One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest Two Suspects After Recovering Two Loaded Firearms During Two Separate Incidents Over the Weekend

INCIDENT #1:  At about 11:15 PM on Saturday May 27, 2017, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) made an onsite firearm arrest after performing a traffic stop in the area of Warren Street and Devon Street in Roxbury.  The officers had stopped the vehicle for an equipment violation when they learned that the passenger, Alexander Gatlin, 22, of Dorchester, was wanted on an outstanding warrant.  After removing the suspect from the vehicle, they recovered a loaded 9mm Ruger P95DC handgun from inside the vehicle from the area where the suspect had been seated.  In addition to answering for his warrant, the suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.  The operator of the vehicle was issued a citation and released from the scene.

firearm seized during incident #2

firearm seized during incident #2

INCIDENT #2:  At about 1:45 AM on Sunday May 28, 2017, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) made an onsite firearm arrest after responding to a call for a fight in the area of 51 Stuart Street in Boston.  When the officers arrived, they learned that the suspect, later identified as Eric Miller, 45, of Silver Spring, MD, had been observed in possession of a firearm during the disturbance.  Officers located the suspect who informed them that he had placed the gun in a nearby vehicle prior to their arrival.  Officers were able to locate and recover the weapon which was determined to be a fully loaded 9mm Glock 19 handgun along with an additional large capacity magazine.  The suspect was placed in custody without incident after he was unable to produce a valid License to Carry a Firearm.  The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on numerous charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.

 

One Less Gun: Illegal Firearm Recovered During Midnight Traffic Stop

At about 12:10 AM on Saturday, May 27, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted a stop of a motor vehicle in the area of Columbia Road and Ceylon Street in District B-2 (Roxbury).

While on patrol, officers observed a motor vehicle traveling near the above address with a RI temporary plate that had expired on 5/22/17. Officers conducted a stop of the vehicle and spoke with the operator who reported the vehicle belonged to a friend. Officers queried the VIN on the car and discovered that it was unregistered and uninsured. When the officers ordered the operator out of the car, the operator became very nervous and was visibly shaking. The operator then placed the car in reverse and nearly struck the cruiser that was positioned behind it. The officers were finally able to remove the operator from the vehicle in order to conduct an inventory search prior to the vehicle’s tow. Upon searching the car, officers recovered a loaded Webley Mark IV .38 caliber revolver from the center console of the vehicle.

Officers arrested 26-year-old Hermano Joseph of Roslindale and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and officers wrote him a citation for operating an unregistered motor vehicle. During the booking process officers recovered a small plastic bag containing Oxycodone pills from Joseph’s pocket; Joseph was additionally charged with Possession of Class B Drugs.

Death Investigation in the Area of 66 Hudson Street, Downtown

 

At about 2:35 AM on Saturday, May 27, 2017, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 66 Hudson Street. Upon arrival, officers observed a male victim who appeared to be in his 20's suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

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

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

New England Women’s Leadership Awards Recognize BPD Lt. Detective Donna Gavin

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New England Women’s Leadership Awards Recognize BPD Lt. Detective Donna Gavin: Former vice president Joe Biden made a surprise appearance at the 24th annual New England Women’s Leadership Awards this past week and – as you can see by the photo - took time to pose for a picture with our very own BPD Lieutenant Detective Donna Gavin who was being honored for her work raising awareness and combating sex trafficking in our city. The ceremony, which was held at the Seaport Hotel on Wednesday, was a benefit for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester. Photo courtesy of Bill Brett.

Boston Mayor and Police Commissioner Discuss 2017 Summer Strategies

With this weekend marking the unofficial start to summer, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, along with members of the BPD command staff, met earlier this week with local clergy and community leaders to discuss strategies and outlook for Boston youth and communities in the upcoming summer months. After the meeting, the Mayor and Commissioner took questions from the media, highlighting the discussed topics, and stressing that although crime fighting and community involvement are year-round focuses for the Boston Police Department and the city, the warm weather of the summer months brings a unique opportunity for officers to reach out to residents, especially youth, through youth dialogues, clergy walks, support for families of homicide victims, and connections to services, among other summer initiatives.

