Cops and Kids Do their Share of Listening & Learning during Youth Police Dialogue Series: Tonight, Wednesday, February 25, 2014, in the latest edition of the Youth Police Dialogue series, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force sat down with kids from the Teen Empowerment Center. During tonight’s discussion, mutual respect took center stage as the cops and kids shared ideas about improving and enhancing the relationship that exists between the kids and the officers sworn to protect and serve them. Said one of the officers attending tonight’s discussion: “I love these discussions with the young people in our community. The conversations are genuine and real and, at the end of the day, we get a chance to better understand the kids and the issues impacting them and, hopefully, they get a chance to better understand that we’re here to help them and answer any questions they may have about how we do our jobs. But, without a doubt, the time we spend interacting with our city’s young people is time well spent.”
The Republic of Georgia on Our Mind & in Our City: A group of law enforcement officers from the Republic of Georgia traveled over 5,000 miles to spend time visiting, observing and learning how officers from the Boston Police Department go about the business of community policing. Specifically, the officers from Georgia were most interested in the relationship building aspect of community policing through youth activities and athletic endeavors, as well as, the importance of partnership building. Said one Georgian official: “We hope this experience will help us develop and strengthen Georgian community-based programs that bring youth and police together to promote positive growth and healthy lifestyles among youth and strengthen community policing practices.” During their stay, members of the Georgian delegation met with Bill Stoddard of the Boston Police Athletic/Activities League, stopped by St. Peter’s Teen Center to watch a basketball game between the kids from the teen center and officers assigned to the BPD’s Bike Patrol Unit, and capped off their two day trip to Boston with a round table discussion with Commissioner Evans and several members of the BPD command staff. During the discussion, a member of the Georgian delegation asked the Commissioner to define the role of the Boston Police Department. In answer to the question, the Commissioner shared the following: “We don’t consider ourselves as just law enforcement. We consider ourselves one of the many community partners working together to make our city safe. It’s a team effort. And when we work together as a team, great things happen.”
Today, Wednesday, February 25, 2015, Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross sat down with New England Cable News (NECN) anchor Latoya Edwards for a conversation about his life, career, and Black History Month. Here are some behind-the-scenes shots of the interview. Be sure to catch the segment, which will air tomorrow, Thursday, February 26, 2015, on NECN.
BPD Officers Track Down & Arrest Individual Wanted in Connection to Three Armed Robberies in Roxbury
The facts and circumstances of the incidents are as follows:
INCIDENT #1: At about 7:10PM, on Thursday, February 12, 2015, officers responded to a call for an armed robbery report that had happened a few hours earlier in the area of Calumet & Pequot Streets. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that he was walking in the area of Calumet & Pequot Streets at about 3:00pm when the suspect (described as a black male with a beard, approximately 6’0” tall, about 240 lbs, wearing a gray winter hat, black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans) approached him, made a gesture to his waist area to suggest he was in possession of a gun and demanded money from the victim. According to the victim, the suspect then led the victim to two different ATM locations where the suspect then ordered the victim to withdraw money. After getting money from both ATM locations, the victim states the suspect took off.
INCIDENT #2: At about 6:57PM, on Friday, February 20, 2015, officers responded to a call for an armed robbery on Calumet Street. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated he was walking on Calumet Street when an unknown black, holding his hand inside his jacket pocket in such a way as if to suggest he was in possession of a gun, walked up to him and demanded money. According to the victim, the suspect then led the victim to a nearby ATM where the suspect then ordered the victim to withdraw money. After getting money from the ATM, the suspect took off. The victim describes the suspect as a black male with scruffy, full facial hair, 25 to 30 years in age, about 200 lbs, wearing a black jacket with a hood and dark pants.
INCIDENT #3: Three days later, at about 8:30PM, on Monday, February 23, 2015, officers responded to a call for an armed robbery at 1576 Tremont Street (Punjab Mini Mart) on Mission Hill. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated he was robbed at gun point by a black male with a full beard, in his 30's, wearing a black coat, black jeans and gloves. The victim states that the suspect approached him in the area of 38 Calumet Street, told him he had a gun, demanded the victim’s money and then led the victim to a nearby ATM, located inside the Punjab Mini Mart, where the suspect ordered the victim to withdraw money. After getting money from the ATM, the suspect took off.
