Last week on Thursday, February 16, 2017, Boston police officers from District A-1 (Downtown) including the district commander Captain Kenneth Fong, attended a Chinese New Year celebration at Boston Asian Y.E.S. (Youth Essential Services) on Harrison Ave in Chinatown. The officers and kids had a great time getting to know each other, playing games, and participating in a trivia contest with some fantastic BPD and Boston sports team prizes. And what celebration is complete without pizza and ice cream!
At about 3:55 AM on Sunday, February 19, 2017, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for a pedestrian struck at the intersection of Massachusetts Ave and Pompeii St.
On arrival, officers observed a female victim, believed to be in her late twenties, suffering from what appeared to be life-threatening injuries. The victim was transported to Boston Medical Center for further treatment of her injuries. The operator of the vehicle remained on scene. It was later learned that the operator of the vehicle and the victim knew each other and had been travelling together in the same vehicle prior to the accident. Additional information indicates the victim had exited the vehicle and was injured when the operator drove off as victim was attempting to re-enter the vehicle. Officers arrested the operator, Brianna Smith, 26, of Boston and charged her with Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Motor Vehicle) and Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol.
The victim of the incident passed away later that night and has been identified as 29-year-old Cusandra Webb of Dorchester.
At about 3:30 AM on Saturday, February 18, 2017, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a stabbing in the area of 800 Washington Street, Tufts Medical Center.
Upon arrival, officers observed a victim suffering from what appeared to be serious but non-life-threatening stab wounds. The officers were informed that the incident had occurred inside a residence at 110 Stuart Street. Officers responded to the residence and immediately observed blood splatters and the alleged suspect, 32-year-old Daniel Asher of Boston. The officers placed the suspect under arrest and charged him with Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Knife). Officers froze the residence and returned with a warrant allowing officers to search for the weapon used in the crime. As officers processed the scene, they observed in plain view a large quantity of marijuana, paraphernalia consistent with the sale of marijuana, and US currency. Further investigation led officers to recover over 30 pounds of marijuana and approximately $22,000 in US paper currency.
Asher was additionally charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs (Marijuana). The incident remains under investigation.
At about 1:30 PM on Saturday, February 18, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an on-site arrest for firearm related charges in the area of Gaylord Street in District B-3 (Mattapan).
The officers had been conducting an ongoing investigation of several street gang associates during which they observed a recent film of a 14-year-old juvenile male in possession of what appeared to be two firearms. Officers set up surveillance of the juvenile’s residence. In short time, the officers observed one of the juvenile’s associates, 24-year-old Darnel Marve of Dorchester, exit the residence and place an object in the trunk of his car. The juvenile then exited the residence and joined Marve inside the vehicle. Officers made a stop of the vehicle and upon inspection of a backpack that had been placed in the trunk, officers recovered a loaded Taurus .357 caliber revolver.
Officers placed Marve under arrest and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. Officers placed the 14-year-old juvenile under arrest and charged him with Delinquent to wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.
Upon further investigation of the juvenile’s residence, officers recovered a Botan “blank firing gun” (incapable of firing live ammo) that officers had previously observed in the possession of the juvenile. Officers seized the item for further testing.
Yesterday, Friday, February 17, 2017, the two Boston police officers, who were injured by gunfire while responding to a domestic violence call in East Boston 5 months ago, thanked the two doctors from Mass General Hospital who saved their lives. Officers Richie Cintolo and Matt Morris presented Doctors George Velmahos and David King each with two honorary badges, a personalized BPD hockey jersey, and a plaque for their efforts in saving their lives after they were shot multiple times and arrived at the doors of Mass General Hospital in need of immediate life-saving care. Both doctors were truly humbled, citing a team effort from both the medical staff at the hospital and the responding officers and EMTs at the scene, as the reason both officers are still with us today. Dr. King said, "I've had many experiences in my career, but to be able to help these heroes and to be called a BPD doctor is a highlight."
Mayor Martin Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans are happy to announce the hiring of Michael Gaskins in the newly created position of Diversity Recruitment Officer and Examination Administrator. Under the supervision of the Director of BPD Human Resources, Mr. Gaskins will manage the recruitment process for the positions of police officer and police cadet and develop a recruitment strategy for promoting the Boston Police Department in each neighborhood of the city to ensure the highest possible level of diversity in our applicant pools. Additionally, he will be responsible for the administrative and logistical tasks related to promotional exams and working closely with civil service testing companies to support the development of promotional tests.
