Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Suspect Wanted in Connection to an Indecent Assault in the North End

Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Suspect Wanted in Connection to an Indecent Assault in the North End: The BPD is issuing a community alert seeking the public’s help in an effort to identify and locate an individual wanted in connection to an indecent assault which occurred earlier this morning in the North End. At about 2:30am, on Friday, November 17, 2017, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for an indecent assault in the area of Hanover Street in Boston. On arrival, officers spoke to a victim who stated that she was approached by an unknown individual described as a black make, approximately 5’10” tall, medium build, wearing dark clothing which resembled a security guard’s uniform. According to the victim, the suspect stated that he needed to talk to her about an important issue and that she had to go with him immediately. After following the suspect for a short distance, victim states the suspect stopped and attempted to indecently assault her. At which time, the victim ran away and called police.  

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information relative to this incident or the identity of the individual pictured is strongly urged to contact detectives assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400.

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. 

If you’re a victim of a sexual assault that has or has not been reported to police and would feel more comfortable seeking confidential advice from a non-law enforcement agency or representative, the Boston Police Department advises and encourages you to call the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) at 1 (800) 841-8371. BARCC provides free and confidential counseling, case management, legal and medical advocacy services to survivors in the greater Boston area. To learn more about BARCC, please click on the enclosed link: www.barcc.org.

TIPS FOR ENSURING YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY: The BPD encourages individuals to review the following safety tips with the understanding that, while these tips are designed to decrease and diminish the likelihood of an attack, no victim is ever to blame for the actions of an attacker.   

  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and when possible try to avoid poorly lit or isolated areas.
  • If approached by an individual impersonating a law enforcement official, ask to see all credentials or call 9-1-1 and ask the dispatcher to send a supervisor to your location.
  • When possible, walk with friends and people you know especially late at night.
  • Avoid the distractions created when talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device. Avoid wearing ear buds or headphones in both ears.
  • If you believe someone is following you, change direction, cross the street, seek a populated location and call 911.
  • Remember descriptive information about the person following you to report to the police.
  • If confronted, believe in your ability to fight back and defend yourself. Creating distance and yelling words like: “fire”, “help” or “rape” are smart ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.  
  • Keep your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon to ward off an attack.
  • Trust your instincts and understand that anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Never assume: “It won’t ever happen to me.”

UPDATE: BPD Officers Arrest Two Suspects Wanted in Connection to Downtown Home Invasion

 

UPDATE: BPD Officers Arrest Two Suspects in Connection to Downtown Home Invasion: Today, Friday, November 17, 2017, after an extensive and thorough investigation by District A-1 (Downtown) detectives, members of the BPD Fugitive Apprehension Unit were able to locate and arrest two suspects involved in a violent home invasion that occurred on April 18, 2017 in the area of 185 Fulton Street. The suspects, 28-year-old Neil Tom and 25-year-old Julie Podier, both of Brockton, were the targets of an arrest warrant issued from Suffolk Superior Court merely two days prior for the armed home invasion in the North End during which one of the victims, who is in a wheelchair, was “pistol whipped” with a firearm.

Tom and Podier will be arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of Armed Robbery, Home Invasion and Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon.

Said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, “I commend the work of my detectives who worked tirelessly over the course of several months to investigate every lead in this case. It is their skill, due diligence and dedication that allowed them to identify the suspects and acquire an arrest warrant. Their collaboration with the Fugitive Unit yielded a quick arrest and, in addition to our city being safer, I certainly hope that the news and  knowledge of these arrests provide a measure of comfort and calm to all those impacted by these violent and callous criminals." 

One Less Gun: Sixteen-year-old Arrested for Firearm Offenses in West Roxbury

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At about 11:15 AM today, Friday, November 17, 2017, officers responded to a call to assist school police officers at West Roxbury High School on VFW Parkway in District E-5 (West Roxbury).

Upon arrival, officers were advised that school administrators had been informed that a particular student may be in possession of a firearm. The administrators immediately contacted the Boston School Police who in turn contacted the Boston Police Department. The officers were quickly able to stop the student and recover the loaded handgun from the student's backpack. The 16-year-old female was placed under arrest and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

"I'd like to commend the school administration, the Boston School Police officers, and my officers for how they handled this case," said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. "They followed protocol to a T and were able to safely and swiftly apprehend this student and recover the firearm without further incident." 

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Two Teens, Recover Firearm during Traffic Stop in Dorchester

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At about 10:00 PM on Thursday, November 16, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted a traffic stop for a red light violation in the area of 580 Blue Hill Avenue in District B-2 (Roxbury). 

Upon approaching the stopped vehicle and requesting the operator’s license and registration, officers were informed that the operator, who identified herself as 19-year-old Angelica Fernandez of Roxbury, was not in possession of those documents. Officers observed that the three passengers in the vehicle were not wearing seatbelts and requested identification from them as well. Further investigation revealed that no one in the vehicle was licensed to drive, and Fernandez had an outstanding straight warrant out of Roxbury District Court. Officers ordered Fernandez out of the car, as she was subject to arrest for the previously mentioned offenses, and the remaining occupants were ordered to exit so the vehicle may be towed. Upon exiting the vehicle, each individual was pat frisked for officer safety and, as a result, officers recovered a loaded Smith & Wesson .22 caliber revolver from the pants of one of the passengers.

