Commissioner Gross and Superintendent Baston Join the 2018 Red Sox World Series Trophy Tour

On Saturday, December 15, 2018, Commissioner Gross and Superintendent Baston joined the 2018 Red Sox Trophy Tour. Organized by the Boston Area Church League and sponsored by the Boston Red Sox Foundation, with the support of the Boston Police Department, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, and the Greater Boston YMCA, the 2018 World Series Trophy was shared with children and families in neighborhoods across the city.

 

UPDATE: Boston City Residents Turn in 43 Firearms during One-Day Gun Buyback Program

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Today, Saturday, December 15, 2018, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Police Commissioner William G. Gross, joined physicians and medical professionals in coordinating a one-day gun buyback in the City of Boston.

The Boston buyback opened six drop-off locations across the city at 10:00 AM where city residents could receive a $100 Target gift card funded by Mass General Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, in return for the surrender of a handgun. When the program ended at 4:00 PM, a total of 43 firearms and 11 replica firearms had been turned in anonymously in one day to the Boston Police Department.

 

UPDATE: Arrest of Murder Suspect Wanted in Connection to Homicide in the Area of Faneuil and Brackett Streets

 

Less than six months after the shooting deaths of Wilfred Peters and Jeffrey Montaque, a suspect is in custody.  On Friday, December 14, 2018, members of the BPD Fugitive Apprehension Unit and Homicide Unit, assisted by members of the U.S. Marshals and law enforcement partners in Georgia, arrested 20-year-old Nicholas Antoine of Roxbury for two counts of Murder by virtue of a felony warrant out of Suffolk Superior Court. Officers were able to locate the suspect at a trailer park in Jonesboro, Georgia where he was placed in custody.  

Said Police Commissioner William Gross, “Members of the Homicide and Fugitive Units worked tirelessly on this case to not only identify the suspect who was responsible, but to track him down and arrest him while he was hiding in a trailer park in Georgia. I commend the great work of the Homicide Unit and the Fugitive Apprehension Unit for bringing justice to the families who lost their loved ones.”

The original facts of the investigation are as follows:  At about 12:41 AM on Saturday June 30, 2018, officers assigned to District D-14 (Brighton) responded to a call for two people shot in the area of Faneuil Street and Brackett Street in Brighton. On arrival, officers located two adult male victims in their twenties suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were pronounced deceased on scene. The victims have since been identified as Wilfred Peters, 26, of Brighton and Jeffrey Montaque, 27, of Cambridge.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, December 14, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 4

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

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

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 155 Savannah Avenue Mattapan  

VICTIM IDENTIFIED: At about 9:59 PM on Monday, December 10, 2018, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 155 Savannah Avenue in Mattapan. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim has since been identified as Gregory Phillips, 25, of Dorchester.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing 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.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.

 

Great Work Recognized: BPD Officers Honored with Commissioner’s Commendations for Their Bravery in the Line of Duty While Subduing an Armed Suspect in Dorchester

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Great Work Recognized: On Thursday December 13, 2018, Commissioner William Gross awarded commendations to Sergeant Thomas Brooks and Police Officers Salvatore Calabrese, David Lateigne, Stephen Puopolo, Robert Robichaud and Kevin Rooney for their actions in the line of duty when confronting an armed suspect.

At about 2:34 AM on Thursday, October 11, 2018, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for drug activity which resulted in the arrest of one male and the recovery of a loaded firearm in the area of 20 Ames Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers observed a motor vehicle with a rejected inspection sticker and approached to speak with the operator. While doing so, officers also spoke to an adult male passenger seated in the rear of the vehicle who appeared to be extremely nervous, with his chest visibly moving up and down. When the passenger began to clutch at an unknown object on the right side of the waistband area of his pants, the officers asked both parties to step out of the vehicle. The driver complied and exited the vehicle but the passenger refused, instead choosing to lock the door and roll the window up while continuing to clutch the still unidentified object. Officers repeatedly gave the male verbal commands to exit the vehicle which he refused. Fearing that the suspect was armed, officers forced their way into the vehicle by breaking a window at which time a violent struggle ensued. Officers were eventually able to gain control of the suspect and recover a loaded handgun from his pants.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of these officers, this suspect and a firearm were removed from the streets and possible future violence was averted. 

For their efforts, they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, December 13, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 2
Commercial Robberies: 3
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 3

Residential Break-ins: 5
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.

 

In Memory of Those Lost at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Gross Announce One Day Gun Buyback Program Scheduled for this Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross, in collaboration with physicians and medical professionals, today announced a coordinated one-day gun buyback effort that will take place in six locations (see below) across Boston on Saturday, December 15, 2018, from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. The day marks a remembrance of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which happened six years ago on December 14. The ‘Piece for Peace’ program aims to bring attention to the devastating toll and impact that unneeded and unsecured guns can have on individuals and the public-at-large, and provides the opportunity for people to turn in unwanted guns and ammunition, no questions asked.

