BPD Continues to Seek Public’s Help in Efforts to Identify Suspect Wanted in Connection to the Shooting of 7 Year-Old Boy in Dorchester; Commissioner Evans Urges Community Members to Step Up

BPD Continues to Seek Public’s Help in Efforts to Identify Suspect Wanted in Connection to the Shooting of 7 Year-Old Boy in Dorchester, Commissioner Evans Urges Community Members to Step Up: At about 4:16pm, on Sunday, May 24, 2015, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 296 Bowdoin Street. On arrival, officers located a 7 year-old boy suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his rear thigh. The young boy was struck by an apparent stray bullet as he rode his bike on the sidewalk. The boy was transported to the Boston Children’s Hospital where he is recovering from his injuries. A second victim, a 20 year-old male, was also treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively and aggressively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is asking for the public’s help in efforts to identify the individual responsible for this shooting. The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 14 – 18 years of age, about 5'8" tall, heavy set, wearing a red hooded sweat shirt, white shorts, and white sneakers.

Said Commissioner Evans: “I hope anyone with information that could help this investigation feels an obligation to share that information. The 7 year-old boy (Divan Silva) injured in this incident deserves as much. He didn’t do anything wrong. He was simply riding his bike to the store when the suspect in this case fired the shot that could’ve killed him. Our detectives are working around the clock to identify the individual responsible but we need the community’s help.  If you have information, holding onto it only helps the suspect. Every little bit of information matters. And the person who shot Divan needs to be held unaccountable.”      

Anyone with information relative to this incident is strongly asked to contact District C-11 detectives at (617) 343-4335.

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.

Boston 96: HOLIDAY WEEKEND UPDATE

Data includes 96 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 4
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

Street Robberies: 20
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 13
Vehicle Recoveries: 9
Vehicle Breaks: 37

Residential Break-ins: 29
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 Locate Two Firearms and Ballistics at Call for Shots Fired in South Boston

At about 1:15 AM on Monday, May 25, 2015, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 28 Gavin Way in South Boston.

Upon arrival, officers spoke to several witnesses who reported two males began shooting firearms outside of the above address. One suspect was described as wearing all black, the second a gray hooded sweatshirt. Officers canvassed the area and found several pieces of ballistic evidence, as well as two firearms and a gray hooded sweatshirt inside a trash can outside of 3 Sterling Square. Officers recovered and processed a brown and black Smith and Wesson 38 SPL revolver with spent shell casings and a silver and black Bersa 380 ACP firearm and magazine. Officers were unable to locate the suspects.

Members of the Boston Police Department are actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police District C-6 Detectives at (617) 343-4742.

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.

Amazing Turnout for Boston's 2015 Run to Remember

Today, Sunday, May 24, 2015, approximately 11,000 runners joined Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and the Boston Police Department Runner’s Club in the 11th Annual Run to Remember. During this Memorial Day Weekend half marathon and 5 mile run through historic downtown Boston, participants pay tribute, celebrate, and remember fallen heroes who have given their lives in the line of duty.

In addition to running the half marathon, Commissioner Evans welcomed all runners in the opening ceremonies prior to the National Anthem performed by Boston Police Officer Kim Tavares and a flyover by the NYPD Air Support Division helicopter.

Our photographer captured several different groups "running to remember," including the NYPD Runner’s Club, officers from LAPD, the Mass Transit Police Recruit Class, and Team Hoyt.

Said Commissioner Evans, "This is a great turnout, and this is what Memorial Day is all about--honoring our heroes. This is the first weekend of summer, and I can't think of a better way to start it out."

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Multi-Jurisdictional Effort Leads to Arrest of Armed Home Invader

 

At about 12:00 AM on Sunday, May 24, 2015, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a home invasion in the area of 77 Endicott Street in the North End.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with the female victim who reported she was staying with her boyfriend when his apartment was robbed by four males—two with knives and one with a sawed-off shotgun. The victim stated the males appeared to be looking for something in her boyfriend’s roommate’s room. In the commission of the crime, the male with gun accidentally discharged one round into the floor before the suspects made off with several large bags believed to contain marijuana. Two witnesses outside reported seeing the suspects speed off in a motor vehicle and were able to report the plate number to the officers.

