Making a Difference: Movie Night at Ronan Park Certainly Worthy of Two Thumbs Up

Making a Difference: Movie Night at Ronan Park Certainly Worthy of Two Thumbs Up - Thanks to all who turned out for and attended Movie Night at Ronan Park earlier this evening, Saturday, September 20, 2014. The event, which was organized by the Friends of Ronan Park and supported by the BPD, specifically officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) and C-11 (Dorchester), was well attended and it certainly looked like the kids had a ball watching How to Train Your Dragon starring Jay Baruchel and Gerard Butler. Thanks to our officers, in addition to watching the movie, the kids had plenty to eat and nobody went home hungry. In fact, thanks to BPD Officers Kenny Grubbs, Tim Golden and Dario Fancelli, anybody who wanted a hot dog, slice of pizza or an ice cream had the choice of one or all three and it appeared everybody had a little bit of everything. Said Vanessa Muskie, the President of the Friends of Ronan Park, “Our organization was founded to promote fun, positive and family friendly events like the one you see here tonight. On every face, you see a smile and that’s what makes this park and this evening so special. I’d also like to thank the Boston Police Department for their help and support.”     

Ongoing Efforts to Curb Gun Violence Enable BPD Officers to Seize Five Illegal Firearms in Less Than 10 Hours

Said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans: “I want to commend my officers for their ongoing commitment to protect and serve the people of Boston. Thanks to their hard work, four arrests were made and five guns confiscated in less than 10 hours.”

INCIDENT #1: At about 12:39am, on Saturday, September 20, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of the Ashmont MBTA Station when officers heard what sounded like shots fired. Upon hearing the shots, officers proceeded to the area of Fuller & Washington Streets. Once there, officers observed two individuals walking away from the scene. While monitoring and watching these individuals, officers observed one of the individuals, later identified as Johnnie Bonnie, clutch at his waist area in such a way as if to suggest he was in possession of a firearm. Believing that this individual was in possession of a firearm, officers approached the individual to further investigate their observations. A pat frisk of the suspect enabled officers to feel and confiscate a loaded firearm found inside the suspect’s waist area. Officers arrested Johnnie Bonnie, 22, of Boston and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.

INCIDENT #2: At about 10:26pm, on Friday, September 19, 2014, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of Sterling Square. On arrival, officers learned that two individuals were seen fleeing the area shortly after the shots were fired. Officers also received information that the individuals were seen entering an apartment in the complex. A search of the apartment enabled officers to locate two individuals matching the descriptions of the suspects seen fleeing the area. A protective sweep of the apartment enabled officers to locate and seize three illegal firearms. A photo of one of the firearms is included in this post. Officers arrested Remus Roberson, 23, of Boston and Casie DaRosa, 23, of Boston and charged both with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

INCIDENT #3: At about 3:04pm, on Friday, September 19, 2014, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Bowdoin Street and Geneva Ave when officers observed two individuals believed to have information in connection to firearm related incidents in the area. Upon seeing the officers, officers observed the individuals quickly separate from each other. When officers exited their cruiser in an effort to engage the individuals, one of the individuals promptly took off running. After a lengthy foot pursuit, officers were able to catch up to and apprehend the suspect. Prior to apprehending the suspect, officers observed the suspect toss a backpack over a fence in the area of 128 Hamilton Street. Upon retrieving the backpack, officers located and seized a silver and black firearm. Officers arrested Livingston Walker, 19, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.

*** Noteworthy Stats: In the calendar year 2014, the men and women of the Boston Police Department have taken 493 illegal crime guns off the streets of Boston. A crime gun is defined as an illegal firearm used in the commission of a crime or confiscated in the course of an arrest. In addition to the above, 385 guns have been voluntarily turned in by community members taking advantage of the Boston Gun Buyback Program. All told, there are 878 fewer guns in circulation as a result of the above efforts. For perspective purposes, the BPD seized a total of 667 guns for the year in 2013. To learn more about the Boston Gun Buyback Program, visit: bpdnews.com/bgb

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest One and Seize an Illegal Gun in Dorchester

At about 3:04pm, on Friday, September 19, 2014, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Bowdoin Street and Geneva Ave when officers observed two individuals believed to have information in connection to firearm related incidents in the area. Upon seeing the officers, officers observed the individuals quickly separated from each other. When officers exited their cruiser in an effort to talk to and engage the individuals, one of the individuals promptly took off running while the other remained on the scene. After a lengthy foot pursuit, officers were able to catch up to and apprehend the suspect. Prior to apprehending the suspect, officers observed the suspect toss a backpack over a fence in the area of 128 Hamilton Street. Upon retrieving the backpack, officers located and seized a silver and black firearm (see photo). Officers arrested Livingston Walker, 19, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way