“Here in Boston, we know that even one life lost to gun violence is one too many,” said Mayor Walsh. “The Boston Police Department is committed to getting guns off our streets: whether it’s through the creation of the gun buyback program, recovering firearms, engaging with responsible gun owners, or tracing the path of illegal guns, we are working with the community everyday to make Boston a safer place for everyone.”

Boston Police Department's gun buyback program, ‘Piece for Peace,’ is a proactive campaign to take guns off Boston's streets organized in collaboration with Mass General Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization. The buyback program asks city residents to turn-in guns at designated drop-off locations citywide in return for a $100 Target gift card. The "no questions asked" program allows individuals to anonymously dispose of firearms without fear of charges for illegal possession when turning in the weapon. For locations and information on the Boston Police Department's gun buyback efforts this weekend, please visit bpdnews.com.

"This One Day Buy Back is a unique event in that it strengthens the bridge between the city, public safety, and the health community around gun violence. Street violence and gun suicides are issues that touch all facets of the community and are a shared responsibility,” said Commissioner Gross. “By participating in this regional buy back, we provide an opportunity for family members to get guns out of their houses, and off the streets, with no questions asked. We are all playing an important role in this fight against gun violence.  I've said it before, but one gun off the street is one gun out of the hands of a kid in our community and possibly one life saved."

Medical professionals have joined this initiative in an effort to decrease youth violence and take guns off the streets by raising funds within their local healthcare organizations, and hosting buyback days throughout Massachusetts.

“As I pediatric trauma surgeon, I often see the deadly effects of gun access and and the toll it takes on victims, their families and those who treat them,” says Peter Masiakos, director of pediatric trauma services at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and co-founder of the MGH Gun Violence Prevention Coalition. “Working together, physicians and political leaders have a responsibility to address the public health crisis that is gun violence. This gun buyback that is made possible by the the forward thinking actions of the Boston Police Department and Mayor Walsh is an opportunity to safely rid homes and streets on unwanted weapons. If just one life is spared; whether it is by preventing a suicide or or an unintentional shooting that happens when a child finds an unsecured gun in a closet, this event will have been successful.”

In March of 2014, the Boston Police Department announced its first buyback program in 10 years. At the conclusion of the 2014 calendar year, the department had taken a total of 1061 firearms off the streets of Boston, 410 of which were turned in during the buyback program. So far in 2018, the BPD has confiscated over 645 illegal firearms and hopes that Boston city residents will take advantage of this one-day program to increase that total, and in turn, increase the safety of our city.

The following procedure must be followed in order to receive amnesty for possession of a gun and to receive a gift certificate. If the protocol is followed, the person dropping off the firearm will not be prosecuted for unlawful possession of that specific firearm. Amnesty - however - will not be promised or given for any other crime committed with that firearm or for any other crime committed while in possession of that firearm.

Procedure:

  • Gun must be delivered unloaded.

  • Gun must be put in a clear plastic bag, and put into another container (gym bag, backpack etc.).

  • If depositing ammunition in addition to a gun, ammunition must be delivered in a separate bag.

  • If transporting the gun by car, gun must be transported in the trunk of the vehicle.

  • After the gun is screened by officers, and determined to be a working firearm, a gift card will be given.

  • Rifles and shotguns will be accepted, however, no incentive will be issued or provided.

Locations:

  • Central Assembly of God 50 Bennington St.

  • St. Peters Church 278 Bowdoin St.

  • Garfield Development 215-217 Garfield Ave

  • Salvation Army 1500 Washington St.

  • McCormack Housing Development 345 Old Colony Ave

  • Greater Love Tabernacle Church 101 Nightingale St.

 

Great Work Recognized: BPD Officers Honored for Their Actions in the Line of Duty After Recovering Three Loaded Firearms While Arresting Three Suspects in Roxbury

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Great Work Recognized: Earlier today, on Thursday December 13, 2018, Commissioner William Gross presented commendations to Police Officers Christopher Dunn, Marc McBrien, Joseph Starkey, Brian Stallings, John Beauchemin, Kyle McCabe, Connor Murphy, Michael Kerin, and Jason Gaffney for their heroic actions in the line of duty.

At about 2:28 AM on Monday November 26, 2018, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) arrested three suspects and recovered three loaded firearms during a traffic stop in the area of 407 Dudley Street in Roxbury. Officers had stopped a motor vehicle, which was occupied by three male subjects, as part of an investigation when they confirmed that the driver was operating with a suspended license. When the officers explained the situation to the operator, he became argumentative and suddenly reached down towards his feet and grabbed a handgun from the floor of the vehicle. A violent struggle then ensued as numerous officers responded to provide back up. Officers were eventually able to gain control of both the firearm and the suspect at which time he was placed in custody. Officers then removed two passengers from the vehicle who were both pat frisked and found to be in possession of loaded firearms before being placed in custody.

Their actions resulted in the arrest of three potentially dangerous individuals and the removal of three illegal firearms off of our streets.

For their efforts, they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation. 

