BPD Photo of the Day: Future Officers on Patrol at Ramsay Park

Earlier today, Tuesday July 28, 2015, a sergeant assigned to the Community Service Office at District D-4 (South End) was on patrol in the area of Ramsay Park when he came upon some young kids out enjoying the sunshine.  The children came over and told the sergeant that they wanted to be police officers when they grew up – lucky for them, he had a few badge stickers in his pocket.  Judging by the smiles, he made their day.

 

BPD Officers Recover Two Firearms, Arrest Three During Two Incidents

Gun From Incident #1

Incident #1:  At about 7:57 PM on Monday July 27, 2015, officers assigned to the City Wide Drug Unit and Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest in the area of 1058 Tremont Street.  Officers were in the area in direct response to ongoing incidents involving gang violence and firearm related offenses.  When officers observed and approached a group of males who were known to them, one of them, later identified as Xavier Collazo, 18, of Boston, suddenly began to run away in a full sprint.  Officers were able to place the suspect in custody after a brief foot pursuit and violent struggle during which they recovered a loaded Ruger .380 caliber handgun from his pants pocket.

The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number.

Gun From Incident #2

Incident #2:  At about 10:32 PM on Monday July 27, 2015, officers assigned to the City Wide Bicycle Unit responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of Columbia Road and Quincy Street.  Officers quickly located two male suspects matching the given description sitting on a bench in a nearby park and approached to speak with them.   The suspects, later identified as Luis Urdaneta, 21, of Dorchester and Cesar Lara-Aguasvivas, 21, of Mattapan, abruptly stood up and began to walk away upon seeing the officers but were immediately stopped by additional responding units.  Officers recovered a loaded Derringer .22 caliber handgun on the ground behind the bench where the suspects had been sitting.  Officers also recovered a black backpack containing nearly 50 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition and a single black ankle sock from on the bench.  Officers observed that one of the suspects (Urdaneta) was only wearing one black ankle sock which matched the recovered sock.

Both suspects were placed in custody without incident and will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Trespassing.  

 

Boston 24: Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 11

Residential Break-ins: 5
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.

 

Community Alert: BPD Seek Public’s Help in Efforts to Identify Individual Wanted in Connection to an Indecent Assault in East Boston

 

At about 8:30am, on Monday, July 27, 2015, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) received a call from a female victim stating that she had been indecently assaulted while walking in the area of East Boston Greenway and Sumner Street.  According to the victim, the suspect approached her from behind and indecently assaulted her and then fled on foot. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male believed to be in his early twenties, approximately 5’6” to 5’8” tall, thin build, clean cut, short dark hair, wearing a plain gray t-shirt, black running pants and black sneakers.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact the Boston Police Sexual 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously. 

TIPS FOR ENSURING YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. When parking, walking or returning to your car, remain in well-lit and populated areas.
  • Avoid walking alone late at night. When possible, walk with friends and people you know.
  • Be watchful and aware. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of passing vehicles.
  • Don’t become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device.
  • Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use it to signal residents that you need help. Yelling words like: “Fire!” “Help!” or “Rape!” are other effective ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need assistance.
  • Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
  • Before going out, call ahead to let friends or family know you’re on the way. Designate a time you expect to arrive, so that in the event you fail to show up on time, they’ll know enough to begin looking for you.
  • Walk with confidence. Be assertive. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts and know that anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Never assume: “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”
  • If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to scare, distract, or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.
  • Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.

