Halloween Makes an Early Visit to East Boston!

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Ghosts, ghouls, goblins, fairy princesses, cowboys and ninja turtles, to name just a few, were all in high supply earlier this week, Thursday, October 30, 2014,  at the District A-7 & BCYF Paris Street Community Center Halloween Party in East Boston. A great time was certainly had by all the kids who stopped by the celebration and for those who showed up with an appetite, free food was provided to all and the dining options were many as the officers from District A-7 and staff from the BCYF served up everything from hot dogs, to pizza and – of course – plenty of candy!!! Today’s Halloween Party was one of several put together and sponsored by Boston Police Officers throughout the city. Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Evans wish everybody a safe and happy Halloween this year.  

 

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

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At about 4:30 PM on Thursday, October 30, 2014, members of the Drug Control Unit made an onsite arrest and recovered an illegal firearm in the area of Boyden Street and Woodrow Ave in Dorchester.

While on patrol in the area of the above location due to recent incidents of drug related activity, officers’ attention was drawn to a gold vehicle which had completed a drug transaction with two female individuals. Officers were able to stop the vehicle in the area of 25 Castlegate Road in Roxbury. When officers inquired as to where the two individuals had been, they were both untruthful, stating they had been walking their dog. The male occupant of the vehicle was found to be in possession of a backpack which was recovered within the car. Inside of the backpack, officers were able to recover a black Ruger SR40 firearm loaded with ten live rounds of ammunition as well as illegal narcotics. Officers arrested 36-year-old Bruce Brown Jr. of Dorchester and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Numbers, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of Large Capacity Feeding Device, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs, and Armed Career Criminal. 

 

BPD Wishes Everyone a Safe and Enjoyable Halloween

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In an effort to promote a safe and enjoyable Halloween for all school aged children in the City of Boston, the Boston Police Department in conjunction with the Transit Police and the Boston School Department, would like to provide the following message to students and their families. As well as some safety tips to keep in mind for a safe night out.

The Boston Police and the MBTA Transit Police have noted a recent uptick in incidents involving school-aged individuals committing acts of vandalism and other criminal activity throughout the City of Boston and on the MBTA. It is believed that these individuals have been and continue to be recruited by their peers via various social media sites to participate as part of a larger group in this activity. In recent weeks, officials have learned of the groups’ intention to engage in lawless and destructive behavior on Halloween.

Specifically, social media outlets are being used to get students to participate in these groups on Friday, October 31, 2014. The social media outlets are advising students to ride bicycles, wear masks, and carry objects that may potentially be used as weapons.

The Boston Police and the Transit Police strongly discourage this behavior. We ask parents/guardians to exercise caution and to report any unusual activity to the Boston Police Emergency 911 call center. Additionally, passengers using the MBTA can download the MBTA's "See Something Say Something" App on their cell phones. They are asked to use the "See Something Say Something" App to report suspicious behavior during the Halloween Weekend. Anyone observed acting rowdy, destructive or committing a crime while on the MBTA should be reported to the MBTA Transit Police Department at (617) 222 1212 or electronically through the App. The reports can be made anonymously or with call back information. These reports are monitored in "real time" at Transit Police Headquarters.  

Halloween Safety Tips

  • Parents should establish a route for children and stay within familiar areas and surroundings.
  • Remind kids not to enter strangers' homes or cars.
  • Remind children to avoid homes without an outside light on.
  • Attach your phone number and address to your children’s costume.
  • Take a flashlight.
  • Be sure clothing/costumes are bright, reflective and flame retardant.
  • Set rules about not eating treats until kids get home. Be sure to inspect all treats before allowing kids to eat them.
  • When in doubt, throw it out! Candy that has been opened should be thrown away. Any homemade treats or fruit should be inspected closely.
  • Never cross the street from between parked cars. Always use crosswalks to ensure you will be seen.
  • Watch open flames from jack-o-lanterns as they can catch costumes and long wigs on fire.
  • Make sure that fake knives, swords, and guns are made from cardboard or other flexible materials to avoid accidental injury or worse, have them mistaken for the real thing!
  • It is also important to ensure that your home is safe and accessible to trick-or-treaters. As adults there are some very simple things we can do to make the evening safe everyone……
  • Turn on your porch light.
  • Move lit jack-o-lanterns off the porch where kids get bunched up if they are trick-or-treating in groups.
  • Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard.
  • Drive slowly all evening. You never know what may suddenly cross your path.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police.

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.”