One Less Gun: BPD “Gang Unit” Officers Recover Three Loaded Firearms While Placing Three Suspects in Custody During Two Separate Incidents Within Seven Hours

FIREARM SEIZED DURING INCIDENT #1

FIREARM SEIZED DURING INCIDENT #1

INCIDENT #1:  At about 6:40 PM on Friday June 23, 2017, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest in the area of 241 Maverick Street in East Boston. Based upon information from an ongoing investigation, officers were aware that Alfredo Andrade-Ascencio, 23, of East Boston, was in possession of an illegal firearm. Officers were able to locate the suspect and place him in custody without incident at which time they safely recovered a loaded 9mm Luger Model C9 handgun from inside a back pack that the suspect had been carrying at the time. The suspect will appear in East Boston District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

FIREARMS SEIZED DURING INCIDENT #2

FIREARMS SEIZED DURING INCIDENT #2

INCIDENT #2:  At about 1:40 AM on Saturday June 24, 2017, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested two suspects and recovered two loaded firearms after performing a traffic stop in the area of 106 Geneva Avenue in Dorchester. The officers were on routine patrol when they stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic infraction. As the officers were approaching the vehicle, they observed the driver, later identified as Kelvin Jones, 22, of Dorchester, and passenger, Antauwn James, 26, of Roxbury, attempting to quickly hide an unknown object in the glove compartment. Officers removed both parties and performed a pat frisk of the vehicle which led to the recovery of two loaded firearms from inside the glove compartment. The weapons were later found to be a 9mm Smith & Wesson Model SD9VE handgun and a .40 caliber Glock Model 23 handgun with a high capacity magazine. Both suspects were quickly placed in custody and will appear in Dorchester District Court for arraignment. Kelvin Jones will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device. Antauwn James will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd & Subsequent), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device and Armed Career Criminal, Level 1.

BPD Academy Class 56-16 Hits the Streets with a Special Child in their Hearts

On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, seventy recruits from Boston Police Academy Class 56-16 took an oath to protect and serve, fifty-six of them for the City of Boston. As they stepped off the stage as fully sworn police officers, they will take with them the memory of a very special young boy, honorary Boston Police Officer Kolton Hessman. Young 3-year-old Kolton recently passed away from Congenital Heart Disease while waiting for a heart transplant, but only after BPD Academy Instructor Officer Kevin Welsh and the recruits of Academy Class 56-16 took a special interest in Kolton, sending him BPD patches and gifts to his home in Tennessee and raising money for Kolton's family. Last month, Kolton was posthumously sworn as an honorary Boston Police Officer in an emotional ceremony with Class 56-16, a ceremony indicative of an eternal bond between these recruits and little Kolton. As the recruits hit the streets tomorrow, Saturday, June 24, 2017, they will surely carry with them Officer Hessman’s memory.

BPD in the News: Commissioner Evans Had an Awesome Time Zip-Tripping with Boston25 News this Morning!

A big thank you to Boston25 News for having Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and the BPD officers from District E-5 (West Roxbury) on TV this morning while they Zip-Tripped to West Roxbury! As you can see from the pictures, the Commissioner had an awesome time meeting everyone there and even tried to recruit a big, lovable, 190-pound dog to our K-9 unit! 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, June 23, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 0
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 4

Residential Break-ins: 2
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.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Catch Graffiti Vandal Can in Hand on District D-14 in Brighton

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Catch Graffiti Vandal Can in Hand in Brighton: About 1:30am, on Thursday, June 22, 2017, officers from District D-14 (Brighton) were on directed patrol in the area of Harvard Ave due to several community complaints relative to an increase of graffiti incidents in the area. While on foot patrol, officers observed a white male in the rear of Five Guys Restaurant at 1223 Commonwealth Ave spraying painting or tagging a wall (see attached photo) with what appeared to be black spray paint. Officers approached the suspect, identified themselves as Boston Police Officers and informed the suspect that community members were not happy with the increased levels of graffiti in the area.

As such, officers arrested Jackson Elliott, 27, of Brighton and charged him with Damage to Property by Graffiti/Tagging. Additionally, the suspect was also charged in connection to another incident in the area of 125 Harvard Ave.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, June 22, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 6

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.

