BPD in the Community: Kids from the PAL Junior Police Academy Enjoy a Private Duck Boat Tour of Boston

Yesterday, on Tuesday July 10, 2018, children from Districts C-11 (Dorchester) and A-7 (East Boston) participating in the Boston Police Activities/Athletics League (PAL) Junior Police Academy joined our officers for a ride around Boston by land and by sea on a private Duck Boat Tour. There were plenty of smiles aboard as the Junior Officers made their way out onto the Charles River where they each got a chance to take the wheel. We’re happy that the children and our officers were able to enjoy a fun filled day in the city!

 

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit Arrests Dangerous Felon Wanted Out of North Carolina on Gun-Related Charges and Attempted Murder in the 1st Degree

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Keeping Boston Safe: BPD’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit Arrests Dangerous Felon Wanted Out of North Carolina on Gun-Related Charges and Attempted Murder in the 1st Degree: After a far-reaching investigation, members of the BPD’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit with help from the US Marshals Service located and arrested 36-year-old Allen Lewis who was wanted in connection to an attempted murder which occurred in early May of 2018 in Kingston, North Carolina. During that incident, the suspect left a man struggling for his life after shooting him multiple times.

Earlier today, at about 2:00pm, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, members of the BPD’s Fugitive Unit observed the suspect sitting in a parked car in the area of 85 Stoughton Street in Dorchester. When officers moved in to take the suspect into custody, a brief struggle preceded his arrest. Once in custody, a search of the suspect’s vehicle enabled officers to locate and confiscate a loaded 9mm Ruger firearm.

Officers arrested Allen Lewis and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Being a Fugitive from Justice. Upon his return to North Carolina, the suspect will be charged with Attempted 1st Degree Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Discharging Firearm into an Occupied Vehicle.

Said Commissioner William Evans, “I want to thank my officers for their never-ending efforts to protect and serve the citizens of our city. Thanks to their undeniable courage and bravery, a brazen felon, an individual most assuredly considered armed and dangerous, is behind bars awaiting his return to North Carolina after mistakenly believing he could run, hide and find refuge in a city that has long stood strong against gun violence and those who think it’s okay to fuel it.”
 

UPDATE: BPD Investigators Release Images of Motor Vehicle Wanted in Connection to Fatal Motorcycle Accident in the area 141 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester

UPDATE: BPD Investigators Release Images of Motor Vehicle Wanted in Connection to Fatal Motorcycle Accident in the area 141 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester: Detectives assigned to the BPD’s Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision Team are releasing images of a motor vehicle wanted in connection to a motor vehicle collision that claimed the life of a motorcyclist in Dorchester. The vehicle pictured is a silver 2003, Lincoln LS Sedan with a moon roof, MA REG 6TJ698. Please note that the third photo in the above gallery is a file photo. The motor vehicle was last seen on Thursday, July 12, 2018, in the early morning hours in the area of Route 3A in Billerica, MA. On the night of the incident, at about 1:20am, on Sunday, July 8, 2108, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a motor vehicle accident in the in the area of 141 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a motorcyclist suffering from what appeared to be life threatening injuries. The victim, a 41-year-old male, was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Investigators assigned to the BPD’s Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision Team are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident and are asking for the public’s help in efforts to locate the motor vehicle seen in the released images. Anyone with information relative to the vehicle’s whereabouts is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives 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.

BPD in the Community: Kids from the PAL Junior Police Academy Enjoy a Fun Filled Day Bowling with Boston Police

On Monday, July 09, 2018, children from Districts C-11 (Dorchester) and A-7 (East Boston) participated in the Boston Police Activities/Athletics League (PAL) Junior Police Academy. The children enjoyed an exciting day at Boston Bowl where they ate pizza, played video games, and bowled a couple strings. They rounded out the day with a tour of Boston Police 911 Command Center.  It truly makes our day to see the face of a happy, smiling child!

Keeping Boston Safe: Neighborhood Drug Control Unit Seizes 2 Guns and Over 3 Pounds of Marijuana in Dorchester

Keeping Boston Safe: Neighborhood Drug Control Unit Seizes 2 Guns and Over 3 Pounds of Marijuana in Dorchester:  On Monday, July 9, 2018, members of the Citywide Drug Control Unit executed a search warrant at 2083 Dorchester Ave in Dorchester. As a result of the search, officers located and confiscated 3.5 pounds of a Class D Narcotic (Marijuana), 2 loaded firearms and several rounds of live ammunition. Additionally, officers arrested Giovanni Maldonado, 23, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class D Drug (Marijuana).