BPD IN THE NEWS: Thanks to the Boston Globe for Covering Today's Promotional Ceremony

IN THE NEWS: Thanks to the Boston Globe for covering today's BPD Promotional Ceremony which was held at Roxbury Community College. During the ceremony, the BPD formally promoted 34 members of the department to new ranks. Congratulations and good luck to all of today's promotees. Commissioner Evans shared the following with those being promoted during today's ceremony: "Supervision has never been so critical with the amount of people who are up there scrutinizing us. Everyone loves to pick on the cops now. I need you guys to make sure we are not only safe out there, but also that the officers are doing the right thing.” 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/2015/07/27/boston-police-promote-more-than-officers-during-ceremony-are-minorities/uRJREzmuosiIU8pWb84eLI/story.html

ONE LESS GUN: Members of the Youth Violence Strike Force Confiscate Two Firearms and Arrest One on Gun Related Charges

(Gun #1) a silver Rossi .38 Caliber Revolver

ONE LESS GUN: Members of the Youth Violence Strike Force Confiscate Two Firearms and Arrest One on Gun Related Charges: At about 10:36pm, on Sunday, July 26, 2015, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force observed a large group of males trespassing on the grounds of the Rafael Hernandez School. Given the size of the group, officers approached the congregants to better understand why they were loitering on school grounds.  While approaching the group, officers observed two individuals quickly duck into a white motor vehicle and then return to the standing position outside of the car. In light of their suspicious actions and activity, officers approached the individuals to better understand their actions. While talking to the suspects, officers noted that both appeared to be anxious and nervous given the fact that both were breathing heavily and shaking visibly. One of the suspects, after answering several questions, walked away from the scene while the second remained. Neither claimed ownership of the car. As for the vehicle itself, given the fact that the car was illegally parked, the windows open, the dashboard power on and the front passenger door left open, officers were eager to discover who owned the car. Additionally, the vehicle was parked directly under a sign reading: No Trespassing and No Parking. In an effort to establish ownership, officers opened the glove box in hopes of locating a registration. While looking inside the car, officers observed a large plastic bag and several smaller bags of a green herbal substance believed to be marijuana. Officers also found and recovered two firearms: (Gun #1) a silver Rossi .38 Caliber Revolver and (Gun #2) a black Smith & Wesson 357 Magnum Revolver. Photos of both guns are included in this post.

Officers arrested Carl Reynolds, 25, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class D Drug (Marijuana) and Trespassing. The investigation remains active and additional charges could be pending.            

 (Gun #2) a black Smith & Wesson 357 Magnum Revolver

Media Availability/Photo Opportunity: BPD Promotional Ceremony at Roxbury Community College

WHO: Mayor Martin Walsh, Police Commissioner William Evans, Chief William Gross, BPD Command Staff Members, Elected Officials, Clergy, Promotees and their families & friends. 
WHAT: The Boston Police Department will formally promote 33 members of the department including 1 Superintendent, 2 Lieutenant Detectives, 2 Lieutenants, 4 Sergeant Detectives, 14 Sergeants and 10 Detectives. Those being promoted possess an average of 18.5 years of service time. 
WHERE: Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Ave, Roxbury, MA
WHEN: Monday, July 27, 2015 @ 10:30am

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Track Down and Arrest Early Morning Car Jacking Suspects

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Track Down and Arrest Early Morning Car Jacking Suspects: At about 7:32 AM on Sunday, July 26, 2015, a 52 year-old male entered the District B-2 Police Station to report that his car had been stolen approximately a half hour earlier at the corner of Blue Hill Ave and West Cottage Street. According to the victim, he had just pulled his car over to the side of the road in order to adjust his GPS device when a black male with a beard, believed to be in his forties, approached his car from the driver's side while a black female, also believed to be in her forties, approached his car from the passenger side. According to the victim, the male suspect showed a knife and demanded money while the female suspect showed a smaller knife and instructed the victim to hand over his wallet. When the victim exited his car to hand over his wallet, he states both suspects got into his car and drove off.  Approximately five and a half hours later, at about 1:00 PM, officers located the victim’s stolen car parked in the area of 8 Folsom Street. While approaching the vehicle, officers observed a black female sitting in the front passenger seat and black male standing next to an open driver's side door. Upon seeing the approaching officers, the male suspect turned around and began to walk away from the vehicle. At this point, several officers arrived on scene and took both suspects into custody. A search of the suspects enabled officers to locate and recover the victim’s cell phone and wallet.  

