Quick Action Allow Police to Immediately Arrest One Suspect and Recover a Firearm after Shooting on Dorchester Avenue

 

At about 7:37PM, on August 20, 2014 officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) observed shots being fired in the area of Dorchester Avenue and Ashmont Station.

Officers immediately chased the male suspect on foot and apprehended him outside 14 Alban Street.  Balfour McLean, 22-years- old, of Dorchester was arrested and charged with Assault and Battery Dangerous Weapon, Possession of Firearm, and Possession of Ammunition.  Officers were also able to recover a Ruger 357 firearm that the suspect had discarded during the chase. 

A 24-year-old male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds was transported to Boston Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

 

 

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

 

At about 11:50 AM on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest and recovered an illegal firearm in the area of 2360 Washington Street in Roxbury.

Officers on directed patrol in the area were conducting a firearm investigation when they observed the male suspect exit a store in the area. As officers approached the individual, who was believed to be in possession of an illegal firearm, they conducted a pat frisk of the male. The search allowed officers to recover a High Point model 09 9MM semi-automatic pistol loaded with seven live rounds of ammunition.

Officers arrested 35-year-old Anthony Saucer of Dorchester and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Level III Armed Career Criminal.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Five Juveniles for Armed Robbery in Hyde Park

 

At about 4:58 PM on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, officers from District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a radio call for an armed robbery in the area of Business Street and Reservation Road in Hyde Park.

On arrival, officers observed two young males fleeing the area on bicycles. As officers gave chase to the individuals, another male suspect dropped his bicycle and fled on foot towards Smith Road and Enneking Parkway. Officers were able to apprehend the three individuals who had fled as well as two additional suspects. Officers then spoke to one of the victims who stated that he was approached by one of the individuals who demanded his cell phone whilst waving a knife at the victim. Most of the victim’s possessions were recovered, but officers were unable to locate the suspect responsible for stealing the victim’s sneakers. 

Officers arrested five juvenile males with ages ranging from 12-15 years old, all are charged with Delinquent to Wit: Armed Robbery, Intent to Rob while Armed, and Assault and Battery (Injuries).

 

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 8
Vehicle Breaks: 9

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.

 

Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Fenway Park

PHOTO COURTESY OF BPDNEWS.COM

Prior to last night’s game (August 18, 2014) against the Anaheim Angels, the Boston Red Sox honored and recognized law enforcement officers on the federal, state and local level on a night dedicated to thanking law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice to our region. As a part of the pre-game ceremonies, Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Willie Gross was asked to paint the rubber on the pitcher’s mound, the Boston Police Honor Guard was asked to display our nation’s colors and a bobblehead doll dedicated to Boston Police Officer & Sox Bullpen Cop Steve Horgan was passed out to the first thousand fans to pass through the gates at Fenway Park prior to the start of the game between the Red Sox and the Angels.

 

Red Sox Honor Boston Police Officer & Sox Bullpen Cop Steve Horgan with his own Bobblehead Doll

PHOTO COURTESY OF BPDNEWS.COM

PHOTO COURTESY OF BPDNEWS.COM

Just when you thought life couldn’t get any more eventful for Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan – along comes Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Fenway Park and the decision by the Red Sox brass to honor Police Officer Steve Horgan with his very own bobblehead collectible doll. Said Horgan, “I can’t thank the Red Sox enough for this very special honor. It’s fantastic.” Horgan will forever be remembered for his decision to raise his arms as if signaling a touchdown upon seeing David “Big Papi” Ortiz belt a game-tying grand slam in the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers. The image of Officer Horgan’s reaction is one Red Sox fans will not soon forget and - thanks to the Red Sox – a thousand lucky fans left Fenway Park last night with a bobblehead doll forever immortalizing Horgan’s decision to celebrate Big Papi’s game-tying grand slam.

 

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One and Recover Illegal Gun in Dorchester

PHOTO COURTESY OF BPDNEWS.COM

At about 10:55 AM on Monday, August 19, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest and recovered an illegal firearm in the area of Dacia Street and Quincy Street in Dorchester.

While on patrol in the area of Blue Hill Ave and Brookford Street, officers observed a white motor vehicle traveling with an expired registration. Officers activated their emergency equipment (lights and sirens) and initiated a traffic stop. At this time, the vehicle pulled to the side of the road and the two occupants attempted to exit the vehicle in a hurried manner. Officers commanded the two individuals to remain in the vehicle, to which they complied. Upon speaking with the operator, officers discovered that his license had been revoked. The operator was placed under arrest. A motor vehicle inventory allowed officers to recover a black High Point Model 09 9MM Luger firearm loaded with eight live rounds of ammunition located under the driver’s seat as well as illegal narcotics. The passenger was FIO’d and released.

