Great Work Recognized: Officers Earn Commendation for Catching Suspect Wanted for Several Break-Ins in Back Bay

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This commendation is for Police Officers Edward Boudreau, Edward Fleming, Steve Katikakis, Daniel O’Donnell, and Darrell Vinson from District D-4 (South End). 

At about 6:30 AM on Sunday, October 8, 2017, Officers Boudreau, Fleming, Katikakas,
O’Donnell and Vinson responded to a radio call for a breaking and entering in progress on Gloucester Street. The female residents had fled the building after being awoken by an intruder prying at their bedroom window.

The officers responded within minutes and entered the building. Officer Fleming observed a suspect flee through a third floor window and onto the roof. Officers Fleming, O’Donnell and Katikakis proceeded to the roof in search of the suspect, while Officers Vinson and Boudreau established a ground perimeter. Officer O’Donnell scaled onto a higher roof peak for better observation. Shortly, the officers located the suspect hiding several roofs over from the original location and was safely taken into custody. The suspect was identified as the male who attempted to pry in the victims' window. 

Later, officers and detectives discovered that the suspect had also broken into one residence on Newbury Street and had attempted to break into another nearby residence. The suspect, who has a lengthy criminal record from several states, was also found to have recently been arrested for a breaking and entering on Newbury Street and identified for a break in another crime. The case has been referred to the Major Felony Unit of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Thanks to their immediate response, teamwork and overall plan, the suspect was quickly apprehended and identified as being responsible for a number of crimes on District D-4. For their efforts they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

Boston 72: Weekend Update and Public Journal

Data includes 72 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 4

Street Robberies: 5
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 3

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 23

Residential Break-ins: 16
Commercial Break-ins: 3

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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.

Recent Promotions: Three Officers and Two Detectives Promoted to Sergeant

Pictured from left to right: Sgt. paul deleo , Sgt. Michael Deluca, Sgt. thomas Griffin, sgt. michael felton, and sgt. lanita cullinane

Pictured from left to right: Sgt. paul deleo , Sgt. Michael Deluca, Sgt. thomas Griffin, sgt. michael felton, and sgt. lanita cullinane

Effective Saturday, October 14, 2017, five members of the Boston Police Department were promoted to the rank of sergeant during a ceremony held at BPD Headquarters. The Boston Police Department would like to congratulate the new sergeants and wish them luck in their future assignments as supervisors at Districts A-1, B-2, D-4, and E-18!

Promoted from the rank of Detective:

  • Sergeant Lanita Cullinane
  • Sergeant Michael DeLuca

Promoted from the rank of Police Officer:

  • Sergeant Paul Deleo
  • Sergeant Michael Felton
  • Sergeant Thomas Griffin

Missing Dog UPDATE: Indy is Still Missing, If Spotted Contact Boston Animal Control or 911

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Indy, a large white one-year-old mix with brown/brindle markings on his face, was last seen in the area of the Double Tree Hotel near Storrow Drive in Brighton and has been spotted near The Fenway last week. Indy was first reported missing by his owner on Monday, October 16, 2017 when he ran out of their new home on Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay. Indy's owner is asking residents to keep their eyes peeled for the pup, but Indy is new to the area and very timid so she asks that you do not chase or call to him--instead contact City of Boston Animal Care and Control, Boston Police Department (Official), or your local PD.

BPD MOURNS THE LOSS OF HONORARY POLICE OFFICER 6-YEAR-OLD DEVIN SUAU:

Every once in a while a young person enters your life and, in so doing, leaves an indelible impression that changes your outlook and challenges you to be a better you. For the men and women of the Boston Police Department, that person was 6-year-old Devin Suau.

