UPDATE: BPD Release Photos of Suspect Wanted in Connection to Death Investigation in area of 66 Hartford Street in Dorchester

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in an effort to locate Desmond Tahatdil, 55, of Boston. Desmond Tahatdil, who can be seen in the above photos, is wanted in connection to the murder of 35-year-old Brendan Tahatdil of Dorchester. Desmond Tahatdil, who has ties to New York, is described as a black male, 5’8” tall, weighing approximately 175 lbs. On Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at about 7:45am, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person stabbed in the area of 66 Hartford Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim who was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as 35-year-old Brendan Tahatdil of Dorchester.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call 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.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, March 10, 2017

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 4
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

One Less Gun: Two Firearms Recovered, Five Suspects Arrested in Two Separate Incidents

Firearm recovered in Incident #1

INCIDENT #1: At about 4:40 PM on Thursday, March 9, 2017, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) recovered a firearm during a motor vehicle stop in the area of 157 Fuller Street. While on patrol in the above area, officers observed a motor vehicle without a front registration plate displayed. Upon querying the vehicle, they found that the car was reported stolen an hour earlier. Officers conducted a stop of the vehicle, and after ordering the operator and three passengers to exit, recovered a black and brown loaded Sterling Mark2 .380 caliber firearm on the floor of the passenger compartment. The occupants of the vehicle, 18-year-old Teshawn Hector-Coleman (Operator), 18-year-old Junior Galette, and two 17-year-old juvenile males, all of Dorchester, were arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle.

INCIDENT #2: At about 9:10 PM on Thursday, March 9, 2017, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a recovered firearm and a shoplifting suspect in custody in the area of 10 Summer Street. Upon arrival, officers were informed that a Special Police Officer at Primark had observed a male concealing merchandise in a bag inside the store. When the male attempted to exit the store without paying, the Special Officer stopped him and took him into custody. During a search of the suspect’s bag, the officer recovered a black Hi-Point C-9 9mm handgun with obliterated serial number and one loaded magazine. The suspect, 21-year-old Isaiah Villarson of Saugus, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, and Shoplifting under $50.

UPDATE: Suspect Identified and Arrested in East Boston Indecent Assault

At about 6:30 PM on Monday, March 6, 2017, an adult female victim was in the area of Brooks Street in East Boston when she was approached by an unknown male and indecently assaulted as she was entering a building. The suspect then fled the area on foot down Brooks Street, turning left onto Condor Street. The suspect is described as a male, 18-25 years of age, standing 5’6” tall, unknown race or ethnicity, last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt and khaki pants.

Today, Thursday March 9, 2017 the individual in the above photograph was identified, located and arrested without incident. The individual, whose name is not being released, is charged with Indecent Assault and Battery and appeared in East Boston Court. 

The Boston Police Department would like to thank the members of the community who assisted with information in this investigation. 

Community members wishing to further 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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.

If you’re a victim of a sexual assault that has or has not been reported to police and would feel more comfortable seeking confidential advice from a non-law enforcement agency or representative, the Boston Police Department encourages you to call the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) at 1 (800) 841-8371. BARCC provides free and confidential counseling, case management, legal and medical advocacy services to survivors in the greater Boston area. To learn more about BARCC, please click on the enclosed link: www.barcc.org

TIPS FOR ENSURING YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY: The BPD encourages individuals to review the following safety tips with the understanding that, while these tips are designed to decrease and diminish the likelihood of an attack, no victim is ever to blame for the actions of an attacker.   

  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and when possible try to avoid poorly lit or isolated areas.
  • When possible, walk with friends and people you know especially late at night.
  • Avoid the distractions created when talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device. Avoid wearing ear buds or headphones in both ears.
  • If you believe someone is following you, change direction, cross the street, seek a populated location and call 911.
  • Remember descriptive information about the person following you to report to the police.
  • If confronted, believe in your ability to fight back and defend yourself. Creating distance and yelling words like: “fire”, “help” or “rape” are effective ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.  
  • Keep your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon to ward off an attack.
  • Trust your instincts and understand that anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Never assume: “It won’t ever happen to me.”

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of 66 Hartford Street in Dorchester

 

At about 7:45 AM on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person stabbed in the area of 66 Hartford Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from an apparent stab wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as 35-year-old Brendan Tahatdil of Dorchester.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call 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.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, March 9, 2017

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 2
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 7

Residential Break-ins: 6
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

UPDATE: Boston Police Seek Public's Help in Identifying Individual in Relation to Recent Indecent Assault in East Boston

At about 6:30 PM on Monday, March 6, 2017, an adult female victim was in the area of Brooks Street in East Boston when she was approached by an unknown male and indecently assaulted as she was entering a building. The suspect then fled the area on foot down Brooks Street, turning left onto Condor Street. The suspect is described as a male, 18-25 years of age, standing 5’6” tall, unknown race or ethnicity, last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt and khaki pants.

