Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 8
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 6

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

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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: BPD Officers Arrest Suspect After Recovering Loaded Firearm, Drugs and Cash During Traffic Stop in Roxbury

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At about 5:20 PM on Monday December 11, 2017, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) made an onsite firearm and drug related arrest after performing a traffic stop in the area of 1891 Columbus Avenue in Roxbury. The officers had stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation and were speaking to the operator, later identified as Greg Altenor, 27, of Dorchester, when they observed two bags of marijuana on the floor near his feet. The officers removed the operator and performed a pat frisk of the vehicle which led to the recovery of a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wesson 40VE handgun, several additional bags of marijuana packaged for sale, a digital scale and other property commonly associated with the illegal selling of drugs. Officers later recovered $2252 in U.S. Currency from the suspect which was also turned in as evidence. The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs and Armed Career Criminal (Level 2).

 

Justice Served: 25 Years After the Murder of Lena Bruce, Suspect Responsible Found Guilty of First Degree Murder

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Justice Served 25 Years After the Murder of Lena Bruce: Today, December 11, 2017, a Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted the man guilty of murdering 21-year-old Lena Bruce in her South End apartment back in July of 1992. Boston Police Detectives used DNA evidence, recovered at the original crime scene, to track down the man responsible for the murder. After today’s guilty finding, James Witkowski is expected to spend the rest of his life behind bars. In July of 1992, Witkowski broke into Bruce’s apartment, sexually assaulted her and strangled her to death. Unbeknownst to Witkowski, he would leave behind two key pieces of evidence that would ultimately lead to justice being done. DNA evidence, including sperm and skin cells found beneath Bruce’s fingernails, collected by detectives at the scene would be entered into and stored in the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, a database of DNA profiles from unsolved crimes and known offenders. At the time the evidence was entered into the system, there was no match to be made because Witkowski’s DNA had never been entered into the system.

Thankfully, the break in the case came in 2014 when Witkowski was charged with a crime in Brockton. When his DNA was entered into the system, a match was made and the person responsible for the death of Lena Bruce found.

Said Commissioner William Evans, “This is a day of mixed emotions for the men and women of the Boston Police Department. Clearly, my detectives are happy and pleased that justice has been done and the individual responsible for the death of Lena Bruce is behind bars and expected to stay there for the rest of his life. But this is also a sad day, too. I have a daughter. A lot of the detectives assigned to our Homicide Unit have daughters. So, as you can well imagine, this case hits close to home for a lot of us. Because, at 21-years of age, we all know Lena Bruce deserved better. She had just graduated from a great school, Tufts University, and had her whole life to live and look forward to. Sadly, we all know she never got that chance. And, while there’s nothing we can do or say to bring her back or lessen the pain felt by for those who knew and loved Lena, we humbly hope today’s conviction brings with it a small amount of comfort and closure to her family and friends.” 

UPDATE: BPD Officers Arrest Murder Suspect in Connection to Death Investigation in area of Orleans & Marginal Sts in E. Boston

 

UPDATE: BPD Officers Arrest Murder Suspect Wanted in Connection to Death Investigation in the area of Orleans & Marginal Streets in East Boston: Less than 24 hours after a fatal shooting incident in East Boston, the suspect responsible for the shooting is behind bars. Earlier today, BPD Homicide Detectives and members of the BPD Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrested Thorus O’Brien, 18, of Brockton and charged him with Murder. O’Brien is expected to be arraigned in East Boston District Court tomorrow, Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

Said Commissioner William Evans: “I want to commend my officers and detectives for their outstanding and ongoing commitment to keeping people safe and the fast-moving investigation that preceded the swift arrest of the suspect wanted in connection to this case. Thanks to their hard work, a dangerous individual was taken into police custody less than 24 hours after the incident. Without a doubt, an arrest like this makes our city a safer place and, hopefully, sends a loud, clear message that gun violence will not be tolerated in our city and anyone who thinks otherwise will be dealt with swiftly and severely.”

Facts and circumstances surrounding the original incident are as follows: Yesterday, at about 4:41pm, on Sunday, December 10, 2017, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of Orleans & Marginal Streets in East Boston. On arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. That victim has since been identified as Duncan Ketter, 21, of Boston.

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

Boston 72: Weekend Update and Public Journal

Data includes 72 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 5

Street Robberies: 9
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 2

Vehicle Thefts: 11
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 11

Residential Break-ins: 10
Commercial Break-ins: 2

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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.

