Justice Served: Suspect Found Guilty of Triple Murder in Dorchester

Today, Friday, December 19, 2014, a Suffolk Superior Court Jury returned three guilty verdicts against 29 year-old Keron Pierre for 1st Degree Murder in the fatal shooting deaths of Shakora Gaines, Chantal Palmer and Anthony Peoples.  Some five years ago, at about 4:07am, on March 29, 2009, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 41 Mt. Ida Road. On arrival, officers located three victims sitting inside a motor vehicle all suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. Two of the victims were pronounced deceased at the scene while a third was transported to an area hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. In the days after the shooting, Pierre fled to Trinidad & Tobago.  Three years later, Pierre was returned to the United States. Today, after a complete and thorough investigation and prosecution by members of the Boston Police Homicide Unit and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley’s Office, Keron Pierre was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Special thanks to the members of the Boston Police Homicide Unit and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley’s Office for the hard work, dedication and devotion that led to the successful prosecution of the suspect in this case.      

One Less Gun: Officers Hear Gunshots, Follow Suspect Vehicle, Recover Gun & Arrest Juvenile in Dorchester

About 11:43 PM on Thursday, December 18, 2014, a Supervisor from the Youth Violence Strike Force was on patrol in the area of Ronan Park in Dorchester when he heard what he believed to be gunshots.  After inquiring with dispatch, he was informed that a report of shots fired was just received for the area of Juliette Street. The Supervisor made observations of a car leaving the area at a high rate of speed. He was able to broadcast a description of the fleeing car while reporting over the radio the direction it was traveling.  The Supervisor informed responding officers that he observed the suspect vehicle stop on Dorchester Avenue and a male passenger exit.  An officer from Area C-11 heard the broadcast and responded to the area to assist. This officer observed the male suspect now walking on Dorchester Avenue and approached him to conduct a threshold inquiry. During this encounter, the male suspect became increasingly nervous and refused to comply with the officer to take his hands out of his pockets. As the officer continued his inquiry, he removed from the suspect’s waistband a black Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun.

 The suspect is identified as a 16-year-old juvenile male from Mattapan. He is charged with Delinquent to Wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. 

“This is yet another example of the great restraint my officers use on a daily basis,” said Commissioner Evans. “I commend the work they continue to do each and every day in our ongoing efforts to protect and serve the citizens of Boston.”

One Less Gun: Drug Investigation Leads to Arrest for Possession of Illegal Firearm in East Boston

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At about 6:00 PM on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, officers from District A-7, as well as members of the Drug Control Unit, made an onsite arrest for drug violations and illegal firearm possession in the Eagle Hill Area, East Boston.

Officers have affected numerous drug and firearm related arrests in and around the area, in support of neighborhood complaints. During this investigation, officers observed a blue colored Toyota Corolla occupied by a black male with a stocky build, who matched the description officers received of a suspect possible engaged in drug distribution in the area. Officers observed the vehicle running with the headlights illuminated and partially impeding the lane of travel. Officers watched for a few moments as a second male suspect exited 193 Brooks Street and walk to the front passenger side of suspect #1’s vehicle. After a brief hand to hand exchange between the two suspects, suspect #1 drove away. At that time officers followed behind suspect #1’s vehicle as he drove toward Prescott Street. As suspect #1 approached Prescott Street officers proceeded to conduct a motor vehicle stop. Officers approached the suspect vehicle with their badges clearly displaced and announced their office "Boston Police". Upon approach officer observed the suspect quickly reach into his left front pants pocket.  Officers ordered him not to do that and he complied. But after a second attempt to reach for his pocket, the suspect was quickly removed from the vehicle and detained. Due to the suspect’s extreme nervousness and failure to comply with officers’ demands, a pat frisk was conducted. The presence of a loaded Smith and Wesson .40 caliber firearm and a small plastic bag containing what officers believed to be marijuana was recovered from the suspect’s pants pocket.  Further investigation revealed a minor child sitting in a car seat in the back seat of the suspect vehicle.   Boston Emergency Services transported the child to Massachusetts Hospital for further evaluation. The child’s mother was also notified and a 51A was filed.

Suspect, Robert L. Horsley, 35 of Quincy was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Firearm with Defaced Serial Number and Armed Career Criminal Level 2. 

