BPD IN THE COMMUNITY: Earlier this week, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) were on hand to help representatives from the Boston Police Athletic League (PAL) hand out new football equipment to some excited players in South Boston. PAL was able to do this through a generous grant by the Good Sports Foundation and Blue Hills Bank who were instrumental in efforts to procure and provide new equipment to highly deserving and super appreciative teams in Dorchester, South Boston and Hyde Park.
BPD PHOTO OF THE DAY: On Saturday, September 15, 2018, Commissioner Gross joined Cardinal O’Malley and community members to celebrate the 200 Year Anniversary of Saint Augustine’s Chapel and Cemetery in South Boston!
At about 11:15 PM on Friday September 7, 2018, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested Robert Santos, 24, of Jamaica Plain on firearm, drug and motor vehicle related charges in the area of Moakley Park in South Boston. The officers were on routine patrol when they stopped a motor vehicle that the suspect was operating for a traffic infraction in the area of Preble Street near Mohawk Street. As the officers were approaching the vehicle, it suddenly sped off towards Old Colony Avenue. The suspect vehicle then entered the parking lot of Moakley Park and came to an abrupt stop at which time the operator quickly exited the vehicle and took of running. Responding officers quickly arrived on scene and chased the suspect on foot across a baseball field, eventually placing him in custody after a brief struggle. Officers then recovered a loaded .380 caliber Glock 42 handgun which the suspect had discarded as he fled. Officers were also able to recover 32 grams of crack cocaine packaged for sale from the suspect along with additional contraband from inside the recovered motor vehicle. The suspect will appear in South Boston District Court on numerous charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Trafficking Class B Drugs, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B & C Drugs, Failure to Stop for a Police Officer, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle
The Boston Police Department and Massachusetts State Police Troop H last week conducted a joint enforcement initiative on Day Boulevard in South Boston and streets feeding onto it. Troopers and Officers focused primarily on crosswalk enforcement, speeding, and other unsafe driving behaviors. The two departments combined over several days to issue approximately 500 citations for traffic violations.
The enforcement initiative was conducted in response to concerns raised by community members about unsafe drivers.
“The Boston Police Department is pleased to have collaborated with the Massachusetts State Police in this effort,” Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross said. “We are all members of this community, and we are all responsible for traffic safety. Let us continue to work together to keep our roads safe for everyone.”
“There is no excuse for, and we will not tolerate, any motorist putting other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians at risk,” State Police Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin said. “We were pleased to work together with our partners at BPD to respond to the concerns of neighborhood residents, and we will continue to monitor that area and other areas of concern.”
At about 1:15PM on Monday, September 3, 2018, officers assigned to the C-6 (South Boston) Drug Control Unit made an arrest and recovered drugs in the area of Massachusetts Avenue and Columbia Road. As part of an ongoing drug investigation, officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Magnolia Street and Quincy Street and were able to locate approximately 22 grams of a substance believed to be Fentanyl. Officers arrested Joel Santiago, 33-years-old of Everett. Santiago was charged with Trafficking Class A.
Santiago will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.
UPDATE: At about 4:22 PM on Thursday August 30, 2018, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) arrested Edward Mahoney, 38, of South Boston, on two counts of Destruction of Personal Property stemming from an ongoing investigation into vandalized motor vehicles earlier this month in South Boston. Investigators identified the suspect after reviewing video footage of an incident which occurred on Wednesday August 1, 2018, in the area of 190 Old Colony Avenue. District detectives continue to investigate several similar vandalisms which have been reported in the area. The suspect will appear in South Boston District Court for arraignment.
Last week, members of the BPD Junior Police Academy accompanied Community Service Officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) and District C-6 (South Boston) on a trip to Patriot’s Place in Foxborough. The young officers in training got the opportunity to tour ‘The Hall’ where they had fun trying on genuine Patriot’s gear and even took a few attempts at kicking an extra point.
Thank you to the Boston Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) for their continued support of our Junior Police Academy and for making special days like the one these kids had at Gillette Stadium possible.
