Crime Continues Downward Trend in Boston

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Commissioner William B. Evans are pleased to report that violent crime and total part one crime continue to decline in Boston. For the first quarter of 2017 violent crime is down 6% and total part one crime is down 11%, keeping Boston one of the safest major cities of its size in the country.  

This year through March 26th, homicides have seen a 45% decrease compared to last year for the same time period. Rape and Attempted Rape is down 19% over last year; total aggravated assaults are down 11%. Total burglary in the city is also down 14%.

Non-fatal shooting incidents are also down this year compared to last year, with 1 fewer incident through March 26th. Instances of Robbery did see a small increase over last year for this time period with a 7% rise. Arrests in Boston are also continuing to decline with 16% fewer arrests made this year over last year.

At a time when crime rates are on the rise around the country, Boston continues to experience a steady decrease in violent crime and property crime. “Keeping Boston safe is Mayor Walsh and I’s number one priority. Continuing to see these downward trends is encouraging, said Commissioner William Evans. “My officers work very hard in the community and strive to ensure that Boston is a safe place to live, work and visit.

The Boston Police have also taken 155 guns off the streets of the City this year.

Click HERE for list of Part One Crime January 1 through March 26, 2017

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Drug Investigation in Mattapan Leads to Seizure of Cocaine, Heroin, Pills, and Firearm

While conducting surveillance in an ongoing drug investigation near Kingbird Road on Monday, March 27, 2017, members of the District B-3 (Mattapan) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit observed a pickup truck from Martha’s Vineyard arrive and park in the area. A short time later, a red vehicle pulled up behind truck. Officers observed the male passenger exit the pickup truck and walk to the red vehicle, entering the passenger side. The passenger remained inside the red vehicle for about 10 minutes, then exited and re-entered the truck. The pickup truck then drove from the area.

Believing a drug transaction just occurred, officers maintained surveillance of both vehicles. Officers conducted a traffic stop of the truck at Blue Hill Ave and Johnston Road. As a result, the officers recovered 186 paper folds of heroin (over 30 grams), one plastic bag of cocaine (approximately 14 grams), nine Xanax pills, and two Trazadone pills. The occupants, 39-year-0ld Peter Estrella and 35-year-old Adam Robinson, both of Vineyard Haven, were placed under arrest for Trafficking Class A Drugs (Heroin), Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B (Cocaine), Class C, and Class E Drugs, and Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws.

Officers maintained surveillance of the red vehicle and observed the operator, later identified as 41-year-old Bernard Medero of Everett, entering a residence on Osprey Way. A short time later Medero exited the residence, entered his vehicle and drove away from the area. Officers followed Mederos to Canterbury and Walk Hill Streets, where he was taken into custody for Distribution of Class A and Class B Drugs. Upon further investigation, officers learned of more drugs inside the residence on Osprey Way. Officers applied for, received, and executed a search warrant for the residence, and recovered the following:

  • $6,911 in US currency,
  • One Astra .25 Caliber Pistol with magazine and 3 rounds of ammunition
  • 72 grams of Cocaine
  • 9 grams of Heroin
  • 1.5 pounds of Marijuana
  • 40 Clonazapam pills
  • Scales, packaging, and grinders

Medero was additionally charged with Trafficking Class B Drugs (Cocaine), Possession with Intent Class A Drugs (Heroin), Possession with Intent to Distribute Class C Drugs, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

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

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.

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Task Force Seizes Large Quantity of Drugs from Behind Counter of Charlestown Restaurant

At about 1:30 PM on Monday, March 27, 2017, members of the Distict A-1 (Downtown) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit, in collaboration with the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), concluded an extensive drug investigation that culminated in the execution of several search warrants in the area of D’Rafa Restaurant at 156 Bunker Hill Street in Charlestown.

As a result of the search warrants, officers seized the following from the restaurant:

  • One half kilogram of Fentanyl
  • Twenty-nine plastic bags of cocaine/crack cocaine
  • Ten plastic bags of heroin
  • Approximately $7,144 in US currency

Officers arrested 46-year-old Rafael Pimental, 28-year-old Juan Guerrero-Torres, 60-year-old female Matea Sanchez, 23-year-old female Rosselys Pimental-Melo, and 40-year-old female Ada Mejia-Mejia, all of Charlestown, were arrested and charged with Trafficking Class A Drugs (Heroin), Trafficking Class B Drugs (Fentanyl), and Trafficking Class B Drugs (Cocaine).

