One Less Gun: BPD Officers Recover Firearm Following Call for Shots Fired in the area of Brook Ave in Roxbury

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ONE LESS GUN: At about 3:03am, on Friday, October 19, 2018, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 42 Brook Avenue in Roxbury. On arrival, officers located ballistic evidence in the immediate area. While still on scene, officers learned that the person seen firing the shots may have entered a home in the area. While directing their flashlights on the house at 42 Brook Ave, officers observed an individual on the second floor duck down in an attempt to conceal himself. A search of the dwelling enabled officers to locate an individual hiding under a bed on the second floor. While talking to the suspect, officers quickly ascertained that the individual did not live at the address. A more extensive search of the location with help from a BPD K-9 Officer and his partner, Rocky, enabled officers to discover and recover a firearm (see photo) and empty magazine found in a bedroom closet.

Officers arrested Carlos Barros, 32, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way and Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, October 19, 2018

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 3

Residential Break-ins: 5
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

 

BPD in the Community: Members of the BPD Basketball Take the Court against the Defending City League Champions, the Tech Boston Bears!!!

#BPDinTheCommunity: Members of the BPD Basketball Team certainly had their hands full when they recently took to the floor against the defending City League Champions, the Tech Boston Bears, who beat the BPD hoopsters by 5 points. Final score aside, our officers had a great time and felt like winners just the same given fact that improved relationships and mutual respect appeared to be rule the day. Said one of our officers, “Hats off to the kids from Tech Boston. They’re definitely a talented team and it you can see why they won the City League last year. For us, though, it’s less about the final score and more about finding a forum where we can connect with the kids on their level while fostering friendships, trust and mutual respect. And, we did that tonight.”

Thanks to Everybody who Stopped by 'Coffee with a Cop' Graciously Hosted by Au Bon Pain on Huntington Ave

#BPDinTheCommunity: Our officers had great time meeting community members, making new friends, listening to concerns while focusing on ways to make our city safer at #CoffeeWithACop recently hosted by the nice folks at the @AuBonPain at 100 Huntington Ave in Boston. As we always say, our relationship with the community is essential to making our city safer.

Boston Police Department Remembers Service and Sacrifice of the 1st Ever BPD Officer Killed in the Line Duty 161 Years Ago

Boston Police Department Remembers Service and Sacrifice of the 1st Ever BPD Officer Killed in the Line Duty 161 Years Ago: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer Ezekiel Hodsdon who was shot and killed in the line of duty on this very day 161 years ago. On October 18, 1857, Officer Hodsdon was on foot patrol when he arrested a suspect in connection to several burglaries in the area of Maverick and Havre Streets. While Officer Hodsdon was taking the suspect into custody, a second man intervened and began to interfere with the arrest. During the ensuing altercation, the second man brandished a firearm and shot Officer Hodsdon in the head. Nearby officers, who heard both the altercation and noise of the gunshot, rushed to the scene but arrived too late to apprehend the suspects. The officers promptly rendered aid to their fallen comrade and carried him to Station 7 in East Boston. Later in the day, Officer Hodsdon would succumb to his injuries. Given Hodsdon’s popularity in the neighborhood, news of his shooting spread quickly and soon hundreds of incensed community members converged on the scene to join in the search for the two men wanted in connection to his murder. Despite the large search party, the suspect who shot Hodsdon was able to escape the area and evade capture. Almost a year later, however, the man who shot Hodsdon, William McNulty, was found hiding under an alias in a New Hampshire prison. However, due to poor health, McNulty was granted a pardon for his crime.  

Hodsdon was 26-years-old at the time of his death. Making his death ever more tragic, he was survived by his wife and infant son.

Hodsdon is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, MA. His name is on the National Law Enforcement Memorial: Panel 50, West Line 26.

A Hero Sign and granite memorial is posted in memory of Officer Ezekiel Hodsdon at the corner of Havre and Maverick Streets in East Boston on District A-7 (East Boston). Should you find yourself in that area, please keep an eye out for Hodsdon’s Hero Sign and, if time allows, take a second to say a prayer and acknowledge the service and sacrifice of a brave soul who died protecting and serving our city while also recognizing the hurt, heartache and hardship endured by a family forced to cope and come to grips with the loss of a husband, father and friend who never came home.   

