Boston 24: Friday, March 27, 2015

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 12

Residential Break-ins: 9
Commercial Break-ins: 4

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 Prevent Potential Shooting & Recover Firearm

 

At about 12:50 PM on Thursday, March 26, 2015, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted a stop of a group that resulted in a firearm arrest in the area of Dudley and Belden Streets in District B-2 (Roxbury).

While on patrol in the Dudley Street and Uphams Corner area, officers observed several young males yelling at an individual on the sidewalk. The officers’ attention was drawn to the individual who was yelling, “Get back!” while reaching into a backpack that he held in front of his body. Fearing that the male may be reaching for a weapon, officers ordered the individuals to show their hands. The male dropped the backpack and complied with the officers’ orders. All parties were momentarily detained while the officers frisked the individual and his backpack for their safety.

In the backpack, officers recovered a loaded black and tan Springfield Armory XD9 firearm. Officers arrested 23-year-old Arkeem Edwards for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device. During the booking process, officers recovered a plastic bag of a white powdered substance believed to be cocaine and a plastic bag of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. Edwards was additionally charged with Possession of Class B and Class D Drugs.

 

One Fund Recipient Charged

A Jamaica Plain woman who claimed to be a Boston Marathon bombing victim is expected in court next week after she was indicted for receiving almost $40,000 in benefits that police and prosecutors say were fraudulently obtained, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury on March 10 returned indictments charging JOANNA LEIGH (D.O.B. 2/1/74) with five counts of larceny over $250 by false pretense and one count of making a false claim to a government agency. She will be arraigned on those charges Monday in Suffolk Superior Court.

“I saw first-hand the injuries true victims suffered on that day,” said Commissioner Evans. “Ms. Leigh saw an opportunity to take advantage of kind-hearted individuals who wanted to help those victims. I am grateful to the Boston Police Special Investigations Unit and the DA's Special Prosecutions Unit for their exceptional work in this complex investigation.”

“At a time when most people were asking how they could help, others were wondering how they could benefit,” DA Conley said. “Every dollar at issue in this case was taken from someone who truly deserved it.”

The investigation by Boston Police detectives and Suffolk fraud prosecutors revealed that Leigh was indeed at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, but was not injured by the bombing. She did not claim any injury or seek any medical treatment until about two weeks later. When she did begin to make those claims, she billed herself as a “hero” who ran toward the second blast.

Leigh received an $8,000 payment from the One Fund, which was intended to provide financial benefits to those injured in the bombings. Investigators say she sought a payment of more than $2 million but refused to release her medical records for authentication of her claims. Further, children and faculty at a Mattapan middle school raised more than $1,700 for Leigh that was presented to her personally in a ceremony at the school. Leigh is also the beneficiary of more than $9,000 in contributions to an online fundraiser. That web site refers to Leigh in the third person but evidence suggests it was created, maintained, and updated using her email address. Evidence also suggests that Leigh received free dermatology services through a practice that offered treatment at no cost to bombing victims, but where other victims had generally been treated for scarring to their lower bodies, she sought and received free treatment for facial redness – a condition for which she’d been treated prior to the bombings. Finally, Leigh also received more than $18,000 in benefits from the state’s Victims of Violent Crime Compensation fund.


The indictments are based on a painstaking examination of financial and medical records, as well as a review of video surveillance, witness testimony, medical opinions, Leigh’s statements to investigators in the days following the bombing, and the different and contradictory stories she began to tell to local and national news media weeks later. The investigation was led by Detective Steve Blair of the Boston Police Special Investigations Unit and Assistant District Attorney Greer Spatz of the DA’s Special Prosecutions Unit.

 

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Recover Firearm with the Help of Concerned Citizen

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At about 8:25 AM on Thursday, March 26, 2015, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 10 Elizabeth Street in Mattapan.

Upon arrival, officers were met by a citizen who stated she was driving in the above area when she heard a loud “bang.” She then observed a black male wearing all black bending over what she believed to be a firearm on the street. When the citizen confronted the male, the individual fled on Elizabeth Street toward Astoria Street, leaving the firearm behind.

Officers observed a loaded black .40 caliber Glock firearm with a spent shell casing in the chamber on the street in the area of 5 Elizabeth Street. Detectives recovered and processed the firearm and ballistics. Officers canvassed the area for victims and persons matching the above male’s description to no avail.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police B-3 Detectives at (617) 343-4712.

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.

 

Great Work Recognized: Several Officers Awarded Commissioner’s Commendations for Outstanding Police Work

Today, Thursday, March 26, 2015, several Boston police officers were commended at the department’s Compstat meeting for their remarkable work over the past weeks. The details of the incidents are as follows:

Officer Sherry Dellascio with Chief William Gross (left) and Commissioner William Evans.