The Inspectional Services Department responded an immediately shut down operations at the restaurant due to the imminent health hazard.

Boston 72: Weekend Update

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 4

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 3
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 3

Vehicle Thefts: 7
Vehicle Recoveries: 5
Vehicle Breaks: 11

Residential Break-ins: 7
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.

BPD in the Community: Charity Basketball Game Between the Boston Police Department and the Boston Fire Department Raises Thousands for Cancer Research at Catholic Memorial in West Roxbury

Earlier today, on Saturday, March 25, 2017, hundreds of community members turned out to cheer on teams from the Boston Police Department and the Boston Fire Department as they took to the hardwood for the 2nd annual "Battle of the Badges" charity basketball game to benefit “A Shot For Life, Inc.” which sponsors brain cancer research at Massachusetts General Hospital. 

The special guest for the day, and honorary Team Captain for the BPD, was four-year-old Declan Higgins of Medfield who is currently battling brain cancer. Declan was all smiles after getting a personal police motorcycle escort to the event while being cheered on by countless fans who lined the streets with signs as he approached the gym at Catholic Memorial in West Roxbury. Declan and his family stopped to take a closer look at the motorcycles and say thanks to the officers before heading in to get the game going with the opening ceremonial tip off. Declan was on the bench of the boys in blue, cheering them on all the way to their hard fought victory, 60-53, over the Boston Fire Department.

Our thanks to everyone who came out today, all of the generous sponsors of this event, with special thanks to all of our officers and our first responder brothers from the Boston Fire Department who competed in support of a great cause. 

Community Alert: The BPD is Seeking the Public’s Help in Identifying Two Suspects Wanted in Connection to a Residential Breaking and Entering in Dorchester

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the two suspects pictured above in connection to a recent residential breaking and entering in Dorchester. Suspect #1 is described as a black male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark colored jeans, black sneakers, a white winter hat with black ear flaps and carrying a black and blue backpack. Suspect #2 is described as a black male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, black sneakers, a black winter hat and carrying a black backpack. 

At about 9:05 AM on Thursday, March 23, 2017, the two suspects broke into an unoccupied residence located at 151 Columbia Road in Dorchester. Suspect #1 was armed with a firearm at the time of the incident and used a pry bar to gain entry through a rear door. At about 9:21 AM, both suspects were observed fleeing the area on foot, with Suspect #2 carrying a digital metal safe approximately 12” by 12” in size. 

The Boston Police Department continues to review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information, albeit large or small, is strongly urged to contact detectives assigned to District C-11 in Dorchester at (617) 343-4335.

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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, March 24, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

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

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: Officers Recover Loaded Firearm After Violent Struggle with Combative Suspect in Roxbury

At about 8:15 AM on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) made an onsite arrest and recovered a loaded firearm after responding to a call for a robbery in the area of 23 Juniper Street in Roxbury. The officers were on scene speaking to Boima Howell, 38, of Roxbury, regarding his involvement in a larceny of a Louis Vuitton purse when he suddenly punched an officer in the face and attempted to flee at which time a violent struggle ensued. It took four officers to finally gain control of the suspect and place him in custody with three of those officers sustaining minor injuries. The officers later recovered a loaded .40 caliber Glock 23 handgun (SEE PHOTO) from the suspect’s pants pocket along with 18 bags of crack cocaine. The suspect has since been arraigned in Roxbury District Court on multiple charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (Subsequent Offense), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer with Injuries, Resisting Arrest, Larceny from the Person and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, March 23, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

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

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 Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 7

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.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Rescue Woman from Building Collapse in South Boston

 

At about 1:45 AM on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for a building collapse in the area of 62 O Street.

Upon arrival, officers observed the above residence separating from the building next to it, as well as bricks and building debris on the ground around it. Officers heard a female shouting for help from inside the building but found the main front door to be locked. Officers made all attempts to contact other residents to no avail and then made a forced entry through the front door. They followed the woman's voice to the second floor and found that the door frame of the apartment was badly damaged, trapping the woman inside. The officers were able to kick the door in and escort the woman out of the building to safety. The officers then evacuated residents from surrounding buildings and cordoned off the collapse zone and adjacent streets with caution tape. No injuries were reported during the incident.

Boston 72: Weekend Update

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 8

Street Robberies: 7
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 10
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.