BPD Investigators Seeking Public’s Help in Effort to Locate Motor Vehicle Wanted in Connection to Fatal Motorcycle Accident in the area of 141 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester

 

BPD Investigators Seeking Public’s Help in Effort to Locate Motor Vehicle Wanted in Connection to Fatal Motorcycle Accident in the area of 141 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester: At about 1:20am, Sunday, July 8, 2108, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a motor vehicle accident in the in the area of 141 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a motorcyclist suffering from what appeared to be life threatening injuries. The victim, an adult male, was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Investigators assigned to the BPD’s Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision Team are actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and believe a motor vehicle or motor vehicles may have been in the area at time of the accident. Anyone with information relative to these vehicles is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives 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.  

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Quick Response Leads to Arrest After Breaking and Entering in Dorchester

 

At about 1:15 AM on Thursday July 5, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) and the BPD K-9 Unit arrested Jason Tench, 35, of Dorchester, after responding to a call for a breaking and entering at a business located at 2 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester. During the incident, the suspect was observed fleeing the building carrying a large white box containing cash. Officers canvased the area and located the suspect hiding inside a nearby park and placed him in custody without incident after recovering the stolen cash and other additional evidence. It was later revealed that the suspect was wanted on nine active warrants for various burglary related crimes. The suspect will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of Breaking and Entering in the Night, Malicious Destruction of Property and Larceny from a Building.

One Less Gun: Officers Seize Two Illegal Firearms and Arrest Two Suspects in Two Separate Incidents in Less than Five Hours

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INCIDENT #1: At about 5:10 PM on Sunday, July 1, 2018, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of 33 Adams Street. Upon arrival, officers were advised that a male suspect known to the victim, accompanied by two additional suspects, had pulled out a cocked firearm and pointed it at the victim. The officers were provided with a description of the suspects, and additional responding units began to canvas the area. A short time later, officers observed a shirtless male crouched down near the front passenger side of a parked motor vehicle in front of 56 East Street. Officers exited their cruiser to investigate, and the male stood up and began to walk away. Officers stopped the male and returned to the vehicle to see why the male had been crouched down. Officers observed a t-shirt near the front passenger side tire. The officer grabbed the t-shirt and immediately observed a black loaded ISSC Model M22 firearm wrapped inside the t-shirt. When the male, identified as 19-year-old Keion Javon Rowell of Dorchester, could not produce a License to Carry, officers placed him into custody. Rowell was subsequently identified as one of the suspects in the incident that occurred near 33 Adams Street. Rowell was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. Rowell will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

INCIDENT #2: At about 9:55 PM on Sunday, July 1, 2018, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Norfolk Street, Mattapan, where a large crowd was dispersing after a call for shots fired had come in approximately 20 minutes earlier. The attention of the officers monitoring the crowd was suddenly drawn to a male standing in the middle of the street yelling on a cell phone. Officers recognized the male as 26-year-old Dimitri R. Harris of Dorchester and turned their cruiser around to investigate the disturbance. As they approached, officers observed that Harris was now standing further down the street near the driveway of 449 Norfolk Street. Harris immediately told officers that he didn’t have anything on him and gave the officers permission to check. Officers stood by with Harris as additional units canvassed the area for discarded items. Soon officers were directed to a first-floor porch of a residence, and from there, officers observed a black firearm on the garage roof. Officers recovered the loaded Ruger LCP 380 Auto firearm and arrested Harris. Harris was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Trespassing. Harris will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

As we enter the second half of the year and the Fourth of July holiday, Boston police officers have bravely taken over 320 illegal firearms off the streets of Boston so far in 2018. We at the BPD continue to believe that #OneLessGun will lead to #OneLessTragedy.

UPDATE: BPD Investigators Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection to Several Residential Break-ins in Dorchester

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UPDATE: BPD Investigators Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection to Several Residential Break-ins in Dorchester: Less than two weeks after alerting the public and asking for their help in efforts to identify the individual responsible for several break-ins in Dorchester, the BPD is pleased to announce that an arrest has been made. Earlier this evening, Thursday, June 28, 2018, officers arrested Eric Valazquez, 47, of Boston and charged him with Breaking and Entering (Nighttime).  

