Making a Difference: BPD Officers Spend the Day Reading to the Kids at the Pope John Paul II Academy in Dorchester

Deputy Baston reading to a first-grader at the Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy

Making a Difference: Deputy Superintendent Nora Baston and Officer Michelle Maffeo were seen recently making friends and reading books to the first-graders at the Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy located 790 Columbia Road in Dorchester. Said Deputy Baston, “Yet another example of the men and women of the BPD reaching out to our city’s young people, building positive relationships, collaborating with our schools and letting the kids know that we’re here to help them, not hurt them.” As for the book of choice, according to our sources, our officers read Snowmen All Year and the kids - we’re told - loved every page of it. 

BPD Investigating Multiple Shooting Incident in the area of 954 Parker Street in Jamaica Plain

 

BPD Investigating Multiple Shooting Incident in the area of 954 Parker Street in Jamaica Plain: At about 11:15pm, on Friday, January 23, 2015, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a call for a person or persons shot in the area of 954 Parke Street in Jamaica Plain. On arrival, officers located several individuals suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds. Six victims (5 males/ 1 female between the ages of 18 to 22) were transported to area hospitals for the treatment of injuries. While the majority of the injuries appear to non-life threatening, one of the victims is being treated for life threatening injuries. 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact detectives at District E-13 at (617) 343-5628.

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 Seeking Public’s Help in Efforts to Identify Suspects Wanted in Connection to Armed Robberies in area of to 56 & 57 Stanley Street

 

Boston Police Seeking Public’s Help in Efforts to Identify Suspects Wanted in Connection to Armed Robberies in area of 56 and 57 Stanley Street in Dorchester

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in efforts to identify individuals wanted in connection to four armed robberies in the area of 56 and 57 Stanley Street in Dorchester since October 31, 2014.

The facts and circumstances surrounding the incidents are as follows:

(1) At about 3:08am, on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for an armed robbery at 57 Stanley Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim, a food delivery driver, who stated that he was robbed while making a food delivery to 57 Stanley Street in Dorchester. According to the driver, when he pulled up to the address, three males approached and robbed him of his food delivery. The victim states that one of the suspects motioned in such a way as if to suggest he had a weapon in his pocket although the victim says he never saw a weapon. One of the suspects was described as a heavy-set Hispanic male with a mustache wearing a black winter hat, grey hoodie and sweat pants. A second suspect was described as a black male wearing a red hoodie and jeans while the third suspect was described as a black male wearing a dark hoodie covering his face and jeans.

(2) At about 9:20pm, on Tuesday, December 23, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) took a report regarding an armed robbery report at 57 Stanley Street in Dorchester. The victim, a pizza delivery driver, stated that he was attempting to make a food delivery to 57 Stanley Street in Dorchester when three males approached and robbed him. One of the suspects was described as a black male in his twenties, 160lbs, 5'8” tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. A second suspect was described as a black male in his twenties, 180lbs, 5'8” tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark colored pants. According to the victim, the third suspect, who he could not identify, struck him from behind. Victim further states the suspects then stole his food and took off running.

(3) At about 4:00am, on November 27, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for an assault and battery in front of 57 Stanley Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers learned that the victim, a food delivery driver, had been robbed. Officers spoke to the victim who stated that he was attempting to deliver food to 57 Stanley Street when three males approached and robbed him. Suspect says the suspects were all in their early twenties and he believes one of the suspects was black while the other two were Hispanic. The victim further states that one of the suspects struck him in the head. After being struck, the suspects stole his money and food order.

(4) At about 3:43am, on Thursday, October 31, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person stabbed at the Boston Medical Center in Boston. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim, a food delivery driver, who states that he was stabbed in the leg, an injury deemed to be non-life threatening, while making a delivery to 56 Stanley Street.  Victim states that upon arrival, three teenaged black males approached, assaulted and robbed him of money and the food order.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact detectives at District C-11 at (617) 343-4335.

