Puerto Rican Festival Grand Parade Hits the Streets of Boston

Earlier today, Sunday August 2, 2015, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and Superintendent in Chief William Gross took part in the 2015 Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts Grand Parade.   The parade kicked off at around noontime under sunny skies, travelling along the streets of Boston and concluding with a celebration at City Hall Plaza.  Thanks to all the officers who worked hard to ensure that the event was a safe one for all the families in attendance.  Job well done. 

BPD Photo of the Day: Making Friends at the ‘Changing the Narrative Community Basketball Tourney’ in Roxbury

BPD Photo of the Day: Today's photo comes courtesy of last night's ‘Changing the Narrative Community Basketball Tourney’ planned and put together by the kids from Teen Empowerment and held last night at Malcolm X Park in Roxbury. In the photo, Deputy Joe Harris is seen hanging out with some of his new friends. It's all about the kids!!!

Making a Difference: Kudos to the Kids from Teen Empowerment for their ‘Changing the Narrative Community Basketball Tourney’ at Malcolm X Park in Roxbury

Making a Difference: Kudos to the kids from Teen Empowerment for their ‘Changing the Narrative Community Basketball Tourney’ which was held Friday, July 31, 2015 at Malcolm X Park in Roxbury. The event, which was planned and put together by the kids from the Center for Teen Empowerment, was intended to offer a safe, fun, basketball-filled evening featuring teams comprised of Boston youth and Boston Police officers and that’s exactly what it delivered. Suffice to say, our officers had a blast and could not have been happier or prouder to partner up with the kids from Teen Empowerment who should be commended for organizing a great event that left everybody who turned out feeling good about their decision to participate in a basketball tourney designed to bring peace to our community.

Boston 24: Friday, July 31, 2015

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

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

Residential Break-ins: 3
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.

Boston 24: Thursday, July 30, 2015

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 13

Residential Break-ins: 7
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.

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Two Firearms, Arrest Two in Two Separate Incidents

INCIDENT #1: Training and Experience Allow Officers to Recognize Armed Felon

At about 6:30 PM on Thursday, July 30, 2015, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) arrested a suspect in the area of 34 Tonawanda Street for firearm related offenses.

While on patrol, officers observed a group congregated in front of a residence known to officers for drug related incidents. As officers approached the area in their cruiser, one male suddenly separated himself from the group upon noticing the vehicle. Officers know through training and experience that a sudden separation from a group upon police presence is a possible indicator of an individual that may be armed. While still seated in their vehicle, officers engaged the male in casual conversation. After a brief interaction, the officers exited the vehicle and upon moving behind the male, observed what appeared to be the butt of a silver-colored firearm in the male’s right shorts pocket. Officers then recovered a loaded Bryco Brand 380 semi-automatic firearm from the individual.

Having knowledge of the individual’s criminal history, officers knew that he was not eligible for and did not possess a License to Carry, and therefore arrested 33-year-old Sean H. Henderson of Brookline for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd  and Subsequent Offense), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Armed Career Criminal (Level 1).

INCIDENT #2: Suspect Carrying a Firearm Sheds Clothing but Cannot Shed Officers in Pursuit

At about 1:10 AM on Friday, July 31, 2015, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested a suspect for firearm related charges and warrants in the area of 179 Glenway Street in District B-3 (Mattapan).

While on patrol in the above area, officers made a random query of a vehicle observed operating on a public way and found that the vehicle’s registration had expired. Officers attempted to conduct a stop of the vehicle; however, as officers approached on foot, the operator drove away, stopped a short distance down the street, then bailed from the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers pursued the suspect over fences and through several yards, broadcasting his description as a male wearing a black and white shirt. Officers momentarily lost sight of the male, but located him under a set of stairs wearing a dark tank top. After a subsequent chase, the officers were able to apprehend the suspect when they located him shirtless laying on a back porch. Officers recovered his dark tank top from underneath the suspect, as well as the black and white shirt he had shed earlier along his flight path. With the black and white shirt officers also recovered a loaded 9mm Glock Model 17.