Said Commissioner Evans, "We at the BPD feel Mr. Gaskins is highly qualified for the position and will be an asset to the both the department and the community. We are excited to have him on board."
Detective Arnold W. James was appointed to the Boston Police Department in 1956 and was one of the first members of the Tactical Police Force. In 1977 Detective James was in pursuit of armed robbers in Mattapan when he was shot in the head. Despite his severe wound, he was able to summon assistance for his partner, Detective John McManus, who had been shot four times. Detective James was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions.
Detective James was a World War II veteran, he was the first sworn police officer to complete Northeastern University’s program in criminal justice, and he devoted much of his free time to working with youth in the community.
Media Availability/Photo Opportunity: Commissioner Evans to Thank Boston Police Foundation for Funding Improvements to Workout Spaces in 15 Boston Police Stations
WHO: Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, members of the Boston Police Foundation, representatives from Gronk Fitness Products
WHAT: In an effort to support Officer Wellness and Safety Initiatives, the Boston Police Foundation provided funding in excess of $250,000 to outfit and enhance workout spaces in 15 Boston Police Stations. Commissioner Evans stops by the BPD Bicycle Unit to inspect one of the new workout spaces and to thank the Boston Police Foundation for their generous donation and support of the men and women of the Boston Police Department. The Boston Police Foundation is a non-profit organization that invests in special equipment, advanced training, new technology, officer safety and wellness initiatives not covered in the department’s annual budget. Additionally, representatives from Gronk Fitness Products – including Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski – will be on hand to demonstrate the new workout equipment.
WHERE: BPD Bicycle Unit located at 10 Linden Street, Dorchester, MA.
WHEN: Friday, February 17, 2017 @11:00am
Media Availability/Photo Opportunity: Boston Police Officers Injured During East Boston Shooting Incident to Meet and Thank MGH Doctors Who Saved Their Lives
WHO: Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, Boston Police Officers Richard Cintolo and Matt Morris, Dr. George C. Velmahos and Dr. David King.
WHAT: Four months ago, Boston Police Officers Richard Cintolo and Matt Morris were shot in the line of duty after confronting an armed gunman during a domestic disturbance in East Boston on October 13, 2016. In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Officers Cintolo and Morris were rushed to Mass General Hospital where physicians and care givers there are credited with providing the urgent care and treatment that ultimately saved their lives. On Friday, February 17, 2017, Richie and Matt return to Mass General Hospital for the first time together to thank the doctors who were there for them when they needed them the most.
WHERE: Russell Museum (2nd Floor) located at the corner of Cambridge and N. Grove Streets
WHEN: Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 9:30am
At about 8:30 AM on Thursday February 16, 2017, Boston School Police Officers assigned to the Jeremiah E. Burke High School located at 60 Washington Street in Dorchester arrested a student on firearm related charges. The juvenile suspect, a 17 year old male from Dorchester, was placed in custody without incident after a school staff member located a 7.65 caliber Deutshche Werk handgun loaded with a single round of ammunition inside his backpack. The suspect will appear in Dorchester Juvenile Court on charges of Delinquent to Wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.
At about 2:24 AM on Wednesday February 15, 2017, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) in a collaborative effort with officers assigned to Districts B-2 (Roxbury) and B-3 (Mattapan) made an onsite arrest and recovered two loaded firearms in the area of Columbia Road and Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester. While on routine patrol in the area of 85 Southampton Street in Roxbury, officers observed Gullit Gomes, 25, of Braintree, who was known to the officers from previous incidents, enter a motor vehicle and drive towards the Massachusetts Avenue Connector. When the officers observed the vehicle commit a traffic infraction, they activated their lights and sirens in an attempt to perform a traffic stop at which time, the car sped away.
Additional responding units were able to locate the suspect a short time later walking near Columbia Road and Dorchester Avenue where he was placed in custody without incident. About twenty minutes later, officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle on Cottrell Street and perform a standard motor vehicle inventory search which led to the recovery of a loaded Ruger P95 handgun and a loaded Smith & Wesson GTG revolver. The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition in addition to numerous motor vehicle infractions including Operating a Motor Vehicle After Revocation or Suspension, Refusal to Submit to a Police Officer and Driving to Endanger.
Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3
Street Robberies: 1
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0
Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 5
Residential Break-ins: 11
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.
Keeping Boston Safe: Today, Tuesday, February 14, 2017, officers assigned to the Boston Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit, in collaboration with outside law enforcement agencies including US Marshals, apprehended three dangerous felons wanted in connection to three separate incidents.
The facts and circumstances surrounding each incident are as follows:
INCIDENT #1: Suspect Charles Phillips, 29, of Boston was located and arrested without incident in South Boston earlier today. Phillips was wanted in connection to a stabbing incident which occurred on February 4, 2017. At that time, the suspect stabbed a female victim multiple times during an altercation in the area of 61 Monument Street in Charlestown. The victim was treated for non-life threatening stab wounds to her arm. The suspect is charged with Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Knife).
INCIDENT #2: Suspect Romando Joseph, 28, of Boston was located and arrested without incident earlier today in the area of 109 Mercer Street in South Boston. Joseph was wanted in connection to threats made during an incident which occurred on February 1, 2017 in the area of 1200 Blue Hill Ave. At that time, the suspect threatened to hurt, harm and kill several individuals. The suspect is charged with threats made.
INCIDENT #3: Suspect Johnathan Kirkland, 25, of Florida was located and arrested without incident in Dorchester earlier today. Kirkland was wanted out of Ocala Florida for Rape of a Child. Kirkland, who fled Florida in an effort to avoid and evade capture, was tracked down and apprehended by members of the BPD’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit and US Marshals. The suspect is charged with being a Fugitive from Justice as he awaits rendition back to Florida.
Said Commissioner William Evans: “I want to commend my officers, as well as the outside law enforcement agencies who helped and assisted in our successful efforts to take three dangerous individuals off the streets of Boston. Today’s arrests should send a strong and clear message that the long arm of the law knows no limits or boundaries when it comes to apprehending any individual who thinks it’s okay to hurt or harm any member of our community. Our city is most certainly a safer place with these individuals in police custody.”
At about 12:00 AM on Saturday, February 11, 2017, members of the District D-14 (Brighton) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit were in the Fidelis Way Housing Development conducting an investigation.
While monitoring the area, officers observed several parties known to them inside a motor vehicle near 901 Jette Court. Officers noted that the operator was 38-year-old Curtis A. Irving of Dorchester, and officers knew from previous interactions that his driver’s license was suspended. Officers also recognized the backseat passenger as 35-year-old Jonathan Jean of Brighton, who they knew was wanted on an arrest warrant out of Brighton Court. The front passenger was a female, later identified as 35-year-old Leanna Fernandez of Lawrence. As the officers watched, Irving parked the car and exited the vehicle with Jean. They were met by two additional males, and the four males congregated at the rear of the vehicle while Irving opened the trunk and appeared to be manipulating something inside of it. At one point, officers observed all the males bend over and peer inside the trunk as if Irving were showing them an item. The officers then observed the group return to their vehicles and drive them into a lot nearby. It was then that the officers called for additional unit and approached the occupants of the vehicles.
Officers placed Irving under arrest for Operating a Motor Vehicle while License Suspended/Revoked. Jean was placed under arrest by virtue of the outstanding arrest warrant. Officers then spoke to Fernandez, the registered owner of the vehicle. Fernandez reported she was aware that Irving’s license was suspended. When officers asked if there was anything in the vehicle, they should be aware of she stated that there was nothing and officers were free to search the car. Upon a search of the trunk, officers recovered an unloaded black Smith & Wesson 1911 Pro Series .45 caliber firearm reported stolen out of Tynsborough in 2016 and two rounds of live ammunition. Officers arrested Fernandez for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Receiving Stolen Property. Officers also cited her for Allowing Unlicensed Operator of a Motor Vehicle. Irving was also charged with the above firearm offenses, plus Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (Subsequent Offense).
Yesterday, on Friday February 10, 2017, officers assigned to Mobile Operations set up a new kitty condo for their team mascot, affectionately referred to as SWAT Cat. The officers in the unit have been caring for the adorable stray Calico since she began prowling around the BPD Special Weapons and Tactics base back in 2013. Officer Jamie Pietroski, a 15-year veteran of the Boston Police Department, stayed late after work for several nights painstakingly preparing Swat Cat’s new home. The condo features a spacious studio interior layout, a large deck for outdoor dining and glass sliding doors offering panoramic city views. Swat Cat moved right in and looks very happy with her new custom kitty accommodations.
