Justice Served: Suspect Found Guilty of Murder

Justice Served: Today, Wednesday December 17, 2014, a Suffolk County Jury returned a guilty verdict against Cristian Rodriguez, 38, of Boston for 1st Degree Murder in the death of Roosevelt Harris, 51, of Boston.  On February 9, 2012, officers from District D-4 responded to a call for a man who had been assaulted and beaten in the area of 1049 Tremont Street. On arrival, officers located the victim (Roosevelt Harris) suffering from what appeared to be massive head trauma. Mr. Harris was pronounced deceased on the scene by Boston EMS. After a complete and thorough investigation, Boston Police Homicide Detectives were able to identify and arrest the suspect in this case. Today, the suspect, Cristian Rodriguez was sentenced to life in prison. Special thanks to the members of the Boston Police Homicide Unit and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley’s Office for the hard work, dedication and devotion that led to the successful prosecution of the suspect in this case.      

DEATH INVESTIGATION in the area of West Cottage and Dudley Streets

At about 1:40 PM, on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to am outside scene for a person shot in the area of West Cottage and Dudley Streets. On arrival, officers located an adult male, believed to be in his twenties, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to Boston Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

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 Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members who wish to assist this investigation anonymously can either call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800)494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department stringently protects the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous and is interested only in your information, not your identity.

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 14

Residential Break-ins: 6
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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 In The News: The 6th Annual ‘Shop with a Cop’ event at Targets’s South Bay, Dorchester location.

SANTAS IN BLUE: Officer Jorge Dias helps Janiyah Woodley, 7, carry her new doll at the Dorchester target yesterday. (photo by Chris Evans)

SANTAS IN BLUE: Officer Jorge Dias helps Janiyah Woodley, 7, carry her new doll at the Dorchester target yesterday. (photo by Chris Evans)

In The News: Special Thanks to Peter Gelzinis of the Boston Herald for his story about the 6th Annual ‘Shop with a Cop’ event hosted last night at Target’s South Bay location in Dorchester.  The holiday spirit of giving was felt by members of the Boston Police Department, Boston EMS and Transit Police, as well as many community partners. To read the full story as it appeared in the Boston Herald – please click on the enclosed link:

www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/columnists/peter_gelzinis/2014/12/gelzinis_heavy_police_presents_at_dorchester_targetw

Great Time Had by All at the 6th Annual Shop with a Cop, Heroes & Helpers!!!

Great Time Had by All at the 6th Annual Shop with a Cop, Heroes & Helpers: Nothing quite captures the spirit of the holiday season like Shop with a Cop. Tonight, Tuesday, December 16, 2014, over 200 kids went shopping at Target accompanied by members of the Boston Police Department, Boston EMS and MBTA Police and, by all appearances, the night was a smashing success. Each child was given a $50.00 gift card to be spent on gifts of their choosing. For officers who participated in this year’s event looking to spread a little holiday cheer, Shop with a Cop did not disappoint. Said Commissioner Evans, “Once again, I’m so proud of my officers. They turned out in mass tonight to spread some holiday cheer and make a difference in the lives of over 200 kids. You could tell by the smiles on the faces of both the kids and our officers that tonight was a special night for all involved and another opportunity for our officers to show the kids of our community how much we care about them.”  

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 14

Residential Break-ins: 5
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.

Cops Care: BPD Officers Deliver Christmas Cheer to Roxbury Resident

Christmas came early for one Roxbury resident this week.  88-year-old Viola Sanon who loves to watch her TV, was very heartbroken to learn that her only television was stolen after her home was broken into in early December. Hearing the news, Captain John Davin and officers assigned to the Community Service Office at Area B-2 (Roxbury), all chipped in and purchased Ms. Sanon a brand new television.  Pictured with Ms. Sanon is Sgt. Samil Silta and Officers Lylana Jones-Henderson and Israul Marrero of the B-2 Community Service Office.

Community Alert: Boston Police Investigating Reports of Indecent Assaults Involving Transportation Services

The Boston Police Department is asking community members to exercise caution when utilizing transportation services in Boston. At present, the Boston Police Department is investigating three separate reports of incidents involving indecent assaults:   

·         (1) At about 12:58am, on Sunday, December 14, 2014, officers spoke to a victim who stated that she had been indecently assaulted by an individual she believed to be employed by a rideshare service. According to the victim, she arranged for pick-up in the area of Dorchester Avenue and Columbia Road. Once inside the vehicle, the victim states that the operator offered her money and touched her inappropriately. While still in the car, the victim states that she received a text from her actual authorized timeshare operator stating that he had arrived to pick her up. At this point, the victim ordered the operator to stop the car so that she could exit the vehicle and call police. A search of the area for the suspect’s vehicle was unsuccessful.

