Officers Arrest One for Assault to Murder After Striking Officers with Stolen Motor Vehicle in South Boston

 

At about 11:27 AM on Saturday, November 10, 2018, an officer working a paid detail in the area of 1436 Columbia Road was notified that a truck had been stolen from the construction site. The detail officer broadcast a description of the suspect and the vehicle. Another officer working a paid detail in the area observed the stolen motor vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. With his emergency equipment activated (lights and sirens) the officer followed the suspect vehicle into Dorchester. Multiple attempts to stop the suspect were unsuccessful. The suspect struck several parked motor vehicles before backing into the officer’s cruiser. Additional units arrived on scene and continued their attempts to stop the vehicle. As an officer exited his cruiser, the suspect drove towards the officer and struck him with the stolen truck. Officers were able to stop the suspect in the area of 192 Boston Street in Dorchester. Both officers were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers arrested Robert Bjorkman, 49-years-old, of Middleboro. Bjorkman is expected to be arraigned in South Boston District Court on charges of Assault to Murder, Malicious Destruction of Property, Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Failure to Stop for Police, Leaving the Scene Personal Injury, Leaving the Scene Property Damage, and Resisting Arrest. 

 

Boston Police Arrest Everett Man Wanted in Connection to Sexual Assault in Dorchester

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, members of the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit arrested Michael Squadrito, 40, of Everett for Rape. Squadrito’s arrest stems from an incident that occurred early on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  In the incident, the female victim was using a ride sharing service returning home from downtown Boston.  The driver of the service drove to a location in Dorchester where he sexually assaulted the victim.

Michael Squadrito will be arraigned today in the Dorchester District Court.  

In the interim, the men and women of the BPD continue to remind and urge anyone who has been a victim of a sexual assault and is in need of helpful resources to please contact the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center 24-hour hotline at 1-800-841-8371.

TIPS FOR ENSURING YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY:

• Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. When parking, walking or returning to your car, remain in well-lit and populated areas.
• Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.
• Be watchful and aware. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of passing vehicles. Don’t become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device.
• Avoid walking alone late at night. Walk with friends and people you know.
• Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use the whistle to signal residents that you need assistance. Yelling “Fire!” “Help!” and/or “Rape!” are ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.
• Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
• Carry a cell phone.
• Call ahead to your destination to alert them that you’re on your way. Make sure they expect you at a certain time, so that in the event you fail to show up, they’ll know enough to begin looking for you.
• Walk with confidence. Be assertive. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts. Know this: anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Don’t assume, “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”
• If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to scare, distract, or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.
• If you think that someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk toward an open store, restaurant or residence.


Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Arrest Two for Assault with Intent to Murder during Attempted Robbery in Dorchester

 

SIGNIFICANT ARREST: At about 12:06 AM, on Saturday, November 3, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for an armed robbery at 187 East Cottage Street (7-Eleven Convenience Store) in Dorchester. Upon arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated two male suspects had entered the store and demanded the cash from the register. When the victim refused, one the suspects threw a bottle of iced tea at the victim, striking him in the face. The victim stated the suspects then fled the store before re-entering and attempting to stab his co-worker. Officers spoke to the second victim who stated one of the suspects walked behind the counter and attempted to stab the victim multiple times. The victim stated he used a trash barrel to defend himself from the suspect’s knife strikes. Officers were able to locate the male suspects and placed them under arrest.  

Officers arrested Johenmie Garcia, 23-years-old of Jamaica Plain and a 14-year-old male juvenile of Dorchester. Garcia is charged with Assault with Intent to Murder, Unarmed Assault to Rob, Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon, and two counts of Assault and Battery on a Police Officer. The juvenile male is charged with Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and Attempted Armed Robbery. Both males are expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Search Warrant Leads to Male Arrested, Recovery of Loaded Firearms and Ammunition

At about 5:01 AM on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force, assisted by the C-11 (Dorchester) Drug Control Unit, and the ATF, executed a search warrant in the area of 250 Park Street in Dorchester. As a result of the search warrant, officers were able to recover a loaded black and silver Ruger SR45 .45 semi-automatic firearm, a loaded black SCCY CPX-2 9mm firearm, a loaded Interarms .22LR .22 caliber semi-automatic firearm, and multiple rounds of live ammunition. 

Officers arrested Sylvester King, 25-years-old, of Dorchester. King is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number.

