The Boston Police Department Salutes Black History Month

Detective Frederick McLean of the Special Service Squad was the first African American to receive the Department's Medal of Honor.  On April 7, 1952, Detective McLean was on a day off when he heard that a robbery was being planned by two men he knew to be armed and dangerous.  Driving through Roxbury in his own vehicle, Detective McLean observed one man acting as a lookout in front of a store on Tremont Street, with a second man inside holding the owner at gunpoint.  Detective McLean arrested the lookout and used him as a shield as he entered the store to arrest the robber, who had escaped from the state hospital for the criminally insane.

Detective McLean's identical twin brother Francis McLean was also a Boston Police Officer, and the two patrolled Roxbury for many years.

 

Boston 24: Thursday, February 11, 2016

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 6

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

One Less Gun: Outstanding Work Leads to Recovered Firearm, Three in Custody, After Armed Robbery in Dorchester

At about 6:00 PM on Wednesday February 10, 2016, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for an armed robbery at the Pleasant View Variety Store located at 1 Savin Hill Avenue.  On arrival, officers spoke with the store clerk who stated that he had been robbed by three masked suspects, one of whom was carrying a firearm.  The victim stated that two of the suspects jumped behind the counter and demanded cash from the register.  The suspects took an undetermined amount of cash and several cartons of cigarettes before fleeing the store on foot. 

Utilizing multiple investigative tools and resources, detectives were able to determine that the suspects were hiding inside an apartment at 22 Roach Street and quickly set a perimeter.  The Boston Police SWAT Team responded along with department negotiators who were able to convince the suspects to surrender after a considerable amount of time without further incident.  Officers then executed a search warrant and were able to recover a loaded .45 caliber handgun, a large amount of cash, the cartons of cigarettes which had been taken from the store as well as several other key pieces of evidence.  The three suspects, Jose Morales, 21, of Dorchester, Andronique Dossantos, 18, of Dorchester and Kallahn Winbush, 18, of Cambridge, will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Armed Robbery while Masked, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Quick Response Enables BPD Officers to Run Down Sneaker-Stealing Suspect in Dorchester

At about 11:35am, on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for an armed robbery in the area of 196 Sydney Street in Dorchester.

On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated he was on his way to sell a pair of sneakers (a pair of Nike Kevin Durant Basketball Sneakers) to a person he had met on-line. According to the victim, he and the suspect agreed to meet at the corner of Sydney and Carson Streets to complete the transaction. However, when the victim arrived on the scene, three males approached him and robbed him of the sneakers he was trying to sell, as well as $300.00 in US currency. The victim further states that one of the suspects displayed a firearm. Officers promptly broadcast a description of the suspects over the police radio and, in short time, were able to locate an individual who matched the description of one of the suspects. While officers were questioning the suspect about his potential connection to the incident, the victim was brought to the scene in an effort to positively identify the suspect. Upon seeing the suspect, the victim positively identified the suspect as one of the individuals who robbed him. Officers arrested and Jakhari Battle, 18, of Boston and charged him with Armed Robbery. The suspect was not in possession of a firearm. Additional arrests could be pending.

The Boston Police Department Seeks the Public’s Help in Identifying Person of Interest in Ongoing Investigation into Identity Thefts and Bank Fraud

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the female suspect shown in the above photographs. The suspect is wanted for questioning in relation to ongoing incidents of bank fraud and identity thefts in several communities. The suspect was last seen operating a white Toyota Camry with a Plymouth 400 Commemorative plate of PL1613.  It is believed that the suspect is part of a larger group of individuals who break into vehicles and then commit bank fraud with the stolen identifications taken during those breaks. 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.  Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact the BRIC at (617) 343-4328.

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 24: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 7
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 6
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.

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Drug Control Unit Makes Significant Drug Seizures in the South End and Mattapan

On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, officers assigned to the District C-6 (South Boston) and District E-5 (West Roxbury) Neighborhood Drug Control Units, while in collaboration with the Suffolk County Crime Prevention & Control Unit, executed search warrants in the area of 76 W. Newton Street in the South End and 51 Orlando Street in Mattapan. As a result of the operation, officers located and seized a significant amount of illegal narcotics including over 2.5 kilos of a Class A Drug (Heroin), 1.5 kilos of a Class B Drug (Cocaine) and a semiautomatic firearm (see photo). Officers arrested Luis Albert Medina-Feliciano, 40, of Boston and charged him with Trafficking Class A Drug (Heroin). Additional charges could be pending.