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.

One Less Gun: Members of the Youth Violence Strike Force Recover Two Firearms and Arrest Three Suspects After a Motor Vehicle and Foot Pursuit in Dorchester

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At about 4:00 PM on Thursday, January 22, 2015 members of the Youth Violence Strike Force (YVSF), along with members of the Boston Police Fugitive unit, recovered two loaded guns and several rounds of ammunition during a violent confrontation with three individuals in the area of 930 Washington Street, Dorchester.

Officers were in the area of Morton Street conducting surveillance in search of a suspect known to have outstanding warrants issued for firearm offenses. Officers observed two individuals, one of whom matched the appearance of the suspect they were seeking, exit 28 Woodruff Way and enter a black Ford Explorer. Officers continued their surveillance of the vehicle as it traveled on Gallivan Blvd crossing Washington Street and then Dorchester Avenue. A determination was made to stop the vehicle in the area of Gallivan Blvd and Granite Avenue. The vehicle initially stopped in the McDonald's parking lot at the corner of Gallivan Blvd and Granite Avenue. However, when officers activated their emergency lights and siren and began to exit their vehicles, the suspects sped from the parking lot nearly striking the officers, who were forced to jump out of the path of the suspects’ vehicle. Officers pursued the vehicle as it swerved and maneuvered with no regard for the safety and well-being of those in traffic and, subsequently, knocked over a traffic signal pole at the intersection of Gallivan Blvd and Adams Street. The vehicle finally came to a stop in the middle of the street in front of 930 Washington Street and all three occupants jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot.

The operator of the vehicle, later identified as Daniel Murphy-Wilkins, ran on Washington Street to Codman Hill Avenue with officers in foot pursuit yelling, "Boston Police!!! Stop!!!” During this foot pursuit, suspect Murphy-Wilkins turned towards the officers with a firearm in his hand and pointed it directly at the officers. Officers caught up with Murphy-Wilkins and a violent struggle ensued ending with the suspect in custody and his firearm recovered. A loaded silver colored Smith & Wesson .38 was taken from the suspect. 

Officers were able to apprehend two additional suspects Tony Evans, 24, of Mattapan and Tony Harris, 25, of Everett, whom had fled the vehicle. Evans was positively identified as their initial suspect who they had under surveillance.  After retracing the route of the foot pursuit of the suspects, a second firearm described as a Jimenez Arms 9MM with a large capacity magazine attached was also recovered.

Suspect #1: Daniel Murphy-Wilkins, 30 of Roxbury was charged with: Refusal to Submit, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon to wit: Motor Vehicle, Malicious Destruction of Property -three counts, Assault by means of a Dangerous Weapon to wit: Handgun , Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Carrying Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Resisting Arrest.    

Suspect #2: Tony Harris was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device and Armed Career Criminal Level 3

Suspect #3: Tony Evans was charged with Resisting Arrest, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device and Armed Career Criminal Level 3.

All three suspects were expected in Dorchester District Court today. 

Said Commissioner William Evans, “My officers continue to take illegal guns out of our neighborhoods under what we can see are often tremendously violent and aggressive circumstances.  They continue to demonstrate enormous restraint when faced with situations where lethal force would be justified.”

One Less Gun: Search Warrant Enables BPD Neighborhood Drug Control Unit to Arrest One, Seize a Gun and Illegal Narcotics in the South End

One Less Gun: Search Warrant Enables BPD Neighborhood Drug Control Unit to Arrest One, Seize a Gun and Illegal Narcotics - At about 12:30pm, on January 22, 2015, Neighborhood Drug Control Unit officers executed a search warrant for an individual by the name of Tyrone Rogers at a location listed as 21 Hammond Street in Boston. While conducting surveillance of the area, officers observed the suspect exit the above-mentioned location. Upon seeing the suspect, officers approached the suspect and informed him that they were in possession of two search warrants: one for his person and the other for his residence. When asked if he had anything in the way of illegal narcotics on his person or in his residence, the suspect stated that there were some things he shouldn’t have, referring to illegal narcotics, in his place of residence. At this time, officers peacefully entered 21 Hammond Street. Once inside, officers located and recovered several plastic bags of a Class A Drug (heroin), several rounds of ammunition and a single barrel shotgun. 