Officers arrested 24-year-old Vicente Matos of South Boston and charge him with Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of Class A Drugs, Possession with intent to Distribute Class B Drugs, Operating after Revocation or Suspension, Possession of Firearm Subsequent Offense as well as multiple citations. 

 

Boston 24: Data from 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: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 6

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 Arrest One Suspect and Recover an Illegal Firearm on Talbot Avenue in Mattapan

 

At about 1:23 AM on Monday August 18, 2014, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) while on patrol made an on sight arrest for possession of an illegal firearm in the area of 15 Talbot Avenue in Dorchester.

Officers were traveling on Talbot Avenue, when they observed a male in a red hooded sweatshirt walking through the parking lot of the Boys and Girls Club located at the above address. As officers passed by, the male abruptly grasped his front midsection with his hand, reversed direction and briefly disappeared behind a parked motor vehicle.  Officers quickly caught up to the male as he reappeared from behind the parked motor vehicle. Upon the officers’ approach and without provocation, the male suddenly lifted his shirt and began to pat himself down in order to reveal to officers that he did not have any weapons on him.  Due to the seemingly voluntary act of the individual, officers searched the area around the motor vehicle where he was previously seen and recovered a loaded I.J.A. & C.WKS .22 revolver directly under the motor vehicle.

Officers arrested 19-year-old Steeve Niclas of Dorchester and charged him with Illegal Possession of a Firearm and Illegal Possession of Ammunition.

 

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Three and Recover Illegal Gun in East Boston

 

At about 3:00 AM on Monday, August 18, 2014, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of 63 Maverick Street in East Boston.

On arrival, officers were informed that three males in the area had been causing a disturbance in the residential neighborhood. Officers spoke to individuals in the area who provided descriptions of the males and informed officers that one of them had been in possession of a revolver. As officers arrived on scene, they observed an unknown black male, matching the description of one of the suspects, running on Havre Street towards Sumner Street. The male had been sweating profusely and appeared to be out of breath. Officers then observed two other black males, also matching the description of the suspects in the rear of 18 London Street.  A search of the area in which the suspects had been, allowed officers to locate a FIE Corp Titanic .32 Long Caliber five shot revolver loaded with two live rounds of ammunition in the rear of 55 Maverick Street.

Officers arrested two 17-year-old juvenile males and 20-year-old Remi Jones of Cambridge. All three suspects are charged with Disturbing the Peace. Jones faces an additional charge of Trespassing while one of the juveniles is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

 

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 8
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 13
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 11
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 40

Residential Break-ins: 23
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.

 

One Less Gun: Two Arrested and Two Illegal Firearms Recovered by Boston Police Officers in Roxbury and Mattapan

Firearm recovered in Incident #1

In the Boston Police Department’s continued efforts to take illegal firearms off the streets of our city, officers recovered four guns in the span of eight hours on Sunday, August 17, 2014. In addition to recovering two firearms and arresting one suspect in relation to a shooting incident in Downtown Boston (see earlier post), BPD officers recovered two illegal firearms and arrested two in unrelated incidents in Roxbury and Mattapan.

The facts and circumstances of the incidents are as follows:

Incident #1: While on patrol at about 12:45 AM on Sunday, August 17, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force observed two males in the area of Harvard and Waterlow Streets in District B-3 (Mattapan) who appeared to be drinking alcohol in public. As officers approached to engage the pair in conversation, one male began to walk quickly away from the officers’ cruiser. Officers followed the individual in their cruiser and observed him crouch down behind the driver’s side of a parked car, where they heard the sound of a metal object hitting the pavement. When the officers investigated behind the vehicle, they observed a loaded black High Point 9MM semi-automatic firearm with obliterated serial numbers (see photo) on the ground where the suspect had crouched.

Officers were able to stop the suspect, and when he could not produce a license to carry, 21-year-old Shannon M. Thomas of Randolph, MA was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number.

Incident #2: While on patrol at about 3:53 AM on Sunday, August 17, 2014, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) observed a motor vehicle commit numerous traffic violations in the area of Belden Street. After following the vehicle for an extended distance, officers were finally able to make a stop of the vehicle and its occupants. Officers observed that the occupants of the vehicle were known to them and individuals with whom the officers had prior interactions earlier in the evening. An investigation led officers to retrace the flight path of the vehicle and recover a loaded silver and black Talon 380 firearm.

Officers arrested 28-year-old Thomas Depina of Dorchester and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle after Licensed Suspended/Revoked, Use of a Motor Vehicle without Authority, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.

BPD Officers Arrest One and Recover Two Illegal Firearms After Shooting in Downtown Boston

 

At about 2:55 AM on Sunday, August 17, 2014, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to the sound of shots fired in the area of 15 Edinboro Street in Chinatown.