Boston 24: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 0
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 In The Community: Officers Take Part in Basketball Game with Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester

Members of the Boston Police Department recently joined with the Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester to participate in a basketball game held at Northeastern University.  Also in attendance were members of the Martin Richard Basketball Program and a small group from the You’re With Us organization.  The in game action was competitive and the support from the fans in the stand was heartfelt.  Our thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy a fun filled evening. 

The Boston Police Seek the Public’s Help in Locating a Missing Guitar Last Seen Early Saturday Morning

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing electric guitar (similar to the one pictured above) in relation to an ongoing investigation.  It is an Eric Johnson Fender Stratocaster which was last seen in the possession of its owner early Saturday morning, February 6, 2016, in the area of the Fens or Back Street. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Boston Police Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist 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 in an anonymous manner.

Great Work Recognized: Officers Present Citation to Long-Time Leader of PAL Soccer Program

Pictured from left to right:  Officer Frank Hughes, Ms. Siobhan McCue, and Officer Stephen Law.

At a recent meeting of the Brighton/Allston Improvement Association, District D-14 (Brighton) Captain Wayne Lanchester and the D-14 Community Service Office recognized the long term participation of Ms. Siobhan McHugh in leading the Boston Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) Soccer Program. Ms. McHugh was honored as a stalwart promoter of kids’ educational and sports activities. From all of us at the Brighton District Station, as well as the entire BPD, for your dedication to the youth of our community, we say, “Thank you, Ms. McHugh!”

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Illegal Firearm during Search Warrant

At about 8:12 AM on Monday, February 8, 2016, members of the District C-6 (South Boston) and District B-3 (Mattapan) Drug Control Units executed search warrants in the area of 23 Nightingale Street, Dorchester.

As part of an ongoing investigation, officers located the target of the search warrants on his way to court in Rhode Island. Officers detained 34-year-old William Garrison of Dorchester while the search warrants were executed. As a result, officers recovered a loaded black ATI .22 caliber revolver, 12 plastic bags of what appeared to be marijuana, and various drug paraphernalia consistent with the sale of illegal narcotics.

Officers arrested Garrison and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D (Marijuana). Garrison will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court. 

Boston 72: WEEKEND UPDATE

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 6

Street Robberies: 7
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 19

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.

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Abandoned Firearm in Mattapan

At about 8:00 PM on Sunday, February 7, 2016, members of the District B-3 (Mattapan) Drug Control Unit recovered a firearm in the area of Edgewater Drive and Topalian Street.

While conducting an investigation in the above area, officers received information from a concerned citizen that a firearm was hidden in the area of Edgewater Drive and Topalian Street. Officers conducted surveillance of the intersection and were eventually able to recover a loaded .22 caliber Trailsman 66 revolver. The firearm was seized and processed for further investigation.

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of 55 Brookledge Street

 

At about 5:46 PM on Thursday, February 4, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 55 Brookledge Street in Roxbury.

Upon arrival, officers located a male victim, believed to be in his twenties, suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as 22-year-old Marquis Waithe of Roxbury.

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.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: DCU Officers Arrest Two for Drug Related Charges after Violent Struggle

 

At about 8:40 PM on Saturday, February 6, 2016, members of the District A-7 (East Boston) Drug Control Unit conducted an investigation in the area of the Sumner and Border Streets.

Due to prior drug and firearm related activity in the above area, officers set up surveillance near the Maverick Landing housing development. Shortly, officers observed two males in two different vehicles conduct what officers know from their training and experience to be a street level drug transaction. As the first vehicle exited the area, officers made a stop of its occupants while additional officers maintained surveillance of the second vehicle. The stop of the first vehicle resulted in the recovery of a plastic bag of crack cocaine. Officers arrested 26-year-old Joseph G. Maraio of East Boston and charged him with Possession of Class B (Crack Cocaine).