Officers arrested Tyrone Rogers, 42, of Boston and charged him with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class A Drug (heroin) and the Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. 

Lester Rogers, 72, of Boston was charged with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 3
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Drug Unit Officers and Detectives Dismantle Clandestine Drug Lab in Allston

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On Friday January 16, 2015, Officers of the Boston Police Drug Control Unit and Detectives from District D-14 (Brighton) responded to 9 Weitz Street, Allston to execute a search warrant that was obtained after a lengthy investigation in to the sale of illegal drugs. Investigators made a peaceful entry into the residence and discovered several items consistent with the illegal selling and packaging of drugs. Detectives also observed equipment in the home that they believed was being used to manufacture Butane Hash Oil (BHO). Based on these observations, Detectives contacted two Boston Police Drug Unit investigators who are both members of the DEA Clandestine Lab Entry and Investigation Team. Thos officers responded and confirmed that the items present in the residence were in fact being used to produce BHO. The clandestine lab was dismantled and rendered safe by the BPD specialists. During the execution of the warrant officers recovered and seized a significant amount of what was believed to be marijuana, equipment for the production and sale of Butane Hash Oil (BHO), a quantity of BHO, and a significant amount of US currency. Also seized was an amount of what was believed to Psilosiben Mushrooms and a quantity of pills.  

Arrested was a 28-year-old Allston man and charged with the following: Possession of Class D, Marijuana, with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Class C, Psilocybin Mushroom with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Class E (unknown white pills) with Intent to Distribute and Manufacturing Class C, Butane Hash Oil (BHO). He was be arraigned in Brighton District Court.

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest One & Recover Two Firearms in Roxbury

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest One & Recover Two Firearms in Roxbury - At about 12:12pm, on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Holworthy Street due to recent reports of firearm activity when officers observed three individuals leaving a property where ‘No Trespassing’ signs were clearly and prominently displayed on the front of the building. When officers engaged the individuals and asked if anyone lived at the location, all three responded that they did not. In light of the above information, officers asked if any of the individuals were in possession of any weapons. Upon hearing this question, one of individuals took off running. While running behind the individual, officers noted that the suspect was grabbing and clutching at his waist area in such a way as if to suggest he was in possession of a weapon. After a brief foot pursuit, officers were able to catch up to and apprehend the suspect. A pat frisk of the suspect showed that he was not in possession of any weapons. However, officers were able to locate two firearms (see enclose photo) lying on the ground in the rear of 132 Harrishof Street after retracing the steps taken by the suspect during the foot chase.  

Specifically, officers recovered two loaded firearms: (1) a Taurus .380 Millenium PT 138 and (2) a Ruger .22 Revolver.        

Officers arrested Jerry Gray, 18, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm. 

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 3

Residential Break-ins: 11
Commercial Break-ins: 11

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 Police Respond to Active Shooter Incident at Brigham & Women's Hospital

 

Boston Police Responds to Active Shooter Incident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital - Today, Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at approximately 11:07 AM, numerous officers from Area B-2 (Roxbury) responded to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Shapiro Building, 70 Francis Street, Boston, for a report of shots fired inside that location. Responding officers were directed to a second floor office area and located a crime scene. Initial information gathered at the scene suggests that the suspect, identified as 55-year-old Stephen Pasceri of Millbury, MA, entered the Shapiro Building and asked to speak with a specific doctor by name who is employed by the hospital. Investigators have reason to believe that at some point during his meeting with that doctor, Pasceri took out a gun and fired two shots, striking the victim both times.  It is believed that Pasceri then turned the gun on himself taking his own life.