Many of us met Devin for the first time several months ago at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston on March 19, 2017. Prior to the parade, we became aware of his story when his uncle, Officer Justin Cremins, an 11-year-veteran of the BPD, approached the Commissioner with a favor to ask. His nephew Devin had recently been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, a rare type of cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), and because Devin's prognosis wasn't positive, he was wondering if there was something the department could do to help raise the young boy's spirits. Raising awareness about Devin's disease, he said, would be wonderful, but more to the point, he wondered, given Devin's love of law enforcement, if there was something that we could do to make Devin feel like a real-life police officer. Nothing more needed to be said. Eager to deliver a day Devin would not soon forget, Commissioner Evans and Mayor Walsh moved quickly to appoint Devin both an honorary member of the Boston Police Department and Grand Marshall of the St Patty's Day Parade. In light of his new positions, as honorary Top Cop and Grand Marshall, Devin would, of course, be required to ride front and center in the parade's lead car which just to happened to be the BPD's SWAT Truck, affectionately nicknamed "The Bear." Moreover, prior to the start of the parade, in keeping with his new found duties as an honorary Top Cop, Devin was asked to address the officers at roll call. And, without so much as a moment's hesitation, Devin promptly and professionally told the officers:

"Stay safe. And, be careful not to get eaten by a bear." Lucky for us, the only bear seen that day was the SWAT Truck that chauffeured Devin during the parade.

Suffice to say, the day went off without a hitch and for many of our officers seeing the little boy in the little blue police uniform sitting atop our SWAT Truck with a smile stretching from ear to ear most certainly made for a memory that will not soon be forgotten. His family later said that day may have been one of Devin's best days, and the pictures taken would certainly affirm that. In truth, it may have been one of our best days, as well.

Devin passed away Friday, October 20, 2017. He was 6-years-old. As you can imagine, news of Devin's passing was met with great sadness and sorrow. But given the indisputable fact that there's assuredly a special place in heaven for police officers (especially the honorary ones), we're quite certain Devin's watching overall of us now.

To learn more about Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, please visit: http://www.danafarberbostonchildrens.org/conditions/brain-tumor/diffuse-pontine-glioma.aspx

Keeping Boston Safe: Search Warrant Leads to the Recovery of Five Firearms in Roxbury

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At about 4:30 PM on Thursday October 19, 2017, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force executed a search warrant in the area of 18 Rockville Park in Roxbury which led to the recovery of five firearms. Officers located and seized a .45 caliber Glock 21 handgun equipped with a laser sight, a .357 Magnum Smith & Wesson revolver, a 357 Magnum Dan Wesson Arms revolver, a 9mm Taurus Model PT111 and a 38 Special Cobra revolver. Arrest warrants are currently being sought for two individuals in connection with this investigation.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, October 20, 2017

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 3
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.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, October 19, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 15
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.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 4
Commercial Break-ins: 3

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

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Arrest Wanted Suspect After Foot Pursuit in Roxbury

 

At about 9:09 PM on Thursday October. 19, 2017, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) arrested Charles Dixon, 32, of Reading, after a foot pursuit in Roxbury. The officers were on directed patrol in an effort to locate the suspect who was wanted on two outstanding warrants stemming from a domestic incident in Beverly Massachusetts the night before. The officers were familiar with the suspect due to an unrelated prior arrest and were aware that he may be in the area of the Dudley Triangle operating a white Acura sedan. Officers soon located the suspect vehicle in the area of 68 Warren Street and began to follow it as it made several turns down different side streets. The officers remained behind the vehicle, continuing to follow it without attempting to stop it until the vehicle finally pulled up to the gated entrance of the District B-2 parking lot at which time the operator slowly stepped out of the vehicle. The officers immediately recognized the suspect who then took off running through the police station parking lot with the officers close behind. The officers called off on their foot pursuit as additional responding units joined the chase. The suspect cut across several busy lanes of traffic on Dudley Street and ran into the MBTA bus station where officers were able to stop him and place him in custody after a brief struggle. The suspect will initially face arraignment in Roxbury District Court for Operating a Motor Vehicle After Revocation or Suspension, Trespassing and Resisting Arrest in addition to the numerous charges related to the outstanding warrants.

