Keeping Boston Safe: Search Warrant Enables Members of the BPD Drug Control Unit to Seize Over $60,000 in U.S. Currency During a Drug Arrest in Roslindale

KEEPING BOSTON SAFE: At about 9:02AM, on Friday, September 21, 2018, members of the District E-5 (West Roxbury) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit executed a search warrant as part of an investigation in the area of 133 Cornell Street in Roslindale. As a result of their efforts, officers were able to recover approximately 70 grams of cocaine and over $60,000 in U.S. Currency while arresting Peter Akara, 36, of Roslindale, without incident on scene. The suspect will appear in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Trafficking Class B Drugs (Cocaine).

 

BPD Officers Arrest Juvenile Wanted in Connection to Assault & Battery at the Washington Irving Middle School in Roslindale

 

BPD Officers Arrest Juvenile Suspect Wanted in Connection to Assault & Battery at the Washington Irving Middle School in Roslindale: At about 9:20am, on Thursday, September 13, 2018, officers assigned to the BPD’s School Police Unit responded to a call for a stabbing at the Washington Irving Middle School at 105 Cummins Hwy in Roslindale. On arrival, officers located and spoke to the victim, a 13-year-old male, who stated that he had been stabbed during an altercation with a fellow student. After being treated on scene by the school nurse, the victim was transported to an area hospital for further evaluation of his non-life threatening injuries. A search of the immediate area enabled officers to locate and apprehend the other juvenile involved in the altercation. Once located, officers arrested a 14-year-old juvenile male and charged him with Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Knife).

INVESTIGATION UPDATE: Homicide Detectives Arrest Murder Suspect Wanted in Connection to Death Investigation in the area of 34 Claybourne Street in Dorchester

 

Investigation Update: Monday, August 13, 2018, officers assigned to the Boston Police Homicide Unit and Fugitive Unit located Frederick O. Reynoso, 26 of Roslindale, in the area of Aldrich Street in Roslindale and placed him under arrest in the connection to an ongoing homicide investigation.  The suspect will be arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Murder and Armed Robbery.

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

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

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

If you find yourself needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.

 

 

 

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2018 COMING TO BOSTON! Monday, August 6, 2018 and Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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)

BPD in the Community: Kids from Junior Police Academy Stop by the BPD’s K-9 Unit

BPD in the Community: Kids from Junior Police Academy Stop by the BPD’s K-9 Unit: Earlier today, Friday, July 20, 2018, kids from Districts E-5 (West Roxbury/Roslindale) and E-18 (Hyde Park) attending the Boston Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) stopped by the BPD’s K-9 Unit to get an up close and personal look at how BPD K-9 Officers work with and train their trusted furry, four-legged partners. As you can see by the photos, the kids had a blast. And, Officers Ray Ramirez and Cornell Patterson tell us the kids asked a ton of interesting and intriguing questions and, when it came to behavior, our officers say the kids could not have been nicer or better behaved. As always, special thanks to Boston PAL for making the Junior Police Academy one of the best summer camps around while also providing our officers yet another opportunity to build trust and connect with our city’s young people.  

Multiple Suspects Under Arrest After BPD Drug Control Units Conduct Operation in Several Boston Neighborhoods

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On Monday July 2, 2018, officers assigned to various Boston Police Drug Control Squads throughout the city conducted an operation which resulted in 13 arrests. During the far-reaching sweep, officers executed search warrants at multiple locations which led to the recovery of 395 grams of fentanyl, 137 grams of heroin, 27 grams of cocaine, 15 bags of crack cocaine, 6 bags of marijuana and $6,801 in cash. Officers also seized a 2013 Ford Focus along with 368 grams of an unknown powder which will be processed and identified.

