Boston 24: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Tuesday @ 10:00 a.m. through Wednesday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

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

Residential Break-ins: 4
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.

IN THE NEWS: Thanks to Boston Globe Reporter Evan Allen for Going Behind the Scenes to Better Understand Why Fewer Arrests is Making Boston a Better Place to Live

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IN THE NEWS: Arrests are down in Boston. Globe reporter Evan Allen goes on a ride-along with BPD Officers to better understand and explain why that’s a good thing. Although fewer arrests are being made, Allen’s report shows it would be a mistake to assume less work is being done. In fact, as Allen learns, BPD officers are working harder than ever before to make Boston one of the safest, more compassionate and empathetic big cities in America. Said Commissioner Evans: “When I came on the job, you measured what kind of an officer someone was by quantitative statistics. How many arrests. How many moving violations. We don’t do that anymore. I think our officers get it. It’s not about throwing people behind bars, it’s about getting them services and opportunities.”

To read the full story as it appears in the Boston Globe - please click on link below:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/08/30/two-boston-police-officer-act-guardians-streets-city/ONxuMmhouasVTwyjYi6r9N/story.html

Boston 24: Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Monday @ 10:00 a.m. through Tuesday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 6
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 7
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.

Flashlight Walk Lights Up the Night and Brings a Community Together on District B-2 in Roxbury!!!

FLASHLIGHT WALK: Smiles and plenty of positive interactions were on full display at the District B-2 #FlashlightWalk. Our officers had a great time meeting and connecting with so many concerned and compassionate community members. Flashlight Walks are all about coming together as a community and the District B-2 Flashlight Walk certainly achieved that goal. Thanks again to everybody who made it a point to attend this past week's walk.

Boston 72: Weekend Update

Data includes 72 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10:00 a.m. through Monday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 2
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 8

Street Robberies: 8
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 2

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 20

Residential Break-ins: 11
Commercial Break-ins: 5

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: Officers Recover Loaded Revolver Hidden by 14 Year Old Suspect in Dorchester

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At about 5:00 PM on Saturday August 27, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made and onsite firearm arrest in the area of 28 Supple Road in Dorchester.  The officers were on directed patrol while assigned to the Caribbean Festival when they observed a group of known gang members in front of the address and approached to speak with them.  During the course of their investigation, the officers were able to recover a loaded .38 caliber Colt Official Police revolver which had been hidden underneath a bucket by a 14 year old juvenile male from Dorchester.  The suspect attempted to flee the scene on foot but was pursued and placed in custody after a brief struggle.  The suspect will appear in Dorchester Juvenile Court on charges of Delinquent to Wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Resisting Arrest and Trespassing.  

 

UPDATE: Arrest Made in Connection to Death Investigation in the Area of 6 Dudley Terrace in Dorchester

Death Investigation in the Area of 6 Dudley Terrace in Dorchester:  At about 12:05 AM on Saturday August 20, 2016, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 6 Dudley Terrace in Dorchester.  On arrival, officers located one adult male victim and one adult female victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  The male victim was pronounced deceased on scene.  The female victim was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.  The male victim was later identified as Ailton Goncalves, 35, of Dorchester.

Earlier today, at about 10:45 AM on Saturday August 27, 2016, members of the BPD Fugitive Unit and Youth Violence Task Force arrested Aaron Almeida, 22, of Hyde Park, in the area of Morrissey Boulevard and Neponset Avenue in Dorchester.   The suspect will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of Murder and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

“I’d like to thank all of my officers and detectives who have been working tirelessly on both of these cases,” said Commissioner Evans.  “Their efforts over the past several months and weeks are evidence of their commitment to seeking justice for all victims, families and loved ones affected by violence.  I hope these arrests bring some level of comfort to the families and loved ones of both victims."