Detectives are seeking the public's help in identifying the above pictured individual in relation to this incident. This individual is NOT wanted at this time, and this picture is being disseminated for identification purposes only. Anyone with any information relative to this incident is strongly urged to contact detectives assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400.

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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.

If you’re a victim of a sexual assault that has or has not been reported to police and would feel more comfortable seeking confidential advice from a non-law enforcement agency or representative, the Boston Police Department encourages you to call the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) at 1 (800) 841-8371. BARCC provides free and confidential counseling, case management, legal and medical advocacy services to survivors in the greater Boston area. To learn more about BARCC, please click on the enclosed link: www.barcc.org

TIPS FOR ENSURING YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY: The BPD encourages individuals to review the following safety tips with the understanding that, while these tips are designed to decrease and diminish the likelihood of an attack, no victim is ever to blame for the actions of an attacker.   

  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and when possible try to avoid poorly lit or isolated areas.
  • When possible, walk with friends and people you know especially late at night.
  • Avoid the distractions created when talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device. Avoid wearing ear buds or headphones in both ears.
  • If you believe someone is following you, change direction, cross the street, seek a populated location and call 911.
  • Remember descriptive information about the person following you to report to the police.
  • If confronted, believe in your ability to fight back and defend yourself. Creating distance and yelling words like: “fire”, “help” or “rape” are effective ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.  
  • Keep your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon to ward off an attack.
  • Trust your instincts and understand that anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Never assume: “It won’t ever happen to me.”

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 1
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 1
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Two Suspects in Custody Following Brazen Daytime Breaking and Entering in Hyde Park

 

At about 2:54 PM on Monday, March 6, 2017, officers assigned to District E-18 (Hyde Park) placed two juvenile suspects in custody after responding to a call for a breaking and entering in the area of 175 Dana Avenue in Hyde Park. Officers spoke to the victim who stated that he was in his bedroom when he was confronted by two suspects who were both later identified as juvenile males, ages 16 and 17, from Hyde Park. When the suspects learned that the victim had called the police, they fled the apartment on foot after taking several items including credit cards, savings bonds, cash and foreign currency. A short time later, additional responding units observed two juvenile males matching the given description in the area of 221 Garfield Avenue. The officers approached and spoke with the suspects who were found to be in possession of the stolen items. Both suspects were placed in custody without incident after being positively identified.  The suspects will appear in West Roxbury Juvenile Court where they will be charged with Delinquent to Wit: Breaking and Entering (Residence – Daytime).

BPD Community Alert: Boston Police Investigating Recent Indecent Assault in East Boston

 

At about 6:30 PM on Monday, March 6, 2017, an adult female victim was in the area of Brooks Street in East Boston when she was approached by an unknown male and indecently assaulted as she was entering a building. The suspect then fled the area on foot down Brooks Street, turning left onto Condor Street. The suspect is described as a male, 18-25 years of age, standing 5’6” tall, unknown race or ethnicity, last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt and khaki pants.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incidents. Anyone with any information is strongly urged to contact detectives assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400.

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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.

Keeping Boston Safe: Drug Investigation Results in Arrest and Recovery of Drugs and Large Amount of Cash in Dorchester

At about 10:45 AM on Monday, March 6, 2017, officers assigned to the District B-3 (Mattapan) Drug Control Unit executed a search warrant in the area of 100 Nightingale Street in Dorchester and arrested Jatniel Tatis, 33, of Dorchester, after a month-long investigation into the distribution of illegal narcotics. As a result of their efforts, $27,879 in U.S. Currency along with 18 bags of powdered cocaine were seized and the target of the investigation was placed in custody without incident. The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Monday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 1
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 4
Commercial Break-ins: 2

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Death Investigation in the area of 66 Hartford Street in Dorchester

 

At about 7:45 AM on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person stabbed in the area of 66 Hartford Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a 35 year old male victim suffering from an apparent stab wound. The victim 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 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.

Boston 72: Weekend Update and Public Journal

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

Street Robberies: 7
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 2

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 19

Residential Break-ins: 7
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Community Effort from Boston Police Officer and Neighbors Allows Residents to Escape House Fire Safely

 

At about 5:45 PM on Friday, March 3, 2017, an officer from District C-11 (Dorchester) observed an active fire in the area of 27 Myrtlebank Avenue.

While on patrol on Gallivan Boulevard, the officer observed a large amount of smoke billowing from the Myrtlebank Avenue area. The officer advised the 911 dispatcher of the fire and approached to investigate. The officer observed a large fire on a second-floor porch in the rear of the two-story house. The officer spoke with the tenant of the first floor who reported he was the only one in his apartment but that there may be occupants of the second-floor unit inside. Without regard for his own safety, the officer rushed to the second floor where he observed neighbors assisting the owners of the house out of the unit. The officer proceeded with one of the neighbors to the attic where they located a 46-year-old male and a 21-year-old male who were unaware of the fire. The officer and neighbors were able to escort all parties out safely.
 

