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. 

 

Search Warrant Leads to the Recovery of a Second Firearm After Five Hour Standoff in South Boston

At about 2:40 AM on Wednesday August 24, 2016, members of the Boston Police SWAT Team placed a wanted fugitive in custody after a five hour standoff in the area 9 Orton-Moratta Way in South Boston.  A fully loaded .762 caliber Century Arms Inc rifle with a large capacity magazine was recovered during that incident but the officers were aware that the suspect may have hidden a second, smaller firearm inside the apartment.  A search warrant was executed later that evening which led to the recovery of a .380 caliber Grendel Inc. P-10 handgun.  The suspect, Stephen Gingras, 39, of Manchester (NH), will be facing an additional charge of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

 

Making a Difference: Officers Volunteer at Week-Long Program for Special Needs Campers in New Hampshire

From Saturday, August 13, 2016 to Saturday, August 20, 2016, a group of BPD officers volunteered at Camp Fatima in New Hampshire as part of their Exceptional Citizens week.  The program is designed for children with intellectual and/or physical challenges.  Each camper receives one‐to‐one care and experiences a week of horseback riding, swimming, boating and many more special activities that they otherwise may not be able to enjoy.  Dedicated volunteers and generous donors make it possible for over one hundred campers to attend at no cost.

This year, Sergeant Hugh Solari, Detective Joe Martin (Retired), Lieutenant Gary Ryan, Officer Dennis Leahy, Officer Joe DeAngelo and Sergeant John G. Fitzgerald were proud to represent the department while giving their time, energy and attention to make sure each camper had a great time.  

 

Boston 24: Thursday, August 25, 2016

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 0
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 16

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.

UPDATE: BPD Seeks Public's Help in Identifying Female in Relation to Death Investigation in the Area of 54 Princeton Street in East Boston

At about 8:51 AM on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a radio call for a person down in the area of 54 Princeton Street. On arrival, officers located a female victim in her late teens or early twenties inside of a garage suffering from undetermined traumatic injuries. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene and has since been identified as 18-year-old Blanca Lainez of East Boston.

At about 7:00 AM on Sunday July 10, 2016, homicide detectives and members of the Boston Police Fugitive Unit placed Jose Alejandro Hernandez, 16, of East Boston in custody in the area of 63 Marion Street.  The suspect has since been charged with Murder in East Boston Municipal Court.

The Boston Police would like to identify the female pictured above and seen in the video clip below. Detectives assigned to the Homicide Unit ask anyone who may recognize this individual to please contact them at 617-343-4470 or anonymously at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word 'TIP' to CRIME (27463)

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review 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.

 

Coffee with a Cop Stops by Fuel America in Brighton

Earlier today, on Wednesday August 24, 2016, Commissioner Evans and officers assigned to District D-14 (Brighton) stopped by Fuel America on Chestnut Hill Avenue for this week’s ”Coffee with a Cop.”  Thank you to everyone who came out to say hello and a special thanks to the welcoming staff for making us feel at home.  If you are interested in attending a future “Coffee with a Cop” event please contact (617) 343-4345.

 

UPDATE: Victim Identified in 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 has since been identified as Ailton Goncalves, 35, of Dorchester.

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.

 

Another Successful Flashlight Walk on a Beautiful Night in Dorchester

On Tuesday August 23, 2016, Commissioner Evans joined officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) for another successful Flashlight Walk on a beautiful evening in Dorchester.  Members of the community came out to take a walk through the neighborhood and enjoyed a cold treat thanks to the BPD Hoodsie Truck.  If you would like to attend a future Flashlight Walk, please call the BPD Neighborhood Watch Unit at (617) 343-4345 or send an email to:  meetinginfo@pd.boston.gov

 

Boston 24: Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 3
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.