Please see below for named suspects followed by their respective charges and scheduled court of arraignment:

 Eddie Watkins, 41, of Boston, Distribution of Class B – Boston Municipal Court

Sean Seith, 31, of Boston, Distribution of Class E – Boston Municipal Court

Jason Martinez, 24, of Dorchester, Trafficking Class A & B Drugs, Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle and Possession of Burglarious Tools – Dorchester Court

Meiko Foreman, 30, of Dorchester, Warrant Arrest: Breaking & Entering, Larceny from a Building and Larceny – Dorchester Court

Sheldon Bethune, 45, of Roxbury, Warrant Arrest: Distribution of Class B Drugs

Kayla Yeje, 28, of New Bedford, Distribution of Class B Drugs – Roxbury District Court

Nicholas Smith, 32, of Plymouth, Warrant Arrest: Possession of Class A Drugs and Resisting Arrest – Roxbury District Court

David Carrasquillo, 22, of Brighton, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs – Brighton District Court

Orlando Laboy, 39, of Brighton, Possession of Class B Drugs – Brighton District Court

Jonathan Vilarino, 30, of Roslindale, Warrant Arrest: Distribution of Class B Drugs – West Roxbury District Court

Michael Vilarino, 26, of Ashland, Warrant Arrest: Distribution of Class B Drugs - West Roxbury District Court

Jose Cambero, 62, of Mattapan, Trafficking Class B Drugs and Distribution of Class A Drugs - West Roxbury District Court

Jesus Diaz-Rivera, 34, of Dorchester, Distribution of Class A Drugs – West Roxbury District Court

Thank You for Thanking Us: A grateful mom in W. Roxbury sent the following letter of appreciation to the Commissioner’s Office

ThankYouforThankingUs: The following letter of appreciation was recently sent and warmly received by the Commissioner’s Office. The letter from a grateful mother in West Roxbury reads as follows:

“On Monday, April 23, my 23-year-old daughter was cooking and the oil in the pan caught on fire and, as a result, caused 2nd degree burns to her arm. She was home alone at the time. She called the police and fire and both departments responded to her home. However, my daughter tells me that one officer, a female officer on the West Roxbury police force (assigned to District E-5), was one of the kindest individuals she has ever met. The officer stayed with my daughter then locked up the home for us. My daughter was transported by ambulance to Brigham & Women's Hospital. Not only did the officer stay with my daughter, she even returned the next day. I know this because when my daughter arrived home, there was a ‘Get Well’ balloon and a card from the officer. The card read, "Hope your recovery is swift with many well wishes. Officer Younger" Honestly, how many people do this? Kindness like this does not happen very often, and I would like to recommend that the officer receive some sort of recognition for going above and beyond the call of duty. My daughter is studying at Northeastern in the Graduate Nurse Practitioner program and the kindness shown by Officer Younger, not only set an amazing example, but it also showed my daughter that ‘kindness and caring’ is what it is always about. Many, many, many thanks to Officer Younger of District E-5 from a grateful mother and her daughter in West Roxbury.”

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Arrest B&E Suspect After Foot Chase Leads to K-9 Search in West Roxbury

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At about 10:15 AM on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, officers assigned to District E-5 (West Roxbury) placed a suspect in custody after responding to a call for a residential breaking and entering in the area of 55 Brown Avenue in Roslindale. While on approach to the scene, an officer observed a person matching the given suspect description, later identified as Marvin Dumay, 30, of Hyde Park, walking in the area of 75 Seymour Street. When the officer attempted to speak with the individual, he fled on foot while discarding several items on the ground. These items were later recovered and determined to be property stolen during the initial incident. The officer followed the suspect over a six-foot fence and through several backyards while broadcasting relevant information to additional responding units. The suspect then broke into the rear bulkhead of a home located at 61 Cliffmont Street at which time the officers set a perimeter and called for a BPD K-9 Unit. An officer soon arrived on scene with K-9 ‘Simeon’ who soon located the suspect hiding in the basement of the home at which time he was placed in custody without further incident. The suspect will appear in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Breaking and Entering (2 Counts).

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Arrest Juvenile Suspect After Bank Robbery in Roslindale

 

At about 2:22 PM on Thursday, March 29, 2018, officers assigned to District E-5 (West Roxbury) responded to a call for a bank robbery at the Cooperative Bank located at 40 Belgrade Avenue in Roslindale. On arrival, officers were informed that a masked suspect had stolen an undisclosed amount of currency and fled the area on foot. Additional responding units canvased the area and observed an individual fitting the suspect’s description running through neighborhood backyards. Officers stopped the male, and upon further investigation, located the stolen currency and other evidence which had been discarded nearby. Officers arrested the 17-year-old juvenile male from Roslindale and charged him with Unarmed Bank Robbery. The suspect will appear in West Roxbury Juvenile Court for arraignment.