During the incident, responding officers and hospital staff worked together under extreme conditions to render help to the victim as well as ensuring the safety of all those in the immediate and surrounding area. Within sixteen minutes, the entire incident was brought under control and no further injuries resulted. The exceptional response by officers and hospital staff was the direct result of active shooter training that has been recently provided to the hospital staff by the Boston Police Department. This type of training continues to occur with our health care partners and after today’s incident has proven to an invaluable exercise dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of those impacted by or confronted with an active shooter situation.

The victim was taken from the scene and treated for life threatening injuries. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

BPD Homicide Detectives Travel to New York to Track Down Murder Suspect Wanted in Connection to Death Investigation in the area of 1542 Columbus Ave

 

BPD Homicide Detectives Travel to New York to Track Down Murder Suspect Wanted in Connection to Death Investigation in the area of 1542 Columbus Ave - At about 6:00pm, on Sunday, July 13, 2014, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a body found in area of 1542 Columbus Avenue. Upon arrival, officers located the body of an unknown female in the wooded area along the fence line adjacent to 1542 Columbus Avenue. The victim has since been identified as Pippin Roe, 40, of Boston.

After a complete and thorough investigation, detectives assigned to the Boston Police Homicide Unit were able to ascertain the identity of the individual believed to be responsible for the death of Ms. Roe. On Friday, January 16, 2015, detectives assigned to the Boston Police Homicide Unit applied for and were granted an arrest warrant charging Ritcher Baez, 24, of New York with Murder in connection to the death of Pippin Roe.

Today, Monday, January 19, 2015, members of the Boston Police Department’s Fugitive Apprehension & Homicide Units with help from NYPD Detectives located and apprehended the suspect, Ritcher Baez, in New York City.

Community Alert: Boston Police Seeking Public’s Help in Efforts to Identify Individual Wanted for Indecent Assault in area of Jamaica Pond

 

Community Alert:  Boston Police Seeking Public’s Help in Efforts to Identify Individual Wanted for Indecent Assault in area of Jamaica Pond - At about 9:30am, on Monday, January 19, 2015, a female victim called police to report that, while running in the vicinity of the Jamaica Pond boathouse, an individual riding a bicycle approached her from behind and slapped her in the buttock region. Victim states she screamed and the suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.  The victim describes the suspect as either a black or hispanic male in his early twenties, 6’0” in height, medium build, wearing a white ball cap with red trim (possibly a Chicago Bulls cap), a dark sweatshirt, dark pants and white sneakers. 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact the Boston Police Sexual 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

Boston Police Seek Public’s Help in Efforts to Locate Suspect Wanted in Connection to Non-Fatal Shooting Incident in area of 15 Ruggles Street in June of 2014

Boston Police Seek Public’s Help in Efforts to Locate Suspect Wanted in Connection to Non-Fatal Shooting Incident in area of 15 Ruggles Street in June of 2014 - The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in efforts to locate Diriye Bile, 19, of Boston who is wanted for his role in a non-fatal shooting incident in June of 2014. At about 6:04pm, on Sunday, June 29, 2014, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 15 Ruggles Street in Roxbury. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds. The victim, suffering from non-life threatening injuries, was transported to the Boston Medical Center for further treatment of his injuries. During the follow-up investigation, Diriye Bile was determined by investigators to be the shooter of the victim. As such, an arrest warrant has been issued in Bile’s name charging him with the following:  Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Firearm), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Discharge of a Firearm w/in 500 Feet of a Dwelling. 

Bile is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees him or has any information relative to his whereabouts is asked to call District B-2 (Roxbury) immediately and directly at (617) 343-4275.

