One Less Gun: Investigation Leads Officers to Recover Illegal Firearm, Arrest One Suspect

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At about 7:15 PM on Friday, October 27, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an on-site arrest of a male illegally carrying a firearm in the area of 95 Topliff Street in District C-11 (Dorchester).

As the result of an ongoing investigation, officers became aware that a male known to police, 20-year-old Rumel Santana of Dorchester, may be in possession of a firearm. While on patrol, officers observed Santana walking on Topliff Street and attempted to conduct an inquiry. When officers approached, Santana immediately attempted to flee, but officers were able to stop him and conduct a pat frisk. During the frisk, Santana began to struggle with the officers, at which time the officers observed a firearm slide from his waistband down his pant leg. Officers were quickly and safely able to recover the unloaded .25 caliber Auto Sterling Arms firearm from Santana and place him under arrest. Santana is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

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!

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: No "Trick-or-Treating" for Drug Trafficker Arrested with Over Three Kilos of Fentanyl & Halloween Mask

At about 10:55 AM on Friday, October 27, 2017, members of the Boston Police City Wide Drug Control Unit and the District B-2 (Roxbury) Drug Control Unit, in conjunction with the Mass State Police, received information that a package containing 3 kilograms of suspected illegal narcotics was being shipped to a commercial auto business in the area of 171 Norfolk Avenue in Roxbury. As a result of the investigation, officers recovered what appeared to be three separate packages of Fentanyl and a Halloween mask. The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Manuel Pineda-Herrera of Charlestown, was arrested and charged with Trafficking Class B Drugs over 200 grams. 

After further investigation, officers received a search warrant for the intended delivery destination of the package. Upon execution of the warrant, officers recovered numerous heat-sealed, compressed packages of suspected Fentanyl, separate plastic bags of Fentanyl, along with cocaine, marijuana, and morphine pills. Officers also recovered numerous digital scales, heat sealing equipment, hydraulic presses, cutting agents, grinders, and other paraphernalia consistent with the sale and distribution of illegal narcotics. Pineda-Herrera will additionally be charged with Trafficking Class B (Fentanyl) over 200 grams, Trafficking Class B (Cocaine) 36-99 grams, Trafficking Class A (Morphine), and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D. Additional suspects are under investigation relative to the incident and will face charges of Trafficking Class B over 200 grams, among other drug charges.

Boston 24 and Pubic Journal for Friday, October 27, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 11
Vehicle Recoveries: 11
Vehicle Breaks: 4

Residential Break-ins: 5
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.

BPD Headquarters Illuminated in Green in Remembrance of Honorary Boston Police Officer 6-year-old Devin Suau

Seven days ago, on Friday, October 20, 2017, the men and women of the Boston Police Department were saddened to learn that honorary Boston Police Officer 6-year-old Devin Suau lost his battle with pediatric cancer (DIPG). Few of us will ever forget the image, energy and joy of the little boy in the little blue police uniform riding high atop the BPD SWAT Truck during last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Devin found himself leading the parade, riding front and center for all to see, after being named both an honorary Boston Police Officer and Grand Marshall for the parade by Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Evans. On Friday, October 27, 2017, Devin would have celebrated his 7th birthday. While attending Devin’s funeral service this past Tuesday, both the Mayor and Commissioner saw that many of those who turned out to pay their respects were wearing green ties, shirts and dresses. Upon learning that Devin’s favorite color was green in keeping with his love of his favorite superhero - the Green Lantern, the Mayor and Commissioner immediately moved to have both City Hall and Boston Police Headquarters illuminated in Devin's favorite color to both celebrate the birthday and life of a little boy who’s courage, strength and determination will live on in all of us for years and years to come.  