Incident #1: At about 9:15 AM on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Officers Colleen Fancelli and Sherry Dellascio of District C-6 (South Boston) responded to the area of 149 Bowen Street in South Boston after receiving information that an individual had climbed through the window of a residence. Officers stopped an individual fitting the suspect’s description, and after a thorough investigation, learned that the suspect had multiple warrants for violent crimes and a stay away order from the above address. The suspect was arrested for Breaking and Entering and Violation of a Restraining Order, along with the active warrants.

Officers Fancelli and Dellascio are continually active in their area of patrol and affected an arrest of an individual with a history of violent behavior. The attentiveness of the officers prevented a potential physical attack on the victim, and their actions exemplify their dedication to duty. For their efforts, they are awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

Officer Tyrone Campbell poses with Chief Gross and Commissioner Evans.

Incident #2: On Monday, January 19, 2015, Boston Housing Authority Police Officers Tyrone Campbell and Charles Curran responded to a radio call for a group of males kicking the door of a residence in the area of 12 Crowley Rogers Way in the D Street Housing Development in South Boston.

Upon arrival, Officer Curran observed the group of males as Officer Campbell approached the scene from the opposite direction. The officers observed one male break away from the group and run with his left hand clutching his waistband. With his firearm drawn, Officer Campbell chased the suspect and ordered him to stop. A violent struggle ensued, but the officers were able to handcuff the suspect and recover a semi-automatic firearm from the suspect’s sweater. As a result of their efforts, two individuals were ultimately apprehended and a firearm recovered. For their excellent and courageous work, these officers are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

From left to right: Lieutenant Daneil Tracey, Sergeant Richard Fitzpatrick, Officer Berlino Felix, and Detective Paul Schroeder.

Incident #3: At about 9:00 PM on January 10, 2015, Lieutenant Daniel Tracey, Sergeant Richard Fitzpatrick, Detective Paul Schroeder, and Officers Berlino Felix and Martin Hedderman of Districts C-6 (South Boston) and C-11 (Dorchester) were among primary responders who answered a radio call for a domestic situation in which a son was acting violently toward his mother. Officers were further informed that the situation was being exacerbated by the suspect’s alcohol use and refusal to take his medication for psychological issues. Officers attempted to reason with the suspect and defuse the situation with non-confrontational techniques to no avail. The situation escalated when the suspect armed himself with a 13” knife, threatened officers and victims, and turned on the natural gas stove in an attempt to ignite the apartment.

Lieutenant Tracey and Sergeant Fitzpatrick were summoned to assist the responding officers and, after again trying to reason with the suspect, were forced to deploy the less-lethal “bean-bag” shotgun as a last resort. The suspect was safely subdued and peace was restored shortly after. For the brave efforts of the officers, they are each presented with a Commissioner’s Commendation.

 

BPD Seeking Public’s Assistance in Identifying Occupants of a Motor Vehicle

At about 3:45 PM on Saturday, March 14, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to an outside scene for a person shot in the area of 571 Dudley Street. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as Luis Ramos, 40, of Boston.

Detectives are seeking to identify the owner or occupants of the above pictured Mercedes Benz GLK in relation to the aforementioned incident. The vehicle is dark gray, blue, or black in color with a chrome trim around the windows and on the rear bumper. The windows of the car are heavily tinted, and the vehicle has a panoramic sunroof. At the time of the incident, the vehicle was being operated by a black or black Hispanic male. The vehicle was last seen at the scene of the incident. 

This video is published for identification purposes only. This individual is NOT wanted at this time. 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Preliminary information indicates that the shooting may have been precipitated by a confrontation related to road rage. Anyone with information regarding the incident or the above vehicle 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.

 

BPD Explosive Ordinance Unit Responds to Assist Milton PD with Suspicious Device

photo courtesy of bostonglobe.com

At about 3:20 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, members of the Boston Police Department Explosive Ordinance Unit responded to a request for assistance from the Milton Police Department in the area of 4 Craig Street in Milton.

Responding EOU officers were informed that a suspicious device was found inside a residence at the above address. Officers investigated the area and confirmed that the device was indeed incendiary. The specialized officers took measures to render the device and the area safe. The facts and circumstances surrounding the incident continue to be investigated by the Milton Police Department.

Boston 24: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

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

Residential Break-ins: 3
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.

 

One Less Gun: Anonymous Tip Leads to Cache of Weapons and Ballistic Vests

At about 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, members of the District B-3 (Mattapan) Drug Control Unit responded to an anonymous tip which led to the recovery of a firearm in the area of Clayton and Dickens Streets in Dorchester. 