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

Going Back to the Big Game: Pats & Seahawks Going Head-to-Head in Super Bowl XLIX (49)

Going Back to the Big Game: Pats & Seahawks Going Head-to-Head in Super Bowl XLIX (49) – Thanks to Sunday’s (1-18-2015) huge 38-point victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game, the New England Patriots are returning to the Super Bowl for the sixth time in the last 14 years. Can you say, “WOW!!!” With appearance number six, Tom Brady becomes the only quarterback in the history of the NFL to lead his team to six Super Bowl appearances and we certainly hope trip six proves to one for the ages. And, while everybody here knows the game will be played out in Arizona, fans everywhere - from here to there - will be expected and encouraged to behave like champions leading up to, during and after Super Bowl XLIX. Go Pats!!!

Making a Difference: BPD Deputy Superintendent John Brown Mentors Students at the Renaissance School in Boston

Making A Difference: Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” As it relates to making a difference in the lives of our city's young people, Boston Police Deputy Superintendent John Brown can say with certainty that he does quite a bit and his efforts can be seen in the photo included above. In fact, Deputy Brown hosts regular mentoring meetings with youth from the Young Kings Mentoring Program at the Renaissance School in Boston. Said Brown, “I really enjoy mentoring the young men in this program. The youth inspire me in my role and humble me with their rich enthusiasm for learning.”  

Boston Police Encourage Revelers to Celebrate Responsibly

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The New England Patriots will host the Indianapolis Colts in the National Football League’s AFC Championship Game this evening. Once again it will no doubt be a time for celebration throughout the City. The Boston Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind sports fans to celebrate responsibly to ensure a safe and trouble free environment. The Boston Police Department will be taking steps to increase patrols, focused not only on calls for service but also on drinking establishments and large parties. Our priority will be to ensure the safety of our community. Officers will be conducting walkthroughs of bars and city streets especially in areas highly populated with college students. Our intent is to encourage people to celebrate responsibly and to adhere strictly to all alcohol laws. We will not allow a few excessive revelers to ruin the evening for other fans. In addition, officers are working cooperatively with liquor establishments to be sure alcohol laws are strictly enforced. Public drinking will not be tolerated. Taxis and public transportation offer inexpensive and smart alternatives to drinking and driving. Please take advantage of them. A designated driver is also an alternative. DUI enforcement will be a priority and we will have officers on duty focused specifically on this effort. Do not ruin your celebration by hurting yourself or others. The BPD is also cheering for the New England Patriots and hopes for the win to go to the Super Bowl! However, our prime focus is that all sports fans enjoy the game and that the City is peaceful and without incident. We are prepared to take any means necessary to ensure this. Have fun and be safe! Go Patriots!

 

Police Commissioner William Evans Comments on the Arrest of Murder Suspect Peter Castillo in the Dominican Republic

"I want to commend the U.S. Marshals, our law enforcement partners in the Dominican Republic, as well as, the members of the Boston Police Homicide and Fugitive Apprehension Units for the shared efforts and team first approach that lead to the arrest of Peter Castillo,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. 
The U.S. Marshals' full press release with the complete comments from Commissioner Evans are included below: 
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U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted Fugitive Arrested in Dominican Republic

WASHINGTON – After only three months on the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted fugitive list, suspected murderer Peter Castillo is now in custody after he was arrested Thursday, Jan. 15, in the Dominican Republic.
Castillo, 26, was wanted for shooting and killing 22-year-old military veteran Stephen Perez on May 10, 2012, following an altercation that occurred in the Boston Theater District. The Boston Police Department immediately identified Castillo as the shooter, and a warrant was issued charging him with homicide.  Shortly after the incident, Castillo allegedly fled to New York then to the Dominican Republic where he had extensive ties.
“The arrest of Peter Castillo is a testament to how effective and valuable our relationships are with our international and domestic law enforcement partners,” said U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton.
“Because of these strong partnerships and the global network they provide, Castillo’s attempt to flee and disappear in another country after murdering a member of our military proved unsuccessful. We will never rest in seeking those who murder or assault our public servants,” said Hylton. 
The manhunt for Castillo gained momentum when U.S. Marshals developed significant information leading them to believe he was at a residence in the city of Santo Domingo. Marshals forwarded the information to the country’s Direccion Nacional Control de Drogas Fugitive Task Force whose members responded to the location. Upon arrival, authorities discovered Castillo, with the help of local neighbors, fled the residence and hid in the neighborhood. After a brief search, authorities located and arrested him at approximately 6:15pm. On Saturday, U.S. Marshals escorted Castillo back to the U.S. He is currently being held in a U.S. jail awaiting transfer to Massachusetts.