During a protective sweep of the apartment, the officers observed that the roommate’s room was ransacked and could see in plain view several large bags of marijuana, scales, drug paraphernalia, and a large safe that had been kicked open by the suspects. Officers observed that the room had previously been secured with a padlock on the door. The victim reported she did not know the roommate well, as she and her boyfriend had only been staying there for a week. Officers froze the residence pending a search warrant.

Armed with the suspect’s motor vehicle plate number and description, detectives were able to identify the suspect and broadcast his identity and vehicle on the Boston Area Police Emergency Radio Network (BAPERN). Shortly after the broadcast, a Somerville detective contacted Boston operations and advised that he was familiar with the suspect. Concurrently, BPD detectives received information that a shooting victim had driven himself to Cambridge Hospital. The victim had suffered a gunshot wound to the foot and appeared to be the suspect identified in the North End home invasion. Officers responded to the hospital and, after observing the butt-end of a shotgun and bloodstains in the suspect’s car, arrested 19-year-old Nikolas Angelesco of Somerville for Armed Robbery, Home Invasion, and Kidnapping. 

One Less Gun: Concerned Citizen and District B-3 Front Desk Officer Assist Officers on Patrol in the Recovery of an Illegal Firearm

At about 10:50 PM on Saturday, May 23, 2015, the officer assigned to the front desk of District B-3 (Mattapan) received a telephone call from an anonymous caller who stated there was a person with a gun in front of the liquor store in the area of 1633 Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan Square.

The officer advised units on patrol of the content of the call while keeping the anonymous caller on the line for more information. The caller reported that three males had flashed a gun, in particular a black male wearing a black coat and a black hat with yellow writing. Responding officers observed a large group in front of the above address. The officers approached the group and explained their presence, and due to the nature of the call, officers began to pat frisk the individuals for their safety. One male wearing a black coat and black hat with yellow writing immediately separated himself from the group and began to walk away. The male continued to ignore officers’ commands to wait. As the male fled, an approaching officer intercepted his escape. The male’s hands immediately went to his waistband, and a struggle ensued. Once the male was apprehended, a pat frisk revealed a loaded Ruger MKIII .22 caliber firearm in his waistband.

Further investigation revealed that 22-year-old Ishmael Lewis of Mattapan did not have a License to Carry. Lewis was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Resisting Arrest.

National Italian American Police Association Honors BPD Commissioner William Evans and Officer John T. Moynihan

On Saturday, May 23, 2015, the National Association of Italian American Police Officers held their annual awards banquet in Middleton, Massachusetts. Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and Boston Police Officer John Moynihan were among the honored guests. Commissioner Evans received the Law Enforcement Distinguished Community Service Award which is presented to an individual who has distinguished himself for outstanding contributions in the field of Law Enforcement and Public Safety.  Officer Moynihan received the Distinguished Medal of Valor, presented to an individual for an act of bravery under perilous circumstances while in performance of their duty and demonstrates their courage and dedication as a professional Law Enforcement Officer.

Both men were humbled by the awards and grateful to their hosts for a wonderful evening.  In his remarks, Commissioner Evans said he was privileged to lead the department and thanked his officers for all of their hard work on the streets of Boston stating, “I have the greatest group of officers I could possibly ask for,” and singling out Officer Moynihan. 

Officer Moynihan was quick to turn the attention away from himself and directly towards his brother and sister officers in the Youth Violence Strike Force in attendance and credited them with saving his life.  He called each of them by name as the entire audience rose to their feet applauding the officers.  The humble warrior leaned into the microphone and said, “Great officers--it’s an honor that I get to work with these guys, and I’m even more proud to call them my friends.  I am forever indebted to them for saving my life, and I’m indebted to their families.  I just wanted to thank them.  Those guys are the real heroes here tonight.”

 

Update: Death Investigation in the area of 70 Weaver Way in Roxbury

 

At about 12:50 AM on Saturday May 23, 2015, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot at 70 Weaver Way. On arrival, officers located an unidentified black male victim who appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds outside of the address.  Medical personnel on scene pronounced the victim deceased at 12:58 AM.

The victim has since been identified as Larry Moore, 27, of Dorchester.  The Boston Police Homicide Unit continues to actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Boston Police Homicide Detectives directly 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 In The Community: Officers Present Medals To Young Runners At Seaport World Trade Center

At about 10:00 AM on Saturday May 23, 2015, members of the Boston Police Runner’s Club welcomed over 700 young sprinters for a Kid’s Run in the sun on the top floor of the Seaport World Trade Center.  Officers welcomed the children as they stopped to take a break from their preparations for the 11th running of Boston’s Run To Remember which kicks off at 7:00 AM on Sunday May 24, 2015, in the Seaport District.  Each of the young runners were greeted at the finish line by officers who had a medal in hand for the child and a smile on their face. 

