Thank You for Thanking Us

The Office of the Police Commissioner recently received a letter from the principal of the Compass School in Dorchester thanking Officer Dario Fancelli and all of the personnel of District C-11 for their on-going help and support. The principal made a special point to make mention of the officer’s consistently prompt and positive response to any incidents at the school. If you’ve had a positive experience with one of our officers and would like to say thank you, please click on the link below and fill out the enclosed commendation form: http://bpdnews.com/commend-an-officer

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest One for Unarmed Robbery Following Pursuit in East Boston

 

At about 12:44 AM on Monday, September 15, 2014 officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a radio call for an assault and battery in the area of 154 Bennington Street in East Boston.

On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that he had been approached by the three individuals riding on bicycles. As the individuals approached the victim, one of them formed his fingers in the shape of a gun at the victim and pointed it at the victim. The victim, fearing that the individuals may be armed, attempted to call police. At this time, the suspect jumped off the bicycle and punched the victim in the face. The individuals then fled on their bicycles. Officers arrived on scene and attempted to speak to the three individuals, who then fled in different directions upon seeing the victim and potentially being identified. Following a pursuit, officers were able to locate the suspect in the area of 202 London Street in East Boston.

Officers arrested 22-year-old Abdul Fofanah of Medford and charged him with Attempted Unarmed Robbery.

 

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 16

Residential Break-ins: 6
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Keyless Motor Scooter Lands One Suspect Behind Bars

 

At about 10:05pm, on Monday, September 15, 2014, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) were on patrol in the area of Blue Hill Ave & Esmond Street when they observed an individual operating a motor scooter on the wrong side of the road. Officers activated their emergency equipment (lights & sirens) and stopped the scooter. While talking to the operator, officers noted that, although the scooter remained running, there was no key in the ignition. Officers also noted that the ignition appeared to have been altered or damaged. When asked to explain how he was able to start the scooter without a key, the suspect couldn’t provide a credible explanation. When asked to display a valid driver’s license, the suspect stated that his license was expired. When asked to produce paperwork showing that the scooter belonged to him, the suspect was unable to.

Officers arrested and charged Jose Ortiz, 28, of Boston and charged him with Receiving a Stolen Motor Vehicle (Scooter) and Operating with an Expired License.   

 

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 17
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 13
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 19

Residential Break-ins: 16
Commercial Break-ins: 2

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

 

BPD Photo of the Day

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On Saturday, September 13, 2014, the Boston Police Department in collaboration with Strong Women Strong Girls, Big Sister Association, United Sisters of Color, Project Right, Girls’ LEAP, LIPSTICK, and BCYF Girls Leadership Corps joined Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley at her inaugural launch, ‘Jump in to Peace’ community block party.  The organizers’ mission to empower youth, build community, and foster peace was demonstrated by teams of girls acrobatically jumping between the ropes for Peace.  Said Deputy Superintendent Nora Baston and City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, “The girls participating in today’s double dutch event are celebrating and honoring each other with their talents.”  For more information contact 617-635-4217

United Way’s Read Day Enables Members of the BPD to Share a Few Good Books & Make Some New Friends at Some Local Schools:

Job well done to Boston Police Deputy Superintendent Nora Baston (seen in the enclosed photo) and other members of the Boston Police Department who recently participated in the United Way’s Read Day. Members of the department spent the day reading to preschoolers at the following locations: Boys & Girls Club in Dorchester, Ellis Memorial, Children Services of Roxbury and the Jeffries Point Child Care Center. Job well done to all who participated.

SEEKING INFORMATION – the Boston Police Homicide Unit Needs Your Help in Efforts to Solve the Murder of Adrian Gonzalez

 17 year-old Adrian Gonzalez

At about 12:30am, on Saturday, September 6, 2014, 17 year-old Adrian Gonzalez was shot and killed in the area of 17 Wardman Road in Roxbury. The Boston Police Homicide Unit continues to actively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this violent crime and would welcome any input or information the community may have or want to share. In any homicide case, the cooperation of the community is vital to the successful identification and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

If you have any information that could help detectives solve this case, please call detectives directly at the following numbers:

  • Sgt. Detective Mike Devane 617-343-5826
  • Det. Paul Donlon 617-343-5820
  • Det. Frank McLaughlin 617-343-5827
  • Det. Bob Kenney 617-343-4492

Just remember - no tip is too small and one call can make all the difference. 

SEEKING INFORMATION – the Boston Police Homicide Unit Needs Your Help in Efforts to Solve the Murder of Shongi Fernandes

24 year-old Shongi Fernandes 

Just before 8:00pm, on Sunday, August 31, 2014, 24 year-old Shongi Fernandes was shot and killed in the area of 52 Claybourne Street in Dorchester. The Boston Police Homicide Unit continues to actively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this violent crime and would welcome any information the community may have or want to share. In any homicide case, the cooperation of the community is vital to the successful identification and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

If you have any information that could help detectives solve this case, please call detectives directly at the following numbers:

  • Sgt. Detective Mike Devane 617-343-5826
  • Det. Paul Donlon 617-343-5820
  • Det. Frank McLaughlin 617-343-5827
  • Det. Bob Kenney 617-343-4492

Just remember - no tip is too small and one call can make all the difference. 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Two for Armed Robbery in Dorchester

 

At about 9:38 AM on Friday, September 12, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person stabbed in the area of 11 Whitten Street in Dorchester.

On arrival, officers observed the female victim suffering from apparent stab wounds was sitting on the curb in the area of the above location who stated that she had been robbed of her handbag. Officers attempted to obtain further details about the incident but due to a language barrier, were unable to ascertain what had occurred. At this time, the victim was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. Upon further investigation, officers were able to gather a description of the suspects as well as the vehicle in which they had been travelling. A vehicle matching that of the suspect’s was seen in the area of Talbot Ave. and Harvard Street. The individuals occupying the vehicle also matched the description of the suspects. Both suspects were placed under arrest. All of the victim’s property was discovered within the vehicle.

