BPD in the Community: Officers from District C-6 (South Boston) Excited to Host Community Summer BBQs!

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! 

BPD in the Community: Officers Play Hoops with South Boston Kids at Condon Community Center

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!”

The Boston Police Department Wishes Officer Karen Tognarelli a Happy Retirement!

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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!"

Drug Investigation Leads to Bank Robbery Warrant Arrest in South Boston

 

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.

BPD Officers Arrest Suspect for Burglary in a Construction Site Located in South Boston

 

At about 7:51 PM on Monday, June 4, 2018, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for a breaking and entering in progress in the area of 520 Dorchester Avenue. Upon arrival officers observed a white male with a red jacket, later identified as Andrew Sullivan, 30 of Haverhill, standing on the sidewalk next to a chain link fence leading into a construction site. It was reported that the suspect was observed inside the fenced area with several power tools slung over his shoulder. The suspect was also observed prying open a section of the fence where he managed to squeeze through onto Dorchester Avenue where police officers encountered him.

Officers observed several power tools just inside the fence behind the suspect. After further investigation, officers spoke with the owner of the construction site and confirmed that the suspect did not work for the company, did not have permission to be on the construction site, and all power tools were originally stored on the second floor of the structure.

Officers arrested Sullivan and charged him with Breaking and Entering, Attempted Larceny and Trespassing. Sullivan will be arraigned in South Boston District Court.

One Less Gun: Loaded Firearm Recovered After BPD Officer Responds to the Sound of Gun Fire in South Boston

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At about 1:45 PM on Sunday June 3, 2018, an officer assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) safely recovered a loaded firearm after responding to the sound of shots fired while on patrol in the area of 111 Flaherty Way in South Boston. The officer was able to locate and recover a loaded 9mm Glock 19 handgun with an extended magazine and an obliterated serial number in the area of 130 Orton Marotta Way. The firearm has since been turned over to the Boston Police Firearms Analysis Unit for processing. The investigation into this incident remains active and ongoing at this time.

 

Great Work Recognized: Officers Honored for Exercising Restraint while Arresting Violent Felon Brandishing a Knife in South Boston

Earlier today, on Thursday May 17, 2018, during a ceremony held at Boston Police Headquarters, Officers Joshua Delisle, Jane Claflin and Connor Murphy assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) were honored for their actions in the line of duty while arresting a wanted, armed and violent suspect.

The facts and circumstances surrounding the incident are as follows: At about 10:10 PM on Friday, May 4, 2018, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) were on patrol in the area of Newmarket Square when they observed a suspect, a 37-year-old male from Boston, who was known to them to be violent and to have active felony warrants, walking with a group. Officers attempted to pull up next to the suspect in their cruiser and asked him to stop and speak with them. The suspect then fled on foot with the officers in pursuit in their vehicle. The officers were able to block the suspect’s path by moving their cruiser against a wall, but he jumped over the car’s hood and yelled, “I have a gun!” while reaching into his pocket.

Now out of the vehicle, officers observed the suspect remove a black and silver shiny object and point it at officers and bystanders on the busy street. Officers drew their department issued firearms and gave numerous commands to drop the weapon and get on the ground. Officers shortly realized that the weapon was not a firearm, but a knife. The suspect continued to point the weapon at the officers while retreating from them but would occasionally stand his ground, maintaining an aggressive stance while refusing to lower the weapon. In his flight, the suspect unsuccessfully attempted to gain entry to a locked driver’s side door of a vehicle in traffic. At this time, one of the officers was able to get close enough to deploy his department issued OC spray. The suspect fell backward but maintained possession of the knife. The officer sprayed the suspect again to no avail. The suspect then approached a second vehicle, knife still in hand, and attempted to enter through the open driver’s side window. The car pulled away, dragging the suspect alongside the vehicle for 30 to 40 feet. The officers then grabbed the suspect, and after a violent struggle, he released the knife, and officers were able to place him into custody.