Noteworthy Stats: In the calendar year 2014, the men and women of the Boston Police Department have taken 484 illegal crime guns off the streets of Boston.  A crime gun is defined as an illegal firearm used in the commission of a crime or confiscated in the course of an arrest. In addition to the above, 385 guns have been voluntarily turned in by community members taking advantage of the Boston Gun Buyback Program. All told, there are 869 fewer guns in circulation as a result of the above efforts. For perspective purposes, the BPD seized a total of 667 guns for the year in 2013. To learn more about the Boston Gun Buyback Program, visit: bpdnews.com/bgb

 

Tradition Continues: BPD Honors Detective Donald Brown with the #1 Badge

One of the longer running traditions within the Boston Police Department is the bestowing of the badge bearing the #1 to the officer – or in this case detective – who has the most time on the job. As it relates to the rank of detective, that person is District A-1 (Downtown) Detective Donald Brown. Brown began his career with the BPD as a police cadet in 1970. He became a full time police officer in 1979 and, six years later, he attained the rank of detective, a position he has occupied and served the citizens of the City of Boston in for close to twenty years. Those who know or who have worked with Donnie Brown all rave about his professionalism and passion for the profession. Said Lt. Charles Wilson, "He's a consummate professional who loves the job. After all these years, he still comes to work excited about helping people." Today, Friday, September 19, 2014, Commissioner Evans honored Detective Brown for his years of dedicated service by presenting him with a detective's shield bearing the  #1. To Detective Brown, we say, "Congratulations and keep up the great work. The honor is certainly well earned and well deserved."

 

Boston 24: Data from Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

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

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

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.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Three for Trespassing in Roxbury

 

At about 12:54 AM on Friday, September 19, 2014, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) made three onsite arrests for trespassing  in the area of 205 Roxbury Street in Roxbury.

While assisting a unit in the area of 75 Malcolm X Boulevard, officers’ attention was drawn to what sounded like a fight in the rear of the Timilty School located at the above address. As officers continued to investigate the area, they observed a group of about 12-15 young males exiting the area in which several “No Trespassing” signs were clearly displayed. Officers entered the rear lot and observed a motor vehicle with two male occupants. As officers approached with their flashlights illuminating the vehicle, they observed the two occupants to appear extremely nervous, continually looking back at officers and attempting to exit the vehicle. The passenger obeyed officer commands to remain within the vehicle, but the operator of the car immediately fled on foot. A very brief pursuit resulted in the suspect being placed under arrest. At this time, several additional males began to enter the park and were notified that the park was closed and that if they continued to remain in the park, they would be placed under arrest. One individual refused to heed officer’s advice and was subsequently placed under arrest. As officers began to inventory the motor vehicle, as the registered owner could not be identified by any of the individuals on scene, a group began to gather outside of the park and proceeded to cause a commotion. One individual in particular was instigating the group who continued their attempts to incite police on scene. The male was placed under arrest for his disorderly conduct.

Officers arrested the operator, 20-year-old Mohamed Ali, of Portland, ME, 24-year-old Ahmed Ibrahim, of Dorchester, and 20-year-old Mohammed Moalim of Portland, ME. Ali and Ibrahim are charged with Trespassing while Moalim is charged with Disorderly Person.

 

One Less Gun: Keen Observations Allow Officers to Arrest Two and Recover Illegal Firearm in Dorchester

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At about 8:05 PM on Thursday, September 18, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest and recovered an illegal firearm in the area of 49 Bellevue Street in Dorchester.

While on directed patrol in the area of the above location due to recent firearm related incidents, officers observed a motor vehicle violate numerous motor vehicle laws. Officers then activated their emergency equipment (lights and sirens) and initiated a traffic stop. As officers approached the vehicle, they observed the rear passenger moving around, specifically, lifting himself off of the seat before suddenly bending forward at the waist as though to conceal an item and then moving to the middle of the back seat. The rear passenger was asked to exit the vehicle. A search of the area in which the male was sitting allowed officers to recover a Llama .380 semi-automatic firearm loaded with five rounds of live ammunition. Upon discovering the firearm, all occupants were asked to exit the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the female operator did not have a valid license as well as numerous outstanding warrants and was placed under arrest. A female passenger was identified and released from the scene.

Officers arrested 24-year-old Andre Garcia, of Brockton and 20-year-old Jasmin Rivera of Holbrook. Garcia is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd Subsequent Offense. Rivera is charged with Operating after Revocation.

 

Coffee with a Cop Visits District E-13 in Jamaica Plain

Superintendent Bernard O’Rourke, Deputy Nora Baston, Deputy Norma Ayala Leong, Captain Al Andres, along with the officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) and the BPD’s Neighborhood Watch Unit were among the many recently gathered at JP Licks on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain to chit chat and converse with community members about public safety issues, concerns and plausible solutions. All who entered JP Licks during the Coffee with a Cop hour, which ran from 9:00am to 10:00am, were treated to a complimentary cup of coffee courtesy of the Boston Police Athletic League. Said Deputy Nora Baston, “Coffee with a Cop is all about building relationships. In addition to sharing a cup of coffee, today’s event gave community members a chance to get to know us better and share any concerns or issues they may have and do so in a friendly environment. It’s a great community event and great opportunity for us to better understand the issues impacting our community members.” So, special thanks to all who took us up on the offer and – again - special thanks to the Boston Police Athletic League (PAL) for picking up the cost of the java. If you or somebody you know is interested in learning more about attending or starting a Neighborhood Watch Group or a future Coffee with a Cop event, call (617) 343-4345 or visit  bpdnews.com/nwu.