·         (2) At about 2:34am, on Sunday, December 14, 2014, officers spoke to a victim who stated that she had been assaulted by an individual she believed to be employed by a rideshare service. According to the victim, she arranged for transportation from 1030 Commonwealth Avenue to her home. Once inside the vehicle, the victim states that the operator made attempts to touch her inappropriately.  After refusing unwanted advances, the victim ordered the operator to stop the car so that she could exit the vehicle.

·       (3) At about 2:50am, on Sunday, December 14, 2014, officers spoke to a victim who stated that she had been indecently assaulted by an individual who she believed to be employed by a rideshare service. According to the victim, she arranged for transportation from Faneuil Hall to a location in Dorchester. During the ride, the victim says she fell asleep and woke to the driver indecently assaulting her.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review and investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400.

Community members who wish to assist this investigation anonymously can call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department stringently guards and protects the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous.

Safety tips to consider when using transportation services in Boston:

·         Have a plan on how you will get home before you go out.

·         Travel with friends if possible.

·         Whenever possible, schedule a designated driver.

·         Have credible and regulated cab company phone numbers saved to your phone ahead of time.

·         Use only licensed cabs or clearly identifiable livery or rideshare service vehicles that you call to your location.

·         Before entering any vehicle, ask to see the operator’s license and any information confirming the driver’s employee status with the service hired.

·         Make note of taxi medallion numbers or license plates.

·         Once you are in a hired vehicle, call a friend or someone you know and let them know your ride has arrived and you’re en-route.

·         Do not get into an unmarked taxi or livery car.

 

         

 

 

 

 

MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: 6th Annual PAL Shop with a Cop, Heroes & Helpers Scheduled for Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WHO: Mayor Martin Walsh, Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross, members of the Boston Police Department, Boston EMS and the MBTA Police along with representatives from Target, Blauer and the Boston Police Athletic/Activities League.   

WHAT: Nothing quite captures the spirit of the holiday season better than the 6th Annual PAL Shop with a Cop, Heroes & Helpers. This year, as in years past, over 200 kids will go shopping accompanied by members of the Boston Police Department, Boston EMS and MBTA Police. Each child is furnished with a $50.00 gift card to be spent on gifts of their choosing. For officers who have participated in this event in year past, Shop with a Cop is a must attend/can’t miss event that highlights the season of giving. Said one officer, “Shop with a Cop is one of the best things we do. It feels so good to give something back and to show the kids how much we care about them.”   

WHERE: Target Store at 7 Allstate Road in Dorchester (South Bay Mall) 

WHEN: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 @ 6:00pm

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 661 Adams Street

 

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 661 Adams Street: At about 6:20pm, on Friday, December 12, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to an outside scene for a man down in the area of 661 Adams Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers observed and located a male victim suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds. Boston Emergency Services pronounced the victim deceased at the scene. The victim has since been identified as Sean Dwyer, 29, of Boston.  

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review and investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members who wish to assist this investigation anonymously can call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department stringently guards and protects the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous. 

BPD Photo of the Day: Getting Down & Dirty at the Boston Police Academy

BPD Photo of the Day: When you’re a recruit training at the Boston Police Academy in Hyde Park, there’s no such thing as a bad day for a work out and working out in less than ideal conditions is par for the course.  To all the recruits presently training and preparing to join one of the finest professions in America, we say: “Keep up the great work and do your best to stay dry.”

Great Work Recognized: Commissioner’s Commendations Awarded to Officers Paul Dok, Christopher McCarthy & Michael Szegda

Great Work Recognized: Commissioner’s Commendations Awarded to Officers Paul Dok, Christopher McCarthy and Michael Szegda - On Wednesday, October 22, 2014,  Officers Dok, McCarthy and Szegda received a radio call for a person threatening to jump off the Sudbury Street Parking Garage. On arrival, several witnesses approached officers and pointed to the location from which the woman was looking to jump. Upon gazing upward, officers immediately secured a visual of a woman sitting on an outer ledge on the upper level of the garage. After spotting the woman, officers made their way to the upper level. Once there, officers climbed onto the ledge where the woman was sitting. Upon seeing the officers, a struggle ensued as the woman attempted to jump off the ledge. All three officers - working together - were able to grab a hold of the woman and pull her safety. For putting their lives on the line in effort to save the life of another, Officers Paul Dok, Chris McCarthy and Michael Szegda are hereby awarded the Commissioner’s Commendations.

