Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, September 20, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 0
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 5

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.

 

Great Work Recognized: Detectives Honored for Their Efforts Leading to the Arrest of Suspect Wanted in Connection to Multiple Armed Robberies and Stabbings in Mattapan

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From August 14th to September 10th, a series of seven armed robberies took place in Mattapan. The victims in each of these robberies were females who were walking home alone. In four of the incidents, the female victims were stabbed in the lower body and robbed. All seven robberies took place in the same geographical area, between the hours of 9:45 PM and 2:00 AM.

Detectives Juan Seoane and Matthew Fogarty, assigned to District B-3, canvassed the areas surrounding the robberies for any video surveillance and developed a person of interest. This same suspect was also observed using a victim's stolen credit card at the gas station within hours of one of the robberies. The suspect wore very distinctive clothing during each of the incidents and carried a black backpack. Detectives Seoane and Fogarty were able to capture images of the suspect from the video footage and disseminate them to patrol officers. They also noted that following one of the robberies, the suspect was observed running after an MBTA bus which was leaving the area at the time of the incident.

A robbery suppression plan was initiated with units assigned to monitor specific areas.

On Monday September 10th, a female victim called 9-1-1 and reported she had been stabbed following a robbery at which time a description of the suspect was broadcast. Detectives Al Young, Jean-Gerard Dorsainvil, Seoane and Fogarty who were conducting surveillance with Sergeant Detective John Fitzgerald in the area, began to search for the suspect along his past escape routes. The detectives observed a male matching the given description carrying a black backpack who was concealing his face under his hood as he left the area on an inbound MBTA bus. The bus was stopped and the suspect was safely removed. The suspect was found to be in possession of a small knife. The suspect was then positively identified by the most recent victim and placed under arrest without incident. The suspect would later be positively identified by past robbery victims as well.

For their dedicated efforts, they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

 

BPD Community Alert: What To Do If a Phone Scammer Calls You

The Boston Police Department recently received  reports relative to a phone extortion scam targeting community members and is issuing a community alert in hopes of protecting, educating and informing community members on the appropriate steps to take if a phone scammer targets or calls them.

HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW: There are a couple scenarios to be aware of. In SCENARIO #1, the scammer calls or texts the victim making claims that a family member or loved one is being held captive and will be harmed or held until the victim pays a specific sum of money. In SCENARIO #2, the scammer asserts that a family member has been involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting in property damage/personal injury that requires immediate compensation or reimbursement. The scammer issues an ultimatum demanding payment in exchange for the family member's release. If payments aren't made, the family member remains captive. In SCENARIO #3, the scammer calls from what appears to be a disguised Boston Police phone number and claims to be a member of the “State Bureau of Investigation” inquiring about your identity.

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: Know this, the scammer will sound convincing. The scammer usually has or knows some basic details about your life, including names of family members, places of employment and school information. Please be advised that information like the aforementioned may sound like a lot when mentioned together, but, when one considers how easily it can be ascertained or gleaned from a person’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account, it’s not as impressive as first thought. In some cases, the scammer will have made phone calls to several members of the same family, extracting new information from each conversation that is then leveraged against you to increase the believability of the scammer’s claims.

WHEN YOU KNOW SOMETHING IS WRONG: As soon as the scammer threatens to harm you or your family member, it’s time to hang up the phone and call police. Victims are often told that if they hang up or contact the police, harm will come to their loved one. This simply isn’t true and, again, should serve as one of the primary red flags that you’re being scammed. The other obvious red flag involves money demands. Any money demands, especially ones where the scammer requests funds be sent via MoneyGram or Western Union is another tell-tale sign of a fraud.  This activity also includes any request for the purchase of stored value cards (i.e. Green Dot). 

HERE’S WHAT TO DO IF A PHONE SCAMMER CALLS YOU:

  • Hang up the phone. You control the call. If you sense you’re being scammed, hang up.

  • After you terminate the call, try to call the person that is allegedly being held captive in an effort to confirm their well-being. If you call and they answer, all is good.

  • If you stay on the line, have the scammer physically describe the family member in question to see if the caller can provide some level of detail that could help confirm or dispel their claim.   

