One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One and Recover Illegal Firearm in the Boston Common

 

At about 11:17 AM on Monday, September 22, 2014, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) made an onsite arrest and recovered an illegal firearm in the area of 75 Boylston Street (Boston Common) in the Downtown area.

While on foot patrol in the area of the above location due to recent citizen complaints regarding drug activity, larceny and robbery, officers observed a group of five individuals sitting in a circle on the grass. As officers continued their patrol, they were drawn to the group due to a strong odor of burnt marijuana. Further, one of the males was smoking what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette. At this time, officers observed the male suspect who had been smoking the cigarette appear to conceal an item under his right leg, officers, who were outnumbered five to three, began a pat frisk of the individual. During the frisk, officers felt a large metal object in the left breast pocket of the vest the suspect had been wearing. Officers recovered a black and silver FEG Hungarian 9 X 18 Makarov firearm loaded with seven live rounds of ammunition as well as a stolen credit card and placed the suspect under arrest. The remaining individuals were identified and released at the scene.

Officers arrested 19-year-old Ra’Quan Baker-Parham of Squantum and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Providing False Identification, and Receiving Stolen Property.

 

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

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

Residential Break-ins: 9
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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.

 

Thank You for Thanking Us

The Office of the Police Commissioner recently received a letter from a Brighton resident thanking Officers Sarah Briggs and Caitlin Haugh for their assistance in recovering two bicycles that had been stolen from the resident. The officers encountered the bicycles while they were responding to another call in the area and were able to return them to the resident, an athlete in training. If you’ve had a positive experience with one of our officers and would like to say thank you, please click on the link below and fill out the enclosed commendation form: http://bpdnews.com/commend-an-officer

Death Investigation in the area of 5 Ames Street in Dorchester

 

At about 12:04 AM on Sunday, September 21, 2014, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a person stabbed in the area of 5 Ames Street in Dorchester.

On arrival, officers observed the male victim lying on the ground outside of the above location suffering from apparent stab wounds. The victim was transported to Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.

Homicide detectives are actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 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: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

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

Vehicle Thefts: 7
Vehicle Recoveries: 7
Vehicle Breaks: 38

Residential Break-ins: 31
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.

 

Running in Honor & Memory of Brian Honan

Today, Sunday, September 21, 2014, hundreds of runners toed the starting line for the 11th Annual Brian Honan 5K Road Race. Serving as the master of ceremonies, Commissioner Evans welcomed and thanked all the runners for coming out, supporting and participating in the race. Said the Commissioner, “It’s so great to see so many of you here today in honor of Brian. For those of us who knew and worked with him, we will never forget how hard he worked or how much he cared about his community.” To learn more about the Brian Honan 5K Road Race, visit: www.brianhonan.org.

Honoring Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty at the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, police officers from around the state flocked to the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial located on the grounds of the State House to remember, recognize and pay respects to officers who died protecting and serving the citizens of our great Commonwealth. Said Police Commissioner Evans, “It’s our duty and obligation to forever remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. And, I’m here to humbly thank them for their service and pray for the safety and well-being of all of our officers working today.”

Dedicated in May of 2004, the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial was created to give surviving family members and fellow officers a place to go to forever remember and reflect upon the memories of loved ones lost protecting and serving the citizens of Massachusetts.  During the ceremony, a reading of the roll or the names of the officers killed in the line of duty was solemnly performed.

This year, the names of two officers were added to the memorial: MIT Police Officer Sean Collier and Boston Police Officer John Lynch. Collier was shot and killed during an encounter with the suspects responsible for the attack on the Boston Marathon. Officer Lynch, whose passing was recently ruled a line of duty death, died as a result of head injuries and trauma sustained during an altercation in 1936.   

Making a Difference: Movie Night at Ronan Park Certainly Worthy of Two Thumbs Up

Making a Difference: Movie Night at Ronan Park Certainly Worthy of Two Thumbs Up - Thanks to all who turned out for and attended Movie Night at Ronan Park earlier this evening, Saturday, September 20, 2014. The event, which was organized by the Friends of Ronan Park and supported by the BPD, specifically officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) and C-11 (Dorchester), was well attended and it certainly looked like the kids had a ball watching How to Train Your Dragon starring Jay Baruchel and Gerard Butler. Thanks to our officers, in addition to watching the movie, the kids had plenty to eat and nobody went home hungry. In fact, thanks to BPD Officers Kenny Grubbs, Tim Golden and Dario Fancelli, anybody who wanted a hot dog, slice of pizza or an ice cream had the choice of one or all three and it appeared everybody had a little bit of everything. Said Vanessa Muskie, the President of the Friends of Ronan Park, “Our organization was founded to promote fun, positive and family friendly events like the one you see here tonight. On every face, you see a smile and that’s what makes this park and this evening so special. I’d also like to thank the Boston Police Department for their help and support.”     