Death Investigation in the Area of Orleans & Marginal Streets in East Boston

 

At about 4:41 PM on Sunday, December 10, 2017, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of Orleans & Marginal Streets in East Boston. On arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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

Keeping Boston Safe: Two Suspects Arrested After Search Warrant Leads to the Recovery of Loaded Firearm, Ammunition, Drugs and Cash in Dorchester

At about 12:09 PM on Friday, December 8, 2017, members of the District C-11 (Dorchester) Drug Control Unit executed a search warrant as part of an ongoing investigation in the area of 1591 Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester. Officers made peaceful entry and were able to safely recover a loaded .380 caliber Taurus handgun, 28 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition, 16 bags of heroin, 10 bags of crack cocaine, 10 bags of marijuana along with $630 in U.S. Currency. Officers then arrested the target of their investigation, Elijah McKinney-Townsend, 25, of Dorchester and a second suspect, Lionel Barrows, 28, of Dorchester. Both suspects were placed in custody without incident and will appear in Dorchester Court for arraignment. McKinney-Townsend will be charged with numerous offenses including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Firearm while in Commission of a Felony and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A, B and D Drugs. Barrows will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

BPD Community Alert: The Boston Police Seek the Public’s Help to Identify Person of Interest in Connection to Ongoing Investigation in Brighton

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The Boston Police are seeking the public’s help to identify a person of interest in connection to an ongoing investigation in Brighton. On numerous occasions, the individual pictured above has been observed behaving in a suspicious manner inside the Star Market located at 1065 Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call District D-14 Detectives at (617) 343-4256.

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 Police Commissioner William Evans Releases Statement on Indictment of Female Officer

Today, on Friday, December 8, 2017, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans suspended Officer Monicka Stinson, 37, of Dorchester, without pay after she was indicted by a Suffolk County Grand Jury. The indictment comes as part of an ongoing investigation jointly conducted by the Boston Police Homicide Unit, the Boston Police Anti-Corruption Unit, and the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, Commissioner Evans placed Stinson on Administrative Leave pending an ongoing Homicide and Anti-Corruption Division investigation. That investigation led to today’s indictment.

Said Commissioner Evans, “I hold my officers to the highest of standards and expect them to cooperate with investigations regardless of any personal connections to those involved. News of today's indictment sends a strong message that no one is above the law and that this conduct will not be tolerated. Incidents like this can erode the trust that my officers work at building each and every day in the communities we serve. I commend the work of my Homicide Detectives and Anti-Corruption Detectives who investigated this case from the beginning. As difficult as the outcome can be, it is our duty to follow the investigation wherever it leads."

Stinson is a 10-year veteran of the Boston Police Department who was hired in July of 2007. She is charged with Witness Interference and Obstruction of Justice.

Where this remains an active investigation, the BPD is unable to provide any further details at this time. 

One Less Gun: Loaded Firearm Recovered After Suspect is Placed in Custody Following Foot Chase in Mattapan

At about 3:55 PM on Thursday, December 7, 2017, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) made an onsite firearm arrest in the area of 89 Tennis Road in Mattapan after responding to assist an officer involved in a foot pursuit. The arrest came after a BPD Captain observed a male suspect, later identified as Brajon Brown, 18, of Mattapan, threatening another male with a long-barreled revolver in front of the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library located at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue. When the captain went to intervene, the suspect fled on foot across Blue Hill Avenue and down Hazelton Street. With the assistance of numerous additional responding officers and several concerned citizens, the suspect was tracked to 89 Tennis Road where he was placed in custody without further incident. Officers then retraced the suspect’s path of flight and safely recovered a loaded .22 caliber Model 686 revolver which the suspect had discarded as he fled. The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on numerous charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.  

BPD Community Alert: The Boston Police Seek Public’s Help to Locate Suspect Wanted for Murder

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect wanted in connection to a homicide investigation in South Boston. Twenty-eight-year-old Marquis Martin is wanted by virtue of a felony warrant out of Dorchester District Court for Murder. The suspect is 5’7” tall and weighs 170 pounds. The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

The original facts of the investigation are as follows:  At about 7:48 PM on Sunday, October 29, 2017, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 7 Peninsula Place, Dorchester. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim was later identified as 30-year-old David Cole of South Boston.

