BPD in the Community: Thanksgiving Comes Early for Some Grateful Seniors in Dorchester Courtesy of the Unity Sports & Cultural Association

#BPDinTheCommunity: BPD Deputy Superintendent Felipe Colon had a delightful time giving thanks, sharing stories and enjoying the company of some of our more treasured community members at the Thanksgiving Luncheon for Seniors at the Unity Sports & Cultural Association in Dorchester earlier today, Sunday, November 18, 2018. Thanks to everybody who made this event the special occasion that it was.

One Less Gun: Three Under Arrest and Loaded Firearm Recovered During Violent Struggle with Officers in Jamaica Plain

ONE LESS GUN: At about 10:13 PM on Saturday, November 17, 2018, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest and recovered a firearm in the area of 950 Parker Street in Jamaica Plain. Officers were on patrol in the above area when they observed a group of males known to them through previous encounters, walking down the street. As officers attempted to speak with the males, one of them immediately began to flee the area. Officers gave chase to the male, who attempted to enter the residence at 950 Parker Street, a violent struggle occurred in the entryway to the residence. While officers were struggling with the suspect, a second male arrived on scene and attempted to intervene, the male began fighting with officers, but was subsequently placed under arrest. At this time, a female suspect exited the residence and began shouting at officers, who were still attempting to place the first male suspect under arrest. Officers continued struggling with the male who was clenching an object close to his chest. Officers were eventually able to identify the object to be a loaded firearm. Upon noticing the firearm, the female suspect began to physically assault officers as they attempted to remove the firearm from the male suspect. Eventually officers were able to place both the male suspect and his mother, the female suspect, under arrest. A .32 caliber Charter and Arms Undercover Revolver loaded with six rounds of live ammunition was secured at the scene. 

Officers arrested a 17-year-old- juvenile male of Weymouth, who is charged with Delinquent to Wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Resisting Arrest, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer with Injuries and Trespassing. A second 17-year-old male of Dorchester was also arrested and charged with Delinquent to Wit: Assault and Battery on a Police Officer with Injuries, Resisting Arrest, and Trespassing. The female suspect, identified as Shirley Thompson, 40-years-old, of Weymouth is charged with Assault and Battery on a Police Officer with Injuries, Resisting Arrest, and Trespassing. All suspects are expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court. 

 

Death Investigation in the area of 10 Westmore Road in Mattapan 

 

DEATH INVESTIGATION: At about 1:58 AM on Sunday, November 18, 2018, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 10 Westmore Road in Mattapan. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from an apparent life-threatening gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing 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.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.


Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Drug Control Unit Arrest Suspect After Search Warrant Leads to the Recovery of Loaded Firearms, Drugs and Cash in Mattapan

 

KEEPING BOSTON SAFE: At about 8:10 AM, on Thursday, November 15, 2018, members of the District B-3 Drug Control Unit (Mattapan) arrested Jesus Mojica, 33, of Mattapan, after executing a search warrant in the area of 1317 Blue Hill Avenue. As a result of their investigation, officers located and seized a loaded 9mm Sig Sauer handgun, a loaded .22 caliber North American revolver, $4,029.00 in U.S. Currency along with several bags of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2 Counts), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition (2 Counts), Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs.

 

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of BPD Lieutenant Joseph L. A. Cavagnaro Killed in the Line of Duty 87 Years Ago Today

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BPD REMEMBERS: Today, the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Lieutenant Joseph L. A. Cavagnaro who died in the line of duty 87 years ago. Lieutenant Detective Cavagnaro was conducting a homicide investigation in New York State when the vehicle he was riding in was forced off the road, causing a crash which would take his life and seriously injure a local investigator who was driving at the time of the incident. It is believed that the vehicle that caused the crash was being operated by criminals with ties to the original homicide in Boston.

Lieutenant Detective Cavagnaro was 54 years old at the time of his death and had served the department for 27 years. He left behind a grieving wife and four daughters.

Lieutenant Cavagnaro was laid to rest at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Mattapan and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 22, West Line 17.

In Boston’s Back Bay, a Hero Sign is posted to honor the life and service of Lieutenant Detective Cavagnaro near the site of the old Boston Police Headquarters on Berklee Street. If you’re passing through the area, please keep an eye out for his Hero Sign and kindly take a moment, not only to honor his sacrifice, but to remember the loved ones left in mourning after his tragic passing so many years ago.