Said Commissioner Evans, "The warm weather brings people outside, and as a department, we want to take advantage of that to get involved with the community in a positive way--we want to get the ice cream truck out there for the kids, go on Flashlight Walks, the Bike Ride for Peace, and the Father's Day Walk. These are all perfect opportunities to open a healthy dialogue between officers and kids. It's a step in the right direction for keeping kids on the right track and curbing the violence in the city."

Boston 24: Friday, May 26, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

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

Residential Break-ins: 2
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.

Boston 24: Thursday, May 25, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 10

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.

One Less Gun: "Holy Firearm, Batman!"

At about 6:30 PM on Thursday, May 25, 2017, members of the District B-3 (Mattapan) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit made an arrest for firearm and drug related charges in the area of Washington Street and MLK Boulevard.

While conducting a separate investigation in the area of Old Road and Glenway Street, officers observed a motor vehicle pull into the area and park. When no one exited the car, officers queried the vehicle and received information indicating that an occupant of the vehicle may be in possession of a firearm. The officers set up surveillance on the vehicle and its operator and over the course of the surveillance observed what they believed was a drug transaction. Officers made a stop of the vehicle and observed a backpack in the operator’s lap. Due to the information about a firearm that officers had received earlier, the officers conducted a pat frisk of the bag. During the frisk, the officers felt what they knew from their training and experience to be packaged marijuana. Officers opened the bag and recovered several medium and large bags of marijuana. When officers ordered the operator out of the vehicle, the operator stated to the officers that he had a firearm. Officers removed a loaded Ruger 9mm firearm from the operator’s waist before taking him into custody.

The officers arrested the operator, 21-year-old Derek Khalil Gaines-Green of Jamaica Plain, and charged him with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number. Also recovered from the motor vehicle were additional ammunition, cell phones, scales, packaging, and paraphernalia consistent with the sale of illicit drugs.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Cadet Gives Ride to Nun Waiting Along Cancelled Bus Route

Boston Police Cadet Joe Houtmeyers and Sister Mary Henrietta Domingo of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus came to meet by complete happenstance (or maybe in a case of divine intervention!) this past Sunday, May 21, 2017, courtesy of the 17th Annual Haitian-American Unity Parade and cancelled bus service along the parade route.

While driving the lead car in the parade, Cadet Houtmeyers noticed Sister Mary sitting at a bus stop. Knowing the bus service had been cancelled due to the parade, Cadet Houtmeyers informed Sister Mary that if she needed a ride but wasn't in a hurry, he could get her to her destination or the closest available bus stop at the end of the parade. As you can see by the photo, Sister Mary was more than happy to take Cadet Houtmeyers up on his offer, and according to Joe, she thoroughly enjoyed her front seat ride inside a Boston Police cruiser. Of course, as we all know, there’s a special place in Heaven for police officers everywhere, and given the kindness shown to Sister Mary, it would appear Cadet Houtmeyers has already started laying the groundwork.

Come have "Coffee with a Cop!" No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood!

Yesterday, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, members of the BPD command staff, Neighborhood Watch Unit, and officers from District A-7 (East Boston) were joined by the Eastie community at Angela’s for “Coffee with a Cop.” Our photographer caught up with the BPD Neighborhood Watch Unit’s director Kerry Ryan, who was happy to introduce herself and tell us a little about the Coffee with a Cop program, which is in its fourth year and a great way to connect neighborhood residents to the Boston police officers that serve them.

Join us for the next Coffee with a Cop on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the Villa Victoria in the South End. All are welcome, coffee’s on us--see you there!

Boston 24: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 11
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 2
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.

Boston 24: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 3
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.

BPD Fugitive Unit Arrest Lawrence Murder Suspect in Mattapan

 

At about 11:50 PM on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, members of the BPD Fugitive Unit and BPD SWAT Team in a coordinated effort with the Massachusetts State Police and the Lawrence Police Department arrested Justin Hollingsworth, 25, of Mattapan, in the area of 67 Woolson Street in Mattapan, by virtue of a murder warrant issued out of Lawrence District Court. The suspect was wanted in connection to an incident that occurred in February on Avon Street in Lawrence. The suspect has been booked in Boston and will be arraigned later today in Lawrence District Court.