For their tremendous restraint while confronting and apprehending this violent, knife wielding suspect, Officers Joshua Delisle, Jane Claflin and Connor Murphy are each hereby awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

UPDATE: Suspect Arrested in Relation to Death Investigation in the Area of 112 Southampton Street in Boston

Less than 24 hours after a homicide in broad daylight, Boston Police detectives have made an arrest in the case. The suspect, identified as 31-year-old Jeremy Correa of Worcester, was arrested at about 9:40AM, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 for the stabbing death of 50-year-old Edward Sanchez of Boston. Correa will be charged with Murder and is scheduled to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on Thursday, May 10, 2018. 

Said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, "I commend the Homicide Unit detectives for their quick action; their diligence in the first hours after the incident allowed them to make this arrest of a very dangerous suspect."

The facts of the incident are as follows:

At about 12:07 PM on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call for a person stabbed in the area of 112 Southampton Street in Boston. On arrival, officers located a male victim in his fifties suffering from an apparent stab wound. The victim, suffering life-threatening injuries, was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

Officers Arrest Two 13-year-olds for Unarmed Robbery of a Cellphone on Summer Street

 

At about 6:00 PM on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for an unarmed robbery in the area of 268 Summer Street. Upon the officers’ arrival, a victim described two young male suspects that rode up to him on bicycles, grabbed his cell phone out of his hands and fled toward the Boston Convention Center. An officer on patrol in the area of A Street and Melcher Street observed two individuals matching the suspects’ descriptions riding bikes. When the suspects saw the officer they immediately split up and rode faster away from the police. After a short pursuit of each suspect, officers were able to stop and apprehend the two males. During their apprehension, one of the males attempted to headbutt one of the officers who was able to block him from doing so. The officer then removed a cell phone of the same make and model that was stolen from the victim from that male’s front pocket. Once turned on, the victim’s name appeared on the phone. The suspect then told officers that he was going to come back and blow up the police station. The suspects, a 13-year-old juvenile male from Brighton and a 13-year-old juvenile male from Dorchester, were arrested and charged with Unarmed Robbery. Both were booked and released to their parents with the order to appear in Boston Juvenile Court on Tuesday, May 9, 2018 for their arraignment.

Death Investigation in the Area of 112 Southampton Street in Boston

 

At about 12:07 PM on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call for a person stabbed in the area of 112 Southampton Street in Boston. On arrival, officers located a male victim in his fifties suffering from an apparent stab 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 investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Given the heavy amount of vehicular and pedestrian traffic at the time of the incident, we are asking anyone who was in the area to report anything they may have seen that appeared to be suspicious. Even small details can make a big difference to our investigators. 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.

Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Exercise Restraint while Arresting Violent Felon Brandishing a Knife in South Boston

 

At about 10:10 PM on Friday, May 4, 2018, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) were on patrol in the area of Newmarket Square when they observed a suspect, 37-year-old Paul Driscoll of Boston, who was known to them to be violent and to have active felony warrants, walking with group. Officers attempted to pull up next to Driscoll in their cruiser and asked him to stop and speak with them. Driscoll then fled on foot with the officers in pursuit in their vehicle. The officers were able to block Driscoll’s path by moving their cruiser against a wall, but Driscoll jumped over the car’s hood and yelled, “I have a gun!” while reaching into his pocket. 

Now out of the vehicle, officers observed Driscoll remove a black and silver shiny object and point it at officers and bystanders on the busy street. Officers drew their department issued firearms and gave numerous commands to drop the weapon and get on the ground. Officers shortly realized that the weapon was not a firearm, but a knife. Driscoll continued to point the weapon at the officers while retreating from them but would occasionally stand his ground, maintaining an aggressive stance while refusing to lower the weapon. In his flight, Driscoll unsuccessfully attempted to gain entry to a locked driver’s side door of a vehicle in traffic. At this time, one of the officers was able to get close enough to deploy his department issued OC spray. Driscoll fell backward but maintained possession of the knife. The officer sprayed Driscoll again to no avail. Driscoll then approached a second vehicle, knife still in hand, and attempted to enter through the open driver’s side window. The car pulled away, dragging Driscoll alongside the vehicle for 30 to 40 feet. The officers grabbed Driscoll, and after a violent struggle, he released the knife, and officers were able to place him into custody.

