Making A Difference: Boxing Program Solidifies a Partnerships with Youth at St. Peter's Center

Every Tuesday and Thursday nights, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) box with youth from St. Peter’s Youth Center on Bowdoin Street. Said Deputy Nora Baston, "Officers test their boxing skills while forming a continued relationship with the youth. Our relationship is strong with the kids on Bowdoin Street because of the boxing program.” Several officers from District C-11, this night including, Officer Stephen Doran, show up consistently to box a few rounds with the youth. 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest One Suspect for Stabbing in South Boston

 

At about 3:30 AM, on October 25, 2014 officers from District C-6(South Boston) responded to a radio call for two persons stabbed at 151 Old Colony Avenue, South Boston.

On arrival officers observed two male victims in the parking lot suffering from apparent stab wounds. Victim one, a 26-year-old male from Waltham was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital with serious injuries. A second male victim, a 33-year-old from Quincy, was transported to Boston Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Officers spoke with witnesses on scene who reported that approximately six men were involved in a verbal altercation which became physical and resulted in two of the men being stabbed. Witnesses further stated the suspects described as three white males in their teen's, suspect #1 wearing a blue hooded sweat shirt, suspect #2 wearing a green hooded sweatshirt and a third white male, fled the area on foot after the stabbing, towards Dorchester Avenue. 

Officers immediately canvassed the area of Dorchester Avenue, and observed two males standing on Rogers Street, who fit the description the witnesses’ gave. After a brief foot chase and the suspects running into an apartment on Rogers Street, officers were able get the two suspects to come out without incident.

Suspect Dominic A. Bazznotti, 18, of South Boston was positively identified and arrested. He is charged with Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault and Battery Dangerous Weapon and Affray.  The second suspect was identified and released.

Bazznotti is expected to appear in South Boston District Court on Monday.

BPD Officers Stop by the Susan Bailis Senior Assisted Living Community in the South End to Serve Up a Senior Appreciation Dinner

On Thursday, October 23, 2014, Sgt. Gino Provenzano, Officer Bernadette McCarthy, Officer Billy Slyne, Karen Collins and Bill Stoddard from PAL stopped by the Susan Bailis Senior Assisted Living Community, located at 352 Mass Ave, to visit with and provide dinner for the residents who call the Bailis Senior Center their home. All in attendance loved the dinner and the visit from Boston’s Finest even better.  Special thanks to the Boston Police Athletic/Activities League and Stella Restaurant located at 1525 Washington Street for providing the dinner free of charge. Said one of the officers, “This is a great way for us to interact with and talk to some of our elderly community members. It’s important for them to know that we’re here for them if they ever need us and a Senior Appreciation Dinner is a great way to share that message.”  

Community Alert: BPD Seeking Public's Help in Efforts to Identify Suspect Wanted in Connection to an Attempted Kidnapping in Roxbury

 

At about 4:00pm, on Wednesday October, 22, 2014, a 14-year-old female, accompanied by her parent, walked into the District B-2 (Roxbury) station to report an incident that occurred earlier that day. According to the victim, at about 2:50pm, she was standing at a bus stop in the area of Warren & Moreland Streets in Roxbury when a white male, with blue eyes, about 5'9" tall, wearing a blue & white striped dress shirt, khaki pants and black shoes exited a blue Infinity motor vehicle and approached her. According to the victim, the male suspect asked the victim to get into his car and even attempted to pull the victim into his vehicle. The victim states she was able to avoid the suspect and flee the area. The suspect's vehicle is described as a blue four door Infinity. The victim refused medical attention at the time of her report. 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call District B-2 Detectives at (617) 343-4275.

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.

Tips for Ensuring Your Personal Safety:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night.
  • When parking, walking or returning to your car, travel in well-lit and populated areas.
  • Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.
  • Be watchful and aware. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of passing vehicles. Don’t become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device.
  • Avoid walking alone late at night. Walk with friends and people you know.
  • Keep a whistle within reach. If threatened, use the whistle to signal residents for help. Yelling “Fire!” “Help!” or “Rape!” are ways of drawing attention and alerting people of your situation.
  • Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
  • Carry a cell phone and call ahead to your destination to alert them that you’re on the way. Make sure you’re expected at a certain time, so in the event you fail to show up, those expecting you will know enough to begin looking for you.
  • Walk with confidence. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts. Anyone at anytime can be a victim of crime so never assume, “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”
  • If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to defend, distract, or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.
  • If you think that someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk towards an open store, restaurant or residence.

Update: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 188 Washington Street

At about 4:45am, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a fight in the area of 188 Washington Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a female, subsequently identified as Maria Sanchez, 26,  of Mattapan, suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to the Boston Medical Center where she was later pronounced deceased.  