SWAT Team Places Wanted Felon in Custody After Five Hour Standoff in South Boston

At about 2:40 AM on Wednesday August 24, 2016, members of the Boston Police SWAT Team placed a wanted fugitive in custody after a five hour standoff in the area 9 Orton-Moratta Way in South Boston.  The incident began at about 9:15 PM the night before when investigators from the Fugitive Unit learned that Stephen Gingras, 39, of Manchester New Hampshire, who was considered armed and dangerous, may be inside the address.   The suspect was wanted on several outstanding warrants, including one out of New Hampshire for Bank Robbery.   During that incident, the suspect displayed an AK-47 style assault rifle.  Officers confirmed that the suspect was inside and moved in to place him in custody.  As the SWAT Team made entry, the suspect attempted to jump out of a second story window, then retreated inside and barricaded himself.  After hours of negotiations, the SWAT team made a forced entry and placed the suspect in custody.  Officers recovered a fully loaded .762 caliber Century Arms Inc rifle with a large capacity magazine during the incident.  The address was then secured pending the issuance and execution of a search warrant.  The suspect will appear in South Boston District Court on numerous charges including Fugitive from Justice Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device before facing extradition to New Hampshire.

 

UPDATE: Boston Police Announce Arrest in Recent South End Sexual Assault

On Monday, August 22, 2016, at approximately 1:00 AM, while walking in the vicinity of Greenwich Park and Claremont Street (near Greenway, District D-4), a female victim was approached by a male suspect on a blue colored BMX style bicycle.  The suspect stated he had a knife and forced the victim to walk to the area of the Carter Playground and sexually assaulted the victim.  The suspect then fled towards Davenport Street in the direction of Tremont Street. 

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, late 20's to mid 30's, medium complexion  5’-6” to 5’-7” tall, medium build, brown short cropped hair, wearing a button down shirt with ¾ length sleeves and possibly a vest, tattoo's on his right arm and the back of his right hand.

As a result of an intense and active investigation, officers assigned to the Boston Police Special Investigations Unit located and arrested 31-year-old Eduardo Rodriguez of Boston. Rodriguez was located in the area of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard. He is charged with Aggravated Rape, Indecent Assault and Battery, Armed Robbery, Intimidation of a Witness and Aggravated Kidnapping. He will be arraigned in Roxbury Court.  

Said Commissioner Evans, "I applaud the courage and strength of the survivor in this incident. She showed incredible bravery. I am also grateful to my detectives for their hard work and commitment in identifying and arresting this violent felon and removing him from the streets of this city." 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact the Boston Police Sexual Unit 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.

BPD IN THE NEWS: Boston Herald Highlights Officer's Commitment to Community Policing

BPD IN THE NEWS: Special thanks to Boston Herald reporter Peter Gelzinis for his recent piece on police-community relations and how officers were able to help prepare some students for the start of the school year. To read the full story as it appears in the Boston Herald – please click on the enclosed link:

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/peter_gelzinis/2016/08/gelzinis_cops_take_kids_shopping_for_supplies

Boston 24: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 2
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 3

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 5
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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

BPD In The Community: Commissioner Evans Stops by 100th Birthday Celebration in Roxbury

Earlier today, on Monday August 22, 2016, Commissioner Evans made an appearance at the Landmark at Longwood assisted living facility in Roxbury to wish a Happy 100th Birthday to a very special resident.  The commissioner was all smiles as he greeted Dorothy “Dotti” Orlando and pinned a gold Boston Police badge on her lapel collar.  From all of us at the BPD, Happy 100th Birthday Dotti and please accept our best wishes for continued health and happiness in the coming year.

 

Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public's Help in Efforts to Identify Suspect Wanted in Connection with Sexual Assault in South End

 

On Monday, August 22, 2016, at approximately 1:00 AM, while walking in the vicinity of Greenwich Park and Claremont Street (near Greenway, District D-4), a female victim was approached by a male suspect on a blue colored BMX style bicycle.  The suspect stated he had a knife and forced the victim to walk to the area of the Carter Playground and sexually assaulted the victim.  The suspect then fled towards Davenport Street in the direction of Tremont Street. 

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, late 20's to mid 30's, medium complexion  5’-6” to 5’-7” tall, medium build, brown short cropped hair, wearing a button down shirt with ¾ length sleeves and possibly a vest, tattoo's on his right arm and the back of his right hand.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact the Boston Police Sexual Unit 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.