“Today, I want to commend the deputies of the U.S. Marshals Service and the officers of the Boston Police Department for their steadfast commitment to Castillo’s apprehension in the Dominican Republic” said John Gibbons, U.S. Marshal for the District of Massachusetts. “I would also like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of the United States Attorney’s Office, which assisted in securing the arrest warrant, and charging Castillo with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution; the Dominican Direccion Nacional Control de Drogas (DNCD) Fugitive Task Force for their assistance in the apprehension; and Interpol Washington for issuing the red notice that helped facilitate the arrest. “Countless hours of collaborative investigative work by the agencies involved and sheer determination have finally brought Castillo to justice,” said Gibbons. “I hope his arrest brings some comfort to the family of Stephen Perez.”
"I want to commend the U.S. Marshals, our law enforcement partners in the Dominican Republic, as well as, the members of the Boston Police Homicide and Fugitive Apprehension Units for the shared efforts and team first approach that lead to the arrest of Peter Castillo,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. “Castillo’s capture should send a strong, clear message to anyone who cruelly and callously takes the life of another in our city that although you can certainly run and attempt to hide, BPD investigators, working hand-in-hand with our federal partners, will ultimately run you down, find you and bring you to justice. “Stephen Perez was a young man who certainly deserved better. What began as a night out with friends in Boston’s Theater District on April 28, 2012 ended in an unthinkable tragedy and the loss of a young man who had proudly served his country as U.S. Army sniper in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Undoubtedly, Stephen Perez deserved more including a long life well beyond his 22 years.  Today, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Perez family and it is our sincere hope that the news of today’s arrest will provide for them some small measure of comfort and relief," Evans said.
“This defendant’s capture and return to U.S. soil is a major step toward justice for Stephen Perez,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley. “It’s a moment his family, his friends, and his fellow veterans have awaited for too long.  We expect to arraign him on a first-degree murder indictment at the earliest opportunity.”

Act of Kindness: Boston Police Commissioner William Evans Recognizes Boston Cab Driver for Exemplary Customer Service and Quite Possibly Having a Heart Made Out of Gold

Act of Kindness: Boston Police Commissioner William Evans Recognizes Boston Cab Driver for Exemplary Customer Service and Quite Possibly Having a Heart Made Out of Gold 

In early December, the Boston Police Hackney Carriage Unit, the unit entrusted with policing the actions and behavior of cab drivers in the city of Boston, received the enclosed letter/email from a hotel concierge in Boston so impressed by the effort, level of service and care exhibited and provided by one cab driver in particular that she was moved and inspired to write a letter asking the Boston Police Department to commend and recognize the driver for his exemplary actions. Acting on the recommendations made in that letter, the driver in question was invited to Boston Police Headquarters where today, Friday, January 16, 2015, Commissioner Evans acknowledged and thanked him for his service. After reading the original letter (enclosed below), you’ll understand why the decision to honor and recognize Mario Paul, a driver for Metro Taxi, was such an easy one to make. The email reads as follows: 

“To Whom It May Concern - I have worked as a hotel concierge for the past 10 years in Boston at the Revere, Taj and Westin Hotels, and, of course, in my position, I see and work closely with taxi drivers all the time. In my career, however, I have NEVER been so blown away by the goodness of a taxi driver. Ever! Until this Sunday when I had the utmost pleasure of meeting handicap van taxi driver, Mario Paul, Metro Taxi Driver #1787. Honestly, Mario Paul was an angel sent to us. I honestly don’t have the words to even express his utmost kindness.

