Investigation Update: Arrest Made in Connection to Recent Bank Robbery in Charlestown 

 

Investigation Update: At about 11:26 AM on Friday November 30, 2018, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a call for a bank robbery in the area of 5 Austin Street in Charlestown. During the incident, a male suspect entered the bank, pushed aside an elderly customer who was waiting in line and pointed a firearm at a teller while demanding cash. The suspect then fled in an unknown direction with an undisclosed amount of cash.

During the course of their investigation, members of the Bank Robbery Task Force identified Thomas Hickey, 49, of Boston, as the person responsible for the crime.  At about 12:30 PM on Thursday December 6, 2018, officers located the suspect walking in the same area on Austin Street approaching Rutherford Avenue at which time he was placed in custody without incident. The suspect will appear in Charlestown District Court on charges of Armed Robbery (Bank), Assault and Battery on an Elderly Person and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon. 

 

BPD Officers and BMC Healthnet Plan Launch Leadership Program For Young Women and Men in the City of Boston

MAKING BOSTON BETTER: On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, the youth leadership group, We Belong, kicked off this year’s meeting at the Schrafft's building in Charlestown. The group serves young men and women in the city of Boston, helps deepen leadership skills, and explore’s civic engagement opportunities within and beyond all neighborhoods in the city. After some ice-breaking activities, the group discussed the importance of words, the impact of the words they use and how to advocate for themselves and each other. According to our officers, everybody was engaged, insightful and committed to making our city a better, more inclusive place for all.

BPD in the Community: Captain Phil Terenzi had a Wonderful Time Stopping by the Edwards Middle School in Charlestown to Participate in the 'Big Cheese Reads' Program

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BPD in the Community: Captain Phil Terenzi Participates in ‘Big Cheese Reads’ Program: Captain Phil Terenzi had a wonderful time reading to the kids at the Edwards Middle School in Charlestown earlier today, October 24, 2018,  as part of the Big Cheese Reads program which is an educational initiative that invites business, cultural and community leaders to read to students in the Boston Public Schools while simultaneously emphasizing the undeniable correlation that exists between literacy and future achievement and career success.  

BPD in the Community: Great Time Had by All at Coffee with a Cop in Charlestown

BPD in the Community: Great Time Had by All at Coffee with a Cop in Charlestown: Thanks to everybody who stopped by District A-15 in Charlestown earlier today, Friday, September 21, 2018, for Coffee with a Cop. Commissioner Gross, Captain Kenneth Fong and the officers assigned to District A-15 had a wonderful time making new friends while interacting with and talking to community members in the area. Coffee with a Cop is all about creating a friendly, informal setting where officers and community members can come together in an effort to better understand issues and concerns impacting the neighborhood in ongoing efforts to work together while making our city one of the safest big cities in America. If you are interested in learning about starting a Neighborhood Watch Group or interested in attending a future Coffee with a Cop event, we’d love to hear from you. For more info, please call (617) 343-4345.

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 75 Alford Street in Charlestown

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 75 Alford Street in Charlestown At about 3:41 AM, on Thursday, September 6, 2018, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a call for an assault in progress in the area of 75 Alford Street in Charlestown. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from undetermined traumatic injuries. The victim was declared deceased on scene. The victim has since been identified as Joshua Eric Rivera, 54, of Northampton.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing 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 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 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.  

 

Great Work Recognized: Several Officers Awarded Commissioner’s Commendations for Outstanding Police Work

Earlier today, on Thursday September 6, 2018, several members of the Boston Police Department were awarded Commissioner's Commendations during a ceremony held at Boston Police Headquarters.

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Commendation #1: At about 6:52AM on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, Officers Kenny Joseph, William Flores and Timothy Mills responded to a call for an armed home invasion in Charlestown. Officers immediately observed and stopped a suspect matching the given description and placed him in custody after being positively identified. Officers continued their investigation and later determined that the suspect had also broken into two motor vehicles and a shed prior to his arrest.

Due to the quick response of Officers Mills, Flores and Joseph the suspect was charged with home invasion, two counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, and breaking and entering to the shed. Their combined efforts and hard work resulted in the removal of a violent criminal from the streets of Boston. 