The Boston Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

Coffee with a Cop Visits District E-18 in Hyde Park

Captain Steven McLaughlin, City Councilor Tim McCarthy, Deputy Nora Baston, officers from District E-18 including Community Service Sgt. Tom Manning, members of the BPD’s Neighborhood Watch Unit and several neighborhood watch groups including the Hyde Park Neighborhood Watch,  the West Street Neighborhood Watch and the Clare Ave Neighborhood Watch recently gathered at the Bean & Cream Cafe located at 680 Truman Pkwy in Hyde Park to chit chat over coffee with community members who were encouraged to voice any quality of life or public safety issues impacting their neighborhoods. Thanks to all who took the time to stop by and special thanks to the Boston Police Athletic League (PAL) for picking up the cost of the coffee. If you or a friend is interested in learning more about attending or starting a Neighborhood Watch Group, please call (617) 343-4345 or email: meetinginfo.bpd@cityofboston.gov.

Congratulations to Recently Promoted Captain Haseeb Hosein

Captain Hosein receives his Captain's BAdge from Chief Gross

Recent Promotions: Congratulations to recently promoted Captain Haseeb Hosein who received his new Captain’s shield earlier today (October 22, 2014) during a ceremony at Boston Police Headquarters. This promotion speaks to the promise both Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Evans made to diverisify the BPD's Command Staff with Captain Hosein joining two other minority district commanders, Captain Alfredo Andres of District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) and Captain Kenneth Fong of District A-1 (Downtown). Hosein is a 26 year veteran of the Boston Police Department with his most recent assignment as a Lieutenant in District E-18 (Hyde Park). We wish Haseeb - who will be assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) - nothing but the best of success in his new position! 

 

Boston 24: Data from Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 5
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 13

Residential Break-ins: 6
Commercial Break-ins: 5

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.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Three and Recover Illegal Narcotics in Dorchester

 

At about 10:20 AM on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made three onsite arrests and recovered a large amount of illegal narcotics in the area of 308 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester.

While on patrol in the area of the above location, officers observed a motor vehicle cross over the double lines veering into oncoming traffic. At this time, officers activated their emergency equipment (lights and sirens) in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle came to a stop, but eventually fled the area. Officers immediately pursued the vehicle. During the pursuit, the passenger of the vehicle put him arm out the window and discarded a large red bag in the area of 42 Fox Street in Dorchester, the vehicle came to a stop shortly after and all occupants were placed under arrest. The red bag was secured by assisting officers. Officers were able to recover the following:

  • Approximately 180 grams of heroin
  • Approximately 137 grams of cocaine
  • Over $2,000.00 in US Currency

Officers arrested 27-year-old Dearron Cureton of Dorchester, 33-year-old Russell Hankerson of Roxbury, and 35-year-old Edward Strong of Roxbury.  All are charged with Trafficking Class A Drugs, Trafficking Class A within 500 ft. of a School Zone, Trafficking Class B Drugs, Trafficking Class B within 500 ft. of a School Zone, and Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws. Strong faces additional charges of Failure to Stop for a Police Officer and Operating after Suspension.

 

One Less Gun: Community Tip Leads to Recovery of Three Illegal Firearms in Roxbury

STOCK PHOTO COURTESY OF BPDNEWS.COM

At about 6:24 PM on Monday, October 20, 2014, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) recovered three illegal firearms in the area of Dewey Street and Danube Street in Roxbury.

While on patrol, officers received a call from an area detective who had been notified by a concerned community member that there may be firearms located in the abandoned lot in the area of the above location. Officers responded to the lot and began their search, eventually locating a blue duffle bag under a rock. The bag contained three firearms: a Lorcin model L25 .25 caliber auto loaded with six live rounds of ammunition, an Intratec 9MM Luger model Tec-9, and a Thompson Center Arms 35 Rem Super 14. Officers were also able to recover additional ammunition inside of the bad as well.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call District B-2 (Roxbury) detectives at 617-343-4275.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling CrimeStoppers at 1(800) 494-TIPS (8477) or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those wishing to remain anonymous.

 

Boston 24: Data from Monday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 6
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 9
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 10

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.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest One for Unarmed Robbery in the Downtown Area

 

At about 6:42 PM on Monday, October 20, 2014, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) made an onsite arrest for and unarmed robbery in the area of Tremont Street and Winter Street in the Downtown area.

While conducting a drug investigation in the area of the above location, officers’ attention was drawn to a female victim screaming frantically that she had just been robbed. As officers turned toward the victim, they observed a white male running in a full sprint down Winter Street toward Washington Street. Officers immediately gave chase eventually catching up to the suspect in the area of 12 Winter Street. Following a brief struggle, the suspect was placed under arrest. Officers were able to recover all of the victim’s property that had been stolen.

Officers arrested 41-year-old Scott Smith of Boston and charged him with Unarmed Robbery, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer (Injuries), and Resisting Arrest.