  • Lastly, note the phone number where the call or text originated and report the incident to the Boston Police Department immediately. As mentioned before, the scammer only has a limited amount of information. So, the more you ask, the less they'll likely be able to provide. 

In addition to filing a report with the Boston Police Department, victims are also encouraged to report any Phone/Internet Fraud Scams to the Federal Trade Commission. Please call the FTC at 1(877) FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or TTY 1-866-653-4261 or visit their website at: www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts

 

Officers Arrest Suspect in Nonfatal Shooting in Roxbury

 

At about 2:18 PM on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 56 Julian Street in Roxbury. Upon arrival, officers observed the male victim suffering from an apparent gun shot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The victim has since been upgraded to critical condition at the time of this post. Homicide detectives conducted an investigation which led to the arrest of Cezar Mendes, 20, of Boston.

 Mendes is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court for Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon. 

This investigation remains active and ongoing.  

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 3
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.

 

One Less Gun: K-9 Assistance Leads to Recovery of Illegal Firearm in Dorchester

ONE LESS GUN: At about 6:55 PM on Monday, September 17, 2018, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of 754 Morton Street in Dorchester. While en route to the location, officers received information via BPD Operations providing a description of a male carrying a firearm accompanied by two other males. Officers arrived on scene and observed a group matching the descriptions provided who immediately fled on foot upon seeing the officers approaching. Officers pursued the fleeing males and were able to stop and identify all three.

Officers arrested one of the individuals, Ronney Fullard, 28, of Amesbury, after determining that he was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant. Assisted by BPD K-9 Duke (see photo), officers searched the area where the suspects had fled and recovered a loaded Springfield Armory .45 caliber handgun and 13 rounds of live ammunition which were later determined to have been reported as stolen out of North Carolina. The firearm was turned over to the BPD Firearms Analysis Unit for processing.

Fullard will appear in Roxbury District Court for an active felony warrant of Larceny from a Building.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 4

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

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 3
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.

 

BPD Missing Person Alert: Musa Kamara

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MISSING PERSON ALERT: The Boston Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in efforts to locate Musa Kamara, 25, of Dorchester. Mr. Kamara is described as a black non-Hispanic male, 5'05, 140 lbs., with a medium build. There is no specific clothing description available at this time. Musa Kamara was last seen at about 8:00 AM on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, in the area of Weldon Street in Dorchester.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Musa Kamara is urged to contact District B-2 Detectives at (617) 343-4275.

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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Suspect Following Broken Bottle Slashing in Roxbury

 

DAILY DOSE OF GREAT POLICE WORK: At about 9:39 PM on Monday, September 17, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for two people stabbed in the area of Shawmut Avenue and Ball Street in Roxbury. Upon arrival, officers observed two male victims suffering from non-life-threatening lacerations. Uncooperative victims led officers to an unidentified witness who provided a description of the female suspect. Officers assigned to District B-2 located a female matching the description of the suspect in the area of 303 Dudley Street in Roxbury. Officers placed the suspect, Celia Simmons, 59, of Dorchester under arrest.

Simmons is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury Court for Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.

 

Boston 72 and Public Journal for Monday, September 17, 2018

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 4
Nonfatal Stabbings: 5

Street Robberies: 8
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 8
Vehicle Recoveries: 36
Vehicle Breaks: 20

Residential Break-ins: 14
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.

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 500 Blue Hill Ave in Roxbury

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Victim Identified: At about 8:10pm, on Saturday, September 15, 2018, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to an outside scene for a person shot in the area of 500 Blue Hill Ave. On arrival, officers located a male victim, believed to be in his late twenties, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as Patrick Sales, 29, of Dorchester.

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.   