Boston 24: Data from Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 6
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 3
Commercial Break-ins: 2

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.

 

2014 Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial Service to take place this Saturday

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Foundation will hold their Annual Memorial Service honoring those who have died in the line of duty. This service will take place at 5:00 PM at the Memorial at the State House, those who plan on joining us should enter on the Ashburton Street entrance. We welcome all who would like to attend this year’s tribute, which sees the addition of names such as MIT’s Sean Collier and John Lynch of the Boston Police Department, both of whom made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their respective departments in the great State of Massachusetts, as well as the reading of the roll of all Massachusetts Law Enforcement Officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.  

For additional information regarding the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, please visit http://www.mlemf.org/

 

Great Time Had by All at Last Night’s Flashlight Walk!!!

Thanks to all who turned out for last night’s Flashlight Walk at the Thomas Atkins Community Center at 215 Blue Hill Ave. The walk was extremely well attended and all who participated had a great time walking the neighborhood while getting to know the officers entrusted with protecting and serving their community. All who attended were treated to hot dogs and ice cream. Gotta love that!!! Among the many in attendance included Deputy Nora Baston, Sgt. Samil Silta, Officer Kenny Grubbs along with Wallace Tillford & Carolyn Macneil from Neighborhood Watch and special thanks to the Area 324 Neighborhood Watch Group for their participation. In addition to having a whole lot of fun, last night was also about recognizing and thanking Officer Kenny Grubbs for his on-going dedication and devotion to the District B-2 community. Lastly, it should be noted that all who attended last night’s Flashlight Walk received a complimentary flashlight. If you’re interested in participating in a future Flashlight Walk, please call (617) 343-4345 or email: meetinginfo.bpd@cityofboston.gov.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Search Warrant Allows Drug Control Officers to Arrest Five and Recover Over 250 Grams of Illegal Narcotics in Hyde Park

 

At about 9:14 AM on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 members of the Drug Control Unit executed a search warrant and arrested five individuals in the area of Tina Ave in Hyde Park. Upon making a peaceful entry, officers were able to recover the following items during their search of the residence:

  • 1 plastic bag containing approx. 96 grams of heroin
  • 1 plastic bag containing approx.154 grams of heroin
  • 1 plastic bag containing approx. 22 grams of heroin
  • 6 plastic bags containing marijuana
  • US Currency in excess of $10,000.00

Officers arrested 21-year-old Rhodrick Adino, of Hyde Park, 29-year-old Roberto Rodriguez, of Hyde Park, 37-year-old Rosa Santana-Ruiz, of Hyde Park, 37-year-old Angel Arias of Hyde Park, and a 17-year-old male juvenile also of Hyde Park. All are charged with Trafficking Class A Drugs Over 200 grams. The juvenile target of the investigation faces an additional charge of Possession with intent to Distribute Class D Drugs. Further investigation revealed that Roberto Rodriguez was using a false name resulting in several additional charges including Furnishing a False Name, Forged/False Registry Documents, and Identity Theft. The Department for Children and Families was also notified regarding a minor who was present in the residence. 

 

Boston 24: Data from Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 0
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 9
Commercial Break-ins: 3

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.

 

Thank You for Thanking Us

The Office of the Police Commissioner recently received a letter from the principal of the Compass School in Dorchester thanking Officer Dario Fancelli and all of the personnel of District C-11 for their on-going help and support. The principal made a special point to make mention of the officer’s consistently prompt and positive response to any incidents at the school. If you’ve had a positive experience with one of our officers and would like to say thank you, please click on the link below and fill out the enclosed commendation form: http://bpdnews.com/commend-an-officer

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest One for Unarmed Robbery Following Pursuit in East Boston

 

At about 12:44 AM on Monday, September 15, 2014 officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a radio call for an assault and battery in the area of 154 Bennington Street in East Boston.

On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that he had been approached by the three individuals riding on bicycles. As the individuals approached the victim, one of them formed his fingers in the shape of a gun at the victim and pointed it at the victim. The victim, fearing that the individuals may be armed, attempted to call police. At this time, the suspect jumped off the bicycle and punched the victim in the face. The individuals then fled on their bicycles. Officers arrived on scene and attempted to speak to the three individuals, who then fled in different directions upon seeing the victim and potentially being identified. Following a pursuit, officers were able to locate the suspect in the area of 202 London Street in East Boston.

Officers arrested 22-year-old Abdul Fofanah of Medford and charged him with Attempted Unarmed Robbery.

 

Boston 24: Data from Monday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 5
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 16

Residential Break-ins: 6
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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.