A Message from Police Commissioner William Evans on the Passing of Mayor Tom Menino

Sadly, Mayor Thomas M. Menino passed away this morning. 

As Mayor Martin Walsh expressed earlier today, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Mrs. Menino and the entire Menino family.

The Boston Police Department is assisting the family at this time and will continue to do so during the difficult days ahead.  Mayor Menino was always supportive of the Boston Police Department and our mission to make Boston safe for all of its residents, as well as those who work in and visit our city.  Through his support over the last 20 years we have been able to make the Boston Police Department the finest in the nation.

Out of respect for Mayor Menino, flags at all Boston Police facilities will be flown at half staff and I would like each sworn member of the Boston Police Department to wear the black mourning band on their badge through the duration of the funeral services.

Thank you,

William Evans
Police Commissioner

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 5
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 7
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 11

Residential Break-ins: 5
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.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Two Juvenile Females Arrested for Assault and Battery Following Attack on McDonald's Employee in Dorchester

 

At about 8:39 PM on Monday, October 27, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) were alerted to a fight in the area of 605 Washington Street (McDonalds) in Dorchester.

On arrival, officers observed the 41-year-old female victim covered in saliva, crying at the above location. The victim, the restaurant’s manager, stated that she had observed a group of several female juveniles loitering inside of the restaurant for over an hour without purchasing food. When the victim approached the suspects and asked them to leave, they began to verbally insult her. At this time, a male entered the restaurant, purchased food, and shared it with the group. Upon finishing their food, one of the females approached the victim and threw a drink at her. The victim then walked towards to the exit and again asked the group to leave. At this time, one of the suspects spat on the victim. The suspects then picked up chairs and threatened the victim. Bystanders interceded but suddenly the suspects began to attack the victim, beating her viciously with closed fists. A female inside of the store attempted to help the victim by getting in between her and the suspects when the suspects turned their attack on her, striking her with closed fists as well. The suspects then attempted to flee with the victim’s glasses, her phone, both of which had been broken during the altercation, as well as her wig. Officers arrived on scene and were able to apprehend two of the juvenile females who were positively identified at the scene. Officers searched the area for the third suspect to no avail.

Officers arrested a 14-year-old female juvenile of Dorchester and a 15-year-old female juvenile of Dorchester. Both are charged with Delinquent to Wit: Assault and Battery by means to wit Chair, Assault and Battery with Injuries, and Trespassing.

 

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 5
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

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

Residential Break-ins: 6
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.

 

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 11

Residential Break-ins: 10
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.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Foiled Plot to Steal Sneakers Lands Three Behind Bars in Roslindale

 

At about 7:15 PM on Monday, October 28, 2014, officers from District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a radio call for a shoplifting in the area of 634 American Legion Highway (Expressions Clothing Store) in Roslindale.

On arrival, officers observed the manager of the store detaining three Hispanic males. Officers then spoke to the manager who stated that three employees had created an elaborate plan to steal multiple pairs of sneakers from the store. The suspects packed up dozens of boxes containing both sneakers and shoes into shipping boxes in an effort to make them look like trash then placed them outside of the store next to a dumpster to be picked up later. Officers placed the suspects under arrest and recovered all of the stolen property valued in excess of $6000.00

Officers arrested 20-year-old Emilio Jimenez of Jamaica Plain, 20-year-old Victor Pimentel of Roxbury, and 18-year-old Taj Joseph of Hyde Park. All are charged with Larceny Over $250.

 

Welcome Aboard: Mayor Walsh & Commissioner Evans Greet Captain Haseeb Hosein on his First Roll Call as the Commanding Officer of District B-3

Mayor Walsh & Commissioner Evans Greet Captain Haseeb Hosein on his First Roll Call as the Commanding Officer of District B-3: Early this morning, at approximately 7:35am, Monday, October 27, 2014, Mayor Walsh & Commissioner Evans greeted Captain Hosein and congratulated him on his new assignment during his first roll as the Captain of District B-3 in Mattapan. Hosein is the first Muslim Captain in the history of the Boston Police Department. Said Commissioner Evans, “The Mayor and myself wanted to be there to show our support for Haseeb and to wish him the best of luck and success in his new position. I think he’s going to do a great job and I’m confident in his ability to positively impact both the officers who work there and the community members who call District B-3 their home.”  