One Less Gun: YVSF Officers Recover Loaded Firearm during Traffic Stop

At about 2:08 AM on Saturday, March 4, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted a traffic stop in the area of 88 Bernard Street in District B-3 (Mattapan).

Officers observed a vehicle in the above neighborhood without a front registration plate and traveling at speeds well above the City of Boston speed limit of 25 mph. Officers conducted a stop of the vehicle and observed an individual in the front passenger seat who was known to them to have a history of incidents involving firearms. For their safety, officers conducted a pat frisk of the individual and subsequently recovered a loaded black Glock 26 9mm firearm with obliterated serial numbers from the waistband of his pants. Officers knew this individual, 35-year-old Antoine Rise of Dorchester, to be ineligible for a license to carry.

Officers arrested Rise and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, and Armed Career Criminal (Level 3).

BPD Seeks Public's Assistance in Identifying Person of Interest in Relation to Dorchester Bank Robbery

At about 1:30 PM on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a bank alarm at East Boston Savings Bank located at 305 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester. Upon arrival, officers were notified that the bank had been robbed by a male in his 20’s, who appeared to be Hispanic with medium complexion, wearing a gray Orlando Magic baseball hat with a blue brim, a black hooded sweatshirt or jacket, black pants, and black, red, and white basketball-style sneakers. The male took US currency from the teller and fled on foot down Talbot Avenue and turned left on Southern Avenue.

Boston Police Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the above-pictured individual in relation to this incident. This individual is NOT wanted at this time, and the information is being disseminated for identification purposes only. Anyone with information is asked to contact District B-3 Detectives at (617) 343-4712. 

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.

Missing Person Alert- Michael Bagley

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in efforts to locate Michael Bagley, 51, who was reported missing on December 31, 2016. He is 5’10”, 130 lbs, slim build, thinning black/gray hair and known to frequent the South Boston, Downtown Boston, Dorchester and Quincy areas.

Anyone with information regarding this individual is advised to please contact C6 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.

One Less Gun: Security Guard Arrested, Two Firearms Seized during Altercation Downtown

 

At about 8:05 PM on Thursday, March 2, 2017, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for an assault and battery in progress in the area of Hamilton Place and Tremont Street.

Upon arrival, officers were informed that the victim was involved in a physical altercation with the suspect, security guard Andrew Pierre, 34, of Boston, during which it is alleged that Pierre drew his firearm from his holster, “pistol whipped” the victim, and pointed the firearm at him. The victim then attempted to flee the assault up Tremont Street. A police officer from the MBTA observed the commotion while patrolling in his cruiser and, believing he was assisting a police officer, ran toward the victim. The victim was compliant while the officer detained him. The officer instructed Pierre to handcuff the victim, but instead Pierre began to kick the victim. It was then that the MBTA officer realized Pierre was not a police officer giving lawful orders, but a security guard, and ordered Pierre to stand back. Responding Boston police officers were able to view surveillance footage that corroborated the information provided to them.

Officers arrested Pierre and charged him with Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Shod Foot) and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Firearm). During a search of Pierre, officers recovered a loaded Smith & Wesson M&P .40 caliber from his holster and a loaded Ruger SR40 firearm from his pocket. Upon further inspection of the firearms, officers observed the ammunition had been loaded backwards in all four magazines. Officers also seized a Sabre stun gun, an expandable baton, two small canisters of pepper spray, and a large Sabre MK9 fogger. Officers seized Pierre's license to carry and two security badges.

BPD Salutes Black History Month!

In our final salute to Black History, BPD would like to recognize history being made at present. In February 2014, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Police Commissioner William B. Evans appointed William G. Gross as Superintendent-In-Chief, the first African American in the Boston Police Department’s history. 

Chief Gross is a 33 year veteran of the Boston Police Department. As a patrolman he served in the Gang Unit, Drug Control Unit, and was an Academy Instructor. In 2008 he became a member of the Department’s Command Staff when he was appointed to the rank of Deputy Superintendent. As a Deputy he spent four years overseeing first Zone 2, then the Youth Violence Strike Force and School Police Units. In 2012 he was promoted to the rank of Superintendent and was responsible for overseeing all police responses to incidents on a city-wide basis in the evening and overnight. 

Since assuming the position of Superintendent in Chief, he has maintained a strong connection with the community and credits his success and upbringing to the seniors and the “community” that helped raise him. Chief Gross has been awarded numerous departmental awards for bravery and meritorious service, and several Governor’s Citations. Chief Gross has been presented with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award (2014 & 2015), the United States Attorney’s Boston Offices’ award for Outstanding Dedicated Service to the Survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombing During the Trial of United States vs Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Department of Justice Investigative Achievement Award, and named one of Boston’s 100 Most Influential People of Color. Chief Gross has numerous professional affiliations and sits on a number of Advisory Boards including the George Lewis Ruffin Society. This year Chief Gross was honored with The Historic Twelfth Baptist Church’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation Speaker’s Award.

We salute and thank you Chief, for making Black History in the Boston Police Department.