A warrant was recently issued for Eric Valazquez as a result of his connection to a house break in the area of 11 Leslie Street in Dorchester on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. At that time, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a break-in in progress at the aforementioned location. On arrival, officers spoke with the victim who stated that she was startled to find an individual (described as a black male in his forties with short, unkempt hair, wearing a black coat, blue jeans and black sneakers) in her home. Although she was able to scare the suspect away before police arrived, the victim stated she was confident she could identify the suspect if she had the opportunity to see him again.

When presented a photo array of potential suspects, the victim was able to positively identify Eric Valazquez as the individual who had broken into her home. Armed with this information, investigators were able to secure an arrest warrant in the name of Eric Valazquez. At about 6:56pm, on Thursday, June 28, 2018, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were able to locate and apprehend Valazquez in the area of 270 Huntington Avenue.

The investigation remains active as detectives work to further establish and better understand the suspect’s connection to four reported break-ins that occurred in the area of St. Marks Parish and the Shawmut Train Station in District C-11 (Dorchester) this month. As a result, anyone with information regarding the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents is asked to contact Boston Police District C-11 Detectives at (617) 343-4581.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.  

BPD in the Community: Commissioner Evans Reads to the Kids at the Henderson School in Dorchester

BPD IN THE COMMUNITY: On Thursday, June 21, 2018, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans spent time reading books to the children at the Henderson School (Dorchester).  As you can see in the photos, Commissioner Evans had a blast hanging out with the kids while reading Caps for Sale. Said the Commissioner, "It’s so important for the kids to see us in a positive light. We want them to grow up knowing how much we care about them and their safety. And, getting the chance to read to them gives us a chance to share that message.”

The Boston Police Department would also like to extend their thanks to the Henderson School for inviting us to spend time with the children. We enjoy building positive relationships with the students and look forward to returning soon!

BPD in the Community: BPD District C-11 (Dorchester) Senior Appreciation Boat Cruise

On Thursday, June 21, 2018, the 3rd Annual Dorchester Senior Appreciation Cruise embarked on a three-hour tour around Boston Harbor.  The cruise was hosted by the District C-11 (Dorchester) Community Service Office and was co-sponsored by the combined resources of District C-11, the Bay State Cruise Company and PAL.  It was the district’s way of honoring the senior citizens of Dorchester with music, dancing, lunch and raffle items donated by Dorchester's generous merchants. The Boston Police Department would like to thank all the smiling seniors who came out to enjoy a day on the water and express our gratitude to everyone who worked hard to make this voyage a success. Job well done!

BPD Community Alert: Boston Police Investigates House Break-Ins in the Dorchester Neighborhood

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating several reports of home break-ins that occurred in the area of St. Marks Parish and the Shawmut Train Station in District C-11 (Dorchester) this month. Officers have taken reports from at least four victims who stated their homes were broken into in the early morning hours while multiple residents were in the home. All victims have reported there was no property stolen from their homes. The suspect is described as a black male with a slim build, about 5'8"-5'10" tall, and wearing a black shirt and dark pants.

The BPD reminds all members of the community that although officers are actively and stringently patrolling these areas, the police encourage the community’s assistance in raising awareness and safe-guarding against victimization.

Anyone with information regarding the circumstances surrounding these incidents is strongly urged to contact Boston Police District C-11 Detectives at 617-343-4581.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

SAFETY TIPS:

  • Officers advise community members to make sure all windows and doors of the home are locked and secured at night,
  • If you return home and something looks questionable (e.g. a slit screen, broken window, or open door) do not go inside. Call 911 from a safe location.
  •  Be sure you have blinds or curtains on your windows to discourage people from looking into your home. Always keep your windows covered at night and leave lights on in a few rooms.
  • Turn outdoor lights on from dusk to dawn to make your property more visible. All entrances should be well lit.  

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Quick Response by BPD Officers Leads to Arrest After Home Invasion in Dorchester

 

At about 2:32 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) arrested Taurean Pearson, 36, of Boston, on multiple charges after responding to a call for a breaking and entering in progress in the area of 42 Lyon Street in Dorchester. During the incident, the suspect forcibly entered an apartment after falsely identifying himself as a police officer. After an adult male victim pushed the suspect out of his apartment entryway, the suspect produced a knife and slashed the victim on his wrist. Responding officers quickly located the suspect as he attempted to flee on foot in the area of 34 Lyon Street and placed him in custody without further incident after he was positively identified. Officers recovered the knife and seized it as evidence. The victim was evaluated by EMS on scene but refused further medical attention. The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Home Invasion, Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and Malicious Destruction of Property.

