BPD in the Community: Officers Take Part in “Cookies & Books” at the Perkins School in South Boston

BPD in the Community: Earlier today, on Thursday December 6, 2018, some of our officers enjoyed a fun morning reading to students at the Michael J. Perkins School in South Boston. The officers were there to participate in the school’s “Cookies & Books” program which encourages students to share their love of reading and, of course, delicious cookies. Officers read books focusing on safety, positivity and community while sharing a few laughs and even a couple of high fives along the way. We would like to thank the students, faculty and staff for their warm welcome.

District C-6 Donates Hundreds of Winter Coats, Hats and Gloves During the Holiday Season

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During the month of December, members of the District C-6 (South Boston) Community Service Office partnered with a local charity foundation to donate 200 winter coats as well as hats and gloves to the youth in need from the South Boston area. The event, which took place at the Condon Community Center, focused on giving back to those in need during the holiday season!

 

Local Business Owners Awarded Commissioner’s Commendations for their Assistance in Capturing Suspect 

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On Monday, November 26, 2018, local business owner Daniel Morris and his daughter Dawn Morris were presented with Commissioner’s Commendations for their actions following a robbery of their store at 120 Boston Street (DJ's European Market) during a community meeting in South Boston. The incident occurred at about 4:29 AM on August 4, 2018. While preparing food inside her family’s business, Ms. Morris heard the sound of glass breaking in front of the store. Immediately, Ms. Morris activated the store’s panic alarm and notified her father, Daniel Morris who arrived at the scene. Mr. Morris gave chase to the fleeing suspect. With the assistance of Mr. Morris and Ms. Morris, officers were able to apprehend the suspect. Due to the selfless and heroic actions of Dawn and Daniel Morris, a violent crime was interrupted, and a felon with a long criminal history was apprehended, thereby making the streets of the city of Boston a safer place for all residents.

 

Two Suspects in Custody After Search Warrant Leads to Fentanyl Seizure in South Boston

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At about 12:00PM on Thursday November 15, 2018, members of the District C-6 Drug Control Unit (South Boston) and officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) executed a search warrant in the area of 30 Orton Marotta Way.  As a result of the search warrant, officers located and seized two scales, $900 US Currency, and numerous bags of Fentanyl with an approximate total weight of 136 grams.  

Wilden D. Suazo, 30 of Boston and Cheryl Higgins, 54 Boston were placed under arrest and charged with Trafficking Class A Drugs (Fentanyl). Both will be arraigned in South Boston District Court.

 

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. 

 

BPD in the Community: Hi-5-Friday Stops by the Paul A. Dever School in Dorchester

Hi-5-Friday stops by the Paul A. Dever School in Dorchester: Earlier this morning smiles were seen on the faces of students as they were welcomed with plenty of Hi 5’s by Boston Police Officers. 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 Seeks Public’s Help in Ongoing Efforts to Identify Individuals Responsible for Racist Graffiti on the Tynan School in South Boston

 

BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Ongoing Efforts to Identify Individuals Responsible for Racist Graffiti on the Tynan School in South Boston: BPD is asking for the public’s help in ongoing efforts to identify those responsible for the racist graffiti which desecrated and defiled the outer walls of the Joseph P. Tynan School located at 650 E. 4th Street in South Boston. The hate-filled graffiti was discovered at about 5:45 AM on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Investigators believe the building was defaced sometime between the hours of 11:00 PM on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 and when it was discovered the following morning.

Said Mayor Martin Walsh, “Racism and threats of this nature will not be tolerated in our schools or in the City of Boston. To whoever wrote this message, you should be ashamed for spreading this message of hate where our young people go to learn. Boston is a place that is welcoming and inclusive of all.”

The BPD’s Civil Rights Unit continues to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information, whether it be large or small, is strongly encouraged to call the Civil Rights Unit at (617) 343-4527.     

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.

Boston Police Drug Control Unit Officers Arrest Three After Recovering Loaded Firearm, Drugs and Cash While Executing Two Separate Search Warrants

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INCIDENT #1: At about 11:15 AM on Tuesday October 23, 2018, members of the District C-6 (South Boston) Drug Control Unit along with officers from the BPD City Wide Drug Control Unit arrested Ishmael Morales, 38, of Jamaica Plain, after executing a search warrant in the area of 342 Amory Street in Jamaica Plain. Officers were able to safely recover a loaded .380 caliber Ruger LCP handgun, 30 grams of cocaine, $8,621.00 in U.S. Currency and other evidence while placing the target of their investigation in custody without incident. Officers later determined that the recovered firearm had previously been reported stolen in Colorado in 2017. The suspect will appear in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Trafficking Class B Drugs and Receiving Stolen Property.

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Evidence Seized During Incident #2

INCIDENT #2: At about 3:33 PM on Tuesday October 23, 2018, members of the District A-7 (East Boston) Drug Control Unit with the assistance of the Revere Police Department arrested Daniel Aristizabal, 33, of Revere and Wilder Cuartas-Perez, 34, of Revere, on drug related charges during an investigation in the area of 146 Shirley Avenue in Revere. Officers successfully executed a search warrant which led to the recovery of 253 grams of cocaine along with $16,408 in U.S. Currency and other evidence. Both suspects were placed in custody on scene without incident and will face arraignment in East Boston District Court. Daniel Aristizabal will be charged with Trafficking Class B Drugs. Wilder Cuartas-Perez will be charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs.

