BPD Missing Person Alert: Mary’ O’Shea

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating 55-year-old Mary O’Shea of Dorchester.  Mary is approximately 5’09”, with a medium build, strawberry blonde hair and blues eyes, believed to be wearing a maroon colored top, black yoga pants and sneakers.  She was last seen at about 10:00 AM on Sunday April 23, 2017, in the area of Minot Street in Dorchester operating a black Saturn Vue and may have been heading to Randolph. 

Anyone with information is urged to contact District C-11 detectives at 617-343-4581.

 

Boston 72: Weekend Update and Public Journal

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

Homicides: 2
Nonfatal Shootings: 4
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 8
Vehicle Recoveries: 5
Vehicle Breaks: 26

Residential Break-ins: 4
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.

Death Investigation in the area of 22 Thane Street in Dorchester

 

At about 8:40 PM on Sunday April 23, 2017, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for two people shot in the area of 22 Thane Street in Dorchester.  On arrival, officers located two adult victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  Both victims were transported to an area hospital for treatment.    One of the victims, a female in her 30’s, sustained non-life threatening injuries while the second victim, a male in his late 20’s, was later pronounced deceased.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

 

Death Investigation in the area of 180 Ruggles Street in Roxbury

 

At about 8:53pm, on Friday, April 21, 2017, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 180 Ruggles Street in Roxbury. On arrival, officers located an 18-year-old male suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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

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

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Arrest Suspect Responsible for Non-Fatal Shooting in Roxbury

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Arrest Suspect Responsible for Non-Fatal Shooting in Roxbury: Over six weeks ago, at about 3:53pm, on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, officers were dispatched to Boston Medical Center for a walk-in shooting victim. On arrival, officers were informed that the victim was in surgery. While on scene at the hospital, officers received information indicating that the incident may have occurred in the area of 200 Quincy Street in Roxbury. In light of this information, officers were dispatched to that location. Once there, officers were able to observe and collect evidence and information confirming that a shooting incident had occurred at the location. Specifically, officers discovered and recovered blood and ballistic evidence at the scene. Moreover, officers were able to ascertain and learn the identity of the suspect wanted in connection to the shooting. As such, BPD investigators secured an arrest warrant for Jonathan Whigham, 29, of Boston charging him with the shooting. In the days and weeks after the incident, the BPD Fugitive Apprehension Team developed and obtained information indicating the suspect was hiding out in Chicopee, MA. Armed with this information, members of the Fugitive Apprehension Unit, with help from US Marshals and Chicopee Police, located and arrested the suspect today, Friday, April 21, 2017, in the area of 597 Chicopee Street in Chicopee, MA. The suspect, Jonathan Whigham, to be charged with Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and the Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Great Work Recognized: BPD Cadet Plays Crucial Role in Arrest of Break-In Suspect 

At about noon on Friday, March 24, 2017, two suspects broke into the home of a woman in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. The pregnant woman was home alone and sleeping during the break-in. Jewelry, a laptop, and personal property was stolen, but the suspects were captured on surveillance video. District A-1 (Downtown) detectives responded and a wanted flyer was distributed in an attempt to identify the suspects.

One week later on March 31, Cadet Kamisha Green was assigned to the front desk at District A-1 when the suspect wanted from the break-in entered the station lobby to register as a Level 3 sex offender. Cadet Green immediately recognized the suspect from the wanted flyer and informed the District detectives that the suspect had just entered the station. The suspect was interviewed and identified by the detectives and, after viewing the surveillance video from the incident, gave a full confession to the break-in.

Cadet Kamisha Green is recognized for her keen observations and attention to detail which aided in the arrest of a dangerous felon, and is hereby awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.
 