After a complete and thorough investigation, detectives from District B-2 (Roxbury) were able to establish the identity of the suspect wanted in connection to all three incidents. After establishing the suspect’s identity, detectives learned that the suspect was on probation and being monitored by the Massachusetts Probation Service's Electronic Monitoring Program and was last seen in Lynn. On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, with help from the Lynn Police Department, Boston Police detectives were able to locate and apprehend the suspect in the area of 300 Washington Street in Lynn. A search of the suspect enabled officers to locate and seize two black airsoft or replica firearms.
Officers arrested Abram Acevedo, 33, of Boston and charged him with three counts of Armed Robbery and Kidnapping.
Making a Difference: On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, Deputy Superintendent John Brown and Senior Criminalist Kevin Kosiorek spent time with the kids from the BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) Program. The BELL Program is designed to help high school students learn about careers they may want to one day pursue and enter upon graduating from college. Tonight, Deputy Superintendent John Brown and Senior Criminalist Kevin Kosiorek not only talked to the kids about their own careers in law enforcement but they also set some time aside to give the kids a tour of the BPD’s Crime Lab.
At about 8:55 PM on Monday, January 26, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person down in the area of 8 Shetland Street in Roxbury.
Upon arrival in the area, officers observed a male victim lying in the street suffering from stab wounds. The victim was transported by Boston EMS to Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as 28-year-old Charles Floyd of Dorchester.
The Boston Police Homicide Unit has released the above photos of a person of interest in relation to this incident and requests the public’s help in identifying the individual pictured. This person is NOT wanted at this time.
Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470. Community members who wish to assist this investigation anonymously may call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-(800)-494-TIPS. You may also text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department stringently protects the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous.
At about 8:00 PM on Sunday, February 22, 2015, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a radio call for an armed robbery in the area of 280 Hyde Park Avenue.
Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victims who stated that two unknown males entered their residence, displayed a handgun, and ordered everyone to the ground. The suspects then ordered the victims to hand over their valuables. The suspects stole the victims’ wrist watches, cell phones, and several hundred dollars in cash. When the suspects fled on foot, the victims gave chase until they were fired upon by the suspects.
Officers broadcast the descriptions of the suspects over their police radio. Officers in the area observed an individual fitting one of the suspect’s description and conducted an inquiry. While performing the stop, officers observed the victims’ stolen property in a snowbank nearby, as well as a number of plastic bags containing illegal narcotics, including substances believed to be heroin, cocaine, and oxycodone pills. Ballistic evidence was also recovered a short distance from where shots were fired.
The suspect, 21-year-old John Rosa of Dorchester, was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery, Armed Assault in a Dwelling, Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon, Trafficking Class A Substance (Heroin), Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Substance (Cocaine, Oxycodone), and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. During the booking process, officers also recovered from the suspect: additional stolen property belonging to the victims, a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, and over $4500 in US currency. Rosa was additionally charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Substance (Marijuana).
Thank you to Jan Ransom of the Boston Globe for highlighting the additional efforts of the BPD City Wide Bicycle Unit, Drug Unit, Youth Violence Strike Force, and officers of the neighborhood Districts to assist with traffic, snow removal, and other odd jobs in the past month. When Mother Nature dumped record amounts of snow on our city, these officers stepped up to the challenge, not only to help Boston overcome the snow, but also to keep crime at bay. For the full story, click on the link below:
At about 10:30 PM on Sunday, February 22, 2015, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a radio call for an emotionally disturbed person in the area of 15 Dunster Road.
Upon arrival, officers observed a large, agitated male ranting and yelling. When the officers attempted to speak with him, the male became increasingly disturbed. The subject then reached into his backpack and began throwing US paper currency in the air while claiming that there was $100,000 in his backpack and he was a big time drug dealer. Officers attempted to subdue the subject, however, the 6’3”, 270 pound male ignored the officers’ orders and an intense struggle ensued.