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, October 18, 2018

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 0
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, October 18, 2018

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 0
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

 

Recent survey on YouGov.com says the Boston Police Department is one of the best police departments in the country

Survey Ranks the Boston Police Department as One of the Best in the Country: According to a recent survey in YouGov.com, an online organization specializing in global public opinion and data polling, the Boston Police Department is one of the most well-liked and well-respected police departments in the country. The survey found that Boston ranks 2nd out of the 20 largest, most populous cities in America with nearly 80% of those polled saying that they enjoy a ‘very good’ relationship with the men and women of the Boston Police Department. Denver ranked highest with an approval rating slightly ahead of Boston. Said Commissioner William Gross, “I couldn’t be more proud of the work being done by my officers 24/7/365 to protect and serve one of the greatest cities in America. When it comes to commitment, compassion and professionalism, the men and women of the Boston Police Department are as good as they come. And, although I can’t say I’m surprised by the positive results of the poll, I can say it reaffirms what many of us already know and that’s the fact the Boston Police Department is one of the best in the country.”

To read the full results of the polling, please click on the attached link:

https://today.yougov.com/topics/politics/articles-reports/2018/10/15/chicago-police-citizens-relationship

UPDATE: Victim Identified, BPD Investigators Seeking Public’s Help in Effort to Solve Fatal Shooting in the area of 47 Charles Street in Dorchester

UPDATE: Victim Identified, BPD Investigators Seeking Public’s Help in Effort to Solve Fatal Shooting in the area of 47 Charles Street in Dorchester: In ongoing efforts to identify those responsible for the shooting death of a 24-year-old female in Dorchester, BPD Homicide Detectives are seeking additional help from the public. At about 9:36pm, on Monday, October 15, 2018, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to an outside scene for a person shot in the area of Charles and Ditson Streets in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a 24-year-old female victim suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, who was pronounced deceased at the scene, has since been identified as Alicia Restrepo, 24, of Boston

As investigators continue to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident, they are seeking help from residents and community members who may have been in the areas of Leroy Street, Ditson Street, Charles Street and Geneva Avenue at the time of incident. Anyone with information, regardless of how minor or small it may appear, is strongly encouraged to contact Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma. 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 2
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 6
Commercial Break-ins: 2

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Harambee Park Playground in Dorchester Named in Honor and Memory of BPD Sergeant Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds

Harambee Park Playground in Dorchester Named in Honor and Memory of BPD Sergeant Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds: On Monday, October 15, 2018, Mayor Martin Walsh, Commissioner William Gross and the men and women of the BPD gathered at Harambee Park in Dorchester to name a portion of the park in honor and memory of Sgt. Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds who died in the line of duty as a result of injuries sustained in the days after the attack on the 2013 Boston Marathon.      

Said Mayor Martin Walsh, “I’m so proud to name this new playground and courts after Sergeant Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds. He was a Boston hero and residents will honor him when visiting the park that now bears his name. His spirit and service to the citizens of our city should never be forgotten and, thanks to today’s ceremony and the naming of this playground, it never will.”

Said Commissioner William Gross, “The promise and pledge we make to any officer who dies in the line of duty while protecting and serving the citizens of our fine city is to never forget their service and sacrifice. No doubt, Sgt. Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds made that sacrifice in the days that followed the attack on our Boston Marathon in 2013 when bravely responded to Watertown to confront those responsible for the attack and it’s certainly reaffirming and right that his spirit and sacrifice should forever live on in the naming of the courts and playground here at Harambee Park where young people for years to come will come to know and learn about the person, police officer and hero that was Sgt. Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds.”

Offered DJ’s younger sister, Nicole Simmonds, “My greatest fear was that DJ and his service would somehow be forgotten, but the naming of this park in his honor shows me and my family that DJ’s spirit will never be forgotten. For a long time, my older brother, DJ, watched over me and I know he will do the same for all who come here to play. This is his playground and I know he’ll be watching over and keeping safe all who come here to gather and play. Lastly, in his honor, I ask that this playground also be a place where cops and community members can come together as one and feel the support and strength of a hero who will continue to watch over the city he was honored to protect and serve.”   

Sergeant Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds, a 5-year veteran of the department, was 28-years-old at the time of his passing.     