Boston Police Department Releases Latest Field Interrogation Observation Data

In keeping with his commitment to transparency, Commissioner Evans has released the latest Field Interrogation/Observation (FIO) data, which includes FIO information from June 2015 to December 2016. The release of this data follows the January 2016 release of similar data for FIO reports completed from 2011 through April 2015.  Dr. Anthony Braga of Northeastern University, Dr. Jeffrey Fagan of Columbia University School of Law, and Professor John MacDonald of University of Pennsylvania are currently studying the FIO data from 2011 through 2016, and the Department expects  the study’s findings will be publically available later this year.

Like the prior study, the study of the 2016 data will examine how BPD officers are utilizing the FIO program. While the study is being completed, the Department cautions against the use of simple benchmark comparisonsof the racial distribution of Boston residents relative to the racial distribution of FIO subjects for purposes of determining racial disparities in BPD FIO practices. There are many other complicated factors, such as neighborhood crime, police deployments, and neighborhood social disadvantage, as well individual factors such as criminal history and known gang membership that are correlated with the racial distribution of FIO subjects. Determining racial disparities in BPD FIO practices requires complex statistical analyses before any firm conclusions can, or should, be drawn.

2016 FIO Data Summary:

In 2016, BPD officers submitted 9,101 FIO reports involving 14,593 individuals.

The total number of individual subjects in BPD FIO reports DECREASED by nearly 57% from 34,531 individuals in 2014 to 14,953 in 2016.

Additionally, since the high of 55,684 individuals subjected to FIO reports in 2008, the number of individual subjects in BPD FIO reports DECREASED by over 73% through 2016.  See Table 1 below.

When reviewing this data, it is important to note that subjects of FIO reports are not always stopped. Specifically in 2016, 14.8% of the completed FIOs were mere observations.  See Table 3 below.

Table 1.

 

The following tables highlight additional components and circumstances of BPD’s 2016 FIO program.

 

Table 2. Circumstances of the FIO Encounter

                                    N=Subject       Percent

Stopped                       5,689               62.5

Encountered                2,068               22.7

Observed                     1,344               14.8

Total                            9,101               100.0

 

Table 3. Basis of the FIO Encounter

                                    N                     Percent

Probable cause            3,959               43.5

Reasonable suspicion2,000               22.0

Encounter                    1,940               21.3

Intel                             1,202               13.2

Total                            9,101               100.0

 

Table 4. Did the FIO Encounter involve at least one subject being frisked?                       

                                    N                     Percent

Yes                              2,676               29.4

No                               6,425               70.6

Total                            9,101               100.0              

 

Table 5. Did the FIO Encounter involve at least one subject being searched?

                                    N                     Percent

Yes                              1,179               13.0

No                               7,922               87.0

Total                            9,101               100.0  

 

Table 6. Stop Duration

                                                N                     Percent

Five to ten minutes                 3,604               39.6

Less than five minutes            1,730               19.0

Ten to fifteen minutes             1,328               14.6

Fifteen to twenty minutes       874                  9.6

Other durations                       807                  8.9

Missing                                    758                  8.3

Total                                        9,101               100.0

 

Table 7. FIO Subject Age

                                    N                     Percent

17 & younger              1,239               8.3

18 – 24                        4,681               31.3

25 – 34                        5,167               34.6

35 – 44                        1,623               10.9

45 & older                   1,896             12.6

Missing                        347                  2.3

Total                            14,953             100.0

 

Race and Ethnicity

With the implementation of the new RMS system, different Race and Ethnicity categories were used. The old RMS system limited BPD officers to a mutually exclusive selection of the FIO subject’s race and ethnicity (White, black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American / Hawaiian / Alaskan / Pacific Islander, or other).  The new RMS designates Hispanic subjects in a separate ethnicity variable that is no longer mutually exclusive to other specific race categories. While this improvement allows the BPD to better document the race and ethnicity of FIO subjects, it makes comparing FIO subject race trends between the two systems more difficult. For example:

 

Table 8. Adjusted 2016 FIO Subject Race Using Old RMS Designations

                                                N=Subject       Percent

White                                      2,544               17.0%

Black                                       9,514               63.6%

Hispanic                                  2,215               14.8%

Asian / PI / Other                    140                  0.1%

Unknown / Missing                 540                  3.6%

Total                                        14,953             100.0%

 

While the 2016 FIO data shows an increase in the percentage of black FIO subjects between 2014 and 2016, a majority of the increase may be attributable to the ability for officers to include both race and ethnicity.