A Message From Police Commissioner Evans to Local College Students

Dear Students,

 Most of you will be leaving shortly to celebrate the holidays and winter break.  Whether you are traveling near or far the majority of you will be leaving your living spaces vacant and unattended. I want to take this opportunity, as I often do, to offer a few safety tips and reminders so that you do not fall victim to a crime and that your personal possessions and spaces are protected.

 ·        Please make sure you secure your on and off campus housing units when you leave and lock the doors and windows. If you have air conditioners please remove them from the windows especially those where there is access to a fire escape. If they cannot be removed make sure they are securely fastened.  Ask someone knowledgeable if you need assistance.

·        Certain areas of the city experience higher levels of house breaks due to students forgetting to lock doors and windows during the departure for the holidays.  This was the case during this past Thanksgiving weekend which means that your apartments most likely were not secured properly.  Please take precautions, in advance, and if need be contact your management company or landlord to make sure that the locks are in working order. 

·        Take any and all of your electronic devices of value home with you since these are often attractive targets.  Computers, jewelry, game systems, and games and iPods tend to be items that are attractive to would-be perpetrators. 

·        It is just as important to secure your on campus units.  Do not get a false sense of security that your rooms will be monitored and take the same precautions that I have mentioned previously.

·        If you have trusted neighbors living next door, or adjacent to, let them know you are going to be away so that they can keep an eye on things.  Conversely, if you are going to be staying home, keep an eye on your neighborhood and call 911 if you see anything suspicious. Take a few extra moments to make sure your space is secure so that you are not victimized.

·        Additionally, should you come back to your residence prior to the start of next semester please keep in mind that we will be monitoring the neighborhoods for loud and underage parties.  Understand that these are neighborhoods where people live and work.

Please visit www.BPDNews.com for additional information and follow us on twitter @bostonpolice and facebook www.facebook.com/bostonpolice 

On behalf of the Boston Police Department relax and enjoy your winter break.

Sincerely,

Police Commissioner William B. Evans

Boston Police Department        

Justice Served: Suspect Found Guilty of Murder

Justice Served: Today, Wednesday December 17, 2014, a Suffolk County Jury returned a guilty verdict against Cristian Rodriguez, 38, of Boston for 1st Degree Murder in the death of Roosevelt Harris, 51, of Boston.  On February 9, 2012, officers from District D-4 responded to a call for a man who had been assaulted and beaten in the area of 1049 Tremont Street. On arrival, officers located the victim (Roosevelt Harris) suffering from what appeared to be massive head trauma. Mr. Harris was pronounced deceased on the scene by Boston EMS. After a complete and thorough investigation, Boston Police Homicide Detectives were able to identify and arrest the suspect in this case. Today, the suspect, Cristian Rodriguez was sentenced to life in prison. Special thanks to the members of the Boston Police Homicide Unit and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley’s Office for the hard work, dedication and devotion that led to the successful prosecution of the suspect in this case.      

DEATH INVESTIGATION in the area of West Cottage and Dudley Streets

At about 1:40 PM, on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to am outside scene for a person shot in the area of West Cottage and Dudley Streets. On arrival, officers located an adult male, believed to be in his twenties, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to Boston Medical Center where he 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 the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members who wish to assist this investigation anonymously can either call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800)494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department stringently protects the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous and is interested only in your information, not your identity.

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: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 14

Residential Break-ins: 6
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 News: The 6th Annual ‘Shop with a Cop’ event at Targets’s South Bay, Dorchester location.

SANTAS IN BLUE: Officer Jorge Dias helps Janiyah Woodley, 7, carry her new doll at the Dorchester target yesterday. (photo by Chris Evans)

SANTAS IN BLUE: Officer Jorge Dias helps Janiyah Woodley, 7, carry her new doll at the Dorchester target yesterday. (photo by Chris Evans)

In The News: Special Thanks to Peter Gelzinis of the Boston Herald for his story about the 6th Annual ‘Shop with a Cop’ event hosted last night at Target’s South Bay location in Dorchester.  The holiday spirit of giving was felt by members of the Boston Police Department, Boston EMS and Transit Police, as well as many community partners. To read the full story as it appeared in the Boston Herald – please click on the enclosed link:

www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/columnists/peter_gelzinis/2014/12/gelzinis_heavy_police_presents_at_dorchester_targetw

Great Time Had by All at the 6th Annual Shop with a Cop, Heroes & Helpers!!!

