Making A Difference: BPD Teams Up with Roche Brothers and Community Partners to Deliver Turkey Dinners.

This morning at the Roche Brothers Supermarket in West Roxbury, Boston Police Officers from Area E-5 (West Roxbury) loaded 90 turkeys and all the fixings for a great Thanksgiving Day meal into several police vans and delivered the dinners to local families. Captain Joseph Gillespie, Commander of Area E-5 and several Community Service Officers, met with community volunteers and packed the vans full of food before officers headed out to deliver the meals. “There are so many sponsors and volunteers that make this great event possible,” said Captain Gillespie. I am thankful for their support and making this great event possible.”   

One Less Gun: Gun, Drugs and Cash Recovered, One Arrested in Roxbury Search

At about 1:10 pm Monday, November 24, 2014, members of the Boston Police Drug Control Unit executed a search warrant at 146 Blue Hill Avenue, Roxbury. The suspect of the investigation was located and informed of the search warrant while entering a nearby liquor store on Blue Hill Avenue. Officers returned to 146 Blue Hill Avenue and made a peaceful entry. Inside the residence, officers encountered two individual not part of the investigation. They were informed of the search warrant and cooperated with officers. Recovered inside the residence during the search was a loaded .380 High Point semi-automatic handgun, about 22 grams of crack cocaine, 13 grams of cocaine and over three thousand dollars in cash.

Officers arrested the suspect, 35-year-old Sharif Hartgrove of Roxbury, charging him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Trafficking Class “B” (cocaine.) Arraignment is scheduled in Roxbury District Court.      

Community Alert: Boston Police Alert Residents and Students of Recent Robberies in Mission Hill Area

 

The Boston Police Department is issuing a Community Alert following incidents of Armed Robberies in the Mission Hill area of Roxbury (Alleghany Street, Fisher Avenue) which occurred on November 23, 2014. According to the victims they were not injured during these incidents. The incident descriptions are as follows:

1.     About 9:36 PM, officers spoke with a male victim who stated he was approached from behind by a male suspect with a black firearm, as he walked in the area of Alleghany and Parker Streets. The victim reported the suspect demanded the victim’s money and when he refused the suspect ran off. The suspect is described as a black male in his twenties, aprox. 6’, medium build, wearing dark clothing and a Bruins flat brim baseball hat.

 2.     About 9:48 PM, officers spoke with a male victim who stated he was approached from behind in the area of Fisher Avenue and robbed by a male suspect, who brandished a black firearm.  The victim described the suspect as a black male, wearing a navy sweatshirt and dark sweat pants. 

 3.     About 9:50 PM, officers spoke with a male victim who stated he was grabbed from behind as he walked in the area of 156 Hillside Street. The victim further stated he was immediately shown a black handgun, before the suspect robbed him of US currency. The victim described the suspect as a white male, with shadow facial hair, 5'8", medium build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a grey flat brimmed hat and smelled of burnt marijuana.

During the three separate encounters, the suspects demanded the victims turn over cash only, before fleeing on foot.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Detectives at Area B-2 (Roxbury) at 617-343-4275.

Community members who wish to remain anonymous should either call the CrimeStoppers tip line at 1-800-494-TIPS (8477) or text the word TIP to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently protect the identity of those who wish to remain anonymous.

Boston PAL and BPD Deliver 120 Turkeys

Thanks to the generosity of the Boston PAL, 120 Turkeys were purchased and will be delivered to families across the city in time for Thanksgiving. Boston Police Community Service Officers from each of the eleven police districts and the school police unit teamed up with Bill Stoddard, Executive Director of Boston PAL, to make sure a Thanksgiving meal will be enjoyed this Thursday by 120 families who may otherwise go without. "We are so happy to support the great work of the men and women of the Boston Police Department, "said Bill Stoddard, Executive Director of PAL. "We look forward to continuing our support in any way we can."  

 

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 17
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 10
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 38

Residential Break-ins: 15
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

One Less Gun: BPD Moves Ever Closer to the Confiscation of 1,000 Guns with Arrest of Two for the Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Dorchester

About 2:33am on Sunday, November 23, 2014, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Dudley Street and Columbia Road when officers observed a red motor vehicle, with its high beam headlights activated, operating at a high rate of speed. In light of the aforementioned violations, officers activated their lights & sirens and stopped the motor vehicle. With the car stopped, officers approached the vehicle, which was occupied by two males, in order to speak to the operator. While speaking to the operator, officers observed the handle of a firearm protruding from under the front passenger seat. Upon seeing the firearm, officers immediately instructed both occupants to exit the vehicle. With the car vacated, officers recovered and seized a loaded .45 Caliber handgun (see photo).