Once the male was finally restrained and transported by EMS to an area hospital, his belongings were secured and brought back to the District E-13 station. While conducting an inventory of the subject’s backpack, officers discovered packages containing approximately half a kilogram of Xanax tablets, approximately 65 grams of a substance believed to be heroin, and over $34,000 in US currency.
The male, 43-year-old Angelos Karagelidis of Dedham, was charged with Trafficking Class A Substance (Heroin), Trafficking Class B Substance (Xanax), and Resisting Arrest.
At about 8:45 AM on Saturday, February 21, 2015, members of the Boston Police Homicide Unit, armed with an arrest warrant issued by Suffolk Superior Court, made an arrest of 27-year-old Michael Jordan of Roxbury for the shooting death of Ahmir Lee that occurred near Copley Square on August 22, 2013.
After months of investigation on the part of BPD homicide detectives, Jordan is expected to be arraigned on Monday in Superior Court for Murder as well as firearm charges. In his article (below), Peter Gelzinis of the Boston Herald provides details of the diligent effort put forth by the Boston Police in this case:
In less than 12 hours, the men and women of the Boston Police Department recovered three firearms – including a MAC 11 Submachine Gun – in three separate incidents.
Said Commissioner William Evans: “In less than 12 hours – the men and the women of the Boston Police Department took three guns off of our city’s streets and in doing so made our city a safer place. I continue to be impressed with the work being done by my officers in their on-going efforts to protect and serve the citizens of Boston.”
The facts and circumstances surrounding the incidents - as well as photos of the guns recovered - are listed and seen below:
GUN #1: At about 2:27AM, on Saturday February 21, 2015, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol when they observed a group of about 15-20 individuals running in the area of Dudley Street & Brook Ave. Sensing that a potentially harmful or dangerous situation incident may have occurred, officers immediately stopped their unmarked police cruiser to further investigate the incident. Officers quickly learned that an individual, wearing a blue hat and blue jacket, was seen threatening people with a gun. A search of the area enabled officers to see and locate an individual matching the description of the suspect in the rear of 595 Dudley Street. As officers approached, officers observed the suspect, who was standing next to a white motor vehicle, possibly place something inside the car. Officers also noted that the suspect was in the company of several individuals who appeared to have been involved in an altercation given the fact that several appeared to be bruised and bleeding. A search of the vehicle enabled officers to locate and seize a loaded firearm under the front driver's seat. Officers recovered a Sig Sauer SP2022 Semi-automatic firearm (see photo of Gun #1).
Officers arrested Kenneth Madden, 18, of Belmont and charged him with Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of Firearm with Altered Serial Number, Possession of a Loaded Firearm and Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device.
GUN #2: About 2:45AM, on Saturday, February 21, 2015, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Harrison Avenue and Essex Street when they observed a gray motor vehicle operating without its lights on. As such, officers activated their lights & sirens in an effort to stop the motor vehicle. Initially, the operator of the vehicle ignored the officer’s efforts to stop the car but eventually complied and pulled over in the area of Kneeland & Knapp Streets. Upon approaching the vehicle, officers asked the operator to exit the vehicle. While talking to the operator, officers observed one of the passengers moving suspiciously in the rear of the vehicle. In light of the suspicious movements, officers instructed the suspect to exit the car. A search of the vehicle enabled officers to locate and seize a firearm. Officers recovered a Taurus Millennium .45 Caliber Automatic Colt Pistol (see photo of Gun #2).
The rear passenger, Scublensky Adelson, 26, of Mattapan, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Possession of Firearm with Altered Serial Number.
The operator of the vehicle, Kharl Eddins, 34, of Brockton, was arrested and charged with Failure to Stop for a Police Officer.
