BPD in the Community: BPD Chief Gross and BPD Cabo Verdean-American Police Officers Meet in Praia to Share Best Practices

With the goal of expanding cooperation and fighting shared criminal threats, a delegation from the Boston Police Department arrived in Praia on Monday, January 15, 2018. Led by BPD Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross, three Cabo Verdean-American police officers traveled to Cabo Verde as part of the inaugural visit, which is funded and organized by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

The purpose of the visit is to share best practices between the BPD and Cabo Verde law enforcement officials in several areas of policing. The team of senior Boston police officers and State Department officials will work with Cabo Verdean law enforcement to analyze crime trends in the archipelago and conduct briefings on key components of Boston’s policing strategies, including: community policing and outreach, use of social media, gang investigations and prosecutions, focused deterrence policing, and the use of the Comp Stat program. This is the first in a series of planned visits. 

The BPD was chosen because it’s not only America’s oldest police force, but is also a national leader in community policing and the use of advanced information systems to monitor crime patterns and statistics. Boston is also home to a large community of Cabo Verdean-Americans, including more than 65 who serve as police officers in the region.

“We consider Praia to be our sister city and the National Police to be our brother department,” Superintendent-in-Chief Gross said Monday during a meeting with the leadership of Cabo Verde’s National Police. “We look forward to the exchange of information during our visit so that we can learn from each other and be stronger together.”

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Two, Recover Large Amount of Money & Marijuana during Motor Vehicle Stop

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At about 10:30 PM on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) were on patrol in an unmarked cruiser in the area of South Street and Beach Street, an area well-known to officers for drug and firearm related incidents, when they passed a vehicle idling at the side of the street. Officers observed the two front seat occupants hunched over toward the center console of the vehicle. Officers turned around and stopped their cruiser a short distance behind in order to run the plate, when they observed the car drive quickly away. Officers followed the vehicle for several blocks and turns, but when the vehicle passed the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Marginal Road, the car’s speed increased drastically, and officers had to drive 45 miles per hour to keep up. The vehicle then made a right turn onto Tremont Street, failing to stop at a marked stop sign. The officers conducted a stop of the motor vehicle.

Upon approach, officers could smell what appeared to be the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Officers observed that both the operator and the passenger were extremely nervous. The operator, identified as 32-year-old Terry D. Saint-Fleur of Hyde Park, had loose pieces of marijuana on his shirt and made a quick motion with his feet as if to push something under the seat with his feet. The passenger, identified as 47-year-old Yueyi Chen of Dorchester, was not wearing his seat belt and appeared to stuff something with his hand in between his seat and the center console. Fearing the presence of weapons, officers ordered both occupants to exit the vehicle for a frisk. Upon doing so, the officers observed an open brown paper shopping bag inside of which they could see a very large clear bag containing what appeared to be marijuana. The bag and its contents were packaged in a manner consistent with the distribution of drugs and did not appear to be for personal use.

A search of the vehicle yielded the following:

  • Two extra-large vacuum-sealed plastic bags containing large quantities of what appeared to be marijuana packaged for distribution
  • A white plastic shopping bag and a red plastic shopping bag containing over $36,600 in US paper currency
  • Additional smaller quantities of what appeared to be marijuana in a variety of different packages.
  • Five cellular phones
  • A bag containing gold colored jewelry
  • A black MTech spring assisted knife

Officers placed both Saint-Fleur and Chen under arrest and both were charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D (Marijuana). Saint-Fleur was additionally charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D (2nd & Subsequent Offense) and Unlawfully Carrying a Dangerous Weapon (3rd & Subsequent Offense). Saint-Fleur was also cited for the traffic infractions, and Chen was cited for not wearing a seatbelt. At booking, approximately $2,200 was recovered from the person of Saint-Fleur and almost $1,500 from the person of Chen.

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

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 2
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.

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

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 4

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.

Significant Arrest: BPD Officers Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection to Armed Robbery of Several Boston Convenience Stores

At about 2:30 PM on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, members of the BPD Fugitive Apprehension Unit, along with officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattpan) and members of the Youth Violence Strike Force, located and arrested 35-year-old Thomas Huggins of Mattapan and charged him in connection to a string of armed robberies in the Brighton and Mattapan areas beginning on January 10, 2018. During the arrest, Huggins hid in a closet before putting up a violent struggle with officers. Officers were eventually able to place Huggins into custody and recover a loaded 9mm Ruger pistol from his residence. Huggins was charged with Armed Robbery by virtue of an arrest warrant issued out of Brighton District Court. Investigators are seeking charges against Huggins for unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition and at least six additional incidents in the Brighton and Mattapan areas, including two armed robberies minutes apart from each other at 552 and 554 River Street (Cricket Wireless and Papa John’s), Mattapan.