 

BPD Officers Bust Bank-Robbing Duo Wanted in Connection to Several Heists Along the Route 128 Corridor

 

BPD Officers Bust Bank-Robbing Duo Wanted in Connection to Several Heists Along the Route 128 Corridor: On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, officers assigned to the Bank Robbery Task Force, with help from members of the Wellesley Police Department and Boston Police Officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) located and charged Paul Landrum, 48, of Dorchester with Armed Robbery and various motor vehicle infractions. Landrum, nicknamed the Route 128 Bandit, was wanted for his role numerous bank robberies and attempted robberies in and around the Boston area including banks along the Route 128 corridor. In total, Landrum was wanted in connection to 8 armed robberies and 2 attempted robberies. The majority of the incidents occurred in the last three months during. In addition to the suspect named above, officers also arrested a second suspect, Tamea Chambers, 36, of Boston. Chambers is alleged to have robbed the East Boston Savings Bank on October 17, 2017 and is a suspect in second bank robbery in Brookline on October 19, 2017. The break in the case came when detectives assigned to the Bank Robbery Task Force received information that a vehicle matching the description of a possible suspect vehicle was found, parked and unoccupied, in the area of Perth and Fayston Streets in Boston. Armed with this information, BPD Detectives, along with Wellesley PD, set up surveillance on the car. While surveilling the vehicle, officers soon observed two individuals, matching the descriptions of the suspects wanted in connection to the robberies, approach and enter the vehicle. Detectives followed the vehicle to a nearby store and, with the assistance of additional officers from District B-2, approached and apprehended the suspects. Both were taken into custody without incident. 

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Detective Roy Sergei

BPD Remembers: Today we honor the service and sacrifice of Detective Roy Sergei who was shot and killed in the line of duty protecting and serving the citizens of Boston on this day 30 years ago. A Hero Sign recognizing and forever memorializing Sergei's service and sacrifice stands tall at the intersection of Mass Ave and Marlborough Street in the Back Bay. As you go about your business today, we ask you kindly to offer a prayer of thanks to both Roy and the family he left behind. 

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Great Work Recognized: Civilian Employee Celebrates 50 Years of Service with the Boston Police Department

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During a recent ceremony, friends and coworkers joined Commissioner Evans to congratulate Warren “Buzzy” Sheldon on his 5oth anniversary as an employee of the BPD. Buzzy joined the department in October of 1967 and is currently the Senior Radio Technician in the Technology and Communications Division. Congratulations to our man Buzzy and thank you for always being there to back up Boston’s Finest.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, October 26, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

Street Robberies: 6
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 10
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.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 10

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.

One Less Gun: Two in Custody After Loaded Firearm and Drugs Recovered During Traffic Stop in Roxbury

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At about 6:30 PM on Tuesday October 24, 2017, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force placed two suspects in custody after recovering a loaded firearm and drugs during a traffic stop in the area of Harrison Avenue and Zeigler Street in Roxbury. The officers were on directed patrol in the area of the Orchard Park housing development when they stopped a motor vehicle after a traffic infraction. When the officers approached the car, they immediately recognized both the driver, Shaquille Watford, 24, of Dorchester, and passenger, Kareem Woods, 24, of Dorchester, due to previous interactions. As the officers were speaking to the operator, they observed the passenger quickly place an unidentified object behind his seat. Officers then removed both parties and performed a pat frisk which led to the recovery of a loaded .32 caliber Titanic revolver from the floor of the rear passenger area of the vehicle. Officers also recovered a large plastic bag of marijuana from inside the vehicle and a bag containing eight grams of crack cocaine from the operator. Both suspects were placed in custody without incident and will face arraignment in Roxbury District Court. Kareem Woods will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm. Shaquille Watford will be charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B and D Drugs.

 

BPD First Police Department to Join Shatterproof Rise Up Against Addiction 5k Run/Walk

On Saturday October 28, 2017 at 9 AM, The Boston Police Department will become the first Police Department in the nation to join the Shatterproof Rise Up Against Addiction's 5k Run/Walk being held at Franklin Park in Boston. Shatterproof is a national group dedicated to ending the devastation addiction causes families. 

Said Commissioner Evans, "No one should ever feel alone when it comes to addiction. It can affect any family. I am proud that my department is the first police department to stand together with those who are looking to end the stigma and shame associated with addiction." 

Please join Mayor Walsh, Police Commissioner Evans, Fire Commissioner Finn, and EMS Chief Hooley as they take a stand to help shatter the shame and stigma of asking for help. Formal speaking program begins at 9 AM, at Franklin Park Playstead on Pierpont Road. Runners start at 9:30 AM and walkers start at 9:45 AM. 

For more information on how to register visit: https://5kboston.shatterproofgetinvolved.org/

 

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 7

Residential Break-ins: 1
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.

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Three Loaded Firearms, Arrest Two Suspects during Motor Vehicle Stop in Dorchester

At about 11:40 AM on Sunday, October 22, 2017, officers from District C-11 (Dorcehster) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of Dorchester Avenue and Talbot Avenue.

While responding to the call, officers received information that the occupants of a vehicle may be in possession of a firearm. Officers observed the described vehicle near the above address and conducted a stop of said vehicle. As a result of the stop and the ensuing investigation, officers recovered three loaded firearms from inside the vehicle, specifically one loaded Intratec Tech 9 assault rifle with a large capacity feeding device, one loaded Hopkins & Allen Arms .38 revolver, and one Remington Model 1911 .45 caliber firearm with obliterated serial number. Both the operator and the passenger, identified as 18-year-old males from Dorchester, were placed under arrest and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (3 counts), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition (3 counts), Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm (3 counts), Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, and Possession of an Assault Weapon. 

Great Work Recognized: Officers Earn Commendation for Catching Suspect Wanted for Several Break-Ins in Back Bay

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This commendation is for Police Officers Edward Boudreau, Edward Fleming, Steve Katikakis, Daniel O’Donnell, and Darrell Vinson from District D-4 (South End). 

At about 6:30 AM on Sunday, October 8, 2017, Officers Boudreau, Fleming, Katikakas,
O’Donnell and Vinson responded to a radio call for a breaking and entering in progress on Gloucester Street. The female residents had fled the building after being awoken by an intruder prying at their bedroom window.

The officers responded within minutes and entered the building. Officer Fleming observed a suspect flee through a third floor window and onto the roof. Officers Fleming, O’Donnell and Katikakis proceeded to the roof in search of the suspect, while Officers Vinson and Boudreau established a ground perimeter. Officer O’Donnell scaled onto a higher roof peak for better observation. Shortly, the officers located the suspect hiding several roofs over from the original location and was safely taken into custody. The suspect was identified as the male who attempted to pry in the victims' window. 

Later, officers and detectives discovered that the suspect had also broken into one residence on Newbury Street and had attempted to break into another nearby residence. The suspect, who has a lengthy criminal record from several states, was also found to have recently been arrested for a breaking and entering on Newbury Street and identified for a break in another crime. The case has been referred to the Major Felony Unit of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Thanks to their immediate response, teamwork and overall plan, the suspect was quickly apprehended and identified as being responsible for a number of crimes on District D-4. For their efforts they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

Boston 72: Weekend Update and Public Journal

Data includes 72 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 4

Street Robberies: 5
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 3

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 23

Residential Break-ins: 16
Commercial Break-ins: 3

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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.

Recent Promotions: Three Officers and Two Detectives Promoted to Sergeant

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Pictured from left to right: Sgt. paul deleo , Sgt. Michael Deluca, Sgt. thomas Griffin, sgt. michael felton, and sgt. lanita cullinane

Effective Saturday, October 14, 2017, five members of the Boston Police Department were promoted to the rank of sergeant during a ceremony held at BPD Headquarters. The Boston Police Department would like to congratulate the new sergeants and wish them luck in their future assignments as supervisors at Districts A-1, B-2, D-4, and E-18!

Promoted from the rank of Detective:

  • Sergeant Lanita Cullinane
  • Sergeant Michael DeLuca

Promoted from the rank of Police Officer:

  • Sergeant Paul Deleo
  • Sergeant Michael Felton
  • Sergeant Thomas Griffin