BPD in the News: CNN’s “Beyond the Call of Duty” Highlights BPD and #WhyNotDevin

Today, Friday, April 21, 2017, CNN’s Jason Carroll highlighted the struggle of Devin Suau and his family as 6-year-old Devin battles an incurable form of brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). But even though Devin is fighting for his life, the “precocious” little boy maintains his love for heroes, especially Boston police officers like his cousin BPD Officer Justin Cremmins. Last month, the BPD named him honorary Police Commissioner, and in his hometown the Framingham PD named him honorary Chief. Said Boston Police Chief William Gross, "When we hear the fight of any kid facing a challenge of a debilitating disease, we step forward. You have to take care of the future and show parents that are going through this that they're not alone." For the full story and video, click HERE.

Checking in on BPD Academy Class 56-16

This month, BPD Academy Class 56-16 reached an important milestone in their training and education on their way to becoming police officers. On Friday, April 7, 2017, the Academy Staff replaced the recruits’ white Guideon flag with the blue one in a presentation on Fairmount Ave in Hyde Park. The blue Guideon has come to represent a breakthrough in the class’s training, symbolizing class unity and solidarity, and emblazoned with their class number. Congratulations, Class 56-16—you’re on your way!
 

Boston Police Special Operations Welcomes Boy Scouts of America Troop 48!

Today, Thursday, April 20, 2017, the BPD K-9 Unit, BPD Bomb Squad, and BPD SWAT welcomed Boy Scout Troop 48 from Rochester, New York for a demonstration. The young men from Troop 48 are visiting the area to learn more about the great City of Boston and its history, so naturally, they stopped by to see the First in the Nation, Boston’s Finest! The scouts were able to explore the SWAT Unit’s “bear cat” armored truck, try on the Bomb Squad’s equipment and control their cameras, and marvel at K-9 Loki’s agility and obedience. They even met the K-9 Unit's newest (and littlest) member--who has yet to be named!
 

UPDATE: BPD Homicide Detectives Lodge Murder Warrant Charging Suspect in Connection a Death Investigation in the area of 511 Gallivan Blvd in Dorchester

This morning, just days after the shooting death of 21-year-old Joey DeBarros outside of 511 Gallivan Boulevard on Thursday, April 13, 2017, Boston Police Homicide Detectives sought and obtained an arrest warrant for 29-year-old Deonarine Ganga of Dorchester, charging him with murder. Ganga is currently in custody at the Suffolk County Jail after his arrest by the BPD Fugitive Apprehension Unit on Friday April 14, 2017. Ganga was arrested on a warrant for assault with a dangerous weapon. That charge stemmed from an April 7, 2017 incident during which it is alleged that he used a firearm to threaten another person inside a Dorchester Avenue business. Thanks to a determined and detailed investigation by BPD District C-11 (Dorchester) detectives, Homicide detectives, and prosecutors assigned to the Suffolk County DA's office , bolstered by community tips and cooperation, detectives were able to lodge the murder warrant today. 

At about 4:15 PM on Thursday, April 13, 2017, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to an outside scene for a person shot in the area of 511 Gallivan Boulevard in Dorchester. On arrival, officers observed a male victim, later identified as DeBarros, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. DeBarros, suffering from life-threatening injuries, was transported to Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. Ganga and DeBarros allegedly became involved in a traffic dispute that ended up with Ganga firing shots at DeBarros striking him as he was outside his vehicle. 

"My detectives worked tirelessly on this case from the beginning. Their hard work and commitment to seek justice for this young man was matched by the cooperation of the public who offered assistance," said Commissioner Evans. "We are pleased that we were able to arrest and charge the suspect for this brazen daytime shooting and for his involvement in the earlier assault. We hope that these charges bring some peace to the DeBarros family during what is surely a most difficult time."  

