Ongoing Investigation Leads to Arrest of Six “Johns” in Roxbury

 

At about 1:30 AM on Saturday, February 6, 2016, detectives from District B-2 (Roxbury), with the assistance of the B-2 Anti-crime Unit, arrested six individuals who solicited sex for a fee in the area of Blue Hill Avenue and Woodcliff Street.

Over the course of one hour on the above date, a female officer working an ongoing investigation in an undercover capacity was approached and solicited for sex by six males. The following suspects were arrested and charged with Soliciting Sex for a Fee:

  • Dana Foster, 53, of Boston
  • Christopher Whiteside, 30, of Hyde Park
  • Pedro Andrade, 62, of Dorchester
  • Suleiman Abdulmalik, 25, of Roxbury
  • Antonio Rodrigues, 29, of Dorchester
  • Alejandro Ojeda, 23, of Roxbury

The suspects will be arraigned on Monday in Roxbury District Court.

The Boston Police Department Salutes Black History Month

Boston's first African American Police Officer was Horatio Julius Homer, appointed in 1878.  Homer served at the Commissioner's Office, then housed in Pemberton Square, and on Sundays patrolled on Boylston Street in the Back Bay.  He was promoted to Sergeant in 1895 and retired in 1919.

Sergeant Homer was something of a Renaissance man, playing 11 musical instruments and memorizing a poem a day.  He maintained friendships with other African American public employees, including judges, federal workers, and state representatives.  Together they hosted Frederick Douglass when he visited Boston.  Douglass, the iconic social reformer, abolitionist and statesman, famously stated, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men” which is a belief shared by our officers who interact with the youth of this city on a daily basis.  The Community Room at the new District B-2 station in Roxbury is dedicated to Sergeant Homer.  

 

Boston 24: Friday, February 5, 2016

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

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

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 12

Residential Break-ins: 3
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.

 

One Less Gun: Officers Make Arrest, Recover Loaded Firearm After Two Victims Grazed by Bullets in Dorchester

At about 10:45 PM on Thursday February 4, 2016, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) on sited a shots fired incident in the area of 500 Geneva Avenue.  An officer on patrol reported hearing gunfire then located a victim suffering from a graze wound from a bullet and gave out a description of a suspect who had been seen fleeing the scene.  Responding officers from the Youth Violence Strike Force observed a suspect matching the given description and stopped him in the area of Freeman Street.  Officers immediately frisked the suspect and recovered a loaded .22 caliber Phoenix Arms handgun which appeared to have been recently fired.  The suspect, Rasheed Hall, 25, of Boston, was then placed in custody without incident and transported to an area hospital for treatment of an apparent stab wound sustained during the incident.  A second victim with a graze wound from a bullet was located at an area hospital a short time later and interviewed by detectives.  Upon his release from the hospital, the suspect will be booked and charged with numerous offenses before facing arraignment in Dorchester District Court.

 

Death Investigation in the area of 55 Brookledge Street in Roxbury

 

At about 5:46 PM on Thursday, February 4, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 55 Brookledge Street in Roxbury. On arrival, officers located a male victim, believed to be in his twenties, suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

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.

Boston 24: Wednesday, February 4, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Wednesday @ 10:00 a.m. through Thursday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 12

Residential Break-ins: 3
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 Firearm From Female Suspect Attempting to Flee Scene in Dorchester

At about 7:51 PM on Tuesday February 2, 2016, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) and members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest in the area of 382 Geneva Avenue.  Officers responded to a call for a person with a gun and later located a female suspect, Deja Bowman, 20, of Dorchester, attempting to flee the scene while concealing a firearm in her purse.  Officers were able to recover the gun and place the suspect in custody without incident.   The suspect has been arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number.

 

Boston 24: Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 2
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.