Officers arrested Sean Brown, 19, of Boston and a 15 year-old male from Boston and charged both with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and the Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm

*** Noteworthy Stats: In the calendar year 2014, the men and women of the Boston Police Department have taken 600 illegal crime guns off the streets of Boston. A crime gun is defined as an illegal firearm used in the commission of a crime or confiscated in the course of an arrest. In addition to the above, 396 guns have been voluntarily turned in by community members taking advantage of the Boston Gun Buyback Program. All told, there are 996 fewer guns in circulation as a result of the above efforts. For perspective purposes, the BPD seized a total of 667 guns for the year in 2013. To learn more about the Boston Gun Buyback Program, visit: bpdnews.com/bgb

Boston Police Arrest Suspect for Sexual Assault & Armed Robbery in East Boston

Boston Police Arrest Suspect for Sexual Assault & Armed Robbery in East Boston: At about 1:44am, on Saturday, November 22, 2014, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a call for an armed robbery and sexual assault in the Eagle Hill area of East Boston.  On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that she was walking home from work and had just arrived at her home when a male suspect approached her from behind, pushed her into her front hallway, showed a knife and demanded money. According to the victim, after getting a small amount of money, the suspect sexually assaulted her before fleeing the area on foot in an unknown direction.  The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’0” to 5’2” tall, wearing a red sweatshirt with a beige scarf. Officers promptly broadcast a description of the suspect over the police radio and, in short time, located and stopped a male fitting the description of the suspect. After being positively identified by the victim, the suspect was taken into custody. A pat frisk of the suspect enabled officers to locate a knife believed to have been used in the crime.

Officers arrested Eduardo Selvan Hernandez-Ortiz, 20, of East Boston and charged him with Armed Robbery, Indecent Assault & Battery, Assault with Intent to Rape and Open & Gross Lewdness. The suspect is expected to be arraigned in East Boston District Court on Monday (November 24, 2014). 

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit continues to actively review and investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident as well as others in the area and believe the suspect in this incident may have been involved in a similar incident on November 1, 2014 in which a female victim was robbed and sexually assaulted while walking home from work in the area of Border Street in East Boston. Anyone with any information about either of these incidents is asked to call Boston Police Sexual Assault Detectives directly 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.

Ribbon Cutting Day in Mattapan a Great Day for Teens Thanks to the Grand Opening of the Mattapan Teen Center!!!

Ribbon Cutting Day in Mattapan a Great Day for Teens Thanks to the Grand Opening of the Mattapan Teen Center!!! Today, Saturday, November 22, 2014, Mayor Walsh, Commissioner Evans, Josh Kraft of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Teen Center Director Ron Carroll along with a room packed full of community members gathered in Mattapan today to announce and celebrate the grand opening of the Mattapan Teen Center located at 10 Hazelton Street in Mattapan. Said Mayor Walsh, “This is a great day for young people. Today is about giving our young people a safe place to go where they can learn, grown and chase down their dreams. To the teens I see here today, I say to you this: This is your teen center, your special space so please take full advantage of all it has to offer." Offered Commissioner Evans: “As a young kid growing up in South Boston, the Boys & Girls Club meant everything to me. It gave me a safe place to go, grow and learn about myself. It was a place where people believed in me and I’m so excited to think that the young kids in Mattapan will have an experience similar to the one I had growing up.” The Teen Center, which is expected to provide services to well over 200 teens in the area, will provide programs focused on leadership, education, performing arts and healthy lifestyles.    

District B-2 Turkey Give-A-Way Enables Boston’s Finest to Make This Year’s Thanksgiving a Happy One for Close to 300 Area Families

District B-2 Turkey Give-A-Way Enables Boston’s Finest to Make This Year’s Thanksgiving a Happy One for Close to 300 Community Members: For over four hours, today, Saturday, November 22, 2014, officers from District B-2 happily stood outside in the parking lot of their station house braving the cold temps so that they could hand out close to 300 turkeys to community members eager to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Said one of the officers handing out turkeys today, “It feels good to spread some holiday cheer.” Special thanks to everybody who made the District B-2 Turkey Give-A-Way possible either by donation or volunteering time.   