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Two Suspects in Custody After Search Warrant Leads to the Recovery of Loaded Gun, Drugs and Cash in Dorchester

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Keeping Boston Safe: At about 11:32 AM on Wednesday December 12, 2018, members of the District C-11 (Dorchester) Drug Control Unit recovered a loaded firearm, drugs and cash after executing a search warrant as part of an investigation in the area of 27 Gayland Street in Dorchester. As a result of their search, officers located and seized a loaded .25 caliber Raven handgun, 2 large rocks of crack cocaine with an approximate weight of 12 grams, 2 small bags of crack cocaine, 1 medium bag of crack cocaine, 1 medium bag of heroin and $10,729.00 in U.S. Currency. Officers then arrested the target of their investigation, Luis Otero, 28, of Dorchester, without incident on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A and B Drugs. While on scene, officers also arrested Alex Archambault, 34, of Leominster on charges of Possession of Class B Drugs. Both suspects will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

 

‘Tis The Season: Big-hearted BPD Officers from District D-4 Deliver Generous Donation to the Lenox Hotel Toy Drive

‘Tis The Season: A special holiday hats off to the big-hearted men and women of District D-4 (South End) for their generous $2,000-plus donation to the Lenox Hotel Toy Drive which runs between now and Thursday, December 20, 2018. Guests and non-guests of the hotel are encouraged to stop by the Back Bay location to make a donation. New and unwrapped gifts are preferred. A guest room inside the hotel has been exclusively set aside for donations with the hopes of filling the room from floor to ceiling.

For more information, please visit: www.lenoxhotel.com/room-in-your-heart

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

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

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

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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 26 Torrey Street in Dorchester

 

At about 11:27 PM on Wednesday on August 1, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person down in the area of 26 Torrey Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim laying on the ground behind the address suffering from a head injury. The victim was pronounced deceased on scene.

This week, the Medical Examiner’s Office ruled victim’s cause of death to be a gunshot wound and his manner of death to be homicide. The victim has since been identified as Trevis Catron, 23, of Dorchester.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing 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.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.

 

Officers Arrest Two Juveniles for Unarmed Robbery in Roxbury

 

At about 3:35 PM on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a robbery in the area of 55 Malcolm X Boulevard in Roxbury.  On arrival, officers were met by the juvenile victim who stated he had been assaulted and robbed of his possessions. The victim stated he was approached by three males, one of whom demanded the victim hand over his cell phone. The victim stated one of the males began punching the victim in the face several times causing injuries to the area around his eye and destroying his eyeglasses, before pushing the victim to the ground and grabbing his wallet from his pocket. The victim stated the suspects then fled the area with the victim's property. Officers searched the area and were able to locate two males matching the descriptions provided. The males immediately fled upon seeing officers. Officers gave chase and were able to apprehend the suspects. Officers recovered the victim’s stolen property and placed the two suspects under arrest. 

Officers arrested a 17-year-old juvenile male of Roxbury and a 17-year-old juvenile male of Mattapan. Both are expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on charges of Delinquent to wit: Unarmed Robbery, Assault and Battery, Trespassing, and Receiving Stolen Goods. 

 

Progress Report for Boston Police Academy Recruit Class #58-18

Progress Report for Boston Police Academy Recruit Class #58-18: Last Monday, December 3, 2018, over 100 police recruits showed up at the front doors of the Boston Police Academy located at 85 Williams Ave in Hyde Park to begin a 6-month training regimen that enables those who complete it to join the ranks of the oldest, proudest and most professional police department in the country. As you can see in the photos, the recruits are already being challenged mentally, physically and emotionally. The training is absolutely no joke and is widely considered one of the most rigorously comprehensive training programs in the country. But to those who are up to the challenge and can push through to the finish line that is graduation day, the promise and opportunity to protect and serve the citizens of Boston awaits. To all the members of BPD Recruit Class #58-18, we say, “Keep up the great work.”   

BPD Officers to Perform with Local Violinist Shaw Pong Liu at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's Calderwood Hall

BPDinTheCommunity: Please join members of the Boston Police Department on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 1:00pm as they take the stage at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall with local violinist and composer Shaw Pong Liu for a powerful musical performance, called Code Listen 3.0. The performance aspires to expose, elaborate and share the intertwining stories of Boston Police Officers, teens and mothers who have lost their children to gun violence. Tickets are free.

For more information about how to attend the concert, please click on the enclosed link:

www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/event/code-listen-one-pm

BPD in the Community: 10th Annual Shop with a Cop Event Held at Target in South Bay

BPD in the Community: On Monday December 10, 2018, members of the Boston Police Department enjoyed participating in the 10th Annual “Shop with a Cop: Heroes & Helpers Holiday Celebration” held at the South Bay Target Store in Dorchester. Officers from districts across the city along with volunteers from several outside police and first-responder agencies paired up with over three hundred deserving children from every neighborhood in Boston to pick out a special holiday gift. The event was hosted by Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Gross and generously funded by the Boston Police Activities/Athletics League (PAL), Target and several other charitable organizations. Our officers enjoyed sharing their time while bringing a little holiday magic to these grateful children and their families during this season of giving.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
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.

 

Death Investigation in the area of 155 Savannah Avenue Mattapan  

 

At about 9:59 PM on Monday, December 10, 2018, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 155 Savannah Avenue in Mattapan. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing 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.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.