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.”

BPD Community Alert: Officers Investigating Breaking and Entering in the Area of Decatur Street, Charlestown

On Sunday, January 21, 2018, a female victim reported that her apartment had been broken into during the overnight hours. The victim reported several personal items had been removed from the apartment.

A witness reported that he observed a black male about 20 years old, 6' tall, thin build, wearing dark clothing, leaving the area at about 3:00 AM. 

A similar incident was reported to the BPD on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. For information on that incident click HERE.

Based on the similar suspect descriptions and other known facts in each of these incidents, the BPD believes that the same suspect may be responsible for both crimes. 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents. Anyone with information on either of these incidents is strongly urged to contact the Boston Police Area A Detectives at (617) 343-4248.

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.

BPD Community Alert: Officers Investigating Breaking and Entering & Indecent Assault in the Area of Old Ironsides Way, Charlestown

At about 4:00 AM on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, officers from District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a radio call for a breaking and entering in progress in the area of Old Ironsides Way. Upon arrival, officers were informed that the female victim had been sleeping in her apartment when she was indecently assaulted by an intruder who had broken into the residence. The victim screamed and awoke the other household members, and the suspect fled out of the front door.

The suspect was described as a black male approximately 25 to 30 years old, 5’5” to 5’8” in height, and wearing gray sweatpants with a distinct dark gray rear pocket.

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 Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400 or the Area A Detectives at (617) 343-4248.

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

BPD Officers Show Compassion and Restraint During Standoff with Armed Emotionally Disturbed Man

 

At about 6:57 PM on Monday, July 31, 2017, Officers assigned to Area A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a call for an emotionally disturbed person armed with a knife in the area of Allston Street in Charlestown. On arrival, officers were directed to the rear of a home and were informed that an individual was inside the house holding a knife and had been consuming alcohol. As the officers entered the home they observed the male holding the knife to his own throat. While keeping others at a safe distance, officers engaged the male in conversation who was at this point demanding that the officers shoot him. Officers continued to use de-escalation techniques all while reassuring the male that they were there to help not harm him. The male continued to hold the knife to his throat demanding that officers shoot him or he will harm himself. Officers continued there dialogue with the male until additional units arrived on scene to assist. With additional officers at the scene, the male retreated into a bedroom with the knife still pressed to his throat. Officers were able to gain a tactical advantage at this point by using a protective shield and entered the room. One inside they were able to peacefully subdue and disarm the male without any injuries. He was then taken from the home to an area hospital for treatment. 

Said Commissioner Evans, "I commend the restraint and compassion exhibited by my officers during this very tense situation. This incident highlights the often difficult job police officers face when called to help in cases like this. The actions taken by these officers kept everyone involved safe and allowed for a peaceful outcome."

One Less Gun: Officers’ Keen Observations Lead to Arrest of Armed Robber and Recovery of Illegal Firearm

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At about 1:45 AM on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, an officer from District A-15 (Charlestown) was flagged down by a victim of an armed robbery in the area of 17 Corey Street. The officer was informed that the victim had arranged to sell his red iPhone 7 Plus but when he met with three individuals in a black Acura to complete the transaction, a passenger of the car grabbed the iPhone box and lifted up his hoodie as if to indicate he had a weapon in his waistband. The vehicle then took off toward I-93 South. The officer broadcast the description of the vehicle, including plate number, over several BPD radio channels.

About 25 minutes later, officers in District B-2 (Roxbury) observed a vehicle matching the description and plate number of the suspect car in the area of Blue Hill Ave and Columbia Road. Officers conducted a stop of the suspect vehicle, and due to the nature of the original call and reports that there may be a firearm in the vehicle, officers ordered the two occupants out of the car and conducted a pat frisk of the occupants and the passenger compartment. During the frisk, officers observed that the passenger, 27-year-old Jeffrey S. Jones of Dorchester, was wearing a GPS monitoring bracelet. Also during the frisk officers observed victim’s red iPhone in plain view and a loaded Jimenez Arms .380 Auto firearm in the center console. Both the operator, 22-year-old Brian K. Joyce of Providence, RI, and Jones were identified as the suspects in the robbery. Both were arrested and charged with Armed Robbery, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. The officers matched the serial numbers on the recovered iPhone to a picture of the iPhone box taken by the victim, and the phone was returned to the victim.
 