 

Death Investigation in the area of 70 Weaver Way in Roxbury

 

At about 12:50 AM on Saturday May 23, 2015, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot at 70 Weaver Way. On arrival, officers located an unidentified black male victim who appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds outside of the address.  Medical personnel on scene pronounced the victim deceased at 12:58 AM.

The Boston Police Homicide Unit continues to actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Boston Police Homicide Detectives directly 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.

 

Media Availability/Photo Opportunity: The Massachusetts Association of Italian American Police Officers to Honor Commissioner William Evans and Officer John Moynihan

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WHO: The Massachusetts Association of Italian American Police Officers, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and Boston Police Officer John Moynihan

WHAT: The Massachusetts Association of Italian American Police Officers will honor Commissioner Evans and Officer Moynihan as part of their 2015 Annual Banquet & Awards Presentations.  Commissioner William Evans will be receiving the Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award while Officer John Moynihan will be recognized for his courage and commitment to protecting and serving the citizens of Boston.  

WHEN: Saturday, May 23, 2015, starting at 6:00pm.

WHERE: Angelica's Restaurant, 49 South Main Street (Rte 114) , Middleton, MA 01949
(978) 750-4900

CONTACT: For more information, please call the Boston Police Department's Office of Media Relations at (617) 343-4520.

 

BPD Seek Public’s Help in Efforts to Identify Motor Vehicle Wanted in Connection to Hit and Run Accident in Roslindale

BPD Seek Public’s Help in Efforts to Identify Motor Vehicle Wanted in Connection to Hit and Run Accident in Roslindale: At about 11:50pm, on Thursday, May 21, 2015, officers from District E-5 (West Roxbury) responded to a call for a hit and run accident involving a pedestrian in the area of Washington & Walworth Streets. On arrival, officers observed a male victim, believed to be in his early twenties, suffering from what appeared to be life threatening injuries. The victim was transported to Brigham & Women’s Hospital for further treatment.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is asking for the public’s help in efforts to identify a motor vehicle seen in the area at the time of the accident. Investigators are looking for additional information relative to a 2005/2006 white Infiniti G35 sedan with a sun roof, blue HID headlights and possible front end damage. 

Anyone with information relative to the vehicle pictured is asked to contact District E-5 detectives at (617) 343-4566.

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.

Boston Police and the Kids from Teen Empowerment Promise to Keep Working Together to Make Our City Better

WORKING TOGETHER: On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Commissioner William Evans, Chief William Gross, Deputy John Brown and the kids from the Center of Teen Empowerment gathered inside the Media Room at Boston Police Headquarters to highlight and celebrate the relationship that exists between the kids of Teen Empowerment and the men and women of the Boston Police Department. For the past several years, our officers and the kids from Teen Empowerment have been meeting on a regular basis to grow the relationship, build respect and discuss strategies to make our city the safest city it can be. Said Commissioner Evans: “When people ask me what makes Boston special, I say it’s because of programs like Teen Empowerment. I can’t praise these kids enough. They’re difference makers and doers. They care about our city and they’re not afraid to get involved with the process of making it better. These kids have taught us a lot about the power of positive dialogue and we’re proud of the partnership we have with them.” Said Chief Gross: “Thanks to the relationships that exist in Boston and the one we have with Teen Empowerment, we’re at the forefront of showing folks how you can do things peacefully and respectfully. Good things happen when people talk. As long as we respect each other and listen to each other, we can work together in hopes of bringing this city together, both the police and the community.”

The Center for Teen Empowerment has sites in Roxbury, Dorchester and Somerville. At each site, Teen Empowerment hires a group of youth, ages 14-21, and trains them as community organizers, providing them with the support and resources needed to effect change and better their community through initiatives that involve both youth and adults.

To learn more about Teen Empowerment – please click on the enclosed link:

http://www.teenempowerment.org



R.A.D. Training Classes Set to Start June 1st on District D-14 in Brighton

RAD Training Classes Set to Start on District D-14 in Brighton: If you're a woman interested in learning more about self defense or how to best defend yourself in the event of an attack, officers from District D-14 in Brighton - in conjunction with the Oak Square YMCA - are accepting applicants for a 4-week class scheduled to begin on June 1, 2015. To learn more, please contact District D-14 at (617) 343-4376.