 

Death Investigation in the area of 188 Washington Street

 

At about 4:45am, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a fight in the area of 188 Washington Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a female, believed to be in her twenties, suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to the Boston Medical Center where she was later pronounced deceased.  

The Boston Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

 

BPD Homicide Detectives Arrest Suspect Wanted in Death Investigation in the area of 205 Bowdoin Street

 

At about 7:22pm, on Thursday, October 16, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person stabbed in the area of 205 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a victim suffering from what appeared to be a stab wound. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to the Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as Gerald Williamson, 31, of Boston.

After a complete and thorough investigation, detectives assigned to the Boston Police Homicide Unit were able to identify and locate the individual wanted in connection to this incident. On Monday, October 20, 2014, detectives arrested Edgardo Clark, 29, of Quincy and charged him with Murder.

Homicide detectives continue to actively examine the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

 

Boston 24: Data from Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 2
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 10

Street Robberies: 12
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 8
Vehicle Recoveries: 6
Vehicle Breaks: 33

Residential Break-ins: 21
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.

 

Update: Suspect Arrested in Fall River in connection with an Indecent Assault in the area of Tileston & Wiggin Streets

At about 10:00 PM, on Saturday, October, 18, 2014, member of the Boston Police Fugitive Unit arrested a 36-year old male, Nieto Wagner of Fall River, wanted in connection for an indecent assault in the North End, Boston. Wagner is expected to appear in Boston Municipal Court tomorrow.

 The facts and circumstances surrounding the incident are as follows:

At about 2:45am, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for a female victim stating that she had been indecently assaulted in the area of Tileston & Wiggin Streets.  According to the victim, she was walking home when she noticed an unknown individual (described as a Hispanic male in his early thirties, approximately 5'7” to 5’9” tall, stocky build, with black spiked hair, wearing a white zip-up jacket, blue jeans and camouflage boots) walking behind her. When the victim turned to acknowledge the suspect, a brief conversation ensued before the suspect grabbed the victim in an indecent manner and then ran off. According the victim, the suspect spoke with what she believes to be a Hispanic accent. Officers conducted a search of the area for the suspect but were unsuccessful in their efforts to locate him.

Anyone with information relative to the above incidents is asked to call detectives assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling 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 wishing to remain anonymous.

Concerted Effort to Curb Gun Violence Enables BPD Officers to Seize Six Illegal Firearms in Less Than 10 Hours

Concerted Effort to Curb Gun Violence Enables BPD Officers to Seize Six Illegal Firearms in Less Than 10 Hours:  In the BPD's ongoing efforts to combat gun violence and target those who knowingly carry and possess illegal firearms in our community, BPD officers arrested six suspects and confiscated six illegal guns (see enclosed photos) in six separate incidents within a 10 hour period.

Said Commissioner William Evans, “I continue to be impressed with the work being done by the men and women of the Boston Police Department. Thanks to their commitment and courage, we were able to take six guns off our streets and out of our neighborhoods in less than ten hours. And, hopefully, six fewer guns translates into six fewer tragedies or crimes.”

The facts and circumstances of the incidents are as follows: 

INCIDENT #1: At about 1:30pm, on Thursday, October 16, 2014, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) took a report from a victim stating that an individual known to him – a fellow classmate - attempted to rob him at gunpoint in the area of 53 Annunciation Road. One day later, on Friday, October 17, 2014, at about 8:15pm, officers located the suspect, a 16 year-old juvenile male from Boston, and charged him with Armed Robbery and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon. A search of the suspect’s residence enabled officers to recover the firearm used in the crime. 

INCIDENT #2: At about 6:30pm, on Friday, October 17, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call to investigate a motor vehicle in the area of 7 Paisley Park in which the occupants were seen possibly drinking and doing drugs in the car. On arrival, officers confirmed that the occupants of the car were smoking marijuana. A search of the car enabled officers to locate and seize a loaded black firearm. When neither occupant was able to produce a license to carry, officers arrested Desean Clare, 24, of Dorchester and Dequell Golson, 22 of Dorchester and charged both with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Dangerous Weapon Unlawfully Carried and Possession of Class D Drugs.

INCIDENT #3: At about 12:30am, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest for firearm and drug related offenses as a result of a traffic stop in the area of Dale & Wakullah Streets in Roxbury. As a result of the stop, officers recovered a loaded Walther PK 380 firearm and several small individually wrapped bags of what officers believed to be heroin and marijuana. Officers arrested Lamar Tillery, 23, of Hyde Park and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Firearm 2nd Subsequent Offense, Possession w/Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs (marijuana) and Possession w/Intent to Distribute Class A Drug (heroin). 

INCIDENT #4: At about 12:44am, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force responded to a call for a loud party and group gathered in the area of 67 Walnut Park which is an abandoned property. As officers approached the party, the group began to quickly disperse in the direction of Walnut Park. A search of the area and the abandoned property enabled officers to see and take possession of a stainless steel Ruger .357 Magnum revolver found lying at the base of a bush in the yard. Although several individuals were questioned at the party, no arrests were made.  