Officers arrested Driscoll by virtue of three outstanding arrest warrants and additionally charged him with Resisting Arrest, Threat to Commit a Crime, two counts of Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Knife), and two counts of Armed Carjacking. Driscoll will be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest Six Suspects While Recovering Six Firearms During Four Separate Incidents in Less Than Twenty-Four Hours

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The facts and circumstances surrounding all four incidents in enclosed below:

INCIDENT #1: At about 8:03 AM on Monday, April 23, 2018, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) placed a suspect in custody after recovering two firearms in the area of 39 Boylston Street in Boston. The officers were advised by security staff at the Saint Francis Shelter that the suspect, Douglas Russell, 51, of Malden, had attempted to enter the building with two unloaded .22 caliber Butler Association handguns in his backpack. Officers placed the suspect in custody without incident after confirming he did not possess a license to carry a firearm. The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on two charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

INCIDENT #2: At about 7:20 PM on Monday, April 23 ,2018, officers assigned to the District D-14 (Brighton) Drug Control Unit placed two suspects in custody and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of 64 Murdock Street in Brighton. The officers had performed a traffic stop as part of a drug investigation when they recovered a loaded .25 caliber Jennings model 25 handgun from inside the vehicle along with a medium sized bag of marijuana and over two thousand dollars in cash. The officers then arrested the operator, Jeky Ball, 20, of West Roxbury and the passenger, Kenny Romero, 23, of Randoph. Both suspects will appear in Brighton District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs.

INCIDENT #3: At about 7:29 PM on Monday, April 23, 2018, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested two suspects on firearm related charges after responding to a call for shots fired in the area of Prentiss Street and Albert Street in Roxbury. Responding officers were able to locate and stop two individuals matching the given descriptions in the area of Columbus Avenue and Heath Street. Upon stopping the individuals, both were pat frisked for officer safety. Officers recovered a loaded 9mm Springfield Armory model XD Tactical firearm from one of the suspects, later identified as a 16-year-old male from Boston, and a .380 caliber Cobra model CA380 handgun from the second suspect, later identified as Michael Robinson-Van Rader, 18, of Dorchester. Both suspects were then placed in custody without incident. The juvenile suspect will appear in Boston Juvenile Court on charges of Delinquent to Wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Michael Robinson-Van Rader will be arraigned in Roxbury District Court and will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

INCIDENT #4: At about 4:04 AM on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) placed a suspect in custody and recovered a loaded firearm after responding to a call for a person with a gun in the area of 112 Southampton Street in South Boston. On arrival, responding officers observed a Massachusetts State Trooper performing a pat frisk of an individual, later identified as Joseph Lee, 35, of South Boston. Officers spoke with a male victim who stated that the suspect had threatened him while displaying a firearm. The victim stated that the suspect had discarded the weapon as officers arrived on scene. The officers went to the indicated location where they recovered a loaded 9mm Ruger P95 firearm at which time the suspect was placed in custody without incident. The suspect will appear in South Boston District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Bravely Confiscate Four Firearms within 6 Hours in 2 Separate Incidents; Four Suspects in Custody on Gun-Related Charges

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Per Commissioner William Evans,  "I continue to be impressed by the hard work and undeniable courage put forth by the men and women of of the Boston Police Department in their ongoing efforts to protect and serve the citizens of Boston. Taking four guns off the streets within 6 hours is a significant achievement that most certainly makes our community safer. And, I again want to thank my officers for bravely engaging and apprehending those who think it's okay to carry illegal firearms in our city."

INCIDENT #1: At about 7:10 PM on Saturday, April 21, 2018, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Dalessio Court near D Street in South Boston. Officers observed a large group of individuals known to them gathered near 4 Dalessio Court smoking marijuana and drinking in public. Officers also observed several cars illegally parked nearby inside the housing development, blocking the entrance and exit of other vehicles. When officers entered the common hallway of 4 Dalessio Court, they observed that the walls were covered in graffiti. One of the officers looked under the stairwell and observed a loaded black Ruger .380 Auto Model LCP11 with obliterated serial number.