 


 

Recent Promotions: Two Members of the BPD Receive Promotions During Ceremony at BPD Headquarters 

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PROMOTIONS: The men and women of the BPD would like to congratulate Thomas Teahan on his promotion from Sergeant Detective to Lieutenant and John Dineen on his rating of Sergeant Detective. On Friday, November 16, 2018, Commissioner Gross presented the men with their new badges during a ceremony at Boston Police Headquarters. We wish them the best of luck in their new chapters with the BPD.

 

Statement from Commissioner William G. Gross in Regards to the Withdrawal of Charges Against Kevin Williams in the Homicide of Jose Luis Phinn Williams

“I agree with the decision made by Suffolk County District Attorney John P. Pappas to withdraw the charges against Kevin Williams in the homicide of Jose Luis Phinn Williams. The Boston Police Department continues to work closely with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office to solve this case and hold those responsible accountable of their actions. Community members with information are strongly urged to contact the Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470 or the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS.”

 

BPD in the Community: Coffee with a Cop Comes to City Table at the Lenox Hotel

COFFEE WITH A COP: Thank you to all of those who stopped by Coffee with a Cop at City Table at the Lenox Hotel in District D-4 (Back Bay). Our officers had a fantastic time making new friends. If you are interested in learning about starting a Neighborhood Watch Group or interested in attending a future Coffee with a Cop event, please call (617) 343-4345.

 

Two Suspects in Custody After Search Warrant Leads to Fentanyl Seizure in South Boston

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At about 12:00PM on Thursday November 15, 2018, members of the District C-6 Drug Control Unit (South Boston) and officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) executed a search warrant in the area of 30 Orton Marotta Way.  As a result of the search warrant, officers located and seized two scales, $900 US Currency, and numerous bags of Fentanyl with an approximate total weight of 136 grams.  

Wilden D. Suazo, 30 of Boston and Cheryl Higgins, 54 Boston were placed under arrest and charged with Trafficking Class A Drugs (Fentanyl). Both will be arraigned in South Boston District Court.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, November 15, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 5
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.

Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Effort to ID Suspect Wanted for Attempted Sexual Assault in the South End

 
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COMMUNITY ALERT: At about 12:28 PM, on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for an attempted sexual assault in the area of East Canton and Albany Streets in the South End. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that a male suspect approached and attempted to sexually assault her. The victim further states that she was able to fend off the suspect. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his early twenties, about 5’6” to 5’8” tall, with a medium build. Suspect was wearing a blue 3/4 length jacket with while lettering on the back, a shirt with the number 24 displayed on the front, blue jeans, black shoes and a baseball cap. The suspect was last seen fleeing the area on foot through a nearby alleyway.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is encouraging anyone with information about the suspect to come forward and contact the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400.

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.

If you’re a victim of a sexual assault that either has or has not been reported to police and would feel more comfortable seeking confidential advice from a non-law enforcement agency or representative, the Boston Police Department encourages you to call the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) at 1 (800) 841-8371. BARCC provides free and confidential counseling, case management, legal and medical advocacy services to survivors in the greater Boston area. To learn more about BARCC, please click on the enclosed link: www.barcc.org.

 

Investigation Update: Wanted Suspect Located and Arrested in New Jersey

 

Investigation Update: Edwin Fantauzzi, 30, of Lawrence, who was wanted on numerous charges stemming from an incident that occurred on Saturday November 3, 2018, in the area of 10 Hammond Street in Lower Roxbury, has been located and arrested. Members of the BPD Fugitive Unit received information indicating that the suspect may be in the area of Bayonne, New Jersey. Investigators then coordinated with officers from the Bayonne Police Department who were able to locate the suspect and place him in custody without incident. At the time of his arrest, the suspect was utilizing the alias of Roberto Santiago. The suspect is currently being held at the Hudson County Correctional Facility as a Fugitive from Justice while awaiting extradition based on the Roxbury District Court warrant charging him with Assault with Intent to Rape a Child Under 16, Aggravating Kidnapping, Enticement of a Child and Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under 14.

The Boston Police Department would like to thank everyone who assisted in this investigation as well as our law enforcement partners at the Bayonne Police Department for apprehending this wanted fugitive.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 0
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: 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 Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Detective George J. Holmes Killed in the Line Duty 55 Years Ago

The Boston Police Department Remembers Service and Sacrifice of BPD Detective George J. Holmes Killed in the Line Duty 55 Years Ago: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Detective George J. Holmes who was killed in the line of duty on November 6, 1963. On that day 55 years ago, Detective Holmes was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend two armed felons who had just robbed a jewelry store in the area of Downtown Crossing. One of the suspects, 21-year-old Robert Ramoska, was caught moments after the crime while the second suspect and the individual believed to have been the shooter, 21-year-old Nicholas R. Yasaian, was found deceased five days later in a Somerville rail yard with the cause of death ruled an overdose.