Officers arrested Guy Ahart, 50, of Boston and Kaisha Peryman, 35, of Boston and charged both with Carjacking and Armed Robbery. 

Keeping Boston Safe: Members of the Area C-11 Neighborhood Drug Control Unit Seize a Gun, Drugs and Money from Drug Dealing Suspect in Dorchester

Keeping Boston Safe: Members of the Area C-11 Neighborhood Drug Control Unit Seize a Gun, Drugs and Money from Drug Dealing Suspect in Dorchester: At about 1:30 PM on Saturday, July 25, 2015, members of the Area C-11 Neighborhood Drug Control Unit were conducting an investigation prompted by several community complaints relative to illegal drug dealing and activity in the area of Dorchester Ave & Taft Street. During the course of the investigation, officers observed an individual who appeared to be selling drugs from inside a gray colored motor vehicle. After observing the street level drug transaction, officers stopped the gray motor vehicle at the intersection of Auckland & Belfort Streets. While talking to the operator of the car, officers observed a plastic bag containing a tan, powdery substance, believed to be heroin, sitting on the center console of the vehicle. In light of these observations, officers instructed the suspect to exit the vehicle. A search of the car enabled officers to seize several smaller plastic bags of heroin and approximately a $1,000 in US Currency. In addition to the aforementioned, officers found and took possession of a loaded firearm (a Taurus .40 caliber handgun) found on the passenger-side of the car. (See photo).

Officers arrested Alyeri Gonzalez, 21, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Distribution of a Class A Substance (Heroin) and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class A Substance (Heroin).

 

BPD Flashlight Walk Brightens Up East Boston!!!

To everybody who turned out for last week's Flashlight Walk in East Boston, we at the BPD say: "Thank you for coming out and caring about your community!!!" All in attendance received a free flashlight and thoroughly enjoyed meeting and getting to know the officers protecting their neighborhood. If you'd like to attend a future Flashlight Walk, please call the BPD's Neighborhood Watch Unit at (617) 343-4345 or send an email to: meetinginfo@pd.boston.gov. And remember, in Boston, community policing isn't a pastime, it's our passion.

BPD Photo of the Day: Gotta Love Kodi of the BPD K-9 Unit!!!

BPD Photo of the Day: Talk about a beautiful dog and a crime fighter to boot!!! Gotta love the work done day-in and day-out by the men, women and canines of the BPD's K-9 Unit. Today's photo of the day features Kodi, a German Shepard, who takes great pride in protecting and serving the citizens of our fine city. 

One Less Gun: Traffic Stop for a Defective Brake Light Leads to the Arrest of a Juvenile Male on Gun Charges

file photo

At about 2:47pm, on Friday, July 24, 2015, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) were on patrol in the area of Roseland Street when officers observed a white motor vehicle travelling with a defective brake light (left side). Upon seeing the violation, officers activated their emergency equipment (lights & sirens) and stopped the car on Santuit Street. While approaching the car, officers detected an odor of marijuana and observed that there were two individuals occupying the vehicle. While looking into the vehicle, officers observed the front passenger, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt despite the warm temps, moving his hands in such a way as if to suggest he was attempting to hide something. While talking to the operator and passenger, officers noted that both appeared to be nervous and anxious in light of the fact that both were breathing heavily and fidgeting around. When asked if there was any more marijuana in the car, the passenger acknowledged that there was and even encouraged the officers to search the car. While talking to the passenger, officers continued to instruct and insist that the passenger keep his hands in front of his body and in a place where officers could see them. When the passenger kept trying to move his hands behind his back, officers asked the suspect to exit the car in order to conduct a pat frisk of the suspect for weapons. Once outside the car, the suspect initially complied with the pat frisk, but then pulled away from the officer, pulled a black firearm out of his waist area, tossed it to the ground and took off running. After a short foot pursuit, officers were able to overtake and apprehend the suspect. Officers recovered the loaded firearm tossed by the suspect.  The firearm, which was a black Ceska Zbrojovka CZ82, was also found to have an unreadable serial number. 