For their efforts they are hereby awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

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Commendation #2: Senior Intelligence Analyst Hailey McCall from the Boston Regional Intelligence Center conducted a multi-jurisdictional investigation into a string of ATM breaks in the Boston area, surrounding communities and neighboring states. Analyst McCall developed bulletins and worked to bring awareness to several jurisdictions while connecting the appropriate agency investigators on the local, state and federal level as leads came in during the investigation.

As a result, 176 indictments were returned by an Essex County Grand Jury charging 4 individuals with numerous offenses, including habitual offender sentencing enhancements requiring a maximum sentence of 15-20 years if convicted.  

Analyst McCall’s work showcases what is possible with high quality analytic support to a complex multi-jurisdictional investigation.

For her efforts she is hereby awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

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Commendation #3: Earlier this year, a resident of East Boston came into District A-7 (East Boston) to report that her 14-year-old daughter had been missing for 12 days. Detectives Richard Casallas and Miguel Montesino began an extensive search in East Boston for any friends or associates who may have information about the missing girl. The detectives learned that the missing girl was travelling with two adults and was currently in Miami, Florida. Detectives contacted Special Agent Lina Awad from the Department of Homeland Security who coordinated with Special Agents Rafael Albuernes and Kelly Hughes in the Miami area who were able to safely locate the missing teen. The missing girl was assisted and eventually transported back to Boston and reunited with her mother.

For their dedicated and collaborative efforts, they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

Death Investigation in the area of 75 Alford Street in Charlestown

 

DEATH INVESTIGATION: At about 3:41 AM on Thursday September 6, 2018, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a call for assault in progress in the area of 75 Alford Street in Charlestown. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from undetermined traumatic injuries. The victim was declared deceased on scene.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing 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 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 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.  

 

One Less Gun: Traffic Stop Leads to Recovery of Firearm and Two Under Arrest in Charlestown

 

One Less Gun: At about 7:35 PM on Monday, September 3, 2018, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) conducted a traffic stop resulting in the recovery of a firearm and two arrests. While on directed patrol in the area of Medford Street and Decatur Street in Charlestown, officers observed a motor vehicle with excessive window tints. An additional traffic infraction allowed officers to conduct a traffic stop. An exit order was issued due to the actions of the operator who appeared to be extremely nervous of the officers’ presence. Upon exiting the vehicle, officers observed the operator to be in possession of a firearm, located in his waistband. Officers recovered a loaded Walther P99 .40 caliber firearm and ten rounds of live ammunition. The operator, later identified as Lukasz Zajkowski, 33-years-old of Dorchester was taken into custody. A passenger identified as Darien Everett, 36-years-old of Hyde Park, was also placed under arrest.

Zajkowski is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Larceny of a Firearm. Everett, on a court issued GPS monitoring device, is charged with a probation violation.

Both suspects are expected to be arraigned in Charlestown District Court.

 

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2018 COMING TO BOSTON! Monday, August 6, 2018 and Tuesday, August 7, 2018

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: The 35th Annual National Night Out Boston, a 2-day citywide celebration that will visit 12 individual neighborhoods across the City of Boston over a 48 hour period, kicks off tomorrow, Monday, August 6, 2018 and concludes Tuesday, August 7, 2018. For those not familiar with National Night Out, it's an acknowledgement and national celebration of the partnerships that exist between communities and police departments all across the country. As in year's past, Mayor Walsh will be travelling all over the city to thank community members and Neighborhood Watch Groups for their help and support of the men and women of the BPD.

A motorcade of officials led by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Commissioner William G. Gross will be visiting six designated sites per evening for community crime watch celebrations — one in each police district. Along every stop, awards will be presented to the Top Crime Watch Group in each neighborhood and the Crimefighter of the Year (an individual for their year-round efforts in assisting the Boston Police Department).

Residents of Boston and members of the Boston Police Department will enjoy free admission, food, games, and entertainment. Attendees are invited to visit sponsor tables including The Boston Police Foundation, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, Boston Centers for Youth & Families and a host of others, including local non-profits, who have worked so hard to make this event the special occasion it has become.