While on patrol, officers heard what appeared to be gun shots outside of the above address. Officers observed a suspect fleeing the scene and pursued him on foot. After a brief foot chase, officers were able to apprehend the suspect, recover a firearm, and secure the scene and numerous witnesses within minutes. During the pursuit, an officer's firearm was discharged, however, a preliminary investigation has determined that there were no injuries as a result of this discharge.

Twenty-nine-year-old Kareem Smith of Malden was arrested and charged with Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Firearm). Smith is known to Boston police officers and has prior firearm convictions on his record.

Officers and Boston EMS treated four victims who incurred non-life-threatening gunshot injuries, three of whose injuries appeared to be minor. The victims were all male and ranged in age from 22 to 27 years old. All four victims were transported to area hospitals.

***Due to the ongoing investigation, a second firearm was later recovered in relation to this incident. An amendment to this post has been made.

 

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest One and Recover One Illegal Firearm in Dorchester

At about 10:48 PM on Friday, August 15, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force affected an onsite arrest of a suspect for illegal firearm violations in the area of 11 Arcadia Street in District C-11 (Dorchester).

While on patrol in the area of Adams Street and Ronan Park, officers received information from a reliable, confidential source that there was a suspect in the area on a bicycle who may be unlawfully carrying a firearm. Shortly after receiving the tip, officers observed a male fitting the suspect’s description riding a bike at Arcadia Street and Arcadia Park. Officers attempted to stop this individual, but the suspect dropped his bike and fled on foot. When officers caught up to the suspect, they attempted to pat frisk him and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, the suspect reached a number of times for his waistband and eventually a loaded silver .32 caliber Iver Johnson revolver fell from his pant leg.

When the suspect could not produce a license to carry, officers arrested 19-year-old Tristan Preval of Boston for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Resisting Arrest.

 

COMMUNITY ALERT: Police Investigate Two Incidents of Indecent Assault in Brighton

At about 7:50 PM on Thursday, August 14, 2014, officers assigned to District D-14 (Brighton) responded to a report of an indecent assault and battery in the area of 39 Brighton Avenue in Brighton. Upon arrival, officers were met by a female victim who reported she had been sexually assaulted by a male suspect. The suspect fled the area on Gardner Street toward Harvard Avenue prior to police arrival.

Approximately 40 minutes later, at about 8:30 PM on the same date, officers from District D-14 responded to the area of Quint and Brighton Avenues for a second report of an indecent assault and battery. Officers were met by a second female victim who reported she was sexually assaulted by a male suspect. The victim reported that the suspect fled the area on Quint Avenue towards Glenville Avenue prior to police arrival.

Both victims described the suspect as follows:

  • White, non-Hispanic male
  • Late 30’s to early 40’s
  • Approximately 5’8” tall
  • Slim build
  • Short brown hair
  • Possibly balding

Due to the close proximity of the incidents in time and location, as well as the similar suspect descriptions, detectives are investigating the possibility that these incidents are related.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Sexual Assault Unit detectives at 617-343-4400

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling 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 those wishing to remain anonymous.

TIPS FOR ENSURING YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. When parking, walking or returning to your car, remain in well-lit and populated areas.
  • Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.
  • Be watchful and aware. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of passing vehicles. Don’t become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device.
  • Avoid walking alone late at night. Walk with friends and people you know.
  • Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use the whistle to signal residents that you need assistance. Yelling “Fire!” “Help!” and/or “Rape!” are other ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.
  • Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
  • Carry a cell phone.
  • Call ahead to your destination to alert them that you’re on your way. Make sure they expect you at a certain time, so that in the event you fail to show up, they’ll know enough to begin looking for you.
  • Walk with confidence. Be assertive. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts. Know this: anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Don’t assume, “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”
  • If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to scare, distract, or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.
  • If you think that someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk toward an open store, restaurant, or residence.

UPDATE: BPD Homicide Investigators Solve Year-Old Case from East Boston

 

In August of 2013, Boston police officers responded to the area of 800 Border Street in District A-7 (East Boston) for reports of a found body. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased victim who was identified as 32-year-old Sherry Bradley of Lynn. Bradley’s death was later ruled a homicide by the Office of the Medical Examiner in April of 2014.

An extensive investigation by BPD homicide detectives in conjunction with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office led detectives to seek a warrant for Bradley’s boyfriend, 42-year-old Chhoeut Chin of Lynn. The detectives were granted the warrant on Thursday, August 14, 2014, and today, Friday, August 15, 2014, members of the Boston Police Fugitive Unit were able to locate and arrest Chin in Lowell. Chin will be arraigned on a later date in East Boston District Court for the charge of Murder.