Holmes, a 14-year veteran of the department, was 41-years-old at the time of his death. Making his death ever more heartbreaking was the fact that he was survived by his wife and four children.  

In the days following his death, Massachusetts Governor Endicott Peabody said of Detective Holmes, “In the long and valorous roster of Boston Police Officers, Detective Holmes earned a distinguished place of honor.” Additionally, Boston Police Commissioner Edmund L. McNamara mourned the loss of his fallen officer, “It is with the deepest regret and sorrow that it becomes my sad duty to officially record the death of a dedicated and devoted police officer. In the highest traditions of police service, he has now given up his life in the service of his community. I wish to extend my personal expression of sorrow and the sincere condolences of all the members of the Boston Police Department to his wife and family at this time of their great loss. It is not alone, our less.”

Detective Holmes is buried at the Mount Benedict Cemetery in West Roxbury and his name which was added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial can be found at: Panel 50, West Line 4.

In Boston, a Hero Sign (see photo) is posted in his memory at the intersection of Washington and Winter Streets marking the place where Detective Holmes lost his life protecting and serving the people of Boston. Should you find yourself in that area, please keep an eye out for Detective Holmes’ Hero Sign. And, should time allow, please take a moment to say a prayer thanking and acknowledging a brave man for his service and sacrifice to a grateful city while also acknowledging the hurt, heartache and pain felt by a family forced to come to grips with the loss of a husband, father and friend.  

BPD Community Alert: The Boston Police Crimes Against Children Unit Seeks the Public’s Help to Locate Wanted Suspect

BPD Community Alert: The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help to locate Edwin Fantauzzi, 30, of Lawrence, who is wanted on charges of Assault with Intent to Rape a Child Under 16, Aggravating Kidnapping, Enticement of a Child and Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under 14 in relation to an incident that occurred on Saturday November 3, 2018, in the area of 10 Hammond Street in Lower Roxbury. Investigators believe that the suspect may be utilizing an alias of Roberto Santiago.

Anyone with information relative to Edwin Fantauzzi (AKA: Robert Santiago) and his whereabouts is urged to contact 911 or the Boston Police Crimes Against Children Unit at (617) 343-6183.

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 96: Weekend Update

Data includes 72 HR PERIOD beginning Thursday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

Street Robberies: 5
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 2

Vehicle Thefts: 7
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 22

Residential Break-ins: 6
Commercial Break-ins: 5

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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: Suspect in Custody and Loaded Firearm Recovered After Vehicle Flees Traffic Stop in Dorchester

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One Less Gun: At about 11:00 PM on Sunday November 11, 2018, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) arrested Aaron Bailey, 39, of Dorchester, on firearm and motor vehicle related charges in the area of 15 Adams Street in Dorchester. Officers were on routine patrol when they stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation in the area of Columbia Road and Quincy Street. As the officers were approaching to speak with the operator, the suspect vehicle suddenly sped off. The suspect vehicle was observed colliding with another motorist and a parked motor vehicle while fleeing, causing minor damage. Officers soon located the stopped suspect vehicle and removed the operator at which time they observed a firearm directly underneath the driver’s side door. The suspect was placed in custody without incident and the firearm, determined to be a loaded 9mm AMT Backup Kurz handgun, was safely recovered. The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd & Subsequent), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, along with numerous motor vehicle related offenses including Failure to Stop for a Police Officer, Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Property Damage (2 Counts) and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

 

Officers Arrest One for Assault to Murder After Striking Officers with Stolen Motor Vehicle in South Boston

 

At about 11:27 AM on Saturday, November 10, 2018, an officer working a paid detail in the area of 1436 Columbia Road was notified that a truck had been stolen from the construction site. The detail officer broadcast a description of the suspect and the vehicle. Another officer working a paid detail in the area observed the stolen motor vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. With his emergency equipment activated (lights and sirens) the officer followed the suspect vehicle into Dorchester. Multiple attempts to stop the suspect were unsuccessful. The suspect struck several parked motor vehicles before backing into the officer’s cruiser. Additional units arrived on scene and continued their attempts to stop the vehicle. As an officer exited his cruiser, the suspect drove towards the officer and struck him with the stolen truck. Officers were able to stop the suspect in the area of 192 Boston Street in Dorchester. Both officers were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers arrested Robert Bjorkman, 49-years-old, of Middleboro. Bjorkman is expected to be arraigned in South Boston District Court on charges of Assault to Murder, Malicious Destruction of Property, Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Failure to Stop for Police, Leaving the Scene Personal Injury, Leaving the Scene Property Damage, and Resisting Arrest.