BPD Seek Public’s Help in Effort to ID Person Wanted in Connection to Assault & Battery in South Boston: District C-6 (South Boston) Detectives are seeking your help in their efforts to identify the individual seen in the enclosed photo. Specifically, investigators are seeking the identity of the male seen on the left side of the photo wearing a black t-shirt. This individual is wanted in connection to an assault & battery which occurred at 732 East Broadway (Beer Garden) in South Boston at about 7:30pm, on Sunday, December 18, 2016.
The Boston Police Department continues to review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information, albeit large or small, is strongly urged to contact detectives assigned to District C-6 in South Boston 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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.
On Saturday, February 5, 1994 Officer B. Wayne Anderson, then 37 years of age, returned home from his shift, changed out of his uniform and drove to a store in his personal vehicle. Officer Anderson noticed a car going the wrong way on a one-way street and tried to stop the driver. When Officer Anderson identified himself as a Boston Police Officer, the driver, who was wanted on outstanding warrants, pulled out a handgun and shot Officer Anderson point-blank in the chest.
Officer Anderson “acted on instinct, as he had so many times before, and he made the ultimate sacrifice,” then-Acting Police Commissioner Paul F. Evans told the mourners at during his funeral service. “He exemplified all that is good in a police officer.”
Officer Berisford Wayne Anderson was the first African American Boston Police Officer killed in the line of duty. His sacrifice will never be forgotten.
At about 12:45 AM on Wednesday February 8, 2017, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) arrested German Soriano, 42, of Mattapan, on firearm related charges after investigating an apparent accidental discharge inside his apartment located at 10 Elisabeth Street in Mattapan. Officers later executed a search warrant at the address which led to the recovery of a loaded 9mm Ruger handgun. The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling.
At about 12:10 PM today, Wednesday, February 8, 2017, members of the Boston Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrested 27-year-old Dominique Jerard Finch of Dorchester for the October 2016 shooting of a nine-year-old girl that left the victim paralyzed.
At about 1:00 AM on Sunday, October 9, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 63-99 Annunciation Road. Upon arrival, officers located a nine-year-old female suffering from a gunshot wound, and she was transported by EMS to Boston Children’s Hospital.
After an extensive examination of the evidence processed and collected at the crime scene, as well as evidence compiled over the past several months, detectives were able to amass a strong case against Mr. Finch. Officers obtained a warrant for his arrest in Roxbury District Court, and today Mr. Finch was arrested and charged with Assault to Murder, Aggravated Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Discharging a Firearm within 500 ft. of a Dwelling, and Firearm Used in a the Commission of a Felony.
Said Commissioner Evans, “This case was particularly troubling to us because it not only involved a young victim, but we encountered uncooperative witnesses. Despite roadblocks, the detectives have worked tirelessly in gathering physical evidence, and they look forward to presenting a strong case in court to bring justice for this little girl and her family.”
At about 1:10 AM on Monday, February 6, 2017, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Congress and Purchase Streets. Upon arrival, officers learned that two members of the BPD Command Staff were driving back from their Super Bowl post in Faneuil Hall when their unmarked cruiser was struck from behind by another vehicle, whose operator admitted to texting and driving. The officers exchanged information with the operator and his passenger, cited the operator for “Impeded Operation (Texting while Driving),” and both vehicles were towed.
A few hours later at about 9:40 AM, officers from District A-1 responded to a radio call for a bank robbery in the area of 389 Hanover Street (Eagle Bank). Twenty-five minutes after that a call came in for second bank robbery in the area of 75 State Street with a description of the two suspects matching that of the earlier robbery. Officers were informed that the two suspects attempted to flee the scene in a white cab on Congress Street and were provided the cab’s Hackney number. Officers on Congress Street observed a long line of white taxis waiting in traffic, including the suspects' getaway taxi. The officers stopped the traffic with their cruiser then proceeded down the block on foot to remove the suspects from the taxi. Officers arrested the two suspects, recovered the stolen money, and charged them with Armed Robbery.
As the suspects were booked, one officer recognized their names as the two men involved in the above motor vehicle crash that took place just a few hours prior. Said the officer with a hint of sarcasm, “Note to criminals—if you’re planning a bank robbery, try not to have your getaway car towed for smashing into a police cruiser.”