The facts and circumstances surrounding the original incident in Brighton are as follows:

At about 9:53 PM on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, officers from District D-14 (Brighton) responded to a call for an Armed Robbery at 140 N. Beacon Street (Quality Market) in Brighton. On arrival, officers spoke to store employees who stated that a black male and black female entered the store. Employees stated that, once inside, the black male approached the counter, displayed a firearm, and demanded money. After taking an undisclosed amount of US Currency, both suspects exited the store. A short time later, on the same date of the robbery, officers were able to locate and arrest the female suspect in the area of 1441 Commonwealth Ave.

Huggins is expected to be arraigned in Brighton District Court on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and others. Anyone with information relative to this investigation is asked to call detectives assigned to District D-14 at (617) 343-4256.

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. Together we make our city safer. The men and women of the Boston Police Department are here to help 24/7/365.

BPD Remembers Service and Sacrifice of Patrolman John Lynch, 28, shot and killed in the line of duty on this day 110 years ago

BPD Remembers: The blue flame at the BPD Memorial forever burns bright for those lost in the line of duty. On this day 110 yrs ago (1/16/1908) Patrolman John Lynch, 28, was shot and killed by an armed robber in the area of Summer & Kingston Streets in Boston. Although many years have passed, the weight of his sacrifice has never grown lighter. As you go about your business today, we kindly ask you to offer a prayer for our fallen brother and for all those left behind in the wake of their losses so many years ago.

Because We Care: BPD Officer Uses Cupcakes to Thank a Couple of Super Cute Kids for Recent Visit to District C-11 in Dorchester

When a couple of super cute kids recently stopped by District C-11 in Dorchester to show and voice their support for Boston’s Finest, Officer Fenton wanted to reward the kids for taking the time to visit and did so with a tray full of scrumptious cupcakes!!! Gotta love the kids!!!

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of Kenwood Street and Washington Street, Dorchester

 

At about 5:30 PM on Sunday, January 14, 2018, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of Kenwood Street and Washington Street.

Upon arrival, officers located a male victim who appeared to be suffering from an apparent gunshot wound or wounds. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim has since been identified as Chad O'Connor, 17 of Boston. 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating 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.

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of Gloucester and Boylston Streets

 

At about 9:30 PM on Saturday, January 13, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of Gloucester Street near Boylston Street in the Back Bay. On arrival, officers located two adult male victims in their 20’s suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, who were both quickly transported to an area hospital for treatment. One of the victims remains hospitalized at this time with injuries that are not considered to be life threatening in nature. The second victim later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The second victim has since been identified as 24-year-old Jamal Bannister of Boston.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating 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.

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of Columbia Road and Washington Street in Dorchester

 

At about 2:03 PM on Thursday, January 11, 2018, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of Columbia Road and Washington Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim in his early 20’s suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. This victim has since been identified as Shaquille Browder, 21 of Roxbury. Officers located a second male victim in his early 20’s who had fled the scene suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. That victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating 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.

Update: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of 31 Whittier Street in Roxbury

 

At about 1:46 PM on Thursday, January 11, 2018, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) heard the sound of gunfire while patrolling on foot in the area of 31 Whittier Street in Roxbury. Officers investigated and quickly located a male victim in his early 20's suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The victim has since been identified as Alexander Mervin, 22 of Revere. 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating 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.

 

Missing Person Alert: BPD Seeks Public's Assistance in Locating Missing 7-Year-Old Amira Davis

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The Boston Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in efforts to locate 7-year-old Amira Davis. Amira was last seen on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at about 8:30 am in the area of Mattapan Square. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Amira Davis is urged to contact 911 or District B-3 detectives directly at (617) 343-4712. 

BPD Community Alert: Officers Investigating Breaking and Entering & Indecent Assault in the Area of Old Ironsides Way, Charlestown

At about 4:00 AM on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, officers from District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a radio call for a breaking and entering in progress in the area of Old Ironsides Way. Upon arrival, officers were informed that the female victim had been sleeping in her apartment when she was indecently assaulted by an intruder who had broken into the residence. The victim screamed and awoke the other household members, and the suspect fled out of the front door.

The suspect was described as a black male approximately 25 to 30 years old, 5’5” to 5’8” in height, and wearing gray sweatpants with a distinct dark gray rear pocket.

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 Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400 or the Area A Detectives at (617) 343-4248.

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’ve been a victim of a sexual assault that 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.

Boston 96: Weekend Update and Public Journal

Data includes 96 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10:00 a.m. through Tuesday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 2
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 4

Street Robberies: 5
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 10
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 29

Residential Break-ins: 12
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.

And now for another installment of "You Can't Make This Stuff Up..."

 

At about 2:20 PM on Monday, January 15, 2018, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a radio call for a larceny in progress in the area of Rossmore Road.