Great Work Recognized: Congratulations to Commissioner Commendation Recipients Officers Steven Horne & Robert Lucas

Great Work Recognized: Congratulations to Commissioner Commendation Recipients Officers Steven Horne & Robert Lucas: On Tuesday, September 9, 2014, the Andrew Square Convenience Store was robbed by a male suspect who, during the course of the robbery, threatened the store employee with a hypodermic needle. The suspect escaped with over seven hundred dollars.  The next day, September 10, 2014, while en route to a community meeting, Captain Greland and Officer Horne were discussing the robbery when they observed an individual matching the description of the suspect standing outside the Stop and Shop. Upon seeing the suspect, with assistance from a nearby detail officer, Officer Robert Lucas, they approached the suspect and took him into custody.  A search of the suspect enabled officers to locate and seize two hypodermic needles. The suspect later admitted to the robberies and stated he would have continued had he not been apprehended. For their keen observations and effective apprehension of a dangerous felon, Captain Greland, Officer Steven Horne & Officer Bobby Lucas are hereby awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

Street Robberies: 12
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 9
Vehicle Recoveries: 5
Vehicle Breaks: 27

Residential Break-ins: 8
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.

 

Great Work Recognized: Congratulations to Commissioner Commendation Recipients Officers James Gauvin & Kato Francis

Great Work Recognized: Congratulations to Commissioner Commendation Recipients Officers James Gauvin & Kato Francis: At about 2:00 pm, on September 24, 2014, while responding to a bank robbery at the Mt. Washington Bank in South Boston, officers Gauvin & Francis were able to quickly identify and, after a violent struggle, apprehend the suspect responsible for the robbery. Officers Gauvin & Francis are assigned as walking beat/bike officers in the Southampton Street Corridor. Thanks to their speedy response, swift capture of the suspect and recovery of the money stolen from the bank, Officers Gauvin & Francis are hereby awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

Great Work Recognized: Congratulations to Commissioner Commendation Recipients Officers Luis Lopes & Jeremiah O’Brien

Great Work Recognized: Congratulations to Commissioner Commendation Recipients Officers Luis Lopes & Jeremiah O’Brien: At about 6:30pm, on October 6, 2014, officers responded to a call for a person shot in the area of the Ashmont MBTA Train Station. The victim was transported to the Boston Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. While conducting a search of the nearby area for a suspect, Officers Lopes and O’Brien soon observed and located an individual known to them through previous encounters and, more specifically, an arrest for the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. In light of such, officers tactfully approached the suspect to better understand why he was in the area of the earlier shooting. While talking to the suspect, a description of the suspect wanted in connection to the earlier shooting was broadcast over the police radio. For officer safety, a pat frisk of the suspect was conducted. When no weapon was found, officers then conducted a search of the immediate area for the weapon. In short time, officers located a loaded firearm lying on the ground in close proximity to the suspect.  The suspect was arrested and charged with Assault with Intent to Murder. Thanks to their quick and strategic response and the effective apprehension of a violent repeat felon, Officer Lopes and O’Brien are hereby awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

Making A Difference: Boxing Program Solidifies a Partnerships with Youth at St. Peter's Center

Every Tuesday and Thursday nights, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) box with youth from St. Peter’s Youth Center on Bowdoin Street. Said Deputy Nora Baston, "Officers test their boxing skills while forming a continued relationship with the youth. Our relationship is strong with the kids on Bowdoin Street because of the boxing program.” Several officers from District C-11, this night including, Officer Stephen Doran, show up consistently to box a few rounds with the youth. 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest One Suspect for Stabbing in South Boston

 

At about 3:30 AM, on October 25, 2014 officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call for two persons stabbed at 151 Old Colony Avenue, South Boston.

On arrival officers observed two male victims in the parking lot suffering from apparent stab wounds. Victim one, a 26-year-old male from Waltham was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital with serious injuries. A second male victim, a 33-year-old from Quincy, was transported to Boston Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Officers spoke with witnesses on scene who reported that approximately six men were involved in a verbal altercation which became physical and resulted in two of the men being stabbed. Witnesses further stated the suspects described as three white males in their teen's, suspect #1 wearing a blue hooded sweat shirt, suspect #2 wearing a green hooded sweatshirt and a third white male, fled the area on foot after the stabbing, towards Dorchester Avenue. 