 

UPDATE: Victim Identified, BPD Investigators Seeking Public’s Help in Effort to Solve Fatal Shooting in the area of 47 Charles Street in Dorchester

UPDATE: Victim Identified, BPD Investigators Seeking Public’s Help in Effort to Solve Fatal Shooting in the area of 47 Charles Street in Dorchester: In ongoing efforts to identify those responsible for the shooting death of a 24-year-old female in Dorchester, BPD Homicide Detectives are seeking additional help from the public. At about 9:36pm, on Monday, October 15, 2018, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to an outside scene for a person shot in the area of Charles and Ditson Streets in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a 24-year-old female victim suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, who was pronounced deceased at the scene, has since been identified as Alicia Restrepo, 24, of Boston

As investigators continue to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident, they are seeking help from residents and community members who may have been in the areas of Leroy Street, Ditson Street, Charles Street and Geneva Avenue at the time of incident. Anyone with information, regardless of how minor or small it may appear, is strongly encouraged to contact 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 in need of emotional support or 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. 

Death Investigation in the area of 47 Charles Street in Dorchester

 

Death Investigation in the area of 47 Charles Street in Dorchester: At about 9:36pm, on Monday, October 15, 2018, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to an outside scene for a person shot in the area of Charles and Ditson Streets in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a 24-year-old female victim suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly encouraged to contact 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 in need of emotional support or 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. 

Death Investigation in the area of Columbia Road and Geneva Ave in Dorchester

 

DEATH INVESTIGATION: At about 9:31 PM, on Friday, October 12, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of Columbia Road and Geneva Avenue in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim in his thirties suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing 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.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or 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. 


 

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation the area of 12 Vinson Street in Dorchester

VICTIM IDENTIFIED: At about 2:08 AM on Thursday, October 11, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the area of 12 Vinson Street in Dorchester. Officers located a male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim, suffering life threatening injuries, was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as Marlon Richardson, 19-years-old, of Dorchester.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing 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.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or 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. 

 

Death Investigation in the area of 12 Vinson Street in Dorchester

 

DEATH INVESTIGATION: At about 2:08 AM on Thursday, October 11, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the area of 12 Vinson Street in Dorchester. Officers located a male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim, suffering life threatening injuries, was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing 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.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or 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. 

 

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 528 Washington Street in Dorchester

VICTIM IDENTIFIED: At about 11:35 PM on Saturday October 6, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to the sound of gunfire while on patrol in the area of 528 Washington Street in Dorchester. Officers located an adult male victim in his early 60’s suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim, suffering life threatening injuries, was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. A suspect was placed in custody on multiple charges at the time of the incident and the investigation remains active. The victim has since been identified as Jose Williams, 67-years-old, of Dorchester.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing 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.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or 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. 

 

Death Investigation in the area of 528 Washington Street in Dorchester

 

DEATH INVESTIGATION: At about 11:35 PM on Saturday October 6, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to the sound of gunfire while on patrol in the area of 528 Washington Street in Dorchester. Officers located an adult male victim in his early 60’s suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim, suffering life threatening injuries, was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. A suspect was placed in custody on multiple charges at the time of the incident and the investigation remains active.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing 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.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or 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. 

 

Suspect in Custody After Officers Respond to the Sound of Shots Fired and Locate Shooting Victim in Dorchester

 

At about 11:35 PM on Saturday October 6, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to the sound of gunfire while on patrol near the Fabian Gas Station located at 528 Washington Street in Dorchester. Officers soon located an adult male victim in his early 60’s suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of injuries which are considered to be life threatening at this time. Officers initiated an investigation and determined that a male suspect had approached the victim, who was working at the gas station at the time, and shot him during what appears to have been an attempted robbery. A detailed suspect description was then given out to additional units who had responded to canvass the area. A few minutes later, officers located and stopped an individual matching the given description and placed him in custody after being positively identified. The suspect, Kevin Williams, 21, of Dorchester, will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of Assault with Intent to Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Attempted Robbery.

 

One Less Gun: Male Arrested and Illegal Firearm Recovered in Dorchester

 

ONE LESS GUN: At about 7:35 PM on Thursday, October 4, 2018, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted a traffic stop for a motor vehicle infraction in the area of Dorchester Avenue and Centre Street in Dorchester. Upon conducting the stop, officers observed the passenger to appear to be shaking uncontrollably. Further investigation led officers to discover the operator to have no license. At this time, officers asked both the operator and passenger to exit the vehicle. Officers discovered a loaded Taurus Slim Pt 709 firearm in the passenger’s waistband. The passenger, identified as Benjamin Dew Douglas, 24-years-old of Boston, was placed under arrest. 