Due to the group’s close proximity to the recovered firearm, officers conducted frisks of the individuals and their vehicles. Officers observed the vehicle closest to the group to be illegally parked and inquired whose it was. Nineteen-year-old Emmanuel Nova of Stoughton produced the keys and informed officers that it was registered to 30-year-old Alex J. Valdez of Mattapan. A frisk of the vehicle revealed two additional firearms, a loaded black Taurus 9mm Millenium G2 with obliterated serial number and high capacity feeding device and a loaded black Glock .40 Model 22. Neither Nova nor Valdez could produce a license to carry. Both were arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device, and Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number.

A third individual, 20-year-old Jimal B. Ortiz of Hyde Park, was arrested on an outstanding default warrant out of West Roxbury District Court. Nova and Valdez will be arraigned at South Boston District Court. The remaining individuals, none of whom resided at the above address, were identified and ordered to leave.

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INCIDENT #2: At about 12:55 AM on Sunday, April 22, 2018, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) were on patrol in the area of 257 Norfolk Avenue when they observed a group in front of a bar that appeared as if it were about to fight. The officers approached the gathering in their unmarked cruiser and observed three males immediately separate themselves from the group and walk away up Burrell Street. Officers reversed their cruiser to further observe the males and while doing so observed one of the males, later identified as 29-year-old Michael Afonseca of Randolph, duck behind a parked car. When they were finally able to catch up, they stopped Afonseca. One of the officers advised Afonseca that he was not free to leave while they investigated the area where he ducked behind the vehicle. Officers investigated the vehicle and observed a loaded revolver on top of the front right wheel. It was then that Afonseca fled on foot. Officers lost sight of him and canvased the area. The officers ultimately found Afonseca hiding between the rear of a house and a shed. The officers arrested Afonseca and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

Keeping Boston Safe: Illegal Firearm Recovered as a Result of Drug Investigation in South Boston

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At about 6:15 PM on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for people arguing in the area of453 Old Colony Avenue.

Upon arrival officers heard a commotion inside an apartment. The officers knocked and announced their presence and heard more shuffling, but no one replied. A few moments later, the door was opened by two occupants, and officers performed a protective sweep of the residence for possible victims and suspects. While doing so, officers observed varying amounts of marijuana, packaging, paraphernalia consistent with the illegal sale of drugs, and large amounts of cash in plain view. Officers arrested 28-year-old female Jessica Lizine of South Boston and 24-year-old male Quaran Sinkler of Greensboro, NC and charged them with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D (Marijuana). Officers froze the residence pending a search warrant.

Officers were granted a search warrant, and at about 11:55 PM that evening, officers executed the warrant. As a result, officers seized the following:

•    Smith & Wesson .40 caliber firearm with obliterated serial number
•    Approximately 164 rounds of ammunition
•    Approximately 21 small plastic bags of marijuana
•    Scales, packaging, and other paraphernalia consistent with the illegal sale of
•    marijuana
•    Over $1,000 in US currency

Lizine and Sinkler were additionally charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number. The suspects will be arraigned in South Boston District Court.
 

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of 1 Costello Circle in South Boston

 

At about 11:45 PM on Thursday, April 5, 2018, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 1 Costello Circle in South Boston. On arrival, officers located a male victim in his twenties suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. 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 Clevan K. Richards Jr., 22, of Randolph, MA.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

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

Death Investigation in the Area of 1 Costello Circle in South Boston

 

At about 11:45 PM on Thursday, April 5, 2018, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 1 Costello Circle in South Boston. On arrival, officers located a male victim in his twenties suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim, suffering life threatening injuries, was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

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

BPD Photo of the Day: Officer Frank Williams Treats Boston Seniors to a Tennis Lesson

No one had more fun last week than these Boston seniors, who were treated to a tennis lesson by Boston Police Officer Frank Williams and the rest of the District C-6 (South Boston) Community Service Officers. Officer Williams, who runs the "Volley Against Violence" tennis program for Boston youth, often invites neighborhood senior citizens out for a game at the Sportsmen's Tennis and Enrichment Center in Dorchester--and as you can see, both the seniors and officers have a blast hitting the ball around!