Ongoing Efforts to Curb Gun Violence Enable BPD Officers to Seize Five Illegal Firearms in Less Than 10 Hours

Said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans: “I want to commend my officers for their ongoing commitment to protect and serve the people of Boston. Thanks to their hard work, four arrests were made and five guns confiscated in less than 10 hours.”

INCIDENT #1: At about 12:39 am, on Saturday, September 20, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of the Ashmont MBTA Station when officers heard what sounded like shots fired. Upon hearing the shots, officers proceeded to the area of Fuller & Washington Streets. Once there, officers observed two individuals walking away from the scene. While monitoring and watching these individuals, officers observed one of the individuals, later identified as Johnnie Bonnie, clutch at his waist area in such a way as if to suggest he was in possession of a firearm. Believing that this individual was in possession of a firearm, officers approached the individual to further investigate their observations. A pat frisk of the suspect enabled officers to feel and confiscate a loaded firearm found inside the suspect’s waist area. Officers arrested Johnnie Bonnie, 22, of Boston and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.

INCIDENT #2: At about 10:26 pm, on Friday, September 19, 2014, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of Sterling Square. On arrival, officers learned that two individuals were seen fleeing the area shortly after the shots were fired. Officers also received information that the individuals were seen entering an apartment in the complex. A search of the apartment enabled officers to locate two individuals matching the descriptions of the suspects seen fleeing the area. A protective sweep of the apartment enabled officers to locate and seize three illegal firearms. A photo of one of the firearms is included in this post. Officers arrested Remus Roberson, 23, of Boston and Casie DaRosa, 23, of Boston and charged both with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

INCIDENT #3: At about 3:04 pm, on Friday, September 19, 2014, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Bowdoin Street and Geneva Ave when officers observed two individuals believed to have information in connection to firearm related incidents in the area. Upon seeing the officers, officers observed the individuals quickly separate from each other. When officers exited their cruiser in an effort to engage the individuals, one of the individuals promptly took off running. After a lengthy foot pursuit, officers were able to catch up to and apprehend the suspect. Prior to apprehending the suspect, officers observed the suspect toss a backpack over a fence in the area of 128 Hamilton Street. Upon retrieving the backpack, officers located and seized a silver and black firearm. Officers arrested Livingston Walker, 19, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.

*** Noteworthy Stats: In the calendar year 2014, the men and women of the Boston Police Department have taken 493 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, 385 guns have been voluntarily turned in by community members taking advantage of the Boston Gun Buyback Program. All told, there are 878 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

 

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest One and Seize an Illegal Gun in Dorchester

At about 3:04pm, on Friday, September 19, 2014, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Bowdoin Street and Geneva Ave when officers observed two individuals believed to have information in connection to firearm related incidents in the area. Upon seeing the officers, officers observed the individuals quickly separated from each other. When officers exited their cruiser in an effort to talk to and engage the individuals, one of the individuals promptly took off running while the other remained on the scene. After a lengthy foot pursuit, officers were able to catch up to and apprehend the suspect. Prior to apprehending the suspect, officers observed the suspect toss a backpack over a fence in the area of 128 Hamilton Street. Upon retrieving the backpack, officers located and seized a silver and black firearm (see photo). Officers arrested Livingston Walker, 19, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way

Noteworthy Stats: In the calendar year 2014, the men and women of the Boston Police Department have taken 484 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, 385 guns have been voluntarily turned in by community members taking advantage of the Boston Gun Buyback Program. All told, there are 869 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

 

Tradition Continues: BPD Honors Detective Donald Brown with the #1 Badge

One of the longer running traditions within the Boston Police Department is the bestowing of the badge bearing the #1 to the officer – or in this case detective – who has the most time on the job. As it relates to the rank of detective, that person is District A-1 (Downtown) Detective Donald Brown. Brown began his career with the BPD as a police cadet in 1970. He became a full time police officer in 1979 and, six years later, he attained the rank of detective, a position he has occupied and served the citizens of the City of Boston in for close to twenty years. Those who know or who have worked with Donnie Brown all rave about his professionalism and passion for the profession. Said Lt. Charles Wilson, "He's a consummate professional who loves the job. After all these years, he still comes to work excited about helping people." Today, Friday, September 19, 2014, Commissioner Evans honored Detective Brown for his years of dedicated service by presenting him with a detective's shield bearing the  #1. To Detective Brown, we say, "Congratulations and keep up the great work. The honor is certainly well earned and well deserved."

