyn Jean Buck, a BLA leader who allegedly had rented several of the safe houses under an alias. One of the cars used in the Brink's holdup also allegedly had been registered to Buck.
In its complaint the FBI says surveillances by the FBI and the New Orleans Police Department led them to believe that Boston and Johnson had fled to New Orleans and then to Gallman, Miss., where Boston was seized yesterday.
In New York, however, FBI spokesman Richard Bretzing said that the van was spotted by local law-enforcement officials in Mississippi, and that the farmhouse in which Boston was arrested was owned by the RNA group.
Founded in Detroit in 1968, and espousing the cause of founding a separate black nation in Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama, the RNA has had a troubled past in Mississippi.
In 1971, according to reporters at The Clarion Ledger in Jackson, police and FBI agents raided the RNA headquarters in Jackson. A shootout followed in which an FBI agent and a police officer were killed.
Boston, who reportedly lives in New Orleans, was not known to have been involved in that incident. The FBI's Bretzing, at a news conference in New York yesterday, said Boston had "an extensive arrest record" and "associated with leaders of the BLA and with Joanne Chesimard," a leader of the BLA.
In other developments in the Brink's robbery, Nathanial Burns, a former Black Panther who was arrested after the Friday shootout in which Smith was killed, was arraigned in a Queens hospital and pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of attempted murder.
Hospital spokesmen said he was in "fair condition," with multiple cuts and bruises and an inflamed pancreas. His attorney, William Kunstler, said Burns had been beaten by police for 4 1/2 hours after his arrest and that he had been burned with a cigarette.
Kunstler also said police held a gun to Burns' head four times and pulled the trigger on an empty chamber, UPI reported.
Queens Assistant District Attorney Edward Aleksey denied those charges. Burns, he said, had resisted arrest, and had received his injuries during a "wild fight" with police. Burns was arrested only after his 9-mm pistol jammed.
Elsewhere, FBI officials attempted to question Rita Jensen, a Connecticut reporter who had shared an apartment with Brink's robbery suspect Kathy Boudin.
Jensen, a reporter for The Stanford Advocate, told her employer that she was unaware of Boudin's identity. According to the FBI, Jensen has refused to be interviewed. Neither Jensen nor her attorney, Martin Stolar, was available for comment.