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

 

UPDATE: Arrest Made in Connection to Death Investigation in the Area of 66 Humboldt

At about 3:05 AM on Monday, March 21, 2016, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 66 Humboldt Avenue.  On arrival, officers observed a male victim, who appeared to be in his twenties, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim was later identified as Allex Bryant, 28, of Boston.

On Thursday August 25, 2016, Dartanyan Pledger, 24, of Dorchester, was placed in custody by the U.S. Marshal Task Force in Atlanta Georgia and is charged with Murder.   

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating two additional suspects involved in this case who currently remain at large  Niccokowan Pledger-Grant, 26, of Quincy, (below left) is wanted for Murder and Lisa Lewis, 24, of Quincy, (below right) is wanted as an Accessory After the Fact. 

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.

 

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Loaded Firearm from Combative Suspect After Traffic Stop in the South End

At about 2:53 AM on Saturday August 27, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force placed a suspect in custody on firearm and drug related charges after a traffic stop in the area of Shawmut Avenue and San Juan Street in the South End.  The officers had stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation and were speaking to the operator, Justin Cullinane, 25, of Hyde Park, who was known to them through previous interactions when they observed marijuana, a scale and several plastic bags strewn about the passenger compartment.  The officers removed the suspect from the car when he began reaching towards the right side of his body and concealing his hand from them.  As an officer was performing a pat frisk he felt a firearm in the right side pocket of the suspect’s pants at which time the suspect pushed the officer and attempted to flee.  A violent struggle ensued as the officers fought to gain control of the armed suspect.  The officers were eventually able to place the suspect in custody and safely recover a loaded .380 caliber Ruger handgun from his pocket.  It was later determined that the firearm had an obliterated serial number. The officers also recovered several bags of cocaine and marijuana packaged for sale from the suspect.   

The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs and Armed Career Criminal.

 

Death Investigation in the Area of 58 Westville Street in Dorchester

 

At about 1:39 AM on Saturday August 27, 2016, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 58 Westville Street, Dorchester. On arrival officers located a male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced deceased.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

 

Death Investigation in the Area of 454 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain

 

At about 3:33 AM on Saturday August 27, 2016, officers assigned to District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 454 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain. On arrival officers located a male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to an area hospital and later pronounced deceased.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

 

Officers Locate and Arrest Three Suspects After Multiple Vehicle Windows Shattered by BB Gun Fire in Dorchester

At about 1:20 AM on Friday August 26, 2016, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a white SUV travelling down Mildred Avenue firing a weapon, possibly a firearm or a BB gun, causing damage to parked motor vehicles.  Officers located several cars with shattered side windows and broadcast a detailed description of the suspect vehicle.  A short time later, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force located the vehicle at a gas station near Washington Street and Gallivan Boulevard.  The officers approached the SUV and immediately observed what appeared to be several firearms inside at which time they quickly removed the three occupants who were later identified as Franck Jules, 29, of Mattapan (operator), Robserson Jacques, 20, of Mattapan and a 16 year old juvenile male from Randolph.   During the course of the investigation, it was revealed that all four weapons were pellet guns and that both the vehicle and the license plates which were attached had been reported stolen in separate recent incidents.  All three suspects were placed in custody without incident and have been charged in Dorchester District Court.  Franck Jules is charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Destruction of Personal Property and Receiving Stolen Property.  Roberson Jacques is charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Receiving Stolen Property.  The 16 year old suspect is charged with Delinquent to Wit:  Destruction of Personal Property and Person Under the Age of 18 in Possession of a BB Gun.