While en route, officers were informed that the caller observed a male steal a package from a residence on Rossmore. The witness gave a description of a male who opened the package, took the contents from inside, and left the box. Additional units in the area observed a male matching the suspect description walking away from 28 Rossmore toward Washington Street. When officers approached the suspect, later identified as 33-year-old Sadiel Tapia of Boston, he began to encourage bystanders to video tape the interaction, stating, “I got nothing on me, I got nothing on me. You are always harassing me.” The officers explained that they were stopping him because he matched the description of a person stealing a package, and Tapia blurted out, “I put it back. I didn’t even take it.” As Mr. Tapia raised his arms up as if to indicate he didn’t have anything, a clear plastic bag containing the package’s contents fell from the back side of Mr. Tapia’s jacket. Officers observed the female who had been taping with her cell phone audibly sigh, put her phone in her pocket, and walk away. Tapia was positively identified as the suspect of the larceny, and officers recovered the stolen item. Tapia was placed under arrest and charged with Larceny from a Building.

One Less Gun: Off-Duty BPD Officer Witnesses Shots Fired Incident, Observations Lead to Firearm Recovery and Suspect Arrest

 

At about 12:15 AM on Monday, January 15, 2018, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for a person with a gun and shots fired in the area of Beach and Lincoln Streets.

While en route to the incident, officers were informed via 911 dispatch that, in addition to several 911 calls, an off-duty Boston police officer had heard the shots while walking in the area of Savvor Lounge. The off-duty officer then observed a white BMW with a partial MA plate of 8HC fleeing the area on Beach Street toward Surface Road. Several 911 callers reported seeing a black male wearing an orange shirt brandishing a firearm outside Savvor Lounge. Responding officers began to canvas the area for a vehicle or suspect fitting those descriptions. Moments later, officers driving on 93-North passing Exit 16 noticed a white BMW with a partial plate matching that of the plate the off-duty officer had described. The officers conducted a stop of the motor vehicle and ordered the three occupants to exit the car given the nature of the incident involving a firearm. Inside the vehicle on the backseat, officers observed a black pistol holster on top of a green jacket with a bright orange liner matching the description given by the 911 callers. Officers requested a K-9 to sweep the vehicle for any indication of a firearm, and the dog indicated on the pouch behind the front passenger side seat. Upon further investigation, officers recovered an unloaded 9mm Ruger LC9s from the pouch. The backseat passenger, identified as 31-year-old Dewayne Morris of Randolph, advised officers that he possessed a MA License to Carry, and officers confirmed it was active; however, they also noted that Morris had an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and appeared intoxicated. Officers recovered the firearm, the holster, the jacket, and the firearm’s magazine from under the jacket. Officers also recovered shell casings at the scene near Beach and Utica Streets.

Upon further investigation, officers learned that Morris was involved in an altercation with a male inside the club and when confronted by the male outside, Morris fired the pistol into the air to scare him away, before jumping into the backseat of the vehicle and leaving the area.

Officers arrested Morris and charged him with Disturbing the Peace, Discharging a Firearm within 500 Ft. of a Dwelling/Building, and Carrying a Firearm while Under the Influence of Liquor/Drugs. The other two occupants of the vehicle were identified and released forthwith.

Said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, "Whether on duty or off, an incident like this underscores the fact that my officers are always looking out for the safety and well-being of the citizens of our city. While I'm grateful to all who assisted in the arrest of this dangerous and reckless individual, I'm especially grateful to the off-duty officer who went above the call of duty to make sure those responsible were held accountable."

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Firearm and Charge 14-year-old Juvenile after a Shot was Fired Inside a Residence in Mattapan

At about 9:40 PM on Saturday, January 13, 2018, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 124 Standard Street. On arrival, officers were advised that a woman thought someone had shot at her window. Officers observed what appeared to be a bullet hole in the living room ceiling and advanced to the room above the living room in order to locate a possible victim or suspect. Upon entering the bedroom above the living room, officers were met by two males—a 14-year-old juvenile and a 17-year-old juvenile. While speaking with the males, officers observed a spent shell casing in plain view in a small garbage can inside the room. Officers were informed by the woman that the room belonged to the 14-year-old. Given the circumstances, officers frisked both males, but the frisk yielded no weapons. Officers froze the scene pending a search warrant. The 14-year-old juvenile was charged with Delinquent to wit; Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Upon execution of the search warrant, officers recovered a loaded 9mm Hi-Point Lugar firearm from a crawl space just outside of the 14-year-old’s bedroom, as well as the 9mm spent shell casing from the garbage can and a bullet fragment from the living room floor. Detectives will seek additional firearm related charges against the 14-year-old juvenile.

Death Investigation in the Area of Kenwood Street and Washington Street, Dorchester

 

At about 5:30 PM on Sunday, January 14, 2018, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of Kenwood Street and Washington Street.

Upon arrival, officers located a male victim who appeared to be suffering from an apparent gunshot wound or wounds. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating 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.