EVERY BOSTON RESIDENT IS URGED TO SWITCH ON THEIR OUTSIDE LIGHTS FOR THE EVENINGS TO DEMONSTRATE OUR UNITED COMMUNITY EFFORT AGAINST CRIME.

Event locations are as follows along with the estimated time of arrival of the cavalcade:

MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2018, locations:

  • 3:00pm Cavalcade will depart Boston Police Headquarters at One Schroeder Plaza
  • 3:15 - 4:00 PM   Brighton (D-14) - Brighton Commons (Academy Hill Rd/Chestnut Hill Avenue)
  • 4:30 - 5:00 PM   Hyde Park (E-18) – Iacona Field (Readville Street & Milton Street) 
  • 5:15 - 5:45 PM   Roslindale (E-5) – Adams Park (Washington Street & Cummins Highway)
  • 6:00 - 6:40 PM   Jamaica Plain (E-13) – Mildred Hailey Apartments (90 Bickford Street)
  • 6:50 - 7:30 PM   Mattapan (B-3) – Almont Park (40 Almont Street)  
  • 7:45 - 8:30 PM   Roxbury (B-2) – Marcella Playground (235 Marcella Street)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018:

  • 3:00pm Cavalcade will depart Boston Police Headquarters at One Schroeder Plaza
  • 3:15 - 3:45 PM   East Boston (A-7) – Lopresti Park (33 Sumner Street)
  • 4:15 - 4:45 PM   Chinatown (A-1) - Tai Tung Village, Chinatown
  • 5:00 - 5:30 PM   South End (D-4) – Castle Square (Tremont Street)
  • 6:00 - 6:30 PM   North End (A-1)  – DeFillipo Park (Prince Street)
  • 6:45 - 7:15 PM   South Boston (C-6) - Moakley Park (Columbia Road)
  • 7:30 - 8:00 PM   Dorchester (C-11) - Town field Park (Dorchester Avenue & Park)

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Boston Police Officers Arrest Suspect in Charlestown Armed Robberies

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On Thursday, July 5, 2018, in a joint effort between Boston Police Department A-1 detectives, S.I.U., S.W.A.T., and members of the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, Brandon R. McCallop of Boston was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery while Masked.

In the past month, members of the Boston Police Department investigated three separate armed robberies that occurred at stores in Charlestown. In each incident, the victim reported they were robbed at gunpoint by a man with small dark eyes. The victims all gave similar descriptions of the suspect, his clothing, and his behavior.

Investigators worked quickly to make these connections, gather evidence in each case, and were able to identify a suspect. Armed with three arrest warrants for masked armed robbery and a search warrant for the body of Brandon McCallop, members of the Boston Police Department secured the perimeter and made entry at 84 Walnut Av. where McCalop was arrested without incident.

Great Work Recognized: Officers Assigned to District A-1 Arrest Charlestown Bank Robbery Suspect

 

At about 11:21AM on Thursday, June 28, 2018, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for a bank robbery in progress at the Cambridge Savings Bank, located at 1 Thompson Square, Charlestown. Upon arrival officers learned that a white male, 5’8”to 6’, wearing a white ski mask, white gloves had just robbed the bank and fled on foot.  The money stolen contained a GPS tracker and was being tracked in the area of Laurel Street and Cedar Street moving toward Bartlett Street.

Officers patrolling the area of Bartlett Street began following the GPS directions being broadcast by the 911 dispatcher. While on Bartlett Street approaching Walker Street, officers observed one white male, about 5’8”, wearing a red jacket and black pants, walking across Walker Street beside the Clarence R. Edwards Middle School. Officers observed the suspect as he continued to check back over his shoulder. Upon seeing the approaching Boston Police cruiser, now about 10 feet from him, the suspect, later identified as, Robert Brady, 40, of Charlestown, immediately broke into a sprint, running away from the approaching officers. The officers engaged in a foot pursuit and commanded Brady to stop.  Officers observed a large bundle of US Currency partially stuffed in Brady's front pants. Robert Brady was placed under arrest for Armed Bank Robbery.