Do You Know Me? Lost Dog Brought to Officers in Charlestown

Today, Monday, May 15, 2017, a member of the community found this pup wandering in the area of Rutherford Avenue in District A-15 (Charlestown). The dog was brought to the officers at the BPD District A-15 Neighborhood Station. Anyone with information on the dog and/or its owner(s) is asked to contact City of Boston Animal Control at 617-635-1800.

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Task Force Seizes Large Quantity of Drugs from Behind Counter of Charlestown Restaurant

At about 1:30 PM on Monday, March 27, 2017, members of the Distict A-1 (Downtown) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit, in collaboration with the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), concluded an extensive drug investigation that culminated in the execution of several search warrants in the area of D’Rafa Restaurant at 156 Bunker Hill Street in Charlestown.

As a result of the search warrants, officers seized the following from the restaurant:

  • One half kilogram of Fentanyl
  • Twenty-nine plastic bags of cocaine/crack cocaine
  • Ten plastic bags of heroin
  • Approximately $7,144 in US currency

Officers arrested 46-year-old Rafael Pimental, 28-year-old Juan Guerrero-Torres, 60-year-old female Matea Sanchez, 23-year-old female Rosselys Pimental-Melo, and 40-year-old female Ada Mejia-Mejia, all of Charlestown, were arrested and charged with Trafficking Class A Drugs (Heroin), Trafficking Class B Drugs (Fentanyl), and Trafficking Class B Drugs (Cocaine).

The Inspectional Services Department responded an immediately shut down operations at the restaurant due to the imminent health hazard.

Boston Police Department Salutes Black History Month!

Detective Arnold W. James was appointed to the Boston Police Department in 1956 and was one of the first members of the Tactical Police Force. In 1977 Detective James was in pursuit of armed robbers in Mattapan when he was shot in the head. Despite his severe wound, he was able to summon assistance for his partner, Detective John McManus, who had been shot four times. Detective James was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions.

Detective James was a World War II veteran, he was the first sworn police officer to complete Northeastern University’s program in criminal justice, and he devoted much of his free time to working with youth in the community.

 

Thank You For Thanking Us: Students from the Edwards School Stop by with Thoughtful Cards and Care Packages for the Officers of District A-15 in Charlestown

Earlier today, on Wednesday November 23, 2016, students from the Chance R. Edwards Middle School in Charlestown dropped by the District A-15 station to surprise the officers on the day before Thanksgiving.  As the students were thinking about all they are grateful for going into this holiday season, they decided to bring thoughtful cards and notes of thanks to the officers who protect and serve them every day.  The officers loved the humorous care packages which came with a witty explanation for why certain candies were inside.   Our sincere thanks to the students and staff of the Edwards School for making our day a little brighter.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Arrest Suspect in Somerville After Armed Carjacking in Charlestown

 

At about 8:30 PM on Monday August 15, 2016, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) and the City Wide Mobile Operations Unit made an onsite arrest after a call for an armed carjacking in the area of 437 Rutherford Avenue.  A male victim had just started his car when the suspect, Jonathan Daniell, 28, of Arlington, suddenly opened the driver’s side door and stated “Get out!  I need your car!”  The suspect had his hand hidden underneath his shirt and was gesturing as though he was armed with a firearm.  Fearing for his life, the victim complied and the suspect drove away at a high rate of speed, nearly causing an accident as he pulled out into traffic. A short time later, officers assigned to a city wide tactical car observed the vehicle on Cambridge Street and attempted to pull it over.  Additional responding units were eventually able to block in the vehicle and remove the driver without further incident in the area of 33 Parker Street in Somerville.  As the officers were placing the suspect in custody, they carefully removed several hypodermic needles and $139.00 in cash from the suspect’s pockets.  No firearm was located or recovered from the suspect or the vehicle. 