 

One Less Gun: Two Under Arrest As Officers Recover Two Loaded Firearms Concealed in Socks After Traffic Stop in Dorchester

At about 5:45 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force placed two suspects in custody on firearm and drug related offenses after a traffic stop in the area of 79 Fairmount Street in Dorchester.  The officers had pulled a vehicle over for a traffic infraction on Milton Avenue and were approaching to speak to the operator when the vehicle suddenly sped away.  The officers followed the vehicle for several blocks until it abruptly pulled into a residential driveway on Fairmount Street and came to a stop.  As the officers closed in on the vehicle, the passenger, Joseph Taylor II, 29, of Dorchester, jumped out of the car and took off running with an officer in close pursuit.  The suspect was holding a black sock in his hand that the officer believed could possibly contain a weapon.  The officer stayed with the suspect through several backyards, over fences and out onto Fuller Street where he was able to place the suspect in custody after a brief struggle.  The officer was then able to recover the black sock which the suspect had discarded during the pursuit and discovered a loaded .380 caliber Davis Industries handgun inside of it.  Simultaneous with the foot pursuit, the other officers were involved in a violent struggle with the operator, Monroe Taylor, 25, of Dorchester, as they attempted to remove him from the car.  The officers were eventually able to place him in custody and later recovered a second black sock from inside the vehicle which contained a loaded .32 caliber Keltec handgun.  Officers also retrieved several bags of marijuana packaged for sale from the suspect.

Both suspects have been arraigned in Dorchester District Court on multiple charges:  Monroe Taylor has been charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Failure to Stop for a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs.  Joseph Taylor II has been charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Resisting Arrest, Trespassing and Disturbing the Peace.

 

ENJOY THE PARADE: Boston Plans for a Safe and Festive 2016 Caribbean Festival Weekend

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Police Commissioner William B. Evans encourage J’ouvert and Caribbean Festival parade-goers to celebrate responsibly.  This festival has historically shown a large increase in crowds and onlookers along the parade route in the area of Blue Hill Avenue near Columbia Road and the surrounding area.  Throughout the weekend, the Boston Police Department will increase patrols, focusing on the parade route and calls for service.  The public and local business owners should be aware of the following:

The Boston Police Department will strictly enforce compliance to all alcohol laws.  Public drinking, providing alcohol to minors, and open containers of alcohol in public will not be tolerated.

Do not engage in negative behavior such as fighting, throwing beverages, or destroying property.

If you are hosting a party along the parade route, you are responsible for your guests.  Please refrain from unsafe rooftop viewing.

The J’ouvert Morning Parade will form at 6:00 AM and step off from Talbot and Blue Hill Avenues at 7:00 AM.  Please be aware that the parade route is abbreviated.

The Caribbean Festival Parade will form at 11:00 AM and step off from Martin Luther King Boulevard and Warren Street at 1:00 PM.

Both parades will disperse at Franklin Park near the area of Blue Hill Avenue and Columbia Road.

Residents and visitors to the city should be aware that the weekend’s festivities and street closures will impact MBTA transportation, as well as pedestrian and vehicular traffic and parking.

We would like to remind everyone that this is a family-friendly event and should be celebrated in a responsible manner.  Mayor Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner Evans wish you a safe and happy Caribbean Festival!

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Officer Recovers Loaded Firearm After Officer Chasing Suspect Wanted for Drug Distribution in the Boston Common

At about 10:15 AM on Thursday August 25, 2016, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) made an onsite drug arrest in the area of Tremont and Winter Streets which led to the recovery of a loaded firearm.  Officers were on directed patrol inside the Boston Common in response to numerous recent complaints of drug activity when they observed a drug transaction near the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.  One officer stopped the person who had just made the purchase and confirmed that there had been an illegal transaction.  At that time, a second officer approached the primary suspect, later identified as, Rayshawn Mohameed, 18, of Dorchester, who was now seated on a nearby bench.  As that officer was speaking to the suspect, he suddenly jumped up and began running towards Downtown Crossing.  The officer gave chase and was able to catch up to him on Winter Street where a violent struggle ensued.  An officer from the Transit Police quickly arrived to assist the officer as he fought to gain control of the suspect who suddenly began yelling “I got a gun!” as they rolled around on the ground.  The officers were eventually able to place the suspect in custody, at which time they recovered a loaded .22 caliber Ruger SR22 handgun from the front of the suspect’s pants.  It was later revealed that the firearm had previously been reported stolen in Randolph.  Officers also recovered 23 bags of marijuana packaged for sale as well as $209 in cash.  As a result of the struggle, the BPD officer was transported to an area hospital for medical attention and was later released.  The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Assault & Battery on a Police Officer and Receiving Stolen Property.  Officers later seized a small amount of marijuana from the party who had made the purchase and issued a City Ordinance Violation for Possession of Marijuana before releasing him from the scene.  