#ICYMI: BPD's Honorary Top Cop, Six-Year-Old Devin Suau, Leads South Boston's Saint Patrick's Day Parade

Yesterday, Sunday, March 19, 2017, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Police Commissioner William Evans, and the Boston Police Department named 6-year-old Devin Suau of Framingham as Boston's honorary Top Cop before little Devin led the Saint Patrick's Day Parade waving from the top of a BPD SWAT truck. Devin was recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, a rare type of cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). In an effort to raise awareness for Devin and the disease, his parents created the hashtag #WhyNotDevin that has since gone viral.

The public has become enamored with the strength, bravery, and character of this young man--and he's awfully funny, too! On parade day, Devin hammed it up for the local news media while wearing a police hat belonging to his uncle, Boston Police Officer Justin Cremmins. Devin also had some words of advice for all those officers out there--said Devin, "Stay safe. And be careful to not get eaten by a bear!" Words to live by, officers!

One Less Gun: Two Suspects Armed with Loaded Handguns Arrested Nearly Simultaneously During Investigation in Boston

At about 2:25 AM on Sunday March 19, 2017, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) arrested two suspects and recovered two loaded firearms as part of an investigation in the area of 66 Hudson Street in Boston.  The officers had knowledge that the target of their investigation, Kharmaree Price, 18, of Dorchester, was in possession of a firearm.  The officers located the suspect in a hallway inside the building and immediately ordered him to the ground at which time he was placed in custody and a loaded .45 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver was recovered from his waistband.  As this was transpiring, a second male, later identified as Kris Porter-Elder, 19, of Roxbury, who had been standing in the hallway as the arrest was unfolding, immediately retreated into an apartment where he was observed by additional officers pulling a firearm out of the waistband of his pants and throwing it onto a nearby table.  The second suspect was quickly placed in custody and a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wesson M&P Shield handgun was safely recovered.  Both suspects will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Officers from the BPD 'Gang Unit' Arrest Three Suspects While Recovering Three Loaded Firearms During Three Separate Incidents in Under Ten Hours in Dorchester

Yesterday, on Saturday March 18, 2017, officers assigned to the BPD’s Youth Violence Strike Force, commonly referred to as the 'Gang Unit' were busy Keeping Boston Safe from those who would seek harm upon others.  During three unrelated incidents in Dorchester, three armed suspects were taken into custody without incident and three dangerous firearms were taken off the streets of Boston and out of the communities we work to protect.  We commend the officers for their ongoing efforts to combat this kind of gang and gun related violence, which has no place in our great city.  Stay safe and keep up the outstanding work.

firearm seized during incident #1

INCIDENT #1:  At about 2:00 PM on Saturday March 18, 2017, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest after a foot pursuit in the area of Erie Street and Michigan Avenue in Dorchester.   The officers were in the area conducting an unrelated firearm investigation when they observed an individual, later identified as Dominick Gavin, 19, of Hyde Park, behaving in a suspicious manner.  Upon noticing the officers in their unmarked police car and without any interaction or provocation whatsoever, the male took off running while clutching at the waistband area of his pants.  Now believing that he may be armed, the officers exited their vehicle and pursued the suspect on foot through several backyards before finally placing him in custody at which time they recovered a loaded .32 caliber Davis Industries handgun from the suspect's jacket pocket.  It was later revealed that the suspect was wanted two outstanding warrants.  The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Trespassing.

firearm seized during incident #2

INCIDENT #2:  At about 9:00 PM on Saturday March 18, 2017, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest in the area of Norton Street and Bowdoin Street in Dorchester after responding to a call for shots fired in the area of Mount Ida Road.  During that incident, there were no reported injuries or damage to property and the armed suspect was seen fleeing the area in an older grey Nissan.  While canvasing the area, the officers observed the suspect vehicle parked at the above intersection and approached to speak with the occupants.  Officers learned that the operator, Juan Muniz, 21, of Dorchester, did not possess a valid driver’s license and instructed him to exit the vehicle.  When asked if he had anything illegal on his person, the suspect indicated that he was in possession of a firearm.  The suspect was placed in custody without incident at which time the officers recovered a loaded .32 caliber Keltec P32 handgun from inside his pants pocket.  The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License.  It was not immediately clear if the suspect had any connection to the initial call for shots fired.