Officers recovered an undisclosed amount of US Currency, 2 GPS tracking devices, and 1 torn money band.

Robert Brady will be arraigned in Charlestown District Court.

BPD In The Community: Walk for Peace Held After Peace Park Dedication in Charlestown

Earlier this week, on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, the Charlestown Coalition dedicated the Charlestown Peace Park to those that have died as a result of homicide or overdose. After the dedication, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) and members of BPD's Neighborhood Watch Unit joined the organizers and participants in a Walk for Peace through the neighborhood. 

The following is a statement by Boston Police Commissioner William Evans:

“I can think of no better cause to dedicate a park to than the never-ending pursuit of peace in our neighborhoods. I couldn’t be prouder or more impressed by the vision and efforts that went into turning this dream of a peace park into a reality. As Commissioner of the Boston Police Department, I can assure you that everything my officers are committed to, whether it’s taking guns off our streets to stem gun violence or handing out free ice cream to kids at community gatherings, is forever dedicated to cultivating, growing and promoting peace in our neighborhoods. Our success as a department is undoubtedly measured by the level of safety felt by our citizens. The fact that community organizations like the Charlestown Coalition were moved to create a solemn, tranquil place where neighbors and friends can gather under a banner of peace is incredibly inspiring. I know I speak for all of my officers when I say I am excited, for not only what this park represents, but also for how it will be utilized in the years to come. And, it is my sincere hope that all who gather here will be similarly moved and motivated to think long and hard about how they too can contribute to the peace effort needed to keep Boston one of the safest big cities in America.”

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Quick Response Enables BPD Officers to Arrest Suspect Wanted for Armed Home Invasion in Charlestown

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Quick Response Enables BPD Officers to Arrest Suspect Wanted for Armed Home Invasion in Charlestown

At about 6:52AM on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, officers from District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a call for an armed robbery in the area of 400 Main Street in Charlestown. While en route to the call, officers were notified by the BPD radio dispatcher that the suspects (described as two black males wearing puffy jackets) were still in the area and were last seen fleeing down Baldwin Street towards Bunker Hill Street. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that two black males approached him, showed weapons and demanded money. The victim further states when he ran into his home to escape the suspects, they followed behind him and stole several items from his residence before fleeing the area. While searching the area, officers observed an individual, who matched the description of one of the suspects, hiding behind a car in the area of Baldwin and Medford Streets. Fearing the presence of a weapon, officers immediately instructed the suspect to place his hands over his head. When the suspect refused, officers were forced to physically subdue the suspect. After brief struggle, officers were able to take the suspect into custody. A search of the suspect for weapons proved unsuccessful. However, while the suspect was being detained, the victim was brought to the scene to positively identify the person who robbed him. Upon seeing the person being detained, the victim stated, “That’s him.”

During the booking process, the suspect was found to be in possession of several personal papers and credit cards belonging to person/victim who lived in the area of St. Martin Street. While returning the personal papers and credit cards to its rightful owner, the owner of the stolen property directed officers to the motor vehicle where the items had been stolen from. While looking through the car, officers observed and confiscated a black handgun, later shown to be a pellet gun.

Officers arrested Kewin Paul, 19, of Boston and charged him with Armed Home Invasion, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) and Receiving Stolen Property.

Making a Difference: Cops for Kids with Cancer Presents Check to Family of 3-year-old Battling Leukemia

Yesterday morning, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, retired Boston Police Captain Paul Ivans and officers from District A-1 (Downtown) and District A-15 (Charlestown) presented three-year-old Jonathan McCollum, Jr. and his parents with a generous check from Cops for Kids with Cancer at the District A-15 Neighborhood Police Station. And of course, little Jonathan, who has been fighting Leukemia, was thrilled to receive the officers’ gifts of toys and trucks!

Since the inception of CFKWC in 2008, the organization has provided the families of children who have cancer with over 2.5 million dollars, and it continues, day-in and day-out, to raise money to assist in donating funds for treatment and other needs that these families may encounter during their fight against this disease. 