At about 6:18 PM, on Tuesday, August, 14, 2018, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made two on-site arrests in the area of 151 Old Colony Avenue in South Boston. Officers observed a motor vehicle with window so heavily tinted that they were unable to see any of the occupants inside. The motor vehicle pulled into the Speedway gas station located in the area 151 Old Colony Avenue. Officers observed the operator exit and walk into the gas station. It was revealed after a license query that, Darius A Carter, 27, of Dorchester, MA., was driving on a suspended Massachusetts drivers’ license. Officers placed Carter under arrest and charged him with Operating after Revocation/Suspension. Officers queried the license of the front passenger, later identified as Tyrell Murphy, 26 years old, of Hyde Park, MA., and it was revealed that his license was expired.
Because the driver, Carter, was placed under arrest, and the passenger, Murphy, did not have a valid drivers’ license, the motor vehicle would need to be towed. Prior to stepping out of the motor vehicle, Murphy grabbed his t-shirt, pulled it over his waist band and turned away from officers while slightly bending over at the waist. At that time officers removed a firearm from Murphy’s waist area. Murphy was placed under arrest and charged with: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Receiving a Firearm with a Defaced Serial Number.
Tyrell Murphy and Darius Carter will be arraigned in South Boston District Court.
BPD IN THE COMMUNITY: National Night Out concluded successfully on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Enjoy additional photos from night 2, of the two day event, that was created to acknowledge and celebrate the partnerships that exist between the community and the Boston Police Department. Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Police Commissioner William G. Gross traveled to East Boston, Chinatown, South End, North End, South Boston and Dorchester. The Crime Watch award was presented to a group of dog owners in the North End — and their dogs! The final stop of the night concluded with gifts of T-shirts to the mothers of Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Gross from the "Older and Bolder" drumming group in Dorchester.
We wholeheartedly thank community members and Neighborhood Watch Groups for their continued help and support of the men and women of the Boston Police Department, it is greatly appreciated. Together we make our community safer!!!
Daily Dose of Great Police Work: At about 4:29AM on Saturday, August 4, 2018, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for a commercial alarm in the area of 120 Boston Street, South Boston. Upon arrival, officers met with the reporting party who stated they heard glass breaking, activated the store's panic alarm and observed one suspect flee on a bicycle, while the other suspect fled on foot in the direction of Mount Vernon Street.
Officers observed that the front glass door appeared to have been smashed from the outside and two bricks were present on the sidewalk immediately outside the damaged door. Officers were advised by dispatch that Boston EMS had located one suspect at the intersection of Boston Street and Mount Vernon Street. Officers proceeded to that location and observed Suspect #1, Later identified as Thien Nguyen, 39 of Boston, being detained in the area of 175 Boston Street by EMS.
Officers located a black Giant Alight bicycle and black plastic trash bag filled with lottery tickets and cigarette packs on the sidewalk near the suspect. EMS stated that they heard the sound of glass breaking and observed both suspects fleeing in their direction. Suspect Nguyen had fallen from his bicycle at which time EMS was able to detain him until police arrived.
The second suspect fled on foot in the direction of Harvest Street and was described as a thin male, light complexion, about 5' 7", wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark-colored pants and a mask. Officers were able to view surveillance footage that showed the suspects breaking in and removing merchandise. Nguyen was placed under arrest for Breaking and Entering into a Building (Nighttime), and Larceny. He will be arraigned in South Boston District Court.
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)
At about 3:38 PM on Thursday July 25, 2018, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for a motor vehicle accident in the area of L Street and East Sixth Street. During the incident, two young children were struck and seriously injured. One of the children was later pronounced deceased while the second child remains hospitalized at this time.