firearm seized during incident #3

INCIDENT #3:  At about 11:45 PM on Saturday March 18, 2017, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest after performing a traffic stop in the area of Jerome Street and Cushing Avenue in Dorchester.  The officers were on patrol in the area after responding to a call for shots fired on Humphries Street when their cruiser was nearly struck by a motor vehicle that failed to stop at a stop sign.  The officers conducted a traffic stop and immediately observed that the passenger in the vehicle, later identified as Keiarri Dyette, 19, of Dorchester, appeared to be extremely nervous and was behaving in a suspicious manner.   After numerous verbal commands to exit the vehicle to be frisked for officer safety, the suspect finally complied at which time the officers clearly observed a firearm sticking out of the waistband of his pants which then fell down his pant leg.  The officers placed the suspect in custody without incident and then carefully recovered the loaded firearm.  Upon closer examination, the officers learned that the 9mm Fabrique Nationale Herstal handgun was fully loaded with an extended magazine, a round in the chamber and the hammer cocked back.  The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.  There has been no determination at this time if the suspect in this matter was connected in any way to the initial call for shots fired.

 

MEDIA AVAILABILITY/PHOTO OP: Six-Year-Old Devin Suau to Lead Off South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade

WHAT:     Six-year-old Devin Suau, a little boy who has always wanted to be a police officer, was diagnosed with an inoperable cancerous brain tumor, DIPG. In response to his diagnosis, his parents created the hashtag #WhyNotDevin to raise awareness in hopes that Devin will be the first to survive this disease. The hashtag has since gone viral in support of this young man. Today, Devin will kick off the South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade with his uncle, Boston Police Officer Justin Cremmins.

WHO:      Boston Police Department, Devin, and his family and friends

WHEN:     Sunday, March 19, 2017 @12:45 PM

WHERE:   West Broadway at starting point of St. Patrick's Day Parade, South Boston

Boston Police Remind Residents & Visitors that the Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade Will Impact Traffic & Parking in South Boston on Sunday, March 19, 2017

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade (1:00pm start), as well as the annual South Boston Boys & Girls Club Road Race (11:00am start), will be held in South Boston on Sunday, March 19, 2017. The parade and related events will result in street closures and traffic detours in and around South Boston. Those travelling to South Boston for the festivities are encouraged to utilize public transportation. Ride information on the MBTA may be found at www.MBTA.com. For a faster return trip, the MBTA advises riders to purchase a round-trip rather than a one-way ticket. Additionally, info on Hubway, the regional bike share system may be found at www.theHubway.com.

The parade will begin at 1:00pm on West Broadway at Dorchester Avenue, proceed to East Broadway and come to end on Farragut Road. Accordingly, streets along the parade route will be closed to traffic from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

The road race will begin at 11:00am on West Sixth Street at the Boys & Girls Club and will end at Noon.

The route will take runners from:

  • West Sixth Street to Dorchester Street
  • Right onto East Broadway
  • Down and around the Farragut Statue at Day Boulevard to East Broadway
  • Right onto West Broadway
  • Left onto E. Street
  • Left onto West Sixth Street and ending at the Boys and Girls Club at 230 West Sixth Street.

Streets along the race route will be closed to traffic temporarily as the runners pass through, with the exception of West Broadway and East Broadway. Those streets will be closed for a longer stretch of time to accommodate the parade.

Tow Zone/No Stopping Parking Restrictions will be in effect as follows:

  • West Broadway, both sides, from Dorchester Avenue to Dorchester Street
  • East Broadway, both sides, from Dorchester Street to Farragut Road
  • Farragut Road, both sides, from Columbia Road to East First Street
  • Dorchester Avenue, both sides, from Gillette Park to Old Colony Avenue (Staging Area)
  • Old Colony Avenue, both sides, from Dorchester Avenue to C Street
  • East First Street, both sides, from Farragut Road to O Street
  • West Sixth Street, both sides, from F Street to Dorchester Street
  • F Street, Boys and Girls Club side, West Sixth Street to Bowen Street
  • Summer Street, South Boston, east side, from East First Street to the end of 776 Summer Street
  • Summer Street, Financial District, South Station side, from Atlantic Avenue to the MBTA bus stopper near 245 Summer Street

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes & Drums Share their Music with the Kids at Franciscan Children's Hospital on St. Patrick's Day

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: The Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums had an absolute blast spreading St. Patrick's Day cheer and sharing their music and instruments with the kids, nurses and doctors at Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton on Friday, March 17, 2017. Said one of the pipers, "This - hands down - is one of the most meaningful and rewarding concerts we perform all year. Every member of the band looks forward to it. Can't say enough about the bravery and courage of the kids at the Franciscan Children's Hospital, as well as, the compassion of those, especially the nurses, who care for them."