Mutual Respect in the Form of a Note & a Flower

 

Mutual Respect in the Form of a Note & a Flower: During today’s demonstration, one demonstrator in particular left a hugely positive impression on several members of the Boston Police Department. One of the demonstrators made a point to go out of her way to send a message that was warmly received and appreciated by every officer who received it. The demonstrator in question was seen handing out flowers (white carnations) with notes attached that read: “We don’t hate you.” To the demonstrator who passed out the notes, we say thank you and the feelings are certainly shared. Said Superintendent Robert Merner, who gladly accepted and proudly wore the flower: “It meant a lot. It really did. We respect the people out here more than they know. We respect their right to gather and voice their opinions. Obviously, we’re here to make sure they do it in a safe, respectful and responsible manner. But – we don’t dislike anybody and it was nice to see that the feelings are mutual.” 

Statement from Police Commissioner William Evans regarding today’s demonstration:

"I would like to again thank the men and women of the Boston Police Department. The restraint and professionalism exhibited by all my officers during today’s peaceful march and demonstration were exceptional. After several sit-ins and blocked roadways, no arrests were made by the Boston Police Department and no injuries were reported. I also want to again acknowledge and thank the public for their patience and understanding as a result of the necessary road closures and driving restrictions employed throughout the day. These are done in the interest of keeping everyone safe and today we did just that. I truly appreciate your understanding and cooperation.”

Death Investigation in the area of 661 Adams Street

 

At about 6:20 PM, Friday, December, 12, 2014 officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a man down in the area of 661 Adams Street.

Upon arrival, officers observed a male lying in the street suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds. Boston Emergency Services pronounced the victim 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 the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members who wish to assist this investigation anonymously can call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS. You may also text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department stringently protects the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous and is interested only in your information, not your identity.

BPD Photo of the Day

‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ at BPD District A-7 (East Boston) annual Children’s Christmas/Holiday Party held on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel located in East Boston. This year students from the Dante Aligheri Montessori School enjoyed a magic show, dancing, lunch, a special visit and gifts from Santa Claus. Special thank you to the Boston Police Athletic League, Courtyard Marriott-Logan Airport and the Kiwanis Club of East Boston for sponsoring this popular event.  

BPD IN THE NEWS: Mayor Walsh and BPD Officers salute Justin Quinn as an Officer for the Day

IN THE NEWS: Special thanks to Jonathan Elias of WBZ TV for his heartwarming coverage of Justin Quinn becoming an officer for the day. Mayor Walsh and BPD Officers from District A-1 (Downtown) helped make Justin’s dream come true. To view the full story as it aired on WBZ Channel 4– please click on the link below: link: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/12/11/young-man-battling-cancer-gets-wish-granted-in-boston/

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 7
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 5
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 5
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.

 

Community Alert: Woman Assaulted near Norfolk & Hosmer Streets in Mattapan

On December 10, 2014 at approximately 7:38pm, a woman walking near Norfolk and Hosmer Streets was approached from behind by a male who brandished a knife.  The suspect attempted to force the victim down an alley when a struggle ensued.  The victim was able to wrestle the knife from her attacker and scream which caused the suspect to flee.  The suspect ran down Hosmer Street turning right on to Norfolk Street in the direction of Mattapan Square. 

The suspect is described as black, non Hispanic male, 18-22 years old, approximately 5’ 7” tall, slim build, wearing a black Northface jacket with a hood over his face.  

Anyone with information relative to the above incident is asked to call detectives at (617) 343-4400

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling 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 wishing to remain anonymous.

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.

A Daily Dose of Great Police Work: ‘Live Camera Action’ Enables Officers to Make a Quick Arrest for Breaking and Entering on Commonwealth Avenue

At about 1:53 PM on Wednesday, December, 10, 2014, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a breaking & entering in progress at 213 Commonwealth Avenue.

Officers enroute were informed the resident of the apartment was watching the suspect inside her apartment via a live camera and giving a police dispatcher play by play actions of the suspect inside her home. The victim described the suspect as a black or Hispanic male, wearing a black knit hat, black scarf on his face, black jacket, blue jeans and holding a black & gray backpack, which he was placing her personal items including her Kindle into.  As officers approached the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue & Fairfield Street they observed a male matching the victim’s description walking in a hurried manner. Officers exited their marked cruiser and followed the suspect on foot. Officers called out to the suspect to stop but he ignored the officer commands and continued walking in a hurried manner. Officers quickly caught up to male outside the Hynes Convention Center. After a brief encounter and a search of the suspect’s backpack, officers recovered the victim’s Kindle, a pry bar and a screwdriver.

As a result the suspect Allen Bolden, 32, of Mattapan was arrested and charged with Dwelling House; Breaking and Entering, Possession of Burglarious Tools, Buying, Receiving or Concealing Stolen Goods.