Officers arrested a 15 year-old juvenile male of Dorchester and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of Firearm with an Altered Serial Number, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way and Resisting Arrest.

IN THE NEWS: Fox 25’s Kerry Kavanaugh Explores the Gang Unit's Ongoing Efforts to Protect Our City’s Young People

IN THE NEWS: Thanks to Fox 25’s Kerry Kavanaugh for her recent story on the BPD’s Gang Unit and their ongoing efforts to protect and positively influence our city’s young people. Said Officer Manny Canuto, “These kids know we’re not just here to lock them up, they know we care more about helping them out.”

To see the story in its entirety – please click on the enclosed link: 

http://www.myfoxboston.com/clip/11706256/fox25-rides-along-with-boston-police-gang-unit

 

 

 

 

Media Availability/Photo Opportunity: BPD Promotional Ceremony

Media Availability/Photo Opportunity: BPD Promotional Ceremony
WHO: Mayor Martin Walsh, Police Commissioner William Evans, Chief William Gross, BPD Command Staff Members, Elected Officials, Clergy, Promotees and their families & friends. 
WHAT: The Boston Police Department will formally promote 33 members of the department including 1 Superintendent, 2 Lieutenant Detectives, 2 Lieutenants, 4 Sergeant Detectives, 14 Sergeants and 10 Detectives. Those being promoted possess an average of 18.5 years of service time. 
WHERE: Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Ave, Roxbury, MA
WHEN: Monday, July 27, 2015 @ 10:30am

LoJack SafetyNet System Helps BPD Officers Locate Missing 71 Year-Old Woman in Dorchester

 

 LoJack SafetyNet System Helps BPD Officers Locate Missing 71 Year-Old Woman in Dorchester: At about 5:34pm, on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a missing elderly female, 71 years-old, reported missing from her home in the area of 9 Orchardfield Street in Dorchester. According to family members, the missing person had been diagnosed with dementia and had gone missing before. Additionally, officers learned that the missing person had been seen most recently in the area of Columbia Road and Dorchester Ave. Officers further learned that missing person was a member of the LoJack SafetyNet system. Upon learning this information, officers immediately requested activation of the LoJack system. In short time, using the LoJack signal as a guide, officers were able to trace the missing person’s location to the general area of Hampden and George Streets. Once there, officers received a stronger signal directing them to search and explore the area of Gerard Street. With additional officers partaking and sharing in the search, officers followed the signal to a loading dock in the area of 128 Gerard Street. Once there, officers located an unconscious, elderly female, wearing a LoJack bracelet on her left wrist, lying on her back. After requesting Boston EMS to respond to the scene, officers made several attempts to revive and resuscitate the victim. Although, the missing person did not immediately respond to noise, light or touch, when she did awake, officers made every effort to calm the victim and assure her that she was safe and among friends. The victim was transported to the Boston Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Prior to being taken from the scene, officers transported the victim’s son to the scene so that he could accompany and comfort his 71 year-old mother to the hospital.

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Two Guns in Two Incidents within One Hour

Gun from Incident #1

Incident #1

At about 6:26 PM on Thursday, July 23, 2015, officers from District B-2 chased and arrested a Juvenile male for carrying a loaded gun in the rear of the Ellis School, 302 Walnut Avenue, Roxbury.

Officers on patrol observed a group of three males in the rear of 302 Walnut Avenue (Ellis School). This area is known to be frequented by trespassers and gang activity. As the officers approached the group, one male walked away from the officers down an alley close by. Upon seeing officers at the other end of the alley, the male suspect turned away from the officers and began to run towards the rear of the school. Officers gave chase and observed the male grabbing at his waistband while he was running. The male ran towards a ballfield and into the dugout area. There was a little league game in progress with players on the field and parents in the stands. Officers continued their foot pursuit of the suspect off the ballfield and onto a driveway leading to Crawford Street eventually catching up to the suspect in front of 134 Crawford Street. A Ballistic K-9, “Nico” was called to assist and after a brief search of the suspect’s path of flight located a loaded .9mm handgun in the rear of 130 Crawford Street. It was later learned that the recovered gun was reported stolen from Virginia Beach, VA.