We had a guest staying at our property, suffering in the final stages of A.L.S., whose handicap van had broken down in route to the Revere Hotel. She and her sisters drove from New York and Philadelphia as she needed to go to Mass General Hospital for appointments and to A.L.S. in Cambridge. I had called Metro on Sunday for a van taxi. Metro Handicap Van Driver Mario Paul showed up to collect the fare. However, upon his arrival, the family wasn’t ready to leave the hotel. When we called to let the guests know that Mr. Paul was downstairs waiting, they cancelled the taxi. Mario Paul’s response: “No worries. These things happen.” I’m sorry, but in my experience, taxi drivers are usually not that pleasant when one cancels a job, however, Mr. Paul couldn’t have been nicer or more understanding.

A bit later, I called Metro a second time for the same guest and, again, Mr. Paul arrives to the hotel. And once again, the family cancels as they aren’t ready. Our guest is not only confined to a wheelchair but she has absolutely no muscle use in her body. She controls the wheelchair by blowing into an apparatus that moves the chair. She has no control of her head either so if her head falls forward, she can’t blow into her apparatus and move the wheelchair. I later learn that they had some issues with the bed crane ordered for her room and, as a result, getting downstairs became an issue and contributed to them running behind schedule. Once again, Mr. Paul arrives, and I have to cancel on him again. He has now been to the hotel twice to collect guests that have cancelled twice. He again says, “No worries, these things happen.” Who is that nice and kind?

A little later, I call Metro a third time for a taxi as the guests are now in the lobby and ready to go. Dan from Metro Taxi says he will dispatch a handicap van to the hotel again. With that, a handicap van taxi pulls up (not driven by Mr. Paul) and starts the process of lowering the van and pulling up the back seat as the guests are waiting in the driveway. Simultaneously, Mr. Paul arrives to the hotel for the third time. By this time, the other van taxi has already begun the process of preparing the car for transport. I said please stop, this is the gentleman I called, not that taxi. Upon hearing this, Mario Paul simply says: “Do not take the job away from that man. It’s okay.” This is the third time that Mr. Paul has arrived at our hotel and he’s so kind to insist that we please do not take the job away from someone who has already begun the tedious process of preparing the cab. Seriously? What an angel. And then, in the nicest and most genuine manner, he says to me please call back if you need me and drives off. 

Well, as it turns out the second taxi driver’s van is not properly equipped to transport the disabled family member and, therefore, I call Mr. Paul back again for help. Mind you, this is the fourth time he has arrived for a job that has yet to happen. Yet, on arrival, he is so kind and patient and couldn’t be more on board to help these guests. He lowers the ramp, starts moving the back seat. We try to get the guest in going forwards but we can’t because the wheelchair is too high. We get her out and try to get her in backwards. Long story short, 45 minutes to close to a solid hour later, we finally get her in the car. We have to manually push this wheelchair up the ramp which weighs over 500 lbs with the guest in it as well. It takes Mr. Paul, two valets, myself and the guest’s sister literally pushing the wheelchair up the ramp into the taxi using all our strength and might. Mario was so, so very patient and helpful. He actually needed to remove the backseat - which we graciously held here at the hotel - and he said he would come back and get it on his own time as the wheelchair would not fit in with the backseat in despite our best efforts to make it fit.

Once he dropped the guests off, Mario Paul waited for four hours on his own time, out of the goodness of his heart, to pick them up to make sure they could return safely to our hotel. I can wholeheartedly say that Mario Paul is an angel. He went OVER and ABOVE for these guests. This woman has hardly a few months left on this planet and he couldn’t have been nicer, more helpful or more patient with her and her family. In this day and age where people only write about the negative things that happen, I had to make sure that someone knew about the amazing hospitality that Mario Paul showed on Sunday. To Mario Paul – I say: “THANK YOU!!!”