Officers arrested 24-year-old Tabitha Alfordcinelli of Dorchester and 32-year-old Rachon Landrum of Dorchester. Both are charged with Armed Robbery and Assault by means of a Dangerous Weapon.

 

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One and Recover Illegal Firearm During Traffic Stop in Dorchester

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At about 12:50 AM on Thursday, September 11, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) made an onsite arrest and recovered an illegal firearm in the area of Dorchester Ave and Adams Street in Dorchester.

While on patrol in the area of the above location, officers observed a motor vehicle fail to stop for a red traffic light. Officers followed the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. Upon speaking with the female operator and obtaining her license, officers observed the front passenger to be traveling without his seat belt on as well as having an open container of beer in his hands. The passenger was unable to provide identification stating that he never had a Massachusetts ID of any kind. Through further investigation officers were able to verify not only the front passenger’s name but also that he had prior firearm related charges. A motor vehicle inventory allowed officers to recover a loaded US Army black and brown .45 caliber firearm located under the front passenger’s seat. The passenger was placed under arrest. Two other individuals were identified and released at the scene.

Officers arrested 30-year-old Demarcus Kirkland of Mattapan and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a High Capacity Magazine.

 

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 7
Vehicle Recoveries: 9
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 5
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.

 

Boston Police Officer Dennis Simmonds Remembered at today’s 9/11 Tribute Bike Ride

Dennis’ uncle, Larry Grant, thanked those gathered for remembering his nephew. 

Today, September 11, 2014, over 300 riders representing police departments from around the region - including NYPD and Boston’s Finest - hit the road for the first day of a four day bike ride from Boston to New York to honor and remember all the police officers and first responders killed 13 years ago running towards danger while so many did their best to escape it. Prior to the ride, a check was presented to the family of Boston Police Officer Dennis Simmonds who died suddenly and unexpectedly this past year. The monies raised by officers participating in the ride will be donated to InnerCity Weighlifting, a non-profit organization created to inspire and empower at risk youth through strength and conditioning. Dennis’ uncle, Larry Grant, who was one of several family members attending today’s ceremony, offered the following, “Seeing Dennis remembered here today means a lot to our family. We miss Dennis every day and, clearly, so do his fellow brother officers. To see them remember him and honor his memory is very special to us.”  

Police Officers from around the Region Pedal their Way to Ground Zero in New York to Honor Police Officers Lost 13 Years Ago

Today, September 11, 2014, over 300 riders representing police departments from around the region - including NYPD and Boston’s Finest - hit the road for the first day of a four day bike ride from Boston to New York to honor and remember all the police officers and first responders killed 13 years ago running towards danger while so many did their best to escape it. Commissioner Evans addressed the riders prior to their departure from the Boston Marathon Finish Line earlier this morning. Said Commissioner Evans, “As we all know, we lost a lot of great police officers and firefighters on this day thirteen years ago. This day gives us a chance to forever remember and recognize their service and sacrifice and I thank you for honoring them with your participation on this ride.”         

Great Work Recognized: Commissioner's Commendation Awarded to Hackney Carriage Unit Officer

PHOTO COURTESY OF BPDNEWS.COM

Today, Thursday, September 11, 2014, a Commissioner’s Commendation was awarded to Hackney Carriage Unit Officer Gerard Boyce: On August 13, 2014, Officer Boyce spearheaded an investigation at a taxi garage identified as the USA Automotive Garage in Dorchester. Officer Boyce received information from the Massachusetts State Police that there may have been an altered/forged registration which belonged on a taxi managed by one “Edward Summers.” After a lengthy investigation, Officer Boyce determined that possibly eleven medallions had been attached to taxi cabs which might have altered/forged registrations. An investigative team was put into place including BPD, Mass. Department of Environmental Protection, and the Mass. Registry of Motor Vehicles. The investigation resulted in nine taxi cabs had altered registrations, while four taxi cabs had fraudulent inspection stickers. Another cab had an expired inspection sticker. Each of the taxi cab owners had written agreements with the aforementioned Edward Summers, who, as the manager, was responsible for the registration and inspection of the vehicles. Mr. Summers was charged Altering/Forging Registry Documents as well as being indefinitely suspended by the BPD Hackney Unit. Through his diligent work and cooperative efforts with these agencies, we say thank you to Officer Boyce.

 

Great Work Recognized: Commissioner's Commendations Awarded to District E-13 Officers

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Today, Thursday, September 11, 2014, Commissioner’s Commendations were awarded to District E-13 Officers Dave Juba, Luciano Cirino-Ayuso, William Moran, and Jackson Hernandez: On July 16, 2014 Officers Cirino-Ayuso and Juba were on foot patrol in the area of 940 Parker Street in Jamaica Plain when they observed an individual acting suspiciously by constantly moving back and forth toward a group of teens in the area. Due to multiple gun and drug incidents in this area, they approached the individual to obtain his name. At this time, the suspect became evasive and began moving in an odd manner as though to conceal an item in his pocket. The individual was asked to remove his hands from his pockets several times to which he refused. The suspect then pulled away from officers and fled on foot. During the foot pursuit, Officers Juba and Cirino-Ayusa were able to place the suspect under arrest. At this time, Officers Moran and Hernandez arrived on scene and retraced the suspect’s direction of flight. During their search, Officers Moran and Hernandez were able to recover a Colt .45 firearm in the area of 928 Parker Street. For their keen observations and perseverance, we thank Officers Juba, Cirino-Ayuso, Moran, and Hernandez.