The suspect, a male juvenile from Boston was arrested and charged with Delinquent to wit: unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm on a public way, trespassing and receiving stolen property. He will be arraigned in Boston Juvenile Court.   

Incident #2

At about 7:26 PM on Thursday, July 23, 2015, officers from the Youth Violence Strike Force responded to a large fight in the area of 284 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain. During the incident, officers were able to recover a gun from one individual and an open knife from the pocket of another.

Officers were in the area in response to community complaints of recent criminal activity. While standing at the corner of Chestnut and Centre streets, officers were alerted by a citizen of a large fight outside 284 Centre Street. As the officers approached they observed multiple people fighting. Additional officers were called to assist.  As the combatants began to disperse, officers attention was drawn towards two individuals walking away screaming at one another. Officers tried to approach these two individuals however both refused to stop and quickly tried to elude officers. Officers observed one of the individuals reach into his pocket and attempt to pass an object to the other individual. Believing a weapon may be present the officers stopped these two individuals to conduct an inquiry and discovered a firearm in the pocket of one of the males. After the discovery of the gun by officers, the suspect began to resist and a violent struggle followed during which the suspect placed his hand in his pocket that contained the gun. Officers were able to safely remove the suspects hand from his pocket and retrieve a firearm from inside the pocket.

22-year-old Gerkiale Williams of Boston was arrested and charged with unlawfully carrying a firearm, resisting arrest, and affray. Williams was also wanted on outstanding warrants for assault and battery and disturbing a school assembly. During the incident officers also approached and arrested 54-year-old James Lewis of Boston. Lewis was one of the original combatants and was observed by officers putting an open and locked knife in his pocket. Lewis was charges with possession of a dangerous weapon and affray. Both suspects will be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.


The officers of the Boston Police Department have recovered and removed over 370 guns from city neighborhoods during 2015. 

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Firearm During Motor Vehicle Stop in Roxbury

File Photo

At about 12:33 AM on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of Seaver Street and Elm Hill Avenue that resulted in a firearm arrest.

While on patrol in the above area, officers observed a vehicle operating on a public way without a proper inspection sticker. Officers conducted a stop of this vehicle, and while speaking to the operator, not only learned that he did not have a driver’s license, but also observed what appeared to be the handle of a firearm protruding from his right front pocket. As officers secured the firearm and ordered the operator out of the vehicle, the operator became non-compliant, refusing to exit the car and actively resisting the officers. Fearing the presence of a secondary weapon, officers fought to remove the suspect from the vehicle.

After a lengthy struggle, officers were able to place the suspect in handcuffs. The suspect failed to produce a License to Carry and was placed under arrest. Officers recovered a loaded silver and black Smith & Wesson revolver with obliterated serial numbers.

The 22-year-old male suspect from Dorchester was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Numbers, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License, and Resisting Arrest.

In Case You Missed It: BPD Escorts Toran Gaal as He Hand-Cycles into Boston

Yesterday, Wednesday, July 22, 2015, members of the Boston Police Department had the honor of escorting Toran Gaal, a double amputee Marine Corp Veteran, into the City of Boston as he continues to hand-cycle across the country. When he arrived at BPD District A-15 (Charlestown), the BPPA canteen truck was there to greet him with refreshments, as well as Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, BPD Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross, the Citywide Bicycle Unit, Bomb Squad, and K9 Units. Police Officer John Quinn spearheaded the organization of Gaal’s welcome and spent several hours with him yesterday.

Said Gaal on his website, “At Boston city limits--seems like the entire force showed up! Thank you, Officer Quinn, for all your hard work putting this amazing day together!”

To Toran we say, "Keep it up, and may the wind be at your back!"

For more pictures of Gaal’s ride into Beantown and the rest of his journey across America, click on the link below:

http://www.torangaal.com/