One Less Gun: Drug Unit and District C-11 Officers Disarm Suspect After Violent Struggle

ONE LESS GUN: At about 11:15 AM on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, officers assigned to the City-wide Drug Control Unit were conducting an investigation in the area of Acadia Street and Adams Street in District C-11 (Dorchester). During the course of this investigation, officers made observations of an individual exhibiting behavior consistent with a person who may be carrying a gun. Additional officers were called to assist as the Drug Unit officers attempted to stop the suspect. Upon seeing the officers, the suspect attempted to flee on foot. The suspect was stopped a short distance away, but violently resisted the officers and a physical struggle ensued. The officers were eventually able to place the suspect into handcuffs, and during a pat frisk, recovered a loaded Smith & Wesson Lady Smith .32 Magnum revolver from the suspect.

“These officers used tremendous restraint when confronting a very dangerous armed individual,” said Commissioner Evans. “Taking guns off the streets has been my number one priority. There is no doubt in my mind that the actions of these officers saved lives, perhaps even that of the suspect.”

Officers arrested 26-year-old Sherome Pight of Dorchester and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded FirearmPossession of a Firearm with Altered Serial Numbers, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, and Unlawfully Carrying a Dangerous Weapon.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 4

Residential Break-ins: 4
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.

One Less Gun: Traffic Stop Enables BPD Officers to Arrest Two on Gun Related Charges in Dorchester

At about 3:43 pm on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were in the area of 1800 Dorchester Ave when they observed a black motor vehicle operating erratically. Specifically, officers observed the vehicle make several illegal turns without properly signaling the aforementioned turns. In light of the observed infractions, officers stopped the car. Upon stopping the car, offices quickly recognized two of the occupants from previous interactions. Fearing the presence of weapons, officers instructed all occupants to exit the car. As the rear occupant was exiting the vehicle, officers observed a firearm (see photo) on the floor near his feet. Officers promptly seized the firearm and took the individual into custody. Officers arrested Calvin Cantave, 20 of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm. Officers also arrested a 17-year-old male and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm. The loaded firearm, which was found to be a black semi-automatic Glock Model 26, was taken into evidence.

Media Availability/Photo Opportunity: Boston Police Recruit Class 56-16 to Graduate Tomorrow; BPD to Proudly Welcome 56 New Police Officers to the Department

Media Availability/Photo Opportunity: Boston Police Recruit Class 56-16 to Graduate Tomorrow; BPD to Welcome 56 New Police Officers to the Department   

WHO: Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Police Commissioner William B. Evans, Superintendent Lisa Holmes, members of the Boston Police Command Staff, Boston Police Academy Staff, graduating police recruits, local clergy, elected officials, area law enforcement partners, family and friends.    

WHAT: During the ceremony, 70 police recruits will be sworn in as police officers. Of the 70, 56 will immediately join the ranks of the BPD, while the remaining 14 recruits will be appointed to outside agencies including Chelsea, Dedham, Medford, Stoughton, Tisbury and Andover. In addition to the swearing in portion of the ceremony, badges will be presented to all officers by designated family members during the pinning ceremony. At the conclusion of the graduation, per tradition, Chief William Gross will make a citywide announcement on the police radio officially welcoming Class 56-16.     

WHERE: IBEW Local 103 located at 256 Freeport Street in Dorchester, MA 

WHEN: Ceremony to be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 11:00am with media availability to follow.

Commissioner Evans Had a Great Time Reading to the First Graders at MLK Elementary School

Today, June 20, 2017, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans visited the Martin Luther King Elementary School in Dorchester to read "The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza" to a class of first graders. Not only did the Commissioner have a blast reading with the kids, but he was able to impart on them a few summer safety tips before school ended for the year. The kids had so much fun with the Commissioner that they invited him to join in some of their field day activities afterward! And of course, our ice cream truck was there to provide a cold treat on a hot day!

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 6
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

BPD Photos of the Day: Recruit Class 56-16 Completes Final Academy Run

This morning, Monday, June 19, 2017, Boston Police Academy Class 56-16 completed their traditional run from the Academy to BPD Headquarters. The run, which is completed by the recruits a few days before their graduation from the Academy, winds over approximately 8 miles through a number of Boston’s neighborhoods and is symbolic of the distance the recruits have come in six months of training and the transformations they have made from civilian to police officer. Upon arrival at headquarters, the recruits lay a wreath at the Boston Police Officer Memorial to remind them of those that have paved the way and come before them. Congratulations, Class 56-16, you’ve come a long way!