BPD In The Community: Officers Invited To Play In A Soccer Game At Dorchester School

Earlier this week, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) were invited to play a game of soccer against young students from the Edward Everett Elementary School.  The officers were challenged by Mr. Steve Pecci,  the school’s gym teacher, to compete against some of his best and brightest talent.   It was a game that saw more laughs than goals but turned out to be a victory for all nonetheless.  

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Inaugural T.E.R.T. Training Takes Place in South Boston

Last week, members of the Boston Police Crime Scene Response Unit (CSRU), along with members of the Boston Fire Department, participated in a week-long training exercise at the MBTA training facility in the old Broadway T station in South Boston.

Using Federal grant funding, officers and firefighters came together to take part in the first ever T.E.R.T. Training (Tactical Emergency Response to Terrorism) in which first responders respond to a terrorist attack on the subway system. The training center is an abandoned subway station that was turned into a state-of-the-art training facility and opened in 2013.

During the training, a sound machine within the facility blasts officers and firefighters in the underground subway with the sounds of emergency alarms and a screaming, panicked crowd. Giant fog machines and dimmed, flashing lights throughout make visibility nearly impossible at times. Through all these distractions, firefighters and officers must work hand in hand to keep their composure and not only rescue victims, but preserve and process the crime scene as well. Said the CSRU supervisor:

“This training is an example of how the old ‘police versus fire’ mentality is slowly being replaced by a new realization that in a post 9-11 world, especially one where Federal funding is dwindling, inter-agency cooperation is required.”

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Boston Police Commissioner William Evans Announces the Boston Police Department and Community Teen Empowerment Partnership

WHAT:         Since 1992, Teen Empowerment has worked to challenge both youth and police to acknowledge the stereotypes that they have of one another and to begin replacing these stereotypes with positive relationships based on mutual respect, understanding, and communication.

Today, members of the BPD and Teen Empowerment will announce a summer plan to increase and improve upon the strides that have been made in the relationship over the past year during which the two groups have worked in close partnership with each other to counterbalance the negative news emanating from other parts of the country.

WHO:            Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross, Deputy Superintendent John Brown, and members of Teen Empowerment

WHEN:          Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

WHERE:        Boston Police Headquarters Media Room, One Schroeder Plaza, Boston, MA 02120

CONTACT:    Media inquiries may be directed to Boston Police Department Office of Media Relations (617) 343-4520.

Boston Police Deputy Superintendent Nora Baston to be Recognized as an Outstanding Woman Leader at the 22nd Annual New England Women's Leadership Awards

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015 the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester will be honoring Boston Police Deputy Superintendent Nora Baston at the 22nd annual New England Women’s Leadership Awards at the Seaport Boston Hotel at 6 PM.

Since 1992, the New England Women’s Leadership Awards (NEWLA), have celebrated the accomplishments of women in the community. NEWLA honorees are role models for the young members at Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester; sharing their challenges and leading by example, the honorees teach young members the importance of determination, compassion, self-confidence and giving back to the community.

“Building trust and forming relationships with our young people is what makes the Boston Police Department so successful and special,” said Commissioner William Evans. “Whether on the basketball court or organizing a youth/police dialogue, Deputy Baston continues to inspire and be a true role model for the youth of this city. I congratulate Nora on her award.”

For more information on the event, please visit http://bgcdorchester.org/newla/

BPD Photo of the Day: Officers Participate In Road To The Right Track Fitness Program In Brighton

Boston Police officers from District D-14 in Brighton give some fitness instruction to local youth as part of the Road to the Right Track (RTT) program.  RTT is a track program for youth in Allston-Brighton. Every Saturday, youth between the ages of 10-18 meet to work out on some of the college and university tracks in the Allston-Brighton Area. The practices consist of proper stretching along with dynamic warm-ups as well as distance work-outs and sprint work-outs. The Saturday work-outs are year round and are only one hour per week. The main purpose of these sessions is to encourage proper work-out habits.

Along with the weekly work-outs, the group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month for a Team Meeting. The Team Meetings have a different speaker with a different topic each month. Each topic is chosen to assist members of the team in making good life choices.