Drug Control Unit Arrests Two and Recovers Drugs in Roxbury

 

At about 2:30 AM on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, members of the C-6 Drug Control Unit (South Boston) and officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) made two onsite drug arrests in the area of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard in Boston.

Due to multiple 911 calls and community complaints, officers were on directed patrol in the above area when they observed an unidentified male pass an item to another male. Officers continued their surveillance of the male who took the item and handed it off to a female. Officers approached the male who appeared to be counting multiple bags containing a brown substance believed to be heroin. At this time, officers attempted to take the male into custody. The male began to throw the plastic bags and continued to struggle with officers. Officers were able to placed the male under arrest. Concurrently, officers observed the female return to the area and attempt to pick up the bags which the male had thrown. Officers then placed the female under arrest. Officers recovered multiple small plastic bags containing substances believed to be heroin and crack cocaine.

The male, identified as Rigoberto Villalona, 36-years-old of Dorchester and the female, identified as Crystal Andrade, 35-years-old, of Boston, were both placed under arrest. Villalona is charged with Distribution of Class A Drugs and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Drugs. Andrade is charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Drugs and Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws. Both are expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court. 

 

Missing Person Alert Issued for 12-year-old Jah’brion Daise-Raper

Missing Person Alert: BPD is seeking the public’s help in effort to locate 12-year-old Jah’brion Daise-Raper who was last seen on Friday, October 5, 2018 in the area of 437 Old Colony Ave in South Boston. When last seen, Jah’brion Daise-Raper, who goes by the nickname ‘Jah’, was wearing a white/blue Polo shirt, navy khaki pants and Under Armour sneakers. He’s listed at 5’8” in height and weighs about 130 lbs.

Should you see Jah’brion Daise-Raper or have information relative to his whereabouts, please call District C-6 (South Boston) Detectives at (617) 343-4742.  

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.

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 911 Massachusetts Avenue Roxbury

 

VICTIM IDENTIFIED: At about 03:32 AM, on Friday, October 5, 2018, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to the area of 911 Massachusetts Avenue, Roxbury for a person shot. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as Raymond Holloway-Creighton, 26, 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 911 Massachusetts Avenue Roxbury

 

Death Investigation in the area of 911 Massachusetts Avenue, Roxbury: At about 03:32 AM, on Friday, October 5, 2018, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to the area of 911 Massachusetts Avenue, Roxbury for a person shot. On arrival, officers located a male victim, believed to be in his twenties, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  The victim was transported to a local area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was 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.   

Great Work Recognized: Commissioner's Commendation Awarded to EMS Lieutenant

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On August 4th, 2018 at about 4:29 AM, officers assigned to District C-6 received a radio call for a commercial alarm, with glass breaking in the area of 120 Boston Street, the location of DJ’s market.

An employee stated the market was closed and she was working inside. She heard the sound of glass breaking in the front area of the store.  The employee activated the stores panic alarm, and called the owner of the market, who was close-by.

The owner observed 2 suspects fleeing from the store, getting on bicycles and riding off in the direction of Mt Vernon Street, with property taken from the store.

Boston EMS Lieutenant Calter was on patrol when he heard the sound of breaking glass and then observed both suspects flee from the store. Lieutenant Calter saw suspect #1 fall from his bicycle and immediately restrained the suspect.  He was found to be in possession of a plastic trash bag filled with lottery tickets and packs of cigarettes, that were later found to have been taken from the store.

Arriving officers took suspect #1 into custody charged him with B & E of a commercial building, nighttime.

Lieutenant Calter is commended for his actions in apprehending a dangerous felon while on duty alone and unarmed. For his dedicated efforts, Lieutenant Calter is hereby awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

BPD in the Community: Family Fun Day Joe Moakley Park

On Saturday, September 22, 2018, The Boston Police Foundation hosted a Family Fun Day at Joe Moakley Park. The Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association and Detectives Benevolent Society sparked up the grills and cooked all the hot dogs, burgers, and chicken you could eat. The kids had an enjoyable time running in and out of the balloon inflated jumpy house while the Bruins “BFIT” staff was on hand to teach them a few tricks with hockey sticks and explained how important it is to stay fit. The Boston Police and The Transit Police enjoyed a friendly game of baseball and the BPD ice-cream truck handed out ice-cream for those who wanted to indulge in a sweet refreshing dessert!

BPD in the Community: Thanks to the Boston Police Athletic League (PAL) for Presenting Young Football Players with New Equipment for the Upcoming Season

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.

 

One Less Gun: Loaded Firearm and Drugs Recovered After Traffic Stop Leads to Foot Pursuit in South Boston

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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

 

BPD in the Community: Boston Police, State Police Respond to Concerns About Traffic Safety in South Boston

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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.”

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Ongoing Efforts to Get Drugs Off the Streets Leads to Trafficking Arrest in South Boston

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.