Boston Police Arrest & Charge 85 Year-old Suspect with Indecent Assault & Battery on a Child

 

Boston Police Arrest & Charge 85 Year-old Suspect with Indecent Assault & Battery on a Child: At about 2:45pm, on Thursday, November 13, 2014, officers assigned to the BPD’s School Police Unit responded to an incident involving an alleged indecent assault between a student and an employee of the Boston Public Schools at the Higginson/Lewis School at 131 Walnut Ave in Roxbury.After a complete and thorough investigation by detectives assigned to the BPD’s Sex Assault Unit, today, Friday, November 21, 2014, officers arrested Charles Ramsey, 85, of Boston and charged him with Indecent Assault & Battery on a Child Under 14 Years of Age.  The suspect – who resigned from his position – is no longer an employee of the Boston Public Schools and is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on Monday.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit continues to actively review and investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information is asked to call Boston Police Sexual Assault Detectives directly 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.

Building Relationships: BPD Officers Take to the Hardwood in Dorchester

Building Relationships: Officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) and the Youth Violence Strike Force, along with Danny Mulhern from the Mayor’s Office, recently took to the hardwood at the St. Peter’s Community Center in Dorchester for a game of hoops against a team of young people from the Cape Verdean community. And, even though the BPD Team was lucky enough to eke out a 2 point win courtesy of a hotly-contested 68 -66 victory, all who participated in the game came out winners because, regardless of the final score, the relationship between our officers and the young people they played against benefited greatly.   

Catch of the Day: Victims and Police Detain Suspect After B&E on Houseboat in Charlestown

 

At about 3:30 PM on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 officers from District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a radio call for a breaking and entering in progress in the area of 28 Constitution Road in Charlestown.

On arrival, officers observed two individuals attempting to hold down a white male in the area of the above location. As officers approached, the victim stated that the suspect had stolen his possessions and broke into his boat. Officers detained the male and proceeded to speak to the victim. The female victim stated that when she arrived at the boat, she noticed that it had been broken into and that there had been property damage. At this time, she immediately called the owner of the boat, the male victim, who returned as well. Upon arriving, the victims observed a white male attempting to flee the area while in possession of the female victim’s back pack and other possessions. The victims gave chase and were able to catch up to the suspect and detain him until police arrived. All of the victims’ possessions were safely returned.

Officers arrested 43-year-old David Couto of Dorchester and charged him with Breaking and Entering of a Dwelling/Boat, Receiving Stolen Goods, and Possession of Class C Drugs.

 

Photo of the Day: BPD Plays the City's Youth in Basketball

photo courtesy of bpdnews.com

Today's photo of the day comes courtesy of Deputy Superintendent Nora Baston. Community Policing was on prominent display when the BPD took on the City's youth in a friendly basketball game! The above photo shows a collaborative effort from the BPD Youth Violence Strike Force, School Police Unit, District C-11 (Dorchester), and from the Mayor's Office, Dan Mulhern. Boston's Finest took on the neighborhood kids in a competitive game with BPD getting the win by two points!!

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 13

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

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

 

One Less Gun: Two Guns, One Arrest, Drugs and Ammunition Recovered in Dorchester

Photo Courtesy of BPDNews.com

Photo Courtesy of BPDNews.com

Early this morning members of the Boston Police Drug Control Unit executed a warrant at 68 Stranton Street, Apt. 1, Dorchester. Utilizing the services of the Boston Police Entry and Apprehension Team, officers made a forced entry into the residence. Inside, the officers encountered 8 Pit Bull dogs, 6 adults and one infant. Officers safely secured the Pit Bull dogs and adults inside the apartment.

During the execution of the warrant officers located a Ruger assault rifle, with two banana clips loaded with 46 rounds of ammunition, a loaded Beretta semi-automatic handgun, and four containers of what is believed to be marijuana.

Located and arrested inside the apartment was 39-year-old Canez Tout Puissant of Dorchester. He is charged with, Unlawful Possession of High Capacity Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class “D” drugs (Marijuana.) Puissant will be arraigned today in Dorchester District Court.

BPD Photo of the Day

BPD Photo of the Day: Gotta Love This!!! Officers assigned to the Boston Police School Police Unit are always interacting with and visiting area schools to provide services and build relationships with our city’s young people. During school visits, officers often talk to the kids about their personal safety and steps they can take to ensure it. After such discussions, officers always bring along and distribute BPD patches to the kids as a way of thanking them for paying attention during the discussions. During a recent trip to the Blackstone Elementary School located at 380 Shawmut Ave, one of the 3rd Grade students was so excited to receive her BPD Patch that, when she returned to school the next day, the patch, which had been sewn into her shirt, was on full display for all to see. For that, we say: “You are so welcome and thanks for proudly displaying the colors of the BPD!!!"