Great Time Had by All at the 6th Annual Shop with a Cop, Heroes & Helpers: Nothing quite captures the spirit of the holiday season like Shop with a Cop. Tonight, Tuesday, December 16, 2014, over 200 kids went shopping at Target accompanied by members of the Boston Police Department, Boston EMS and MBTA Police and, by all appearances, the night was a smashing success. Each child was given a $50.00 gift card to be spent on gifts of their choosing. For officers who participated in this year’s event looking to spread a little holiday cheer, Shop with a Cop did not disappoint. Said Commissioner Evans, “Once again, I’m so proud of my officers. They turned out in mass tonight to spread some holiday cheer and make a difference in the lives of over 200 kids. You could tell by the smiles on the faces of both the kids and our officers that tonight was a special night for all involved and another opportunity for our officers to show the kids of our community how much we care about them.”  

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 14

Residential Break-ins: 5
Commercial Break-ins: 3

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.

Cops Care: BPD Officers Deliver Christmas Cheer to Roxbury Resident

Christmas came early for one Roxbury resident this week.  88-year-old Viola Sanon who loves to watch her TV, was very heartbroken to learn that her only television was stolen after her home was broken into in early December. Hearing the news, Captain John Davin and officers assigned to the Community Service Office at Area B-2 (Roxbury), all chipped in and purchased Ms. Sanon a brand new television.  Pictured with Ms. Sanon is Sgt. Samil Silta and Officers Lylana Jones-Henderson and Israul Marrero of the B-2 Community Service Office.

Community Alert: Boston Police Investigating Reports of Indecent Assaults Involving Transportation Services

The Boston Police Department is asking community members to exercise caution when utilizing transportation services in Boston. At present, the Boston Police Department is investigating three separate reports of incidents involving indecent assaults:   

·         (1) At about 12:58am, on Sunday, December 14, 2014, officers spoke to a victim who stated that she had been indecently assaulted by an individual she believed to be employed by a rideshare service. According to the victim, she arranged for pick-up in the area of Dorchester Avenue and Columbia Road. Once inside the vehicle, the victim states that the operator offered her money and touched her inappropriately. While still in the car, the victim states that she received a text from her actual authorized timeshare operator stating that he had arrived to pick her up. At this point, the victim ordered the operator to stop the car so that she could exit the vehicle and call police. A search of the area for the suspect’s vehicle was unsuccessful.

·         (2) At about 2:34am, on Sunday, December 14, 2014, officers spoke to a victim who stated that she had been assaulted by an individual she believed to be employed by a rideshare service. According to the victim, she arranged for transportation from 1030 Commonwealth Avenue to her home. Once inside the vehicle, the victim states that the operator made attempts to touch her inappropriately.  After refusing unwanted advances, the victim ordered the operator to stop the car so that she could exit the vehicle.

·       (3) At about 2:50am, on Sunday, December 14, 2014, officers spoke to a victim who stated that she had been indecently assaulted by an individual who she believed to be employed by a rideshare service. According to the victim, she arranged for transportation from Faneuil Hall to a location in Dorchester. During the ride, the victim says she fell asleep and woke to the driver indecently assaulting her.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review and investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400.

Community members who wish to assist this investigation anonymously can call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department stringently guards and protects the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous.

Safety tips to consider when using transportation services in Boston:

·         Have a plan on how you will get home before you go out.

·         Travel with friends if possible.

·         Whenever possible, schedule a designated driver.

·         Have credible and regulated cab company phone numbers saved to your phone ahead of time.

·         Use only licensed cabs or clearly identifiable livery or rideshare service vehicles that you call to your location.

·         Before entering any vehicle, ask to see the operator’s license and any information confirming the driver’s employee status with the service hired.

·         Make note of taxi medallion numbers or license plates.

·         Once you are in a hired vehicle, call a friend or someone you know and let them know your ride has arrived and you’re en-route.

·         Do not get into an unmarked taxi or livery car.

 

         

 

 

 

 

MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: 6th Annual PAL Shop with a Cop, Heroes & Helpers Scheduled for Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WHO: Mayor Martin Walsh, Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross, members of the Boston Police Department, Boston EMS and the MBTA Police along with representatives from Target, Blauer and the Boston Police Athletic/Activities League.   

WHAT: Nothing quite captures the spirit of the holiday season better than the 6th Annual PAL Shop with a Cop, Heroes & Helpers. This year, as in years past, over 200 kids will go shopping accompanied by members of the Boston Police Department, Boston EMS and MBTA Police. Each child is furnished with a $50.00 gift card to be spent on gifts of their choosing. For officers who have participated in this event in year past, Shop with a Cop is a must attend/can’t miss event that highlights the season of giving. Said one officer, “Shop with a Cop is one of the best things we do. It feels so good to give something back and to show the kids how much we care about them.”   