Officers arrested Fernandez and charged her for Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License and the outstanding warrant. Officers arrested the 17-year-old juvenile male from Dorchester and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. The male was additionally charged with Possession of Class C Drugs after officers recovered a pill from his pocket in the booking area.

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Two Firearms in Laundry Room of Jamaica Plain Housing Development

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At about 9:00 PM on Thursday, November 16, 2017, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) were conducting a check of the common areas inside 944 Parker Street due to numerous community complaints of youths loitering, smoking, and drinking in the laundry room of that address. As one officer shined his flashlight towards the ceiling of the laundry room, he observed a black revolver secreted above a light fixture. The officer then shined his light to other fixtures and noticed a second, black 9mm firearm atop another light fixture. Both firearms were recovered by detectives. The incident remains under investigation.

BPD IN THE NEWS: Thanks to the Boston Globe for covering the BPD's Youth Tennis Program and its commitment to connecting with and caring about our city's young people

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Thanks to the Boston Globe for highlighting the BPD’s on-going effort to make our community safer by connecting and building trust with our city’s young people through the BPD’s Youth Tennis Program. Said Officer Frank Williams: “It’s pretty simple. We use tennis as a platform to enhance, grow and improve the relationship we enjoy with the kids in our neighborhoods and our officers and the kids love it. It's community policing at its best.”  

To read the full story as it appears in the Globe – please visit link below:  

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/11/16/boston-police-officers-children-bond-through-tennis-program-fridays/9QsjkuElKIapxKZTIQm3zI/story.html

Great Work Recognized: Officers Awarded Commissioner's Commendations for Outstanding Police Work

Today, Thursday, November 16, 2017, Police Officers Christopher McCarthy, Michael Szegda, Edwin Lopez, Michah Chapman and Raymond D’Oyley from District A-1 (Downtown) received recognition for their outstanding police work.

On October 12, 2017, these officers responded to a radio call to investigate an emotionally disturbed person brandishing a weapon and making threats to harm himself in the rear of the Long Wharf Marriot Hotel. Upon arrival, the officers tactfully converged on the individual who was holding a pair of scissors, appeared to be distraught and under the influence of an unknown substance. The individual was waving the scissors and lunging at the officers and placing the sharp edge of the scissors against his torso. The officers maintained their positions and attempted to begin a dialogue. At one point, Officer McCarthy observed a brief window of opportunity to deploy his OC spray in order to incapacitate the suspect. He deployed the spray to the individual’s face, causing him to drop the weapon and affording the officers a moment to restrain him. He was eventually handcuffed without serious injury to the officers, the individual, or any bystanders.

This daytime incident took place in a public park, near a busy downtown hotel. The area is highly populated with residents, tourists, and people traveling to and from work. The officers showed sound tactics and restraint when faced with this armed and dangerous individual. For their excellent work, they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

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Also recognized was Officer Derek Russo. In early November, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a call for a robbery in progress on Gove Street. A description of two suspects was broadcast, and Officer Russo headed to that area where he observed a male who matched one of the suspect’s description. He approached and informed the suspect the reason for the stop. The suspect began to back away, took a bladed stance, and while turning, placed his hand at his waist and extended his left hand to keep the officer away. Based on these actions, Officer Russo believed the suspect was attempting to conceal a weapon and tried to conduct a pat frisk for his safety, but the suspect pushed away while holding an object in his waist area. The Officer Russo then observed a firearm and disarmed the suspect. After disarming him, a physical struggle ensued before Officer Russo was able to place the suspect into custody. Later, the suspect was found not to be the involved in the robbery, but was identified as a member of a violent street gang.

Officer Russo is a hard-working, conscientious officer who has a working knowledge of the problems facing East Boston and works tirelessly to address them. For his efforts, he is awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, November 16, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 2

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 3

Residential Break-ins: 3
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: Officers Recover Two Illegal Firearms during Traffic Stop in Dorchester; Operator Arrested for Gun, Drug Charges and OUI

At about 1:25 AM on Thursday, November 16, 2017, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) conducted a stop of a motor vehicle for running a red light in the area of 200 Columbia Road in Dorchester.

Upon approaching the car, officers observed the operator move a backpack from the passenger’s seat and throw it into the backseat. Officers also observed several open containers of alcohol in the center console. When officers made contact with the operator, who identified himself as 22-year-old Jared Coombs of Dorchester, they observed that his eyes were red and glossy, his speech was slurred, and his breath smelled of alcoholic beverages. The officers determined that Coombs appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and ordered him to exit the vehicle. When Coombs refused, the officer opened the passenger side door and removed the keys from the ignition. It was at this time that the officer observed a firearm in plain view in the console of the driver’s side door. The officers were able to quickly remove Coombs from the vehicle without further incident. The loaded Ruger .22 caliber revolver was recovered by the officers.