GUN #3: At about 12:59PM, on Saturday February 21, 2015, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force received information about an individual believed to be in possession of a firearm in the area of Monadnock Street in Dorchester. Armed with this information and a description of the suspect, who was described as a black male wearing a red jacket and dark jeans, officers began monitoring that area in hopes of locating the suspect. In short time, officers observed an individual who matched the description of the suspect and quickly moved in. Fearing the presence of a weapon, officers promptly conducted a pat frisk of the suspect and immediately felt a hard metal object, which turned out to be the handle of a firearm, in the suspect’s waist area. Officers recovered a MAC 11 submachine gun (see photo of Gun #3). In addition to the submachine gun, officers also recovered a white plastic baggie containing a hard white substance believed to be Molly.
Officers arrested James Wilkerson, 27, of Boston and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device and Possession Class B Drug (Molly).
Celebrating Old Ironsides & Her Success in the War of 1812: On Friday, February 20, 2015, BPD Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross (seen in the photo with Commander Sean Kearns) stopped by the USS Constitution Museum in Charlestown to celebrate one of our country’s most cherished and celebrated naval vessels and her heroic actions during the War of 1812. Tonight, fans of Old Ironsides gathered to commemorate and recall the fighting spirit and masterful maneuvering that enabled Old Ironsides to defeat the likes of Cyane and Levant, two warships in Her Majesty’s Naval Service. During those battles, the USS Constitution lived up to her nickname – Old Ironsides - and the Brits never recovered from the losses. At 5:00pm, the USS Constitution fired a final salute to mark the final shots of the battle waged and won by Old Ironsides 200 years ago.
He’s Not Calling Himself a Hero - But We Will: It’s a classic example of a small, selfless act making an enormous difference. As many of you already know, due to this year’s unprecedented snow fall, the Boston Fire Department asked and challenged community members to adopt one of the city’s over 13,000 fire hydrants to keep clean during each ensuing snow storm in the event of an emergency. Thankfully, Randle Roache heard the call to action and his decision to answer back certainly saved lives. At about 3:01pm, on Thursday, February 19, 2015, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) along with members of the Boston Fire Department responded to a call for a building fire in the area of 23 Abbot Street in Dorchester. Fortunately for the members of the Boston Fire Department, when they arrived on scene, there was no need to shovel out the fire hydrant because – thanks to Randle Roache – it had already been shoveled out. The building was quickly evacuated; the fire put out, and – most importantly – there were no reports of any serious injury among the 17 residents displaced by the fire. One of our officers was so impressed by Mr. Roache’s kind and considerate act that he politely approached and asked him if he could take a picture of him standing next to the shoveled-out hydrant. As you can see by the photo, Mr. Roache was more than happy to oblige. As the officer was leaving, he again thanked Mr. Roach for doing the right thing. To which, Mr. Roache responded: “I always keep it clean.” And for doing just that, we at the Boston Police Department say to Randle Roache: “Thanks for being a hero.”
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Early in the week of February 15, 2015, detectives from District A-1 (Downtown) requested the assistance of the BPD Special Investigations Unit (SIU) in investigating a career criminal and suspect in numerous larcenies and breaks in Downtown Boston, the Back Bay, and surrounding neighborhoods.
Detectives from the SIU set up surveillance on their target, 42-year-old Barry Bartel of Boston, and continued to monitor his movements periodically over the course of two days.
At about 10:10 PM on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, SIU detectives followed Bartel into the Back Bay area. They observed Bartel attempt to gain access to several businesses near Arlington and Newbury Streets before forcibly gaining entry to a business in the area of 17 Arlington Street. Bartel stole clothing merchandise from this store valued at just under $8,000 then fled in a taxi.
The SIU detectives were assisted by uniformed District D-4 (South End) officers, who stopped the taxi and subdued Bartel after a lengthy struggle.
Bartel was arrested and charged with Breaking and Entering to a Building (Nighttime), Willful and Malicious Destruction of Property (Over $250), Larceny Over $250, and Resisting Arrest.