Officers responded to the area and set up surveillance when they observed the red nylon bag described by the anonymous source.  From the bag, officers were able to safely recover a semi-automatic .32 caliber Tanfoglio Giuseppe firearm with one empty magazine attached.  Officers also recovered two bullet proof vests and two tasers from inside the bag.  All items were seized by detectives for processing.

The BPD would like to thank the member of the community who stepped up and provided this tip. Due to this person's bravery, there is now one less illegal gun on the street.

 

BPD Blast from the Past

March is Women’s History Month and an important time to remember the contributions of sworn female officers of the Boston Police Department. Pictured above are two noteworthy groups of officers.

The first is a 1933 newspaper clipping showing five of the six women appointed in 1921. Check out that title! 

The second is the 1972 clock of “Hogan’s Heroines” showing the twelve women who completed their training in the early 1970s.

We salute their service!

 

Boston 24: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 11

Residential Break-ins: 5
Commercial Break-ins: 4

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 Photo of the Day

On Friday, March 20, 2015, BPD officers from the Area A hockey team (Downtown and Charlestown) hit the ice against the Townies Midgets from the Charlestown Youth Hockey Association. Both teams scored big, but the Boston Police squeaked out a one-goal win (8-7) in overtime in this hard fought battle. Win or lose, a great time was had by all in attendance, and the officers look forward to a rematch!

(Photos Courtesy of Joseph Prezioso.)

 

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Recover 113th Firearm in 2015

At about 12:50 PM on Monday, March 23, 2015, members of the District E-18 (Hyde Park) Drug Control Unit conducted a drug investigation resulting in two arrests and a firearm recovery in the area of River and Arlington Streets in Hyde Park.

After extensive surveillance on multiple motor vehicles, officers developed probable cause that the occupants were selling, buying, and using illegal narcotics. The officers arrested 29-year-old Antonio Capano and 31-year-old Christopher Michael Grant, both of Hyde Park, and charged them with Distribution of Class B Drugs.

A search of the motor vehicles also allowed officers to recover a loaded black Hi-Point .40 caliber firearm from the glove box of Capano’s vehicle. Capano will be additionally charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and other related firearm charges.

This incident brings the total firearms recovered in 2015 to 113. Said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, “I’m proud of the work all these officers do to remove illegal firearms from the neighborhoods. My DCU officers continue to take drugs and guns off the streets, but more importantly, they continue to make the Boston community a safer place to live.”

 

BPD in the News: Sergeant Donna Gavin Sheds Light on the Harsh Reality of Human Trafficking

Yesterday, Monday, March 23, 2015, an article written by the head of the Boston Police Department Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, Sergeant Donna Gavin, was featured in the Boston Globe. On the 25th anniversary of the release of the movie Pretty Woman, Sergeant Gavin underlines the false image of glamor in prostitution portrayed in the movie, and instead, sheds light on the harsh reality of violence, drugs, and abuse in human trafficking. To read the article in full, click on the link below:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2015/03/23/pretty-woman-normalizes-something-that-destroys-lives/0IOwKGZd89JsgBEnaY0RDP/story.html

 

Boston 72: WEEKEND UPDATE

Data includes 72 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 5

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

Vehicle Thefts: 11
Vehicle Recoveries: 17
Vehicle Breaks: 29

Residential Break-ins: 12
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: Two Words No Officer Wants to Hear when Arresting a Suspect Found in Possession of an Illegal Firearm, “I’m 14.”

 

One Less Gun: Two Words No Officer Wants to Hear when Arresting a Suspect Found in Possession of an Illegal Firearm, “I’m 14.” At about 6:35pm, on Saturday, March 21, 2015, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) were on patrol in area of Johnston Road in Dorchester when they observed two males on a scooter driving the wrong way on a one way street with the operator not wearing a safety helmet. As a result, officers conducted a stop of the scooter. While approaching the scooter, officers instructed both the operator and his passenger to dismount. However, before the passenger could get off the scooter, officers immediately noted the passenger clutching at his waist area in such a way as if to indicate the presence of a weapon. When asked about the object in his possession, the suspect lifted his sweatshirt to reveal a firearm (a Smith & Wesson Walther P22) tucked into his waist area. Officers quickly moved in, cuffed the suspect and took possession of the gun. When asked how old he was, the suspect stated, “I’m 14.” 

Officers arrested a 14 year-old male from Boston and charged him with Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of Firearm on a Public Way and Possession of Firearm with Altered/Obliterated Serial Numbers and Unlawful Possession of High Capacity Firearm.