 

Death Investigation in the area of 417 Geneva Avenue in Dorchester

 

At about 12:22 AM on Friday October 20, 2017, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) on sited a person shot in the area of 417 Geneva Avenue in Dorchester. Officers located a male victim in his late thirties on the sidewalk suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

Boston Police Homicide Detectives continue to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact 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 all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Detail Officers Subdue Armed Suspect After Larceny and Carjacking in the South End

 

At about 4:30 PM on Thursday October 19, 2017, officers working a paid detail on a movie set in the South End made an onsite arrest after a larceny and a carjacking in the area of Shawmut Avenue and Union Park Street. The officers were flagged down by a witness who was pointing towards a male suspect, later identified as Victor Lee, 52, of Dorchester, while stating that he had just stolen a women’s purse from inside a nearby business. As the officers went to approach the suspect, they observed a large knife in his hand as he turned around and began to advance towards them. An officer drew his firearm as the distance quickly began to close while ordering him to drop his weapon. The suspect then changed direction, knife still in hand, and opened the passenger side door of a stopped motor vehicle and quickly climbed inside. The startled operator was able to exit the vehicle as the officers began to surround it. As an officer approached, the suspect threw his knife out of the window, directly at the officer, narrowly missing him. At this time, the officers sprayed the suspect with pepper spray and were then able to remove him from the car and place him in custody after a violent struggle. Several officers and the suspect were treated on scene for exposure to the pepper spray. The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Carjacking, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and Resisting Arrest. The investigation into the initial larceny remains ongoing at this time.

Said Commissioner Evans, "I want to commend my officers for their bravery and restraint when confronted by an armed suspect. I'm grateful that they're all alright and that they didn't have to resort to deadly force, which clearly looks like it would've been justified based on the circumstances of the impending threat. This incident could've ended very differently for the suspect."

 

Making a Difference: Cops for Kids with Cancer Makes Charitable Donation to Family of Two Year Old Boy Battling Leukemia

On Tuesday October 17, 2017, retired Captain Paul Ivens presented a check of $5,000 on behalf of Cops for Kids with Cancer to 2-year-old Michael Bergin who was diagnosed with Leukemia about two months ago. Michael and his two older brothers, who love cops, were escorted with their family from Dana Farber to Boston Police Headquarters where they were greeted by a host of uniformed officers for the check presentation and pizza party! Michael's family is one of six families a month that benefits from the generosity of those who donate to Cops for Kids with Cancer, a charity which is near and dear to our hearts.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Arrest Repeat B&E Offender Twice in Three Days

 

At about 2:30 PM on Wednesday October 18, 2017, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) made an onsite arrest after responding to a call for a breaking and entering in progress in the area of 21 South Sydney Street in Savin Hill. Officers spoke with the victim who stated that an unidentified suspect had just broken into his home and fled on foot towards Dorchester Avenue. Officers searched the area and located a person matching the suspect description, later identified as Kevin Perry, 37, of New Bedford, on Auckland Street where he was stopped without incident and later placed in custody without incident after being positively identified. Officers located a small pair of bolt cutters on the suspect which were secured as evidence. During the course of their investigation, the officers learned that the same suspect had been arrested three days prior in the Back Bay for breaking and entering of a motor vehicle. The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges Breaking and Entering of a Dwelling (Daytime) and Possession of Burglarious Tools.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 9
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 6
Commercial Break-ins: 3

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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 69 Boston Street, Dorchester

 

At about 4:15 AM on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 69 Boston Street, Dorchester.

Upon arrival, officers observed a male in his mid-20s inside the hotel suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He 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.

Weekend Update: Boston 72 and Public Journal for Monday, October 16, 2017

Data includes 72 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 2

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 6
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 13
Commercial Break-ins: 8

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

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Catch Armed Robber with Weapon and Stolen Cash in Hand

 

At about 4:30 PM on Sunday, October 15, 2017, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for an armed robbery in the area of 177 State Street, Boston.

While en route to the call, officers received a description of the suspect via 911 dispatch. About two blocks from the location of the incident, officers observed a male fitting the suspect’s description holding a closed folding knife in one hand and cash in his other. Officers attempted to stop the male, giving several commands to drop the knife. The male refused all lawful commands, continuing to grasp the knife even as officers attempted to place him in handcuffs. As the male continued to resist, a struggle ensued during which the male finally dropped the knife and officers were able to place him into custody. The male, identified as 55-year-old James Graham of Boston, was identified as the suspect who showed a knife and grabbed cash from the register at the Tedeschi convenience store at the above address. Officers placed Graham under arrest and charged him with Armed Robbery, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Unlawfully Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, and Resisting Arrest. Graham was also found to have three outstanding warrants out of various jurisdictions.