Yesterday, Tuesday, February 17, 2015, the Boston Police Department hosted students from Metro Lacrosse and Boston International High School. Throughout the day, high school juniors and seniors who have an interest in becoming a police officer or working in law enforcement visited a number of our facilities and learned what it takes to attend the Boston Police Academy and then work in various positions in the department.
The group began their day with a tour of the academy, where they participated in an abbreviated cross-fit workout and an open dialogue on current events involving officers with instructor Officer Eddie Crispin and Superintendent Lisa Holmes. The students then visited Mobile Operation Patrols base, where they handled the tools and equipment officers use on a daily basis, such as tactical trucks, ballistic shields and vests, and motorcycles. The tour was followed by a presentation by Officer Ramirez and his K9 partner. The students also had the rare opportunity to participate in scenario-based training with the Scenario Simulator, which included target practice and several “shoot or don’t shoot” scenarios that officers encounter on patrol.
Their last stop was at Police Headquarters, where the students were greeted and addressed by Chief William Gross and his staff. The Chief showed the group his office, where he spoke about a wide variety of topics such as gangs, peer pressure, violence, and building and maintaining relationships.
Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Arrest One for Trafficking Class B Drugs - On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, members of the District B-3 Neighborhood Drug Control Unit were in the area of the Franklin Field housing development conducting drug surveillance after receiving several complaints from residents about drug activity in the area. At about 11:30am, officers observed an individual in a blue colored motor vehicle pull over in the in the area of Ames & Westview Streets. While conducting surveillance of the individual, officers observed the suspect conduct what appeared to be several street level drug transactions. When the individual drove off, officers followed. When the suspect stopped his car in the area of 10 Jacob Street, officers approached the suspect to further investigate their earlier observations. While talking to the suspect, officers noted that the suspect appeared to be nervous given his heavy breathing and peculiar, unpredictable hand movements. Upon looking inside the car, officers observed in plain view multiple, small plastic bags commonly associated with and used in the packaging of narcotics. When asked if there was anything illegal in the car, the operator confirmed that there was. A search of the car enabled officers to seize (see photo) 50 plastic bags of Class D Drug (Marijuana), 8 plastic bags of Class B Drug (Cocaine), 18 plastic bags of Class B Drug (Crack), 45 Oxycodone pills, 10 Viagra pills and close to a $1,000 in US Currency.
Officers arrested Leslie Washington, 41, of Boston and charged him with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drug (Marijuana), Trafficking Class B Drug (Oxycodone), and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs (Crack Cocaine & Cocaine).
Justice Served: Today, Wednesday, February 18, 2015, a Suffolk Superior Court jury returned guilty verdicts against the two individuals charged in the stabbing death of 39 year-old Cherby LaJoie which occurred in October of 2012. After four days of deliberations, a 17 year-old juvenile male of Dorchester was found guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter while Tarayiah Hunt, 23, of Dorchester was found guilty of 2nd Degree Murder. The District Attorney’s Office provided evidence and testimony proving that on October 6, 2012, the two suspects were among a group of individuals who attacked the victim as he walked on Charles Street in Dorchester. After the attack, surveillance images show the group fleeing into the Fields Corner MBTA station where the juvenile male suspect is seen walking out of the view of the camera and then returning. In the area not captured on video, Boston Police Homicide detectives were able to locate a knife with the tip of the blade missing. The tip of that blade was later recovered from the victim’s body during the course of an autopsy. Sentencing is scheduled to take place March 6, 2015.
Photog David Ryan of the Boston Globe caught a Boston police officer stopping a motor vehicle with piles of snow on its roof today, Wednesday, February 18, 2015. When the officer observed that the operator was elderly, the officer cleared the roof off himself. To this officer, we say, “Thanks for representing what so many do on a regular basis!”
Employees driving into work at Boston Police Headquarters today, Wednesday, February 18, 2015, essentially had to “tunnel” into the parking lot. Many of the snow piles and drifts in the area and across Greater Boston have well exceeded 10 feet and continue to grow as snow removal efforts continue. Many drivers will feel relief, though, as the Mayor lifts the parking ban at 6:00 PM tonight.