Keeping Boston Safe: Alert Officers in West Roxbury Catch Breaking & Entering Suspect in the Act

 

At about 1:45 AM on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, officer from District E-5 (West Roxbury) were on directed patrol in the area of Centre and Spring Streets due to recent calls for incidents of breaking and entering at various convenience stores. As officers drove by 1906 Centre Street, Marino’s Market & Deli, they observed an unknown male facing the front door with a bag at his feet. It appeared to officers that he was using his body to shield his actions. When officers approached to investigate, the male took off running onto Parker Street where officers lost sight of him. Additional units responded to the area and set up a perimeter. With the assistance of BPD K-9 “Duke,” officers were able to track the suspect several blocks, where the dog and officers observed him sliding out from beneath a parked car. The K-9 also indicated on a crowbar, a tire iron, and a t-shirt while tracking the suspect. The suspect, identified as 37-year-old German Serrano of Roslindale, was arrested without incident and charged with Attempted Breaking and Entering into a Non-Residence (Night) and Possession of Burglarious Tools.

Below, K-9 "Duke" poses for a photo shortly after tracking the suspect. Well done, "Duke."  

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Missing Person Alert: Joseph Brancato

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in efforts to locate 21-year-old Joseph 'Joey' Brancato. Mr. Brancato, who has ties to Winthrop, was last seen by an acquaintance in the area of Mendelsohn Street in Roslindale on November 18, 2017. Mr. Brancato is described as a white male, about 5’08” tall and 200 lbs.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Joseph Brancato is advised to contact 911 or District E-5 detectives directly at (617) 343-4566.

Boston Police Arrest Suspect Relative to Death Investigation in the Area of 34 Temple Street, West Roxbury

 

At about 6:19 AM on Sunday, November 19, 2017, officers assigned to District E-5 (West Roxbury) responded to a call for a found body inside of 34 Temple Street in West Roxbury. Upon arrival, officers located a 40-year-old male victim suffering from undetermined traumatic injuries. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim has since been identified as 40-year-old Brian M. Sweeney of West Roxbury.

Only three days later, on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, detectives from the Boston Police Homicide Unit identified, located, and arrested 39-year-old Nathurlon Munnerlyn of West Roxbury for his role in the homicide of Mr. Sweeney. Munnerlyn will be charged with Murder and arraigned in West Roxbury District Court.

"I'm always concerned when there is a homicide in Boston; even one is too many," said Commissioner William Evans. "But when we do have an unfortunate untimely death in our city, I am confident that my officers and detectives will work around the clock until we apprehend the person responsible and bring him to justice for the victim and his family. Recently, my homicide detectives have been able to build strong cases and swiftly arrest the suspects in several cases, including this one. Although I realize nothing can bring these victims back, I hope, especially going into this holiday season, these arrests can bring some solace and peace to the victims' families."

UPDATE: BPD Continues to Seek Public's Help in Effort to Identify Trio of Suspects Wanted in Connection to Series of Armed Robberies in Boston

The Boston Police Department is updating an earlier community alert issued on November 9, 2017 to include two additional robberies which occurred on Saturday, November 18, 2017 on Blue Hill Ave in Mattapan. If you choose to review the earlier post, please click on the accompanying link: http://bpdnews.com/news/2017/11/9/bpd-community-alert-boston-police-investigating-series-of-armed-robberies-in-hyde-park-west-roxbury-roslindale-and-roxbury.

At present, detectives are investigating a series of armed robberies of convenience stores in four Boston neighborhoods over the past several days. The robberies, dates and locations, are listed below:

  • Thursday, 11/2/17, 10:40 PM, Fairmount Avenue, HP
  • Saturday, 11/4/17, 10:04 PM, River Street, HP
  • Saturday, 11/4/17, 10:29 PM, South Street, Roslindale
  • Sunday, 11/5/17, 11:00 PM, Warren Street, Roxbury
  • Tuesday, 11/7/17, 9:30 PM, Belgrade Avenue, Roslindale
  • Saturday, 11/18/17, 5:38pm, 1553 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan
  • Saturday, 11/18/17, 6:18pm, 1549 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan

In each of the incidents, three males (see images provided) entered the aforementioned stores and demanded money from registers and safes located inside the businesses. In all of the incidents, at least one of the suspects appears to be armed with a black firearm. The suspects are described as black males, approximately 25 to 30 years old, wearing hooded sweatshirts pulled over their heads and faces, latex gloves, ski masks and bandanas.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents. Anyone with information relative to the identities or whereabouts of the suspects seen in the images is asked to contact 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.