Great Work Recognized: Sergeant Silta Graduates from UMass Boston "Emerging Leaders Program"

Today, Monday, June 19, 2017, we are proud to announce that Boston Police Sergeant Samil Silta graduated from the 2016-2017 UMass Boston “Emerging Leaders Program.” The program is a leadership development class that brings together forty to fifty rising leaders from the corporate, non-profit, and government sectors to build and enhance collaborative leadership skills through teamwork, trust, and respect for diversity. Sergeant Silta looks forward to bringing these skills to his position as the supervisor of the Community Service Office in District B-2 (Roxbury), and he continues to be an asset to the Boston Police Department. Congratulations, Sergeant!

Every Good Deed Deserves a Proper Thank You!

On Saturday, June 17, 2017, young students from an unknown school dropped off several “Police Officer Survival Kits” full of candy for our officers at BPD Headquarters. Unfortunately, we didn’t catch the name of the school where these thoughtful students attend. So, if you are the kids who drew these amazing drawings and took the time to bring us a sweet snack, let us know—we’d like to say thank you for thanking us!!
 

Thank You for Thanking Us!

This morning, the BPD received the following email and attached picture from a thankful South Boston resident. This child’s smiling face made this officer’s day just as much as he made hers—and for that we say, thank you for thanking us!

“On the way to the Tall Ships on Saturday my family rounded Farragut Road onto Broadway where we were encountered this wonderful policeman who asked my niece (age 3 1/2) and nephew (age 6) if they wanted to drive his cruiser. As you can see Anya took him up on his offer.

The police officer could not have been kinder and funnier. Anya and Jack (although he opted not to get into the cruiser - he was too busy pushing Anya's stroller) told everyone at the Massport Marine Terminal about her police car experience.

My family just wants to express what a great job your men and women did on Saturday and are doing every day.”

Boston 72: Weekend Update and Public Journal

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 3
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

Street Robberies: 8
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 2

Vehicle Thefts: 12
Vehicle Recoveries: 5
Vehicle Breaks: 21

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.

Third Annual BPD Father's Day Unity Walk a Great Success!

Happy to see everyone out bright and early this morning for the BPD Father's Day Unity Walk with Mayor Marty Walsh, Police Commissioner William Evans, Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross, and the rest of the Boston Police Department! No better way to start Father's Day 2017 than with a brisk 2-mile walk around the neighborhood, rallying together to let the community know Boston dads are out in full force to end violence in our neighborhoods! Our MC this morning, NECN's Frank Holland, said it best--you don't have to be a biological father to have a positive influence on our city's youth! Happy Father's Day to one and all!

Three New Hampshire Juveniles Arrested and Charged in Assault on Keytar Bear

 

At about 4:40 PM on Saturday, June 17, 2017, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for an assault and battery in progress in the area of Congress and State Streets.

An officer on patrol nearby responded and observed the well-known musical “Keytar Bear” surrounded by a group of young males in what appeared to be a fight. As the officer approached with lights and sirens activated on his cruiser, the group of males fled on foot. The officer was directed by witnesses and bystanders as he pursued the suspects on Water Street toward Devonshire Street, where he ultimately observed three of the suspects climb up the building scaffolding then lay down on a platform in an attempt to hide from police. The officer ordered them from the scaffolding platform, and the suspects complied.

Meanwhile, officers conducted an investigation at the scene and learned that the Keytar Bear had been attacked by the suspects while playing his music near Faneuil Hall. The suspects ripped off the Keytar Bear’s mask, struck him several times in the face and body while calling him racial slurs. When witnesses attempted to intervene the suspects, hurled racial epithets at them before fleeing from the police.

The suspects were positively identified as Keytar Bear’s attackers and arrested. The three juveniles from New Hampshire were arrested and charged with Assault and Battery, Affray, and Disorderly Conduct. One of the suspects was additionally charged with Minor in Possession of Alcohol when officers recovered a small bottle of vodka in his pocket. The incident continues to be under investigation by the Boston Police Civil Rights Unit.