Anyone with information relative to the whereabouts of the suspect is strongly urged to call 911 immediately or 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.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, December 7, 2017

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 7

Residential Break-ins: 6
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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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 Community Alert: The Boston Police Seek the Public’s Help to Identify Suspect Involved in Several Larcenies in Downtown Boston

The Boston Police Department is seeking to identify the above individual in relations to a string of larcenies that occurred between October, 19 and November 12, 2017, at the Old Navy store located at 430 Washington Street in Downtown Boston. The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5’7”-6’0” tall, 45-55 years of age and balding.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents.  Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact detectives assigned to District A-1 at (617) 343-4571.

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.

 

Death Investigation in Area of Parker and Tremont Streets in Roxbury

 

At about 7:47 PM on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of Parker and Tremont Streets in Roxbury. On arrival, officers located three adult males suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds. All three victims were transported to area hospitals for further treatment of their injuries. One of the victims, a male believed to be in his late teens, later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating and reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Said Commissioner William Evans: “As is the case with any death investigation, cooperation from anybody who may have been in the area at the time of the incident and may have seen something or knows something can make all the difference when it comes to solving these crimes. My officers tell me there were a lot of witnesses in the area at the time of the shooting and we would certainly be grateful for any information they might possess and, hopefully, be willing to share.” 

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 and Public Journal for Wednesday, December 06, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 4

Residential Break-ins: 2
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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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: Two Suspects in Custody After Two Loaded Firearms Recovered Within Three Hours During Two Separate Investigations in Dorchester

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Firearm Seized During Incident #1

INCIDENT #1: At about 2:55 PM on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) and the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested Shalik Jordan, 26, of Dorchester on firearm related charges as part of an ongoing investigation in the area of Wheatland Avenue in Dorchester. Officers successfully executed a search warrant atthe address which led to the recovery of a loaded 9mm Smith & Wesson Bodyguard handgun which was later revealed to have been reported stolen in Waltham. The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on multiple charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Firearm Seized During Incident #2

Firearm Seized During Incident #2

INCIDENT #2: At about 5:35 PM on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, members of the Citywide Drug Control Unit and the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest as part on an investigation inside the Savin Hill MBTA Station on South Sydney Street in Dorchester. The officers were aware that the suspect, Joseph Nieves, 22, of Dorchester, may be in possession of a firearm and approached to speak with him. The officers then performed a pat frisk which led to the recovery of a loaded .22 caliber Ruger handgun from inside a backpack that the suspect had been wearing. The suspect was placed in custody without incident and will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

BPD in the Community: The Big Cheese Reads!

Today, Police Commissioner Evans visited the Eliot K-8 Upper School in the North End to read to an 8th grade class as part of a program called "The Big Cheese Reads," an initiative by Boston Partners in Education that connects business and community leaders to middle school students through reading. Through this program, "Big Cheeses" like Commissioner Evans read to the students and share experiences that emphasize the vital role literacy plays in future achievements. In addition to reading to the kids, Commissioner told the students about some of the challenges he faced as a kid growing up, saying, "I lost both of my parents when I was young, but by staying in the books and staying active, I realized that I could achieve and be anything I wanted. I had my brothers and other people in my community that I could turn to who kept me on the right path, and that's what my officers in the BPD are there for--to be there for you if you need a hand with anything, whether it's school or family or anything else. We're happy to help."

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 11

Residential Break-ins: 3
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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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: Quick Response Enables BPD Officers to Apprehend Gun-Toting Juvenile in Jamaica Plain

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At about 6:58 PM on Sunday, December 3, 2017, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Pain) responded to call for several teen-aged males breaking into an apartment in the area of 49 Horan Way in Jamaica Plain. Within seconds, officers who were on patrol in the immediate area promptly observed four teenage males walking away from the aforementioned location. When officers asked the kids to hold up in an effort to ask and better understand their connection to the incident, three of the individuals took off running. As a result, officers gave chase. While trailing behind one of the suspects, officers observed the individual reach into his waist area, pull out a silver-colored firearm, and toss it over a fence in the area of 89 Heath Street. After a brief physical altercation, the suspect was taken into custody. Meanwhile, a search of the area enabled officers to locate and retrieve the discarded firearm. Officers arrested a 17-year-old male from Boston and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Resisting Arrest.