Coombs could not produce a license to carry, therefore, officers arrested him and transported back to District B-2 where they conducted field sobriety tests. As a result of the investigation, officers determined that Coombs was operating under the influence of alcoholic beverages.

An inventory search of Coombs’s vehicle revealed seven large bags of a substance believed to be marijuana inside the backpack that Coombs had thrown in the backseat. Officers also recovered a loaded Hi-Point Model c9 9mm handgun from inside the backpack. In addition, officers recovered two more large bags of marijuana, over $200 in US currency, and packaging items consistent with the illegal sale of narcotics from inside the passenger compartment.

Coombs was charged with Operating under the Influence of Alcohol, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2 counts), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

BPD In The News: The Dorchester Reporter Introduces Bowdoin Street Walking Beat, BPD Officer Pereira

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Meet Boston Police Officer Paulo Pereira, the District C-11 (Dorchester) officer who is a staple on Bowdoin Street--patrolling on foot, protecting the people of Dorchester, and building community relationships. For the full story from the Dorchester Reporter, click on the link below:

https://www.dotnews.com/2017/walking-beat-keeping-peace-officer-pereira-aka-general-reliable

Congratulations to BPD Recruit Class 57-17 on Earning their White Guidon Class Flag

On Monday, November 13, 2017, the 100 members of Boston Police Academy Class 57-17 received their white Guidon class flag, signifying their first achievement as a unified group. The white Guidon flag is symbolic in that it now identifies Class 57-17 when they are on recruit runs or marching in formation, carried by the class Guide at the front of the formation for all to see. In a few weeks, Class 57-17 hopes to exchange their white flag for a blue one, signifying not only unity, but the cohesiveness, camaraderie, and responsibility that their class will carry with them throughout their careers. At graduation, their blue Guidon flag will take its place among previous recruit class flags proudly hanging in the halls of the Boston Police Academy. Congratulations, Class 57-17, on this noteworthy accomplishment on your way to becoming Boston police officers!

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 3
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: Alert BPD Officer Arrests Known Suspect and Recovers Loaded Firearm While Working Paid Detail in Mattapan

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At about 12:21 PM on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, an officer working a paid detail made an on-sight firearm arrest in the area of 40 River Street in Mattapan. While directing traffic, the officer observed Jayquan Jones, 22, of Mattapan, who was known to the officer from previous firearm arrests, exiting a residence. Upon seeing the officer, the suspect abruptly changed direction while simultaneously clutching at the waistband area of his pants, leading the officer to believe that he may be armed. When the officer approached the suspect and began to perform a pat frisk, he immediately felt the handle of a firearm at which time a violent struggle ensued. The officer continued to struggle with the suspect while attempting to gain control of the firearm until several additional officers who were also assigned to the detail ran over to assist, placing the suspect in custody without further incident. The officers then safely recovered a loaded .45 caliber Derringer handgun which was later determined to have been previously reported stolen in Virginia. The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on numerous charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent), Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Receiving Stolen Property.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 8
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 4
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.

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest Two Suspects While Recovering Loaded Firearm During Investigation in Dorchester

At about 7:45 PM on Monday, November 13, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force assisted by officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) arrested two suspects after performing a traffic stop as part of an active investigation in the area of 117 North Point Drive in Dorchester. The officers removed the operator, Patrick Williams-Denise, 22, of Quincy, and placed him in custody without incident after confirming he did not possess a valid driver’s license at which time they recovered a large plastic bag of marijuana, cash and a digital scale from the suspects jacket pocket. Officers also removed the passenger, Darell Flint, 29, of Dorchester, as part of their investigation and safely recovered a loaded 9mm Heckler & Koch GMBH handgun from inside the front pocket of his hooded sweatshirt. Both suspects will appear in South Boston District Court for arraignment. Patrick Williams-Denise will be charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs and Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License. Darell Flint will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent), Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.

Boston 96: Weekend Update and Public Journal

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 8
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 0
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 0

Residential Break-ins: 8
Commercial Break-ins: 5

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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.

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Connection to Death Investigation in area of 333 Massachusetts Ave

 

At about 8:05 PM on Monday, November 6, 2017, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 333 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim, suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds, sitting in the driver's seat of a disabled vehicle. The victim, believed to be in his early 30's, was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.  That victim has since been identified as Brent Stevenson, 37, of Boston.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively investigate and 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.

BPD Salutes and Mourns the Passing of Narcotics K-9 Hanz

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The men and women of the Boston Police Department solemnly salute, mourn and recognize the passing of Narcotics K-9 Hanz, a 9-year-veteran of the department, who certainly made our city safer through his dedication and service. During his career, Hanz played a pivotal role in multiple narcotic-related arrests, as well as, drug seizures and received multiple commendations for his contributions. Suffice to say, Hanz will be sorely missed and not soon forgotten.