It's Turkey Time! Boston Police Officers Distribute Hundreds of Turkeys to People in Need

This week, in the spirit of giving and thanks, Boston police officers across the city gave away hundreds of turkeys and Thanksgiving trimmings to those in need.

For over ten years, BPD District E-5 (West Roxbury) and Roche Brothers Supermarkets have teamed up to donate turkeys to the less fortunate in and around the West Roxbury and Roslindale areas. Members of the Youth Violence Strike Force gave away 275 turkeys and 50 pies to various organizations, including the New England Veterans Shelter, parish churches, and Boston community centers. District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) Community Service Officers and student helpers from the Margarita Muñiz Academy assembled over 20 Thanksgiving dinner boxes with Thanksgiving turkeys and side dishes, and distributed them to local families in need, with special deliveries made to elderly residents. aptain Fong and his follow officers in District A-1 (Downtown) took some time out from their busy schedules to deliver turkeys to homeless veterans in downtown Boston.

We hope these small gestures will go far in making this year's Thanksgiving a bright one for everyone in Boston. To all, we wish a Happy Thanksgiving from the Boston Police Department!

One Less Gun: Sixteen-year-old Arrested for Firearm Offenses in West Roxbury

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At about 11:15 AM today, Friday, November 17, 2017, officers responded to a call to assist school police officers at West Roxbury High School on VFW Parkway in District E-5 (West Roxbury).

Upon arrival, officers were advised that school administrators had been informed that a particular student may be in possession of a firearm. The administrators immediately contacted the Boston School Police who in turn contacted the Boston Police Department. The officers were quickly able to stop the student and recover the loaded handgun from the student's backpack. The 16-year-old female was placed under arrest and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

"I'd like to commend the school administration, the Boston School Police officers, and my officers for how they handled this case," said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. "They followed protocol to a T and were able to safely and swiftly apprehend this student and recover the firearm without further incident." 

BPD Community Alert: Boston Police Investigating Series of Armed Robberies in Hyde Park, Roslindale, and Roxbury

The Boston Police Department is investigating a series of five armed robberies of convenience stores in multiple Boston neighborhoods over the past week:

  • Thursday, 11/2/17, 10:40 PM, Fairmount Avenue, HP
  • Saturday, 11/4/17, 10:04 PM, River Street, HP
  • Saturday, 11/4/17, 10:29 PM, South Street, Ros
  • Sunday, 11/5/17, 11:00 PM, Warren Street, Rox
  • Tuesday, 11/7/17, 9:30 PM, Belgrade Avenue, Ros

In each of the incidents, one suspect armed with a black firearm and two accomplices enter the store and demand money from registers and safes. The suspects are described as black males, approximately 25 to 30 years old, wearing hooded sweatshirts pulled over their heads and faces, latex gloves, ski masks, and bandanas.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents. Anyone with information is asked to contact the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800)494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

BPD in the Community: We're Gearing Up for Halloween at the District E-5 Costume Party!

Our officers had a blast getting into the spooky Halloween spirit at the District E-5 (West Roxbury) Halloween costume party on Friday night! Hundreds of neighborhood kids received trick-or-treat bags, pizza, snacks, and balloon animals while they showed off their costumes. They got a visit from the EOD robot, met K-9 Loki, and hung out with characters in costume (who may or may not have been our local BPD officers in disguise!). The kids had so much fun that they didn't 'want to go home at the end of the party!

Coffee With a Cop Visits El Recreo Estate Coffee in West Roxbury

On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, Coffee with a Cop stopped by El Recreo Estate Coffee on Centre Street in West Roxbury. Superintendent in Chief William Gross joined District E-5 Captain Steven McLaughlin along with officers from the neighborhood to speak with families from the community over a cup of coffee. Thank you to the welcoming staff and to everyone who came out to say hello today. As always, a special thanks to William Stoddard, Executive Director of the Boston Police Activities League (PAL), for sponsoring these events. If you are interested in learning about starting a Neighborhood Watch Group or interested in attending a future Coffee with a Cop event, please call (617) 343-4345.