The suspect, 27-year-old Carlos Montero-Ramirez of Dorchester, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Failure to Stop for Police Officers, Trespassing, and Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License. Montero-Ramirez was also arrested on 4 outstanding warrants that had previously landed him on BPD's Significant Wanted Persons list and issued a citation for his motor vehicle violations.

Cops for Kids with Cancer Provides Heart Warming Moment at the BPD Harbor Unit

Cops for Kids with Cancer Provides Heart Warming Moment at the BPD Harbor Unit: This past Wednesday, July 29, 2015, cancer patients from the Tufts New England Medical Center’s Pediatric Oncology Unit were treated to a tour of Boston Harbor courtesy of the BPD Harbor Unit. The boat ride, an annual affair for kids battling cancer at Tufts New England Medical, was arranged by the good people at Cops for Kids with Cancer. Said an unnamed representative from Cops for Kids with Cancer organization: “The kids you see here this evening are true heroes battling one of life’s deadliest diseases. The boat ride was created to give these kids and their parents a break from their day-to-day reality and an hour or two to think about something other than cancer. And, if the officers from the BPD Harbor Unit were able to give that to them tonight, then that’s the best gift they could’ve given.”

To learn more about Cops for Kids with Cancer – please click on the enclosed link: http://copsforkidswithcancer.org

Thanks to the Boston Police Activities League (PAL) & the Recently Departed Shane Victorino – Kids from Savin Hill Enjoy an Incredible Day at Fenway!!!

Take Me Out to the Ballgame! Thanks to the Boston Police Activities League (PAL) and the Recently Departed Shane Victorino – Kids from Savin Hill Enjoy a Great Day at Fenway! Members of the Savin Hill Baseball League recently stopped by Fenway Park to meet some of their boyhood idols thanks to tickets and on-field access provided courtesy of PAL’s Bill Stoddard and the Shane Victorino Foundation. Even though Victorino was recently traded to the Anaheim Angels and couldn’t be there to meet the kids in person, his foundation had made arrangements prior to his departure for the kids to meet and greet the likes of All-Star Brock Holt, Xander Bogaerts, Rusney Castillo and Pablo “Panda” Sandoval. As you can well imagine, the kids had an absolute blast!!! Thanks to the Shane Victorino Foundation and Boston PAL for making this day one the kids from Savin Hill won’t soon forget.    

Keeping Boston Safe: Drug Investigation Enables BPD Officers to Seize a Gun and Drugs in Dorchester

Keeping Boston Safe: Drug Investigation Enables BPD Officers to Seize a Gun and Drugs in Dorchester: Today, Thursday, July 30, 2015, members of the District B-3 (Mattapan) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit were conducting a drug investigation when officers conducted a stop of a motor vehicle containing two individuals believed to have been involved in a drug transaction. A query of the vehicle revealed that the registration was revoked. After stopping the car in the area of 217 Columbia Road, officers arrested both occupants. A search of the car enabled officers to recover a .22 caliber long rifle pistol (see photo) loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition and 22 small plastic bags containing a Class B Drug believed to be Crack Cocaine.

Officers arrested Bryan Bajandas, 20, of Boston and Yeison Roa, 20, of Boston and charged both with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Loaded Firearm and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Substance (Crack).

Making a Difference: Public Safety Event Held for Special Needs Children

Today, Thursday, July 30, 2015, the Boston Police Department in collaboration with Boston Fire, Boston EMS, MA Transit Police, MA State Police, and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, entertained special needs children during a Public Safety Event at the Ohrenberger Community Center.

Among other units, the BPD Bomb Squad was there to let the kids try on their gear and check out their EOD robots, while the motorcycle officers allowed them to sit on their bikes. But on a 90-degree day like today, the real attraction was the BPD Ice Cream Truck! Overheard by our photographer, from one kid to another, “This is way more fun than playing basketball!” In this weather, we say AMEN to that!