For more information on Cops for Kids with Cancer, click on this LINK.

Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Quickly Apprehend Barricaded Male Attempting to Ignite Gas Leak in Charlestown

 

At about 12:10 PM on Friday, April 20, 2018, officers from District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a call for an emotionally disturbed person inside 106 Walford Way.

Upon arrival, officers learned that a 57-year-old male had barricaded himself inside an apartment and ripped a gas line from the wall. As officers made entry into the apartment, they observed the male trying to ignite a cigarette lighter inside the room with the gas leak. Officers were able to quickly and tactically enter the residence and, using the less-lethal, Super Sock round shotgun, disarmed the male and placed him into custody. The male was transported by EMS to an area hospital for evaluation, and officers will seek complaints against him for Attempted Arson, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, and Disorderly Person.

“This was obviously an extremely dangerous incident both for the other residents of the building and for my officers,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. “The officers knew they needed to act quickly, and I applaud their restraint in a volatile and unstable situation.”

Great Work Recognized: BPD Officers Honored for Their Heroism and Restraint When Confronted by Armed Suspect in Charlestown

Earlier today, on Thursday April 5, 2018, Boston Police Officers Jonathan O’Brien and Timothy Callahan were each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation for their actions in the line of duty while confronting and arresting a male suspect armed with a loaded firearm.

The original facts surrounding the incident are as follows: At about 8:00 PM on Monday, January 29, 2018, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) made an onsite firearm arrest stemming from a motor vehicle stop in Charlestown. Officers were travelling on Polk Street when they observed a red motor vehicle double-parked in front of 18 Polk Street without an inspection sticker. While talking to the operator, officers noted that the he began moving in such a way as if to suggest he was in possession of a weapon or firearm by constantly reaching for touching an object in his waist area. Fearing the suspect may be in possession of a firearm, officers asked the operator to exit the vehicle. Despite several requests, the suspect refused to move. But when officers attempted to remove the suspect, he began to hit, punch, and strike the officers while simultaneously reaching for the object in his waistband. Not wanting the suspect to gain control of the weapon, officers quickly pulled the suspect from the car.

Once outside the car, officers struggled to gain control of the suspect’s hands as he continued to fight, strike and punch the officers all the while trying to reach for the weapon in his waistband. During the struggle, both of the officers’ handheld radios were knocked to the ground, rendering them unable to call for backup. As the fight wore on, additional officers who were in the area on an unrelated matter observed the struggle from afar and instantly started towards the scene to provide much-needed aid and assistance. The arresting officers continued to struggle with the suspect who was eventually able to break free and flee on foot through a courtyard opposite 10 Carney Court. One of the officers immediately gave chase while the second officer, finally able to gain access to a radio, called for help while providing relevant information to responding units. As the pursuing officer began to close in on the suspect, the suspect suddenly turned around, pulled out a revolver, and pointed it directly at the officer. Instinctively, the officer drew his firearm, took cover, and began issuing verbal commands ordering the suspect to drop his gun. At this point, the suspect lowered his firearm and ran towards a nearby playground where he discarded the weapon.

In short time, additional responding units were able to overcome and subdue the suspect. Officers then safely recovered the firearm discarded by the suspect, a fully loaded 9mm Ruger LCR revolver inside a black holster. The suspect was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Assault by Means of Dangerous Weapon, Assault and Battery While Armed (2 Counts), Assault and Battery on a Police Officer (2 Counts) and Resisting Arrest.

Investigation Update: Two Suspects Identified and Charged in Connection to Armed Robbery in Charlestown

District A-1 detectives have identified and charged two juvenile male suspects from Boston, ages 14 and 16, in connection to this incident. The Boston Police Department would like to thank the public and our media partners for their assistance with this investigation.

 

Investigation UPDATE: Boston Police Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection to Several Charlestown B&E’s

At about 8:00 PM on Thursday, February 1, 2018, officers and detectives from District A-1 (Downtown) executed an arrest warrant for the suspect in an unarmed burglary that took place on August 20, 2017 in the area of Bunker Hill and Polk Streets in Charlestown. The warrant was issued out of Charlestown District Court on February 1, 2018 for the suspect, whom after a thorough investigation, detectives identified as 23-year-old Abas Bilal of Charlestown. 