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Two Package Thieves in South Boston

 

At about 4:11pm on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, officers assigned to C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call for a larceny in progress where two males were observed stealing packages in the area of I Street and East Third Street.

A few moments later, an off-duty police officer advised responding units that he observed individuals fitting the suspects’ descriptions walking down I Street near East Second Street. Responding units located the two male suspects, identified as Nicholas Bennett, 26, and Kevin Berry, 31, both of South Boston, holding unopened packages in front of 555 East Second Street.

Officers could clearly see one of the packages was addressed to a female, and when asked how the suspects knew the female, Berry told the officers he found the package in the snow. Upon further investigation, officers observed several torn packages only a few feet away from both suspects.  All packages were addressed to various locations along I street, and none of which was addressed to the suspects. 

Officers were able to recover several stolen packages containing various items, including electronics and clothing worth than more than $1,000.00.

Officers arrested both Bennett and Berry and charged them with Larceny from a building (five counts), Receiving Stolen Property over $250 (two counts), and Receiving Stolen Property less than $250 (three counts). Bennett and Berry will be arraigned at South Boston District Court.

BPD Traffic Advisory: Saint Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday, March 18, 2018

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The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, as well as the South Boston Boys and Girls Club Road Race, will be held in South Boston on Sunday, March 18, 2018. The parade and road race will result in street closures and traffic detours in South Boston and reduce on-street parking availability. Those coming into South Boston for the festivities are strongly encouraged not to drive their personal vehicles.  Information on Blue Bikes, the regional bike share system, may be found at www.thehubway.com, and information on the MBTA may be found at www.MBTA.com. For a faster return trip, the MBTA advises riders to purchase a round-trip rather than a one-way ticket.

The parade will take place beginning at 1:00 PM on West Broadway at the Broadway MBTA Station and ending on East Broadway at Farragut Road.  Broadway will be closed to traffic from approximately 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The road race will begin at 11:00 AM on West Sixth Street at the Boys and Girls Club and will end at noon. Traffic will be delayed along the route as runners make their way to the finish line.  The route will be from West Sixth Street to Dorchester Street, right onto East Broadway, down and around the Farragut Statue at Day Boulevard, to East Broadway, right onto West Broadway, left onto E Street, left onto West Sixth Street, ending at the Boys and Girls Club at #230 West Sixth Street.

“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Saturday and Sunday” parking restrictions will be in effect as follows:

•    West Broadway, both sides, from Dorchester Avenue to Dorchester Street
•    East Broadway, both sides, from Dorchester Street to Farragut Road
•    Farragut Road, both sides, from Columbia Road to East First Street

“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Sunday” parking restrictions will be in effect as follows:

•    Dorchester Avenue, both sides, from Gillette Park to Old Colony Avenue (Staging Area)
•    East First Street, both sides, from Farragut Road to O Street
•    West Sixth Street, both sides, from F Street to Dorchester Street
•    F Street, Boys and Girls Club side, from West Sixth Street to Bowen Street

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest Juvenile Male on Gun-Related Charges in South Boston

ONE LESS GUN: BPD Officers Arrest Juvenile Male on Gun-Related Charges in South Boston

At about 2:59am on Thursday, February 22, 2018, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) were on patrol in the area of Rev. Burke and Mercer Streets when they observed an individual, described as a light-skinned Hispanic male in dark clothing, walking in a hurried manner towards Columbia Road. As officers approached, the individual, upon seeing them, gave a wide-eyed look and appeared to be surprised by their presence. Moreover, the individual quickly grabbed for an object in his waist area, quickened his pace and changed his direction in an effort to avoid the officers. Based on the officers’ training and experience, the suspect’s behavior was consistent and indicative of an individual possibly in possession of a weapon. When officers exited their cruiser, the suspect, now clutching at an object in his waist area, took off running. After a lengthy foot pursuit, officers were able to catch up to and corner the suspect who was found hiding under a deck in the rear of 65 Gates Street. A search of the suspect for any weapons proved unsuccessful. However, when officers retraced the steps taken during the foot pursuit, officers were able to locate and recover a black-colored firearm. When asked if the gun belonged to him, the suspect confirmed that it did.

Officers arrested a 17-year-old juvenile male and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.