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

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

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

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Male and Female Juvenile for Armed Robbery in Charlestown

 

At about 5:08 PM, on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, officers from District A-15 (Charlestown) arrested two juveniles for armed robbery in the area of Lowney Street and Bunkerhill Street in Charlestown. 

While working at the front desk of District A-15 (Charlestown) station, officers were met by the victim who reported that she had just been assaulted and robbed at knife point in the area of the above location. The victim stated that she had been walking home with her young daughter when she heard three juveniles using foul language which was sexual in nature in the presence of her impressionable daughter. The victim kindly asked the individuals to please stop using that language in front of her daughter to which one of them complied. At this time, another female in the group cursed at the victim again and displayed a knife while continuing to threaten the victim. The female suspect then threw a cup in the victim’s face and an altercation ensued in which the victim was slammed on the sidewalk by the male suspect. The victim was able to run into the district station with her young daughter to seek assistance from police. While inside the station, the victim realized that her iPhone had been taken during the scuffle. Officers were able to immediately locate the suspects. The suspects were positively identified and the victim’s phone was safely returned. Officers recovered a pink folding knife which had been used in the crime. 

Officers arrested a 14-year-old female juvenile of Charlestown and a 13-year-old male juvenile also of Charlestown. The female charged with Armed Robbery and Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon (Knife), she was also issues a City of Boston Ordinance Violation for Possession of a Knife with a Blade Over 2 ½ inches. The male is charged with Armed Robbery and Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon (Sidewalk). 

 

A Message to Boston’s College and University Students

As fall comes to a close, I hope that this school year has gotten off to a great start for you, and that your studies are going well.  As you know, Boston is an amazing city to live in and study as a student.  

Today, I am writing to ask for your help.  The entire country is anxiously awaiting the grand jury decision in Ferguson over whether or not charges will be brought against a police officer.  Demonstrations are likely across the country. 

I ask that if public demonstrations occur as a result of the decision they are done with respect to our neighbors and businesses, responsibly and peacefully. 

The Boston Police Department respects the rights of individuals to assemble and advocate for their opinions and causes.  We are asking students to be mindful that there may be outside agitators trying to provoke and instigate otherwise peaceful protests.  

Boston has overcome much, and we have a strong history of coming together in times of challenges and crisis, as demonstrated in our community during the Boston Marathon.  We showed then how Boston stayed united and we can show that again with Ferguson and all of the important issues facing us in society today. 

Pending the imminent grand jury decision, if you choose to demonstrate please do so in a way that would make your school, your family, and your city proud.

Thank you.

                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                    Sincerely, 

                                                                                                                    William B. Evans

                                                                                                                    Police Commissioner                                                                      

Several BPD Officers Honored at Today’s Trooper George L. Hanna Memorial Awards for Bravery

During today’s Trooper George Hanna Awards Ceremony, which were held today (November 19, 2014) at the State House, the following Boston Police Officers were honored and recognized for their displays of courage and bravery as it relates, not to actions taken in the days after the Boston Marathon, but rather actions taken during an incident in which an armed felon was taken into custody on January 24, 2013. 

We commend and congratulate the officers honored today: 

  • Sergeant Bret H. LaBelle
  • Detective Amy M. Erlandson-LaPointe                       
  • Police Officer Skye A. Robinson                                 
  • Police Officer Matthew M. Conley                                            
  • Police Officer Wilfredo Coriano                                 
  • Police Officer Sean Daniely                                         
  • Police Officer Steven D. Roe                               

About 10:33am, on Thursday, January 24, 2013, Officers Robinson & Erlandson-LaPointe were on patrol in the area of Seaver Street when they observed a motor vehicle violating several motor vehicle laws. After stopping the car, which happened to be a rental car, officers discovered that the operator of the vehicle was not authorized to be behind the wheel of the vehicle. When back up officers arrived, the suspect was asked to exit the car. However, instead of exiting the vehicle, the suspect remained inside the car all the while accusing the officers of violating his rights. When officers attempted to take the suspect into custody, a violent struggle ensued. During the struggle, officers observed the suspect grabbing at his waist area in such a way as if to suggest he was in possession of a weapon. As the suspect continued to resist and fight, officers observed and quickly confiscated a loaded firearm lodged in the suspect’s waist area. As a result of their courageous actions and split second decision making, lives were saved and the officers involved in this incident were today honored with a Trooper George L. Hanna Memorial Award for Bravery.