Officers immediately canvassed the area of Dorchester Avenue, and observed two males standing on Rogers Street, who fit the description the witnesses’ gave. After a brief foot chase and the suspects running into an apartment on Rogers Street, officers were able get the two suspects to come out without incident.

Suspect Dominic A. Bazzinotti, 18, of South Boston was positively identified and arrested. He is charged with Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault and Battery Dangerous Weapon and Affray.  The second suspect was identified and released.

Bazznotti is expected to appear in South Boston District Court on Monday.

BPD Officers Stop by the Susan Bailis Senior Assisted Living Community in the South End to Serve Up a Senior Appreciation Dinner

On Thursday, October 23, 2014, Sgt. Gino Provenzano, Officer Bernadette McCarthy, Officer Billy Slyne, Karen Collins and Bill Stoddard from PAL stopped by the Susan Bailis Senior Assisted Living Community, located at 352 Mass Ave, to visit with and provide dinner for the residents who call the Bailis Senior Center their home. All in attendance loved the dinner and the visit from Boston’s Finest even better.  Special thanks to the Boston Police Athletic/Activities League and Stella Restaurant located at 1525 Washington Street for providing the dinner free of charge. Said one of the officers, “This is a great way for us to interact with and talk to some of our elderly community members. It’s important for them to know that we’re here for them if they ever need us and a Senior Appreciation Dinner is a great way to share that message.”  

Community Alert: BPD Seeking Public's Help in Efforts to Identify Suspect Wanted in Connection to an Attempted Kidnapping in Roxbury

 

At about 4:00pm, on Wednesday October, 22, 2014, a 14-year-old female, accompanied by her parent, walked into the District B-2 (Roxbury) station to report an incident that occurred earlier that day. According to the victim, at about 2:50pm, she was standing at a bus stop in the area of Warren & Moreland Streets in Roxbury when a white male, with blue eyes, about 5'9" tall, wearing a blue & white striped dress shirt, khaki pants and black shoes exited a blue Infinity motor vehicle and approached her. According to the victim, the male suspect asked the victim to get into his car and even attempted to pull the victim into his vehicle. The victim states she was able to avoid the suspect and flee the area. The suspect's vehicle is described as a blue four door Infinity. The victim refused medical attention at the time of her report. 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call District B-2 Detectives at (617) 343-4275.

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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

Tips for Ensuring Your Personal Safety:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night.
  • When parking, walking or returning to your car, travel 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 threatened, use the whistle to signal residents for help. Yelling “Fire!” “Help!” or “Rape!” are ways of drawing attention and alerting people of your situation.
  • Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
  • Carry a cell phone and call ahead to your destination to alert them that you’re on the way. Make sure you’re expected at a certain time, so in the event you fail to show up, those expecting you will know enough to begin looking for you.
  • Walk with confidence. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts. Anyone at anytime can be a victim of crime so never assume, “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”
  • If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to defend, distract, or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.
  • If you think that someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk towards an open store, restaurant or residence.

Update: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 188 Washington Street

At about 4:45am, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a fight in the area of 188 Washington Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a female, subsequently identified as Maria Sanchez, 26,  of Mattapan, suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to the Boston Medical Center where she was later pronounced deceased.  

The Boston Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

Coffee with a Cop Visits District E-18 in Hyde Park

Captain Steven McLaughlin, City Councilor Tim McCarthy, Deputy Nora Baston, officers from District E-18 including Community Service Sgt. Tom Manning, members of the BPD’s Neighborhood Watch Unit and several neighborhood watch groups including the Hyde Park Neighborhood Watch,  the West Street Neighborhood Watch and the Clare Ave Neighborhood Watch recently gathered at the Bean & Cream Cafe located at 680 Truman Pkwy in Hyde Park to chit chat over coffee with community members who were encouraged to voice any quality of life or public safety issues impacting their neighborhoods. Thanks to all who took the time to stop by and special thanks to the Boston Police Athletic League (PAL) for picking up the cost of the coffee. If you or a friend is interested in learning more about attending or starting a Neighborhood Watch Group, please call (617) 343-4345 or email: meetinginfo.bpd@cityofboston.gov.