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of 34 Claybourne Street in Dorchester

 

At about 10:49 PM on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 34 Claybourne Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim, who has since been identified as Abran Castillo, 25, of Everett, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced deceased on scene.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives 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.

Death Investigation in the area of 34 Claybourne Street in Dorchester

 

At about 10:49 PM on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 34 Claybourne Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim in his twenties suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced deceased on scene.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives 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.

BPD Officers Were Proud Once Again to Protect and Safeguard All Attending this Year's Dorchester Day Parade!!!

DORCHESTER DAY PARADE: The #BPD’s Honor Guard and @BPDPipesDrums were honored once again to participate in the 114th #DorchesterDayParade!!! As always, the men and women of @bostonpolice took great pride in protecting, serving and safeguarding all who attended this year's parade. Commissioner William Evans had a wonderful making new friends all along the parade route. 

Investigation Update: Person of Interest Identified and Arrested in Connection to Commercial Burglary in Dorchester

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Boston Police detectives assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) have identified, located, and arrested a suspect wanted in connection to a commercial burglary that occurred on Saturday May 26, 2018, at Sandy’s Variety Store located at 378 Washington Street in Dorchester. Scott Strong, 45, of Quincy, will be charged with Breaking and Entering in Dorchester District Court.

BPD Community Alert: Boston Police Seeking Public's Assistance in Identifying Person of Interest in Commercial Burglary

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Boston Police Department District C-11 (Dorchester) detectives are looking to identify the above pictured person of interest in relation to a commercial burglary that occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Sandy’s Variety Store located at 378 Washington Street, Dorchester. The suspect made entry into the store and stole an unknown amount of US currency. The individual pictured above was also wearing a white brace on his right ankle. 

This individual is NOT wanted at this time. This information is being provided for identification purposes ONLY.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact District C-11 Detectives at (617) 343-4335

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.

Commissioner Evans Says Combination of Community Support and Quick Response by BPD Officers Preceded the Arrest of 2 Suspects Wanted for a Non-fatal Shooting in Dorchester

Commissioner Evans Says Combination of Community Support and Quick Response by BPD Officers Made All the Difference in the Arrest of 2 Suspects Wanted in Connection to a Non-fatal Shooting in Dorchester:  At about 4:25pm, on Monday, May 21, 2018, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 74 Whitten Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim, believed to be in his early twenties, suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. Officers also learned that, although the victim was found in area of 74 Whitten Street, the original incident occurred in the area of 397 Centre Street. Meanwhile, the victim, suffering a non-life threatening injury, was transported to an area hospital for further treatment of his injury. Officers responding to the scene within minutes of the initial call quickly learned that the suspects responsible for the shooting were seen fleeing the area while riding a white motor scooter. Officers promptly broadcast a description of the suspects over the police radio. Within minutes, officers learned that a white motor scooter ridden by two occupants had been involved in a minor motor vehicle accident in the area of Gibson and Sturtevant Streets. Officers also learned that the suspects were seen attempting to carjack a vehicle in the area. Responding officers quickly observed two individuals who matched the descriptions of the suspects running from the scene. After a lengthy foot pursuit, officers were able to chase down and apprehend both suspects. Moreover, two firearms were recovered from the scene (see photos). 

Kevin Woods, 19, of Boston and a 17-year-old juvenile male from Boston are both charged with Armed Assault with Intent to Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Discharging a Firearm with 500 Feet of a Dwelling and Carjacking. Both suspects are scheduled to appear in Dorchester District Court on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.    

Said Commissioner William Evans, “I can’t say enough about the outstanding cooperation between community members and my officers that led to the swift arrests of the suspects wanted in connection to this incident. Within minutes of the original call, thanks to community members willing to share information, my officers knew who they were looking for and had a description of the two suspects responsible for the non-fatal shooting. In policing, we always talk about the importance of community cooperation when solving crime and, today, there’s no doubt that community cooperation coupled with my officers’ quick response made all the difference in the apprehension of two individuals who through their brazen behavior showed a complete and utter disregard for the safety of all who happened to be in the area at the time of the shooting.”