Benjamin Dew Douglas is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

 

Officers Arrest Male for Stealing Motor Vehicle in Dorchester

 

At about 9:22 PM on Monday, September 25, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a larceny of a motor vehicle in the area of 237 Washington Street in Dorchester. Upon arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated he observed two males enter his motor vehicle and drive away. The victim stated he then observed the suspects almost immediately crash the motor vehicle before fleeing the area on foot. Officers were redirected to the area of 43 Harvard Street in Dorchester where witnesses stated one of the suspects had retreated into the residence. Upon further investigation, officers were able to identify the male suspect as Christopher Lewis, 18-years-old, of Boston, who was then placed under arrest.

Lewis is charged with Larceny of a Motor Vehicle and is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.  

 

BPD in the Community: Hi-5-Friday stops by the Saint John Paul II Academy in Dorchester

Hi-5-Friday stops by the Saint John Paul II Academy in Dorchester: Earlier this morning, Friday, September 21, 2018, Boston Police Officers had a phenomenal time connecting with and making a positive impression while high-fiving the kids from the Saint John Paul II Academy in Dorchester. As you can clearly see in the photos, the kids could not have been more excited to see our officers and our officers could not have been more excited about connecting with and positively interacting with the kids. Said one of the officers, “It’s so important for the kids to see and interact with us in a positive, fun, friendly environment. Keeping kids safe is one of our most important priorities. When kids see police officers, we want them to see people who care about keeping them safe. And, Hi-5-Friday is a perfect way to send that message.”

BPD in the Community: High5Friday at the Henderson Lower School in Dorchester

Earlier this morning, on Friday, September 14, 2018, Boston Police Officers and Transit Police Officers met at the Henderson Lower School in Dorchester (District C-11) to greet the students for this week's High5Friday. The kids were surprised and excited as you can see by their faces! After greeting the young students as they exited their buses, the officers escorted them into their classrooms and stayed to play and learn for a little while. All the students agreed that this was their best day of school ever! High fives, stickers and words of encouragement from not one but two local police departments made every student feel special.

 

BPD Officers Recover Large Package Containing Drugs in Dorchester

At about 6:45 PM on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to the area of 55 Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester to recover a package. Officers were able to locate the package which contained twenty bags of a green leafy substance believed to be Marijuana. The package and its contents were forwarded to the State Lab for analysis.

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Arrest One, Recover Guns and Drugs Following Search Warrant Execution in Dorchester

 

At about 7:30 AM on Thursday, September 6, 2018, officers assigned to the Fugitive Unit assisted by Massachusetts State Police, made a warrant arrest in the 300 block of Geneva Avenue in Dorchester. Officers arrested a 33-year-old male of Dorchester. Following the arrest, detectives obtained a search warrant of the suspect’s residence. The execution of the search warrant took place at about 1:00 PM on September 6, 2018. As a result of the search warrant, officers were able to recover a .30 caliber Universal Firearms Corp semi-automatic rifle, a .22 caliber Winchester bolt action rifle, a stolen Glock 19 firearm, multiple rounds of live ammunition and several plastic bags containing a white powder believed to be cocaine.

BPD in the Community: High5Friday at the Everett Elementary School in Dorchester

Officers from the Boston School Police Unit and District C-11 (Dorchester) greeted students of the Everett Elementary School in Dorchester with high fives as they kicked off the 2018/2019 school year. Officers led the students in the Pledge of Allegiance, rang the bell signaling the start of the school day and handed out badge stickers to each of the pupils!

 

Two Suspects Arrested in Connection to an Armed Robbery in Dorchester

At about 9:52 AM on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester), responded to a call for an armed robbery in the area of 450 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester. Upon arrival, officers observed two suspects fitting the description which was given out by the dispatcher. Suspect #1, later identified as Joseph Lucas, 22, of Boston, was located at the corner of Talbot Avenue and Alban Street along with suspect #2, later identified as Audrey Frederick, 20, of Boston.  Both suspects were observed grabbing the victim’s purse and continuously trying to rip it from her hands. Suspect #1 (Lucas), attempted to take the victim’s iPhone out of her hand while holding a black folding knife to her face. The victim was able to wrestle away from both suspects and fled into a nearby office building to call for help.

Officers placed Joseph Lucas and Audrey Frederick under arrest for Armed Robbery and both will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.