After confirming that a drug transaction had taken place, officers attempted to conduct a stop of the second vehicle. Officers approached the vehicle and were immediately met with resistance from the operator when he refused to show his hands to the officers. As officers attempted to arrest the operator, he pushed away violently, moving through the vehicle to the passenger’s side in order to escape. Officers gave chase and after a foot pursuit, officers caught up to the suspect who struggled violently. During the struggle, the suspect continually reached for his waistband and was observed placing an unknown white item in his mouth, chewing, and swallowing it. Officers were finally able to apprehend the suspect and observed a white residue that smelled of cocaine around his mouth, lips, and on his tongue. Officers recovered approximately $245 in US currency and a spring loaded knife from the front pockets of the suspect. During an inventory search of the suspect’s vehicle, officers recovered approximately $25,000 in US currency, a large plastic bag containing a substance believed to be marijuana (packaged for sale), two digital scales, two cell phones, and two bundles totaling 25 acid films.

Officers arrested the suspect, 35-year-old Mark Yarde of East Boston, and charged him with Distribution of Class B (Cocaine), Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B (Cocaine), Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D (Marijuana), two counts of Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of a Dangerous Weapon. Further investigation led officers to additionally charge Yarde with Second and Subsequent Offenses on these drug charges.

Ongoing Investigation Leads to Arrest of Six “Johns” in Roxbury

 

At about 1:30 AM on Saturday, February 6, 2016, detectives from District B-2 (Roxbury), with the assistance of the B-2 Anti-crime Unit, arrested six individuals who solicited sex for a fee in the area of Blue Hill Avenue and Woodcliff Street.

Over the course of one hour on the above date, a female officer working an ongoing investigation in an undercover capacity was approached and solicited for sex by six males. The following suspects were arrested and charged with Soliciting Sex for a Fee:

  • Dana Foster, 53, of Boston
  • Christopher Whiteside, 30, of Hyde Park
  • Pedro Andrade, 62, of Dorchester
  • Suleiman Abdulmalik, 25, of Roxbury
  • Antonio Rodrigues, 29, of Dorchester
  • Alejandro Ojeda, 23, of Roxbury

The suspects will be arraigned on Monday in Roxbury District Court.

The Boston Police Department Salutes Black History Month

Boston's first African American Police Officer was Horatio Julius Homer, appointed in 1878.  Homer served at the Commissioner's Office, then housed in Pemberton Square, and on Sundays patrolled on Boylston Street in the Back Bay.  He was promoted to Sergeant in 1895 and retired in 1919.

Sergeant Homer was something of a Renaissance man, playing 11 musical instruments and memorizing a poem a day.  He maintained friendships with other African American public employees, including judges, federal workers, and state representatives.  Together they hosted Frederick Douglass when he visited Boston.  Douglass, the iconic social reformer, abolitionist and statesman, famously stated, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men” which is a belief shared by our officers who interact with the youth of this city on a daily basis.  The Community Room at the new District B-2 station in Roxbury is dedicated to Sergeant Homer.  

 

Boston 24: Friday, February 5, 2016

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

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

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 12

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: Officers Make Arrest, Recover Loaded Firearm After Two Victims Grazed by Bullets in Dorchester

At about 10:45 PM on Thursday February 4, 2016, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) on sited a shots fired incident in the area of 500 Geneva Avenue.  An officer on patrol reported hearing gunfire then located a victim suffering from a graze wound from a bullet and gave out a description of a suspect who had been seen fleeing the scene.  Responding officers from the Youth Violence Strike Force observed a suspect matching the given description and stopped him in the area of Freeman Street.  Officers immediately frisked the suspect and recovered a loaded .22 caliber Phoenix Arms handgun which appeared to have been recently fired.  The suspect, Rasheed Hall, 25, of Boston, was then placed in custody without incident and transported to an area hospital for treatment of an apparent stab wound sustained during the incident.  A second victim with a graze wound from a bullet was located at an area hospital a short time later and interviewed by detectives.  Upon his release from the hospital, the suspect will be booked and charged with numerous offenses before facing arraignment in Dorchester District Court.