WHERE: Target Store at 7 Allstate Road in Dorchester (South Bay Mall) 

WHEN: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 @ 6:00pm

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 661 Adams Street

 

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 661 Adams Street: At about 6:20pm, on Friday, December 12, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to an outside scene for a man down in the area of 661 Adams Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers observed and located a male victim suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds. Boston Emergency Services pronounced the victim deceased at the scene. The victim has since been identified as Sean Dwyer, 29, of Boston.  

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review and investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members who wish to assist this investigation anonymously can call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department stringently guards and protects the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous. 

BPD Photo of the Day: Getting Down & Dirty at the Boston Police Academy

BPD Photo of the Day: When you’re a recruit training at the Boston Police Academy in Hyde Park, there’s no such thing as a bad day for a work out and working out in less than ideal conditions is par for the course.  To all the recruits presently training and preparing to join one of the finest professions in America, we say: “Keep up the great work and do your best to stay dry.”

Great Work Recognized: Commissioner’s Commendations Awarded to Officers Paul Dok, Christopher McCarthy & Michael Szegda

Great Work Recognized: Commissioner’s Commendations Awarded to Officers Paul Dok, Christopher McCarthy and Michael Szegda - On Wednesday, October 22, 2014,  Officers Dok, McCarthy and Szegda received a radio call for a person threatening to jump off the Sudbury Street Parking Garage. On arrival, several witnesses approached officers and pointed to the location from which the woman was looking to jump. Upon gazing upward, officers immediately secured a visual of a woman sitting on an outer ledge on the upper level of the garage. After spotting the woman, officers made their way to the upper level. Once there, officers climbed onto the ledge where the woman was sitting. Upon seeing the officers, a struggle ensued as the woman attempted to jump off the ledge. All three officers - working together - were able to grab a hold of the woman and pull her safety. For putting their lives on the line in effort to save the life of another, Officers Paul Dok, Chris McCarthy and Michael Szegda are hereby awarded the Commissioner’s Commendations.

Mutual Respect in the Form of a Note & a Flower

 

Mutual Respect in the Form of a Note & a Flower: During today’s demonstration, one demonstrator in particular left a hugely positive impression on several members of the Boston Police Department. One of the demonstrators made a point to go out of her way to send a message that was warmly received and appreciated by every officer who received it. The demonstrator in question was seen handing out flowers (white carnations) with notes attached that read: “We don’t hate you.” To the demonstrator who passed out the notes, we say thank you and the feelings are certainly shared. Said Superintendent Robert Merner, who gladly accepted and proudly wore the flower: “It meant a lot. It really did. We respect the people out here more than they know. We respect their right to gather and voice their opinions. Obviously, we’re here to make sure they do it in a safe, respectful and responsible manner. But – we don’t dislike anybody and it was nice to see that the feelings are mutual.” 

Statement from Police Commissioner William Evans regarding today’s demonstration:

"I would like to again thank the men and women of the Boston Police Department. The restraint and professionalism exhibited by all my officers during today’s peaceful march and demonstration were exceptional. After several sit-ins and blocked roadways, no arrests were made by the Boston Police Department and no injuries were reported. I also want to again acknowledge and thank the public for their patience and understanding as a result of the necessary road closures and driving restrictions employed throughout the day. These are done in the interest of keeping everyone safe and today we did just that. I truly appreciate your understanding and cooperation.”

Death Investigation in the area of 661 Adams Street

 

At about 6:20 PM, Friday, December, 12, 2014 officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a man down in the area of 661 Adams Street.

Upon arrival, officers observed a male lying in the street suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds. Boston Emergency Services pronounced the victim 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 the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members who wish to assist this investigation anonymously can call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS. You may also text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department stringently protects the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous and is interested only in your information, not your identity.

BPD Photo of the Day

‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ at BPD District A-7 (East Boston) annual Children’s Christmas/Holiday Party held on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel located in East Boston. This year students from the Dante Aligheri Montessori School enjoyed a magic show, dancing, lunch, a special visit and gifts from Santa Claus. Special thank you to the Boston Police Athletic League, Courtyard Marriott-Logan Airport and the Kiwanis Club of East Boston for sponsoring this popular event.