The Boston Police Department continues actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470. Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

BPD Auto Theft Unit Continues to Take Illegal Off-Road Vehicles Off the Roads

In the morning hours of Thursday, April 13, 2017, members of the Boston Police Auto Theft Unit with the assistance of the Boston Housing Authority Police, MA Environmental Police, Boston Code Enforcement, and the National Insurance Crime Bureau executed the first phase of an ongoing enforcement operation focused on illegal off-road vehicles. This particular phase was focused on the improper and dangerous storage of these vehicles in Boston Housing Developments throughout the city. These vehicles have come to represent a constant annoyance in the city’s neighborhoods because individuals operate them dangerously throughout public ways and parks.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, officers issued several violations and seized a total of 16 off-road vehicles that were observed to be stored in manners that presented fire, health, and safety hazards and in violation of City Ordinances, Boston Housing Regulations, and/or Mass General Laws. These seizures occurred at the West Broadway Housing Development (South Boston), the Mary Ellen McCormick Housing Development (South Boston), the Franklin Field Housing Development (Dorchester), Gallivan Housing Development (Mattapan), and Fairmount Housing Development (Hyde Park). The officers, as well as Code Enforcement officers, spoke with the residents to educate them on the hazardous conditions presented by the improper storage of these vehicles.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 2
Commercial Break-ins: 4

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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.

Boston 96: Weekend Update and Public Journal

Data includes 96 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10:00 a.m. through Tuesday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 4
Nonfatal Stabbings: 8

Street Robberies: 7
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 2

Vehicle Thefts: 7
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 25

Residential Break-ins: 10
Commercial Break-ins: 7

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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.

Boston Marathon 2017: Commissioner Evans Completes First Boston Marathon Since 2013

Boston Police Commissioner Evans was proud to complete his 19th Boston Marathon and 52nd overall marathon in his running career.  “I hope people see that if I’m able to be out here running, then everyone in the crowd and all the runners on course should feel safe coming out to participate in this great day” said the commissioner.  “None of us will ever forget what happened here four years ago, but I have the utmost faith in my officers and the security measures we have in place.”

As soon as he crossed the finish line, the commissioner checked in with Chief Gross for a briefing and after a quick shower and a change of clothes, he was right back out in the crowd with his officers, ensuring the continued safety of the event.

 

Boston Marathon 2017: Honorary Top Cop Devin Suau Happy to See his Mom on the way to the Finish Line

An emotional scene played out along the final stretch of the Boston Marathon as 6-year-old Devin Suau joined his mother Christine for a hug on Boylston Street. Christine had been training at the time of Devin’s diagnosis, causing her to put her plans to run in her first ever marathon on hold. As race day approached, despite the abrupt end to her training program, inspired by the strength of her son, she decided to run – completing the grueling 26.2 mile road course and crossing the finish line with young Devin by her side. We wish you and your family the very best, Christine, and we congratulate you on your strong finish.

 

Statement from Commissioner William Evans Relative to the Verdict in the Aaron Hernandez Double Murder Trial

STATEMENT FROM COMMISSIONER WILLIAM EVANS RELATIVE TO TODAY'S VERDICT: "The verdict reached today in the Aaron Hernandez double murder trial was very disappointing. The entire Boston Police Department expresses our sincerest condolences to the families of the two victims, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, whose lives were lost in a senseless act of violence. We are committed to seeing that justice prevails in every case that we present to the Court for prosecution. I commend the work of my investigators and the prosecutors assigned to the District Attorney’s office who put forth an enormously diligent and determined effort in this case. I have the utmost respect for the Jury and thank them for their service but simply disagree with the verdict reached. The evidence in this case all points to Aaron Hernandez as the sole person responsible for the tragic and untimely deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado."

 

 

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Recover Four Firearms in Eight Hours in Four Separate Incidents in Roxbury

Firearm from incident #2

Firearm from incident #2

INCIDENT #1: At about 3:15 PM on Thursday, April 13, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of the Jeremiah Burke High School at 60 Washington Street in District B-2 (Roxbury) due to information received that two individuals known to police officers for previous firearm related offenses may be in possession of a firearm nearby. Officers observed one of these males and attempted to make conversation with him. The officers explained that there had been a report of a person with a gun in the area, to which the individual replied it wasn't him and lifted his sweatshirt up to reveal his waistband. As he did so, the officers observed a heavy object that appeared to be a firearm in his left pocket. For officer safety, the officer reached over and felt the object and recognized it as a firearm. Officers subsequently recovered a loaded Davis Industries .380 Auto firearm. Officers arrested the 16-year-old juvenile male from Roslindale and charged him with Delinquent to wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