 

Media Availability: Commissioner Evans to Discuss Plans for Upcoming J'ouvert Parade and Caribbean Festival

WHO:                    Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and members of the Command Staff

WHAT:                  Commissioner Evans will address traffic and safety plans for the upcoming                                J’ouvert Parade and Caribbean Festival

WHERE:                Boston Police Headquarters Media Room

WHEN:                  Friday August 26, 2016 at 3:00 PM

CONTACT:            Boston Police Media Relations (617) 343-4520 for media inquiries.

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Two in Custody After Search Warrant Leads to the Recovery of Large Amounts of Cash and Drugs in Mattapan

At about 7:02 PM on Wednesday August 24, 2016, members of the City Wide Drug Control Unit executed a search warrant as part of an active and ongoing investigation in the area of 4 Deering Road in Mattapan.  Officers were able to recover 3,971 grams of cocaine, 439 grams of heroin along with $11,456 in cash.  As a result, Geraldo Gonzalez-Castillo, 42, of Worcester, and Moises Carrasquilo-Suarez, 33, of Kalamazoo (MI), were placed in custody without incident and have since been arraigned in Dorchester District Court on numerous drug offenses.

 

Great Work Recognized: Several Officers Honored During Ceremony at Boston Police Headquarters

Earlier today,Thursday August 25, 2016, several officers were recognized for their actions in two separate incidents:

INCIDENT #1:  At about 12:47 AM, on July 20, 2016, Sergeant Douglas McGrath and Officers William Walker and Christopher Stevens, acting on citizen complaints to the District B-2 Community Service Office, conducted a directed patrol in an area that had seen recent gun arrests and gun recoveries.  While on patrol, they observed a group gathered inside Edna Bynoe Park, which is closed dusk to dawn.  The officers exited their vehicle to investigate the group of trespassers at which time they dispersed and quickly fled on foot.  Responding Officers Richard McCormack, Jeffrey Lopes and Matthew Muckerheide apprehended one of the trespassers who was found to be concealing a 9 mm handgun.  The suspect was placed under arrest for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.  The other trespassers were located, identified and released.

Thanks to their combined efforts, the officers were able to place the suspect in custody without the use of deadly force while removing another illegal firearm from the streets of Boston.  For their actions, they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

INCIDENT #2:  At about 12:36 AM on July 30, 2016, Officers Joseph McDonough and Christopher Stevens were on directed patrol in the area of Humboldt Avenue in response to numerous recent complaints of gang activity in the area.  Their attention was drawn to two individuals walking down the street wearing hooded sweatshirts with the hoods pulled up and tightly pulled over their faces.  The fact that it was a hot and humid summer evening, made them concerned that the two individuals were attempting to conceal their identities for some reason.

The officers decided to engage the two individuals and as they exited their cruiser, one person took off running while clutching at his waistband.  Officer McDonough followed the individual as he ran through several yards, scaling and jumping over fences as he attempted to get away.  Officer McDonough was able to catch up with the individual and heard a metal object drop to the ground as he closed in on him.  He placed the suspect in custody and recovered a loaded .45 caliber firearm.  It was later determined that the suspect was 14 years old.  During the incident, Officer Stevens was able to stop and identify the second suspect who was later released. 

Thanks to their observations and unyielding pursuit, the officers likely prevented acts of violence from occurring in the neighborhood they serve.  For their efforts they are each hereby awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.