Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, April 27, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 5

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.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday April 26, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

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

Residential Break-ins: 2
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.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 0
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 6
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.

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Three Illegal Firearms, Arrest Three Suspects in Three Separate Incidents

Evidence from Incident #1

Evidence from Incident #1

INCIDENT #1: At about 1:00 PM on Monday, April 24, 2017, members of the Citywide Drug Control Unit executed two search warrants in the area of Greenock Street, Dorchester, in District B-3 (Mattapan). As a result of the warrants, officers seized the following:

  • One loaded black Glock 27 firearm with obliterated serial number
  • One extended magazine
  • Seventeen live rounds of ammunition
  • One large plastic bag (46 grams) of crack cocaine
  • Two plastic bags (8 grams) of powder cocaine
  • Approximately $860 in US currency

Officers arrested the target of the investigation, 21-year-old Kemron Roache of Dorchester, and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, and Trafficking Class B Drugs (Cocaine).

Firearm from Incident #2

Firearm from Incident #2

INCIDENT #2: At about 6:50 PM on Monday, April 24, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest for firearm related offenses in the area of 515 Blue Hill Avenue in District B-2 (Roxbury). During an extensive and ongoing investigation into firearm and street gang related activity, officers were able to conduct a traffic stop during which a pat frisk was conducted of 20-year-old Deondre Blanding of Roslindale. During the frisk, officers recovered a loaded 9mm Sig Sauer P229 firearm. Blanding could not produce a valid license to carry, therefore, officers seized the firearm. Officers arrested Blanding and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. During the booking process, officers also recovered a large amount of what appeared to be crack cocaine. Blanding was additionally charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs.

INCIDENT #3: At about 8:00 PM on Monday, April 24, 2017, members of the Citywide Drug Control Unit were on patrol in the area of Vaughan Avenue when they observed an individual wearing white pants and a black sweatshirt, later identified as 24-year-old Corey Stinson of Brockton, scale a 6-foot chain link fence on the even side of the street, then run across to the odd side, and then once again back to the even number side before entering the rear door of 169 Columbia Road. As officers monitored the unusual movements of this individual, they heard a radio transmission for shots fired in the area of Columbia Road and Devon Street. Believing Stinson may be a suspect, officers created a perimeter around 169 Columbia Road. As an officer ran to the front door of that address, he observed and confronted Stinson as Stinson ran out of the front entrance carrying a firearm in his hand. The officer immediately ordered Stinson to drop the weapon, but he did not initially comply. Eventually, Stinson laid the weapon on the ground and surrendered to the officer. Officers recovered the loaded Smith & Wesson 9mm semi-automatic firearm. 

Officers learned that two victims had suffered apparent non-life-threatening gunshot wounds during this incident and that the suspect, wearing white pants and a black sweatshirt, had fled the scene in a silver Toyota Rav4 with several distinctive features. Officers also located the vehicle and obtained video evidence of the incident corroborating these facts. Officers arrested Stinson and charged him with two counts of Assault with Intent to Murder, two counts of Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (3rd Offense), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Discharging a Firearm within 500 feet of a Dwelling.

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 8:53 PM 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

 

Over six weeks ago, at about 3:53 PM 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 Disrtict C-11 (Dorchester). 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."