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Two and Recover Firearm in Roxbury

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ONE LESS GUN: At about 12:41 AM on Monday, September 17, 2018, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) made an onsite firearm arrest in the area of Burrell Street and Clifton Street in Roxbury. While on patrol in the area of Norfolk Street, officers observed a black motor vehicle operating at a high rate of speed. Officers followed the vehicle in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop. Initially refusing to stop for officers, the operator of the motor vehicle made several quick turns in an attempt to evade officers who were operating with their lights and sirens activated. Eventually, the motor vehicle came to a stop in the area of Burrell Street and Clifton Street. Officers approached the vehicle and spoke to the occupants. The operator and passenger were removed from the motor vehicle. The passenger appeared to be visibly nervous, breathing heavily and sweating. A search of the area yielded the recovery of a loaded black Smith & Wesson Bodyguard firearm as well as five additional rounds of live ammunition in the area of 66 Burrell Street. The operator Eric Small, 28-years-old of Cambridge and the passenger, London Cohen, 29-years-old of Everett, were both placed under arrest. Small is charged with Failure to Stop for a Police Officer. Cohen is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Loaded Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

 Both suspects to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.

 

Death Investigation in the area of 500 Blue Hill Ave in Roxbury

 

Death Investigation in the area of 500 Blue Hill Ave in Roxbury: At about 8:10pm, on Saturday, September 15, 2018, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to an outside scene for a person shot in the area of 500 Blue Hill Ave. On arrival, officers located a male victim, believed to be in his late twenties, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was 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.   

BPD Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help to Identify Two Suspects Wanted in Connection to a Sexual Assault in Brighton

 

COMMUNITY ALERT: The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in an effort to identify two individuals wanted in connection to a sexual assault in Brighton. Between the hours of 2:45 AM and 3:15 AM on Friday, September 14, 2018, an adult female victim was approached by two male suspects, one armed with a knife, in the area of Commonwealth Avenue and Linden Street in Brighton. The suspects forced the victim into a nearby alley in the area of Reedsdale and Linden Streets at which time both suspects sexually assaulted the victim before fleeing on foot in an unknown direction.

Suspect #1 is described as a white-Hispanic male, about 5’5” in height, 180lbs., approximately 23-25 years of age, with a medium build, closely trimmed beard, an earring in one ear (possibly a stud), wearing a short-sleeved shirt while armed with a knife.

Suspect #2 is described as a white-Hispanic male, about 5’6” to 5’8” in height, 190lbs., approximately 23-25 years of age, with a broad build, clean shaven, wearing a blue Red Sox hat with a red letter ‘B’, red short-sleeved shirt and dark shorts. The two suspects spoke both English and Spanish.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is encouraging anyone who may have been victimized by these suspects to come forward and contact the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400.

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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. 

If you’re a victim of a sexual assault that either has or has not been reported to police and would feel more comfortable seeking confidential advice from a non-law enforcement agency or representative, the Boston Police Department encourages you to call the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) at 1 (800) 841-8371. BARCC provides free and confidential counseling, case management, legal and medical advocacy services to survivors in the greater Boston area. To learn more about BARCC, please click on the enclosed link: www.barcc.org.

TIPS FOR ENSURING YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY: The BPD encourages individuals to review the following safety tips with the understanding that, while these tips are designed to decrease and diminish the likelihood of an attack, no victim is ever to blame for the actions of an attacker.   

  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and, when possible, try to avoid poorly lit or isolated areas.

  • When possible, always walk with friends and people you know especially late at night.

  • Avoid the distractions created when talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device. Avoid wearing ear buds or headphones in both ears.

  • If you believe someone is following you, change direction, cross the street, seek a populated location and call 911.

  • Remember descriptive information about the person following you to report to the police.

  • If confronted, believe in your ability to fight back and defend yourself. Creating distance and yelling words like: “fire”, “help” or “rape” are smart ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.  

  • Keep your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon to ward off an attack.

  • Trust your instincts and understand that anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Never assume: “It won’t ever happen to me.”

BPD in the Community: High5Friday at the Henderson Lower School in Dorchester

Earlier this morning, on Friday, September 14, 2018, Boston Police Officers and Transit Police Officers met at the Henderson Lower School in Dorchester (District C-11) to greet the students for this week's High5Friday. The kids were surprised and excited as you can see by their faces! After greeting the young students as they exited their buses, the officers escorted them into their classrooms and stayed to play and learn for a little while. All the students agreed that this was their best day of school ever! High fives, stickers and words of encouragement from not one but two local police departments made every student feel special.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, September 14, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 1
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

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

Residential Break-ins: 6
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.