The Boston Police Department is seeking assistance from anyone who was in the area at the time of this incident. Specifically, detectives are seeking to obtain any witness photos or cell phone video taken before, during and/or after the collision that may assist with the investigation. Anyone with images or videos is asked to email them directly to Sergeant Detective Thomas Barrett at email@example.com
Earlier this morning, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, Coffee with a Cop stopped by Broadway’s Pastry and Coffee, located at 258 West Broadway Street, South Boston. Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, members of his command staff, and officers assigned to District C-6, greeted customers and enjoyed a cup of coffee to get the day started. No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood. Thanks to everyone who came out to say hello.
The men and women of the Boston Police Department invite you to join us for our next Coffee with a Cop event in District C-6 (South Boston) on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM at Broadway's Pastry and Coffee in South Boston. Come get to know the officers protecting and serving your community! All are welcome and the coffee is free! We hope to see you there!
At about 11:00 PM on Sunday, June 24, 2018, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for a loud party causing a disturbance in the area of 532 East Eighth Street. Upon arrival, officers observed several individuals who appeared to be underaged running away from the premises. Witnesses on-scene informed the officers that the aforementioned address was an “Airbnb” rental property, and that the renters have been engaging in loud partying and drinking throughout the night. Officers knocked and announced their presence at the residence in an attempt to investigate further. Officers then observed a group of young adults and minors running out of the back yard. Upon making entry into the apartment, officers observed a strong scent of what appeared to be burnt marijuana, as well as multiple open containers of alcohol. The apartment appeared to be in a state of disarray with various party “accessories” littered on the floor. Officers also noticed that the smoke detectors that had been installed in the apartment had been disconnected and stored in a bedroom drawer. Officers were unable to locate the renter for the property. Officers performed a sweep of the premise for any remaining persons and secured all doors prior to exiting. The incident remains under investigation.
This morning, on Monday June 25, 2018, 5th grade students and staff from the James Condon Elementary School stopped by District C-6 in South Boston to deliver cards, posters and cupcakes as a way of thanking our officers for another safe school year. We wish them very best for their thoughtfulness before they head off to a great summer as we say, “Thank you for thanking us!”
Last night, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, community service officers from District C-6 (South Boston), in collaboration with the South Boston Seaport Catholic Collaborative and the Boston Housing Authority, hosted a Community Peace Barbeque at the Saint Monica and Saint Augustine Church on Old Colony Avenue. These barbeque events are set to take place one Tuesday evening each month during the summer, in addition to the Community Peace Breakfasts, which will take place one Saturday morning a month. Our officers are also excited to announce "Blue BBQs," hosted for seniors at the South Boston senior housing developments on Thursday evenings during the summer. For more information on any of these events, please contact the C-6 Community Service Office at 617-343-4747. All are welcome, and the more the merrier!
Last night, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, officers from the Boston Police Department played basketball against the kids from the Condon Community Center in South Boston. BPD only won by one point, and the kids certainly didn’t make it easy for the officers’ team, comprised of men and women from District C-6 (South Boston), the Youth Violence Strike Force, the Drug Control Unit, and District D-14 (Brighton)! The BPD especially wanted to thank Mr. Bill Stoddard from the Boston Police Activities/Athletics League (PAL) and Officer Gino Provenzano from the Bureau of Field Services for making this game possible.
Said Deputy Superintendent Nora Baston, “This is so much more than basketball. It’s about starting new relationships between the police and community youth. We’re looking forward to having monthly games here in Southie so we can get to know each other better. The kids have already challenged us to a rematch!”
Today, Commissioner Evans attended the last roll call of Police Officer Karen Tognarelli, who just retired this week. Officer Tognarelli has worked for the Boston Police Department for almost thirty-one years and has been a fixture at District C-6 (South Boston) and around the Southie neighborhood for nearly twenty-two of those years. From all of us at the Boston Police Department, we say, "You will be missed, and enjoy your retirement!"
At about 5:30 PM on Monday June 4, 2018, officers assigned to the District C-6 (South Boston) Drug Control Unit arrested Charles Gates, 38, of Boston, during an investigation in the area of Massachusetts Avenue and Southampton Street in Boston. The suspect was placed in custody without incident pursuant to an outstanding warrant for Unarmed Bank Robbery. The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court for arraignment.