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One and Recover One Firearm in Roxbury

 

At about 11:30 PM on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, members of the City Wide Drug Control Unit affected an arrest for firearm related charges in the area of Parker Street and Annunciation Road in District B-2 (Roxbury).

While conducting an unrelated drug investigation in the above area, officers heard a radio broadcast for shots fired near Cabot Street. A description of the shooter was also broadcast, and a short time later, DCU officers observed a suspect fitting the description riding a bicycle nearby. Without exiting their cruiser, the officers attempted to engage the individual, who began to frantically look in all directions as if searching for an escape route. So focused on finding a way to avoid the officers was the suspect, that he rode his bike directly into the rear passenger’s side of the officers’ cruiser.

Due to the individual’s nervous demeanor, frantic actions, vicinity to the shots fired call, and physical description, the officers frisked the suspect for weapons. Officers detected a firearm in the suspect’s back pants pocket and recovered a loaded black Titan .25 caliber handgun.

Because the suspect did not possess a License to Carry, officers arrested 33-year-old Evan Burton of Dorchester and charged him with Unlawful Possession of  a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Armed Career Criminal (Level 3).

Boston 24: Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 8
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.

One Less Gun: Firearm Recovered in Dorchester, Two Armed Career Criminals Arrested

At about 5:30 PM on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted a motor vehicle stop that resulted in the arrest of two males for firearm related offenses in the area of 31 Robinson Street in District C-11 (Dorchester).

While on patrol, officers observed a male known to them operating a motor vehicle on Adams Street, Dorchester. Officers were aware that this male’s driver’s license was suspended and conducted a stop of the vehicle and its two occupants. As officers spoke with the occupants, the officers observed a box in plain view in the passenger compartment labeled “North American Arms.” Upon seeing the box and having knowledge of the occupants’ criminal histories, which prohibited them from lawfully possessing a firearm, the officers requested a K9 officer to assist. After the K9 indicated the presence of a firearm in the vehicle, officers were able to recover an unloaded North American Arms .22 caliber magnum firearm from an aftermarket compartment in the center console. Officers also observed that the vehicle was rented and neither of the occupants was an authorized operator.

The operator, a 24-year-old male from Dorchester, was arrested and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle after License Suspended, Use of a Motor Vehicle without Authority, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Armed Career Criminal (Level 3).

The passenger, a 22-year-old from Mattapan, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent Offense), and Armed Career Criminal (Level 3).

Death Investigation in the area of 339 Seaver Street, Dorchester

 

At about 10:30 PM on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 339 Seaver Street.

Upon arrival, officers observed a female victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim has since been identified as 31-year-old Grisel Sanchez of Boston.

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.

BPD Seeking Public’s Assistance in Identifying Person of Interest

Boston Police Civil Rights Unit Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the above pictured individual in relation to an incident that occurred on July 4, 2015 in the area of Kenmore Square in District D-4 (South End). During the incident, the suspect assaulted two females and made anti-gay comments towards the victims. The suspect also kicked an unknown male prior to assaulting the couple. The suspect is described as follows:

  • White male
  • Approximately 6’0” tall
  • Early to mid-20s
  • Short buzzed hair
  • Wearing a black shirt, black jacket, blue jeans
  • Carrying a black backpack

This individual is NOT wanted at this time. This information is being provided for identification purposes only. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Civil Rights Detectives at (617) 343-4527.

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.

Death Investigation in the area of 339 Seaver Street, Dorchester

 

At about 10:30 PM on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 339 Seaver Street.

Upon arrival, officers observed a female victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim 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.

BPD Photo of the Day: Future Officers on Patrol at Ramsay Park

Earlier today, Tuesday July 28, 2015, a sergeant assigned to the Community Service Office at District D-4 (South End) was on patrol in the area of Ramsay Park when he came upon some young kids out enjoying the sunshine.  The children came over and told the sergeant that they wanted to be police officers when they grew up – lucky for them, he had a few badge stickers in his pocket.  Judging by the smiles, he made their day.