 

Officers Recover Large Amount of Heroin After Stopping Known Suspect in Downtown Boston

At about 12:20 PM on Tuesday February 2, 2016, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown Boston) made a drug arrest near 28 State Street.  Officers were on directed patrol in the area in response to recent drug activity when they observed a known offender, Peter Marino, 30, of Boston, and approached to speak with him.  The suspect immediately became belligerent, yelling “Assault!  Assault!  Somebody tape this!  The cop is assaulting me!”  The suspect then attempted to run away from the officers while clutching an unknown package wrapped in tin foil.  Officers stopped the suspect and discovered 105 bags of heroin weighing a total of 88 grams inside the tin foil wrapped in a large plastic bag.  The suspect was then placed in custody after a brief struggle.  Officers later recovered $330 U.S. Currency and a brass knuckle style knife from the suspect’s back pack.  The suspect will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Trafficking Class A Drugs, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest and Unlawfully Carrying a Dangerous Weapon.

 

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Loaded Firearm From Motor Vehicle After Observing Drug Activity in Charlestown

At about 9:00 PM on Tuesday February 2, 2016, officers assigned to the City Wide Drug Control Unit made an onsite firearm arrest in the area of 1 Terminal Street in Charlestown.   Officers were on directed patrol in response to recent drug and firearm related incidents in the area when they observed a motor vehicle pull into an empty parking lot for no apparent reason.  Officers set up surveillance on the vehicle and observed the operator, later identified as Ullentor Santos, 23, of Dorchester, preparing a marijuana cigarette.  Upon seeing this, the officers approached and performed a pat frisk of the operator and the vehicle which resulted in the recovery of a loaded Para Ordinance P12 .45 caliber handgun.  The suspect was placed in custody without incident and will appear in Charlestown District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.  

 

ONE LESS GUN: Members of the Youth Violence Strike Force Arrest One, Seize a Gun and Drugs in Dorchester

At about 9:03 PM on Monday, February 1, 2016, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Blue Hill Ave and Columbia Road when officers observed a motor vehicle travelling with an expired registration. In light of the motor vehicle law violation, officers activated their emergency equipment (lights and sirens) and stopped the car near Blue Hill Ave & Supple Road in District B-2 (Roxbury). As the vehicle was coming to a stop, officers observed the front seat passenger exit the car and take off running. Meanwhile, two other occupants of the vehicle remained inside the car. Fearing the presence of a weapon, officers asked the occupants to exit the vehicle. A search of the car enabled officers to see and seize a firearm (see photo) recognized as a Millenium Pro PT 140 .40 Caliber Handgun. Officers also recovered a plastic bag of a Class B Drug (Cocaine). Officers arrested Dashawn Jackson, 26, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a High Capacity Weapon and Possession w/Intent to Distribute a Class B Drug (Cocaine).

ONE LESS GUN: Members of the Youth Violence Strike Force Arrest One and Recover a Gun in Dorchester

At about 6:18 PM on Monday, February 1, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of 65 Wayland Street in District B-2 (Roxbury) when officers observed a motor vehicle with an expired inspection sticker. While approaching the vehicle, officers observed the operator of the vehicle quickly exit the car and flee the scene. Upon looking inside the now vacant vehicle, officers observed a firearm in plain view. Specifically, officers observed (see photo) a loaded Sig Sauer 9mm on the floor of the back seat behind the driver. Officers secured the firearm and entered it into evidence. A search of the area enabled officers to locate the suspect. Officers arrested Ira Harrison, 24, of Boston and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd & Subsequent Offense) and the Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Confiscate Nine Off-Road Vehicles Disturbing and Distressing Motorists in Roxbury

At about 4:14pm, on Monday, February 1, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a large group of dirt bikes distressing motorists and disrupting traffic in the area of Atherton Street in Roxbury. 

On arrival, officers learned that the dirt bikes were last seen near a U-Haul storage facility in the area of 989 Mass Ave. While canvassing the area, officers observed a blue Yamaha dirt bike in front of a U-Haul container and a male pushing a second dirt bike into the storage facility. Officers promptly stopped their cruiser to further investigate their observations. A search of the containers enabled officers to see and seize nine off-road vehicles including several dirt bikes and motor scooters. Additionally, officers observed several improperly stored gas cans. In light of the obvious and immediate fire hazard presented by the gas cans,  Boston Fire and Boston Police Hazmat Units were promptly called to the scene.  Once on scene, Boston Fire ordered the vehicles, all nine of them,  to be removed from the property. Officers also received information indicating that several of the bikes may have been stolen. The incident remains under investigation and no arrests have been reported at this time. 