Somerville Police soon arrived on scene and informed the officers that the suspect matched the description of a suspect who had just committed an armed robbery on their jurisdiction in the area of 4 Broadway Street.  When asked if he had just robbed someone, the suspect replied, “Yeah.”  In a coordinated effort by both agencies, the suspect was positively identified in each incident.  Officers later determined that the suspect’s license had been suspended and that he was wanted on an outstanding warrant for drug related offenses.  The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Armed Carjacking and Operating a Motor Vehicle After Revocation or Suspension.  The suspect will be charged separately for the armed robbery which occurred in Somerville.

 

Marathon Monday Safety Message to Boston Area College and University Students and Administrators from Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans

Dear Students and Administrators:

On Monday, April 18, 2016 Boston will host the 120th running of the Boston Marathon. For many reasons, this is a historic day in Boston and as you’re well aware this will be the third race held since the bombings in 2013. In conjunction with partners, both public and private, the Boston Police Department has developed a safety and security plan for the 2016 events to ensure both athletes and spectators who participate feel safe.  We have more cameras along the route in Boston and in addition to uniformed personnel there will be officers who are undercover working the crowd. In addition to safety measures on site, we are constantly monitoring events as they play out, not only across the country, but internationally.  Marathon related activities are hosted all weekend long and the Boston Police Department has planned security measures for each.  

The safety and security plan for Monday April 18th includes:

  • Addition of cameras along the Boston portion of the Marathon route and upwards of 50 observation points will be set up along the finish line area in the Back Bay to monitor the crowd.

  • Additional ambulances, Boston EMS personnel and medical tents along the Boston portion of the route.

  • Newbury Street and Huntington Avenue outbound will be closed to vehicular traffic to allow easier spectator movement in the area.

  • Vehicular traffic will also be prohibited on many streets in Boston on the days leading up to the Marathon. For information on street closures and parking restrictions please visit www.BPDNews.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get up to date information.  

If you plan on attending the events, please remember:

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings. “If you see something, say something.” We encourage spectators to call 9-1-1 in an emergency or if they see suspicious activity.

  • All public drinking, open containers and intoxication will not be tolerated.

  • Congregating on rooftops, fire escapes and porches is prohibited.

  • In this time of heightened security we appreciate you not bringing backpacks to the marathon.  These items are not banned however individuals may be subject to search.

  • It is recommended that you take the MBTA to travel due to the large volume of visitors who come in to the city.

It is our hope that you enjoy Marathon Monday and celebrate in a safe and respectful manner. The events over the last two years have gone smoothly and we attribute much of that to the cooperation from individuals who attended the events and acted accordingly. The City of Boston takes pride in this event, and we ask that you play a role in our effort to ensure that we are a shining example of good sportsmanship, pride and most of all resilience. 

 

William B. Evans

Police Commissioner

Vision Zero Task Force Collaborates on E-learning Training Video to Promote Commuter Safety

Earlier today, Monday April 11, 2016, the Vision Zero Task Force announced the upcoming release of an instructional video for commuter safety. The Vision Zero Task Force is a program that brings together several of the city's major agencies and resources to focus on eliminating fatal and serious road accidents and crashes in the City of Boston. The production of the E-learning video will be a collaboration between the Boston Police Department, MassDOT, WalkBoston and other public safety agencies across Massachusetts. The content of the video is aimed at assisting commuters in identifying dangerous behaviors and also increasing awareness of Massachusetts traffic laws. The video will be completed in June and includes participation from the State Police, Quincy PD, Waltham PD, Newton PD and Brookline PD.

Captain Jack Danilecki of the Boston Police Department spoke for all participating groups today when he said, "In the state of Massachusetts, we care about everyone on the road whether in a car, on a bike, or on a crosswalk!"

ONE LESS GUN: BPD Officers Arrest One on Gun & Drug Related Charges in Charlestown

On Saturday, February 27, 2016, members of the District A-1 Neighborhood Drug Control Unit executed a search warrant at 90 Decatur Street in Charlestown. As a result of the search, officers charged Stephon Horne, 25, of Boston with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Drug (Cocaine).