INCIDENT #2: At about 8:55 PM on Thursday, April 13, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on directed patrol in the area of Norfolk and Hampden Street in District B-2 due to an ongoing investigation and information that an individual known to them, 31-year-old Eric Barnes of Brockton, may be in possession of a firearm. Officers also knew that Barnes was operating a gray Porsche, and his driver's license was revoked. Officers observed this vehicle operating in the area of the above address and conducted a motor vehicle stop. When operator of the vehicle was identified as Barnes, officers arrested him for Operating a Motor Vehicle after Driver's License Suspended/Revoked. A search incident to the arrest revealed a loaded Bersa BPP9CC 9mm firearm in a backpack on the floor of the vehicle's front passenger compartment and white pills believed to be Percocet in Barnes' pocket. Officers additionally charged Barnes with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm (Subsequent Offense), Possession of Class B Drugs (Subsequent Offense), and Armed Career Criminal Level 1.

INCIDENT #3: At about 10:20 PM on Thursday, April 13, 2017, officers from District B-2 responded to a radio call to investigate a person in the area of Glendale Street. Officers were provided a description and observed a male fitting that description in the area of Bird and Monadnock Streets. The male was identified and released. Due to a recent shooting incident in the area, officers had a ballistic K-9 respond to the scene. The K-9 canvassed the area and indicated the possibility of ballistic evidence inside a trash can near Glendale Street. Officers looked inside and observed a firearm partly covered with debris. Officers recovered a black .22 caliber Beretta firearm. The firearm was seized and processed.

INCIDENT #4: At about 11:10 PM on Thursday, April 13, 2017, officers from District B-2 responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of 470 Blue Hill Avenue. Officers received a description of a male who was observed “flashing a gun” on surveillance video near the above address. Officers responded, stopped the male fitting the description, and attempted to pat frisk him. When an officer felt what appeared to be a firearm in his coat pocket, a violent struggle ensued during which the suspect attempted to evade and escape the officers’ custody. Eventually, officers were able to place the suspect into custody and recover a loaded Hi-Point Model 9 Luger with a defaced serial number from the suspect. The officers placed 27-year-old Tyquan Evans of Mattapan under arrest and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, and Resisting Arrest. During the booking process, Evans elbowed an officer in the face and continually made threats to shoot officers. Evans was additionally charged with Assault and Battery on a Police Officer and Threats to Commit a Crime.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, April 14, 2017

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 0
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 4

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.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Fugitive Unit Apprehends Suspect in January 2017 Armed Carjacking Incident

Today, Thursday, April 13, 2017, members of the BPD Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrested 34-year-old Patrick Denuccio of Boston during a motor vehicle stop in the area of Cambridge Street in District D-14 (Brighton). Denuccio was wanted by Lawrence District Court and Newburyport District Court on several outstanding warrants for charges including Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, and two counts of Larceny over $250.

In addition, Denuccio was wanted on a straight warrant stemming from an incident that occurred on January 13, 3017 in the area of 14 Clarkson Street, in which the suspect carjacked a female victim and her 4-year-old daughter and knife-point and threatened to kill them. After a lengthy investigation in which detectives meticulously gathered physical evidence, quickly identified the suspect, and conducted several days of surveillance, Denuccio was ultimately arrested and charged with Armed Carjacking, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Threats to Commit a Crime, Larceny of a Motor Vehicle and Larceny over $250.

Death Investigation in the Area of 511 Gallivan Boulevard, Dorchester

 

At about 4:15 PM on Thursday, April 13, 2017, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 511 Gallivan Boulevard.

Upon arrival, officers observed a male victim in his 20's suffering from an apparent gunshot wound outside of the above address. The victim was transported to Boston Medical Center with life-threatening injuries and later pronounced deceased at the hospital.

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

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