Death Investigation in the Area of 23 Alpine Street, Roxbury

 

At about 9:40 PM on Sunday, January 31, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a trauma incident in the area of 23 Alpine Street, Roxbury.

Upon arrival, officers observed an unresponsive 3-year-old male victim inside the residence. The victim was transported by Boston EMS to Boston Medical Center. On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, the victim was pronounced deceased.

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.

In Case You Missed It: BPD Commissioner Evans Featured in Runner’s World Magazine

Photo by MarathonPhoto

ICYMI: As those around the country gear up for Super Bowl 50, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans prepares to run his 50th marathon, which will most likely be the world renowned Boston Marathon this April, 2016. His dedication to running every day, and his love for running marathons in particular, has caught the attention of several publications, and most recently writer Alison Wade highlighted in Runner’s World Magazine how he fits his running and training routine into his busy and unpredictable schedule. For the full article, click the link below:

http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/bostons-police-commissioner-gears-up-for-his-50th-marathon

One Less Gun: Suspect Arrested with Firearm after Threatening Law Enforcement

At about 3:20 PM on Monday, February 1, 2016, members of the City Wide Drug Control Unit conducted an arrest in the area of 24 Whitfield Street, in District B-3 (Mattapan).

On the above date, officers received knowledge that a particular individual known to them had made threats against law enforcement. Due to this information, officers began a surveillance-based investigation on the male, observing him several times at different locations throughout the day. At one point, officers observed the subject in the area of Elmhurst Street and Southern Avenue. The suspect appeared to be scanning his surroundings, looking up and down the street. The suspect then hurriedly entered a residence on Elmhurst Street and exited within minutes, again scanning the area. Officers then observed him walk up the stairs of a second residence on Southern Avenue, constantly making security checks with his hand to his waist area while scanning his surroundings. As officers climbed the stairs behind him to make a stop of the individual, the suspect pushed the officers and fled from the porch. Officers pursued the suspect on foot and observed the suspect throw a firearm from his waistband in the area of 24 Whitfield Street. Officers recovered a loaded .32 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver.

Officers were able to place the suspect, 18-year-old Irvin Woods of Dorchester, under arrest. Woods is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Armed Career Criminal Level 2.

Boston 24: Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Monday @ 10:00 a.m. through Tuesday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 7

Residential Break-ins: 1
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.

Keeping Boston Safe: Members of Youth Violence Strike Force Seize Drugs, Money and Two Guns in Dorchester

On Monday, February 1, 2016, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force executed a search warrant in the area 5 Topliff Street in Dorchester. As a result of the search, officers recovered two firearms, over a $1,000 in US Currency and over two pounds of a Class D Drug (Marijuana) which had been packaged for sale. Officers arrested Dominic Williams, 24, of Boston and charged him Unlawful Possession a Firearm (2 counts), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs (Marijuana). Three other individuals located inside the apartment were also charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs (Marijuana).

Boston 72: WEEKEND UPDATE

Data includes 72 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10:00 a.m. through Monday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 6

Street Robberies: 15
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 8
Vehicle Breaks: 16

Residential Break-ins: 14
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.

BPD in the Community: BPD Commissioner Evans Partakes in YouthConnect Unity Weekend Basketball Tournament

Yesterday, January 30, 2015, Boston Police Commissioner Evans was a special guest at YouthConnect’s Unity Weekend in Charlestown, an annual 2-day event that brings together young people from the Boys & Girls Clubs from across Boston to learn teamwork, make personal connections that reach beyond neighborhood stereotypes, and of course, play basketball!

YouthConnect is an innovative program of the BGCB in partnership with the Boston Police Department. The program partners licensed clinical social workers with the Boston police neighborhood stations, as well as the Youth Violence Strike Force and Boston School Police Unit, to target communities that see high rates of youth arrests. The social workers then provide on-site, in-home, community-based counseling services to youth in local “hotspots.” Since the program’s inception in 1996, the social workers and officers involved in YouthConnect have served more than 12,000 of the city’s most at risk youth by improving their family stability, helping them build trusting relationships, and preventing future criminal activity.