During the original incident, the female victim told police that she returned home to find the suspect, Bilal, in her residence. Bilal fled the scene on foot, and the victim later discovered that her wallet was missing and unauthorized charges had been placed on her credit cards.

Due to the similar suspect description and modus operandi, detectives are investigating whether Bilal is responsible for breaking and entering incidents and an indecent assault that took place on 1/7/18 in the area of Carney Court, on 1/16/18 in the area of Old Iron Sides Way, and on 1/21/18 in the area of Decatur Street. Detectives will seek the appropriate charges against Bilal for those incidents.

Said Commissioner Evans, "This arrest comes as a result of an ongoing and meticulous investigation. My detectives and prosecutors from the District Attorney's office have been working very hard on these cases and I commend their efforts in identifying and arresting this dangerous individual. Charlestown is a safer place today with this suspect under arrest."

Bilal will be arraigned in Charlestown District Court today on Friday, February 2, 2018.

One Less Gun: Commissioner Evans Praises Officers for Extraordinary Levels of Courage, Composure and Restraint Displayed During Encounter with Armed Gunman in Charlestown

At about 8:00 PM on Monday, January 29, 2018, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) made an onsite firearm arrest stemming from a motor vehicle stop in Charlestown. Officers were travelling on Polk Street when they observed a red motor vehicle double-parked in front of 18 Polk Street without an inspection sticker. While talking to the operator, officers noted that the he began moving in such a way as if to suggest he was in possession of a weapon or firearm by constantly reaching for touching an object in his waist area. Fearing the suspect may be in possession of a firearm, officers asked the operator to exit the vehicle. Despite several requests, the suspect refused to move. But when officers attempted to remove the operator, the suspect began to hit, punch, and strike the officers while simultaneously reaching for the object in his waistband. Not wanting the suspect to gain control of the weapon, officers quickly pulled the suspect from the car. Once outside the car, officers struggled to gain control of the suspect’s hands as he continued to fight, strike and punch the officers all the while trying to reach for and gain possession of the weapon in his waistband. During the struggle, both of the officers’ handheld radios were knocked to the ground, rendering them unable to call for aid and additional backup. As the fight wore on, additional officers who were in the area on an unrelated matter observed the struggle from afar and instantly started towards the scene to provide much-needed aid and assistance. The arresting officers continued to struggle with the suspect who was eventually able to break free and flee on foot through a courtyard opposite 10 Carney Court. One of the officers immediately gave chase while the second officer, finally able to gain access to a radio, called for help while providing relevant information to the responding units. As the pursuing officer began to close in on the suspect, the suspect suddenly turned around, pulled out a revolver, and pointed it directly at the officer. Instinctively, the officer drew his firearm, took cover, and began issuing verbal commands ordering the suspect to drop his gun. At this point, the suspect lowered his firearm and ran towards a nearby playground where he discarded the weapon. In short time, additional responding units were able to overcome and subdue the suspect. Officers then safely recovered the firearm discarded by the suspect, a fully loaded 9mm Ruger LCR revolver inside a black holster (see photo). The suspect, Celestino Vicente, 37, of Dorchester, was charged with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Assault by Means of Dangerous Weapon, Assault and Battery While Armed (2 Counts), Assault and Battery on a Police Officer (2 Counts) and Resisting Arrest.

Said Commissioner William Evans, “I can’t say enough about the split-second decision making, bravery and restraint displayed by the officers involved in this incident. The fact that the suspect in this case thought it was okay to point a firearm at one of my officers is beyond disturbing and, truth be told, this individual is incredibly lucky he didn't get shot. Clearly, an incident like this speaks to the dangers my officers bravely and knowingly confront each and every day while protecting and serving our community. Thankfully, this incident ended the way that it did and my officers were able to go home to their loved ones safe and sound at the end of an emotionally difficult and draining day.”