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

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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. 

 

Thank You to Our Veterans

On this Veterans Day, the men and women of the Boston Police Department would like to  honor and thank all who have served and sacrificed while protecting the United States of America. Today, we recognize those who have protected and safeguarded the liberties and freedoms that define our Country. For their selfless service and unwavering dedication to the USA, we say thank you to all of our Veterans. 

 

BPD in the Community: Hi-5-Friday Stops by the Paul A. Dever School in Dorchester

Hi-5-Friday stops by the Paul A. Dever School in Dorchester: Earlier this morning smiles were seen on the faces of students as they were welcomed with plenty of Hi 5’s by Boston Police Officers. When kids see police officers, we want them to see people who care about keeping them safe, and, “Hi-5-Friday” is a perfect way to send that message.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, November 9, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

Street Robberies: 6
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 4

Residential Break-ins: 3
Commercial Break-ins: 2

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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.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Male for Unarmed Robbery in Roxbury  

 

DAILY DOSE OF GREAT POLICE WORK: At about 2:30 AM on Friday, November 9, 2018, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) made an on-site arrest in the area of 48 Warren Street in Roxbury. While on patrol, officers were approached by a female victim who stated she had been assaulted and robbed of her belongings. The victim stated she was approached by two males and a female suspect. The victim stated the group assaulted her and stole her purse. Officers searched the area for the suspects and were able to locate a group matching their descriptions. Officers observed one of the males wearing the purse described by the victim as that which contained her property. 

Officers were able to recover the victim’s property and arrested Dorall Hilton, 26-years-old, of Dorchester. Hilton is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unarmed Robbery, Unarmed Assault to Rob, and Receiving Stolen Property. 

 


BPD in the Community: Commissioner Gross Visits with Students, Faculty and Staff at Brooke High School in Dorchester

BPD in the Community: Earlier today, on Thursday, November 8, 2018, Commissioner Gross addressed students, faculty and staff at Brooke High School in Dorchester. The Commissioner was interviewed by an aspiring student journalist about his decision to become a police officer, his career with the BPD and ascension to his present position as Boston’s Top Cop. The Commissioner addressed several questions and topics while sharing his thoughts on the importance of education, pride, inclusion and tolerance. Students took the time to speak to the Commissioner in small groups and even one-on-one after the main presentation. There were plenty of follow up questions at the end of the Commissioner’s presentation which led to even more meaningful discussions, smiles and even a few hugs.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, November 8, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 6
Commercial Break-ins: 3

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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.

 

Third Suspect in Custody Days After Execution of Search Warrant Leads to the Recovery of a Loaded Firearm, Drugs and Cash in the South End

At about 11:30 PM on Wednesday November 7, 2018, members of the Citywide Drug Control Unit located and arrested Angel Perez, 43, of Boston on firearm and drug related charges in the area of 70 South Bay Avenue in Boston. The suspect was wanted on an outstanding warrant in connection to an investigation in the area of 43 Dwight Street. During the execution of a search warrant on Monday November 5, 2018, officers arrested two suspects while recovering a loaded 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun, 44 grams of fentanyl, 23 grams of crack cocaine (see photo) along with $2480 in U.S. Currency. The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Trafficking Class A & B Drugs.

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Detectives Assigned to District B-3 Mattapan Recover Firearm After Executing Search Warrant

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At about 8:00AM on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call in the area of 183 Harvard Street, Dorchester for a report of a person with a gun. On arrival, officers located all parties involved still arguing at the corner of Esmond Street and Harvard Street. During the argument, victim stated the suspect, later identified as Desean Clare, 28 of Mattapan, retrieved a black firearm from his motor vehicle, threatened him, and then proceeded into his own apartment.  Officers located Desean Clare and he was positively identified, placed under arrest and charged with Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon. 

Later that evening, District B-3 Detectives executed a search warrant at Desean Clare’s apartment and recovered a medium sized sentry safe which contained a silver .25 caliber firearm with a black handle, 2 AK 47 magazines, and loose rounds of ammunition. 

Desean Clare will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

BPD in the Community: Commissioner Gross Speaks at Back Bay Association Business Breakfast

WORKING TOGETHER: Earlier today on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, Commissioner William Gross spoke at the Back-Bay Association Business Breakfast hosted by the Colonnade Hotel. Commissioner Gross spoke to the group regarding community policing and the importance of working together to solve crimes.  All in attendance were pleased with his efforts and resources he has put forth to combat crime in the city of Boston.  “When you see something, say something!”

 

#ICYMI: BPD Officers Help Promote the Grand Opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington D.C.

ICYMI: Last month, on Saturday October 13, 2018, The National Law Enforcement Museum officially opened in Washington D.C. In preparation for the grand opening, Officers Kim Tavares and Stephen McNulty took part in a television commercial inviting people to ride along with officers from across the country to come see, hear and experience the museum together. The National Law Enforcement Museum is dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement by providing visitors a “walk in the shoes” experience. Please visit https://lawenforcementmuseum.org/ to learn more.

 

Suspect Arrested in Connection to Two Breaking and Entering Incidents at the Prudential Center in the Back Bay

 

KEEPING BOSTON SAFE: At about 2:11 AM on Wednesday November 7, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) located and arrested Cheval Holmes, 48, of Dorchester, on breaking and entering charges in the area of 53 Huntington Avenue in the Back Bay. Officers were aware that the suspect was wanted in connection to two recent breaking and entering incidents involving a kiosk inside the Prudential Center Mall during which a total of 30 watches were stolen. The two incidents occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday October 27th and Wednesday October 31st. Officers placed the suspect in custody without incident while recovering a screwdriver from inside his coat pocket. The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Breaking and Entering (2 Counts), Larceny and Possession of Burglarious Tools.