One Less Gun: Cops & Community Members Team Up to Track Down a Gun-Toting Suspect in Roxbury

One Less Gun: Cops & Community Members Team Up to Track Down a Gun-Toting Suspect in Roxbury: At about 3:57PM, on Saturday, March 21, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for shots fired at the intersection of Albert & Ruggles Streets in Roxbury. On arrival, officers spoke with several witnesses who stated that after hearing shots fired, an individual (described as a black male, approximately 5’9” to 5’11” tall, wearing a wearing a black baseball hat, black jacket, black hooded sweatshirt and black pants) was seen fleeing the area on foot with a black firearm in hand. The suspect was seen running in the area of 290 Ruggles Street. One witness actually snapped a quick cell phone photo of the suspect as he attempted to make good his escape and forwarded it to police who then used the photo to update officers with a more detailed description of the suspect. In short time, a detail officer working in the area of Huntington Avenue and Forsyth Street observed and stopped an individual whose description matched that of the suspect. Thanks to the photo supplied by the tech-savvy witness, officers were able to identify and apprehend the suspect. A pat frisk of the suspect for the firearm used in the incident proved unsuccessful. However, a search of the immediate area by a Boston Police K-9 Officer and his trusty canine enabled officers to locate and recover a firearm (a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum) under a motor vehicle in the area of 300 Ruggles Street. A photo of the recovered firearm has been included above.

Said Commissioner William Evans: “An arrest like this one highlights how safe our city is and can be when we all work together. In addition to thanking my officers, I want to thank and commend the concerned community members who stepped up and gave our officers the information they needed to recover a gun and put the suspect seen using it behind bars. Total team effort. I’m proud of everybody involved.”    

Officers arrested Shermarke Duale, 21, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling and Armed Career Criminal.

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Run Down Gun Wielding Suspect in Mattapan

BPDNEWS FILE PHOTO

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Run Down Gun Wielding Suspect in Mattapan: At about 1:10am, on Saturday, March 21, 2015, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) were travelling in the area of Woodrow & Ballou Avenues when a check of the registration on the car travelling in front of them revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen. Since the officers were operating an unmarked cruiser, they called for a marked police cruiser to assist them in their efforts to stop the vehicle. While awaiting back-up, officers continued surveillance of the vehicle. While travelling behind it, officers observed the vehicle come to an abrupt stop with the operator of the car quickly exiting the car. When the operator exited the car, officers quickly observed him clutching at this waist area in such a way as if to suggest he was in possession of a weapon. When the suspect took off on foot, officers gave chase. While running behind the suspect, officers observed him grabbing and clutching at his waist area in such a way as if to indicate the presence of a firearm. At one point, the suspect tripped and fell, and when he did, officers observed a black firearm fall to the ground. As officers moved in, the suspect regained his balance, grabbed the gun and kept on running in an effort to evade the officers. However, in short time, the suspect fell a second time and, again, lost possession of the firearm. This time, officers were able to subdue the suspect before he could make a move to regain possession of the gun. 

Officers arrested Shamallah Jones, 19, of Dorchester and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.

Meanwhile, in the suspect’s haste to exit the vehicle, he neglected to put the car in park. As such, the car continued rolling and sideswiped one vehicle until an officer was able to jump into the car and bring it to a stop. Given the suspect’s failure to put the car in park and the resulting damage caused by the wayward car, the suspect was additionally charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Property Damage.  

Winners of the Youth Violence Prevention Week Elementary School Poster Contest Unveiled

Winners of the Youth Violence Prevention Week Elementary School Poster Contest Unveiled: Today, Friday, March 20, 2015, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans stopped by the Tynan Elementary School in South Boston to announce and celebrate - not only the winners of the Youth Violence Prevention Week Poster Contest - but everybody who participated. Today’s poster contest is one of many anti-violence themed activities and events planned for young people in celebration of & recognition of National Youth Violence Prevention Week. The theme for this year’s contest focused on the need for young people to take a strong stand against violence and the posters certainly reinforced that message. Commissioner Evans and Chris Byner of the BCYF (Boston Centers for Youth & Families) announced the winners. Congratulations to Nina & Neha Kumar and Jamali Price-Wade.

Said Commissioner William Evans: “I want to congratulate and commend all of the kids who participated in this year’s poster contest. In my mind, everybody who participated is a winner and I think they all did a great job. One of the posters I looked at emphasized the need for young people to be nice to each other, to encourage one another and look out for each other and that’s a poster with a lesson we can all learn and benefit from.” Special thanks to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Boston Police Department, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston Centers for Youth & Families, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department and the Boston Police Athletic/Activities League for their support.

To learn more about Youth Violence Prevention Week activities and events, please visit www.cityofboston.gov/bcyf/programs and click on: Youth Standing Strong Against Violence.