 

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 8
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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 for Trespassing in Roxbury

 

At about 12:54 AM on Friday, September 19, 2014, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) made three onsite arrests for trespassing  in the area of 205 Roxbury Street in Roxbury.

While assisting a unit in the area of 75 Malcolm X Boulevard, officers’ attention was drawn to what sounded like a fight in the rear of the Timilty School located at the above address. As officers continued to investigate the area, they observed a group of about 12-15 young males exiting the area in which several “No Trespassing” signs were clearly displayed. Officers entered the rear lot and observed a motor vehicle with two male occupants. As officers approached with their flashlights illuminating the vehicle, they observed the two occupants to appear extremely nervous, continually looking back at officers and attempting to exit the vehicle. The passenger obeyed officer commands to remain within the vehicle, but the operator of the car immediately fled on foot. A very brief pursuit resulted in the suspect being placed under arrest. At this time, several additional males began to enter the park and were notified that the park was closed and that if they continued to remain in the park, they would be placed under arrest. One individual refused to heed officer’s advice and was subsequently placed under arrest. As officers began to inventory the motor vehicle, as the registered owner could not be identified by any of the individuals on scene, a group began to gather outside of the park and proceeded to cause a commotion. One individual in particular was instigating the group who continued their attempts to incite police on scene. The male was placed under arrest for his disorderly conduct.

Officers arrested the operator, 20-year-old Mohamed Ali, of Portland, ME, 24-year-old Ahmed Ibrahim, of Dorchester, and 20-year-old Mohammed Moalim of Portland, ME. Ali and Ibrahim are charged with Trespassing while Moalim is charged with Disorderly Person.

 

One Less Gun: Keen Observations Allow Officers to Arrest Two and Recover Illegal Firearm in Dorchester

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At about 8:05 PM on Thursday, September 18, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest and recovered an illegal firearm in the area of 49 Bellevue Street in Dorchester.

While on directed patrol in the area of the above location due to recent firearm related incidents, officers observed a motor vehicle violate numerous motor vehicle laws. Officers then activated their emergency equipment (lights and sirens) and initiated a traffic stop. As officers approached the vehicle, they observed the rear passenger moving around, specifically, lifting himself off of the seat before suddenly bending forward at the waist as though to conceal an item and then moving to the middle of the back seat. The rear passenger was asked to exit the vehicle. A search of the area in which the male was sitting allowed officers to recover a Llama .380 semi-automatic firearm loaded with five rounds of live ammunition. Upon discovering the firearm, all occupants were asked to exit the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the female operator did not have a valid license as well as numerous outstanding warrants and was placed under arrest. A female passenger was identified and released from the scene.

Officers arrested 24-year-old Andre Garcia, of Brockton and 20-year-old Jasmin Rivera of Holbrook. Garcia is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd Subsequent Offense. Rivera is charged with Operating after Revocation.

 

Coffee with a Cop Visits District E-13 in Jamaica Plain

Superintendent Bernard O’Rourke, Deputy Nora Baston, Deputy Norma Ayala Leong, Captain Al Andres, along with the officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) and the BPD’s Neighborhood Watch Unit were among the many recently gathered at JP Licks on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain to chit chat and converse with community members about public safety issues, concerns and plausible solutions. All who entered JP Licks during the Coffee with a Cop hour, which ran from 9:00am to 10:00am, were treated to a complimentary cup of coffee courtesy of the Boston Police Athletic League. Said Deputy Nora Baston, “Coffee with a Cop is all about building relationships. In addition to sharing a cup of coffee, today’s event gave community members a chance to get to know us better and share any concerns or issues they may have and do so in a friendly environment. It’s a great community event and great opportunity for us to better understand the issues impacting our community members.” So, special thanks to all who took us up on the offer and – again - special thanks to the Boston Police Athletic League (PAL) for picking up the cost of the java. If you or somebody you know is interested in learning more about attending or starting a Neighborhood Watch Group or a future Coffee with a Cop event, call (617) 343-4345 or visit  bpdnews.com/nwu.

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 3
Commercial Break-ins: 2

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

 

2014 Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial Service to take place this Saturday

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Foundation will hold their Annual Memorial Service honoring those who have died in the line of duty. This service will take place at 5:00 PM at the Memorial at the State House, those who plan on joining us should enter on the Ashburton Street entrance. We welcome all who would like to attend this year’s tribute, which sees the addition of names such as MIT’s Sean Collier and John Lynch of the Boston Police Department, both of whom made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their respective departments in the great State of Massachusetts, as well as the reading of the roll of all Massachusetts Law Enforcement Officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.  

For additional information regarding the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, please visit http://www.mlemf.org/