 

Table 9. 2016 FIO Subject Race

                                                                        N = Subject     Percent

Black                                                               10,369             69.4

White                                                              3,640               24.3

Missing / Unknown                                         793                  5.3

Asian                                                               120                  0.8

Native American / Alaskan / Hawaiian / PI    31                    0.2

Total                                                                14,953             100.0

 

Table 10. 2016 FIO Subject Ethnicity

                                                            N                     Percent         

Hispanic Origin                                   2,215               14.8                

Not of Hispanic Origin                       6,666               44.6

Missing / Unknown                             6,072               40.6

Total                                                    14,953             100.0

 

For all current publically released FIO data, please click on the link below:

https://data.boston.gov/dataset/boston-police-department-fio

For additional information on BPD’s FIO program and past analysis please visit the links below:

http://bpdnews.com/news/2014/10/8/boston-police-commissioner-announces-field-interrogation-and-observation-fio-study-results?rq=fio%20dATA

http://bpdnews.com/news/2016/1/7/commissioner-evans-continues-efforts-to-increase-transparency-and-accountability-of-policing-activities-to-the-public?rq=fio%20dATA

Community Alert: BPD Seek Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Two People of Interest in Connection to Death Investigation in the area of 180 Ruggles Street in Roxbury

The Boston Police Department is releasing two images (see enclosed) and requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the individuals pictured in relation to an ongoing homicide investigation in the area of 180 Ruggles Street in Roxbury which occurred on April 21, 2017. The information being requested is for identification purposes only.

At about 8:53pm, on Friday, April 21, 2017, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 180 Ruggles Street in Roxbury. On arrival, officers located a male in his late teens suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, later identified as 17-year-old Yanuel Viloria, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Eight days after the incident, on April 29, 2017, BPD Homicide Detectives arrested and charged two individuals, a 19-year-old male from Boston and a 18-year-old male from Waltham, for Murder in the shooting death of Yanuel Viloria. Both were arraigned in Roxbury District Court on Monday, May 1, 2017.

Despite the arrests, the Boston Police Department continues to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information relative to the identities of the individuals pictured is asked to call the Boston Police 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.

Community Alert: BPD Seeking the Public’s Help in Identifying Two People of Interest in Relation to Ongoing Investigation

The Boston Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the above pictured individuals in relation to an ongoing investigation. This information is requested for investigative purposes only.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call District C-11 Detectives at (617) 343-4330.

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.

 

Media Availability: Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Evans Meet with Local Clergy and Community Leaders to Discuss Summer Outlook

WHO:             Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans

WHAT:           Meeting with local clergy and community leaders to discuss strategies and outlook for Boston youth and communities in the upcoming summer months.

WHEN:           Tuesday May 23, 2017, at about 2:30 PM following the conclusion of the 1:45 PM meeting.

WHERE:         Boston Police Headquarters – Main Lobby, First Floor.

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

 

Community Advisory: BPD Confirms Explosion at Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester, England

BPD’s Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) has received information confirming an explosion with fatalities at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. The Boston Police Department is closely monitoring the situation with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners. While there are no specific threats in Boston, BPD has increased patrols at concert venues in and around the city and is asking community members to exercise added levels of vigilance while the cause of the explosion is being investigated.

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Place Suspect in Custody After Recovering Loaded Firearm During Traffic Stop in Roxbury

At about 10:26 PM on Sunday, May 21, 2017, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest after conducting a traffic stop in the area of Tremont Street and Ruggles Street in District B-2 (Roxbury), near Boston Police Headquarters. The officers had stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction when they began to observe both the driver and the passenger behaving in a nervous and suspicious manner while moving around inside the car. The officers removed the passenger, later identified as Carlos Garcia-Parejo, 19, of Cambridge, after he repeatedly provided false information regarding his name and date of birth. The officers then performed a pat frisk which led to the recovery of a loaded .380 caliber Davis Arms model P380 semi-automatic handgun from inside the vehicle along with evidence that linked the weapon to the suspect. The suspect was placed in custody without incident and will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm. The operator was issued a motor vehicle citation and released from the scene. 

Boston 72: Weekend Update

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 3
Nonfatal Stabbings: 5

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 3
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 2

Vehicle Thefts: 13
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 21

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.