INCIDENT #5: At about 12:55am, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, after observing a motor vehicle with an improperly illuminated license plate, members of the Citywide Drug Control Unit conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of Morton and Norfolk Streets in Dorchester. During the stop, officers allowed the operator to exit the vehicle in an effort retrieve his license from the trunk of the vehicle. At this time, officers noted that the front passenger was attempting to conceal something. When asked if he was in possession of a gun, the passenger confirmed that he was. Officers arrested the suspect and confiscated a loaded Highpoint semi-automatic firearm. Paul Cabrera, 19, of Mattapan was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition  and Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Numbers. 

INCIDENT #6: At about 1:55am, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested an individual for the unlawful possession of a firearm in the area of 7 Ronald Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers observed a white motor vehicle with three occupants and one individual standing outside of the car. The male standing outside of the car told officers that somebody had punched and pushed him to the ground. Officers noted the individual’s clothes appeared to be muddy and wet. While inspecting the area where the suspect stated he had fallen, officers observed the suspect’s sweatshirt. Upon retrieving the sweatshirt, officer recovered a black firearm (see photo) with a magazine inside the sweatshirt.  Trevis Catron, 19, of Dorchester was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm: 2nd Subsequent Offense.

 *** Noteworthy Stats: In the calendar year 2014, the men and women of the Boston Police Department have taken 543 illegal crime guns off the streets of Boston. A crime gun is defined as an illegal firearm used in the commission of a crime or confiscated in the course of an arrest. In addition to the above, 391 guns have been voluntarily turned in by community members taking advantage of the Boston Gun Buyback Program. All told, there are 934 fewer guns in circulation as a result of the above efforts. For perspective purposes, the BPD seized a total of 667 guns for the year in 2013. To learn more about the Boston Gun Buyback Program, visit: bpdnews.com/bgb

Community Alert: Boston Police Investigating a Report of an Indecent Assault in the area of Tileston & Wiggin Streets

 

Boston Police are seeking the public’s help in an effort to ascertain the identity of the individual wanted in connection to the enclosed incident:

At about 2:45am, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for a female victim stating that she had been indecently assaulted in the area of Tileston & Wiggin Streets.  According to the victim, she was walking home when she noticed an unknown individual (described as a Hispanic male in his early thirties, approximately 5'7” to 5’9” tall, stocky build, with black spiked hair, wearing a white zip-up jacket, blue jeans and camouflage boots) walking behind her. When the victim turned to acknowledge the suspect, a brief conversation ensued before the suspect grabbed the victim in an indecent manner and then ran off. According the victim, the suspect spoke with what she believes to be a Hispanic accent. Officers conducted a search of the area for the suspect but were unsuccessful in their efforts to locate him.

Anyone with information relative to the above incidents is asked to call detectives assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling 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 wishing to remain anonymous.

TIPS FOR ENSURING YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. When parking, walking or returning to your car, remain in well-lit and populated areas.
  • Avoid walking alone late at night. Walk with friends and people you know.
  • Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.
  • Be watchful and aware. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of passing vehicles.
  • Don’t become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device.
  • Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use the whistle to signal residents that you need assistance. Yelling words like: “Fire!” “Help!” and/or “Rape!” are other ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.
  • Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
  • Call ahead to your destination to alert them that you’re on the way. Make sure they expect you at a certain time, so that in the event you fail to show up, they’ll know enough to begin looking for you.
  • Walk with confidence. Be assertive. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts and know that anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Never assume: “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”
  • If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to scare, distract, or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.

U.S. Marshals Add Boston Murder Suspect to List of 15 Most Wanted Fugitives

SUSPECT: peter castillo

The U.S. Marshals Service announced the addition of suspected murderer Peter Castillo (see photo) to its 15 Most Wanted Fugitive List. On May 10, 2012, Castillo allegedly shot and killed 22 year-old Stephen Perez, a U.S. Army veteran who served two tours of duty in the Middle East, following an altercation in the Boston Theater District. Castillo was immediately identified as the shooter by the Boston Police Department and an arrest warrant charging the suspect with murder was issued. Shortly after the incident, Castillo allegedly fled to New York then to the Dominican Republic. In addition to being wanted for the murder of Stephen Perez, a federal warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution was also issued.

Said U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia A. Hylton: “The U.S. Marshals Service reserves our 15 Most Wanted list for the worst of the worst fugitives accused of the most egregious crimes. Peter Castillo’s alleged crimes have made him the latest addition to the list, earning him the full attention of the U.S. Marshals Service. We will use every available resource to bring him to justice.”

A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading directly to Castillo’s arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1 (800) 336-0102.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information 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 all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.