According to the Parks and Recreation Department, the opening of the Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds playground marks the completion of the first phase renovation of Harambee Park, a 44-acre active recreation parkland located at 930 Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester. The 2nd phase, budgeted for an additional $3.5 million, will include the construction of two natural turf multi-sport fields for soccer and lacrosse with construction slated for the summer of 2019.  

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Monday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 4
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Bravely Disarm Armed Suspect Caught Trespassing in Roxbury

ONE LESS GUN: At about 12:13 AM, on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a loud disturbance in the area of 70 Annunciation Road. Specifically, officers were responding to complaint relative to a group of males being boisterous and loud while drinking in public. When officers arrived, they observed several individuals standing in front of 70 Annunciation Road. Upon seeing the approaching officers, one of the individuals quickly turned around and ran inside the building. As officers tried to give chase, several individuals attempted to block and impede the officers’ efforts to further engage the suspect. When officers resumed their foot pursuit, they observed the suspect exit the building. Upon catching up to him, officers promptly noted that, in addition to trespassing, he appeared nervous and extremely jumpy. A pat frisk of the suspect for weapons proved unsuccessful. However, believing the suspect had likely discarded a weapon when he ran away from the officers, a search of the immediate area was conducted. In short time, officers observed and recovered a loaded silver and black firearm (see photo) found on the ground near where the suspect had exited the building.  

Officers arrested Adrian Fernandes, 18, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way and Trespassing.

Death Investigation in the area of 47 Charles Street in Dorchester

 

Death Investigation in the area of 47 Charles Street in Dorchester: At about 9:36pm, on Monday, October 15, 2018, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to an outside scene for a person shot in the area of Charles and Ditson Streets in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a 24-year-old female victim suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly encouraged to contact Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma. 

Boston 72 and Public Journal for Monday, October 15, 2018

Data includes 72 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 3
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 4
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 25

Residential Break-ins: 8
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

 

BPD in the Community: Commissioner Gross Stops by the Michael Bivins HS Basketball Jamboree for Peace at Madison Park High

BPD in the Community: Commissioner Gross Stops by the Michael Bivins HS Basketball Jamboree for Peace at Madison Park High School: On Sunday, October 14, 2018, Commissioner Gross had the pleasure of catching up with one of Boston’s favorite sons and music legend, Michael Bivins of Bell Biv Devoe and New Edition fame, earlier today when he stopped by Madison Park High School to offer his support and praise for the Michael Bivins High School Basketball Jamboree for Peace which consisted of 16 teams, both boys and girls, from Boston and surrounding areas. Said Commissioner Gross, “I want to thank Michael Bivins for never forgetting where he came from. This is a man who knows and understands when life is good, there’s an obligation to give something back to the community that supported you. And, if you ask me, there’s no better way to give something back than providing our city’s young people a safe place to play a game they love while promoting peace in our community at the same time.” Earlier this year, on August 10, 2018, the Commissioner was also in attendance when the city officially dedicated and named the newly refurbished basketball court at Ramsay Park in honor of Michael Bivins. That court is forever known as: the Michael L. Bivins Basketball Court.

 

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest Suspect and Recover Loaded Firearm During Investigation in Roxbury

ONE LESS GUN: At about 5:14 PM on Saturday October 13, 2018, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested Nahki Silcott, 21, of Dorchester during an investigation in the area of Quincy Street and Dacia Street in Roxbury. Officers placed the suspect in custody after a brief pursuit at which time they were able to safely recover a loaded .22 caliber Rohm RG10 revolver with a defaced serial number which had been discarded as he fled. The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on numerous charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number.

 

UPDATE: Officers Arrest Two Males Wanted in Connection to Homicide in the area of 76 Homestead Street in Roxbury

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On Friday, October 12, 2018, members of the Fugitive Unit located and apprehended two males wanted in connection to a homicide which occurred on July 7, 2018 in the area of 76 Homestead Street in Roxbury. Officers arrested Demetrius Bennett, 27-years-old, of Dorchester and Adnan Tahlil, 24-years-old, of Roxbury, for outstanding warrants.

Bennett is charged with Murder and Tahlil is charged with Manslaughter. Both males are expected to be arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court.

Death Investigation in the area of Columbia Road and Geneva Ave in Dorchester

 

DEATH INVESTIGATION: At about 9:31 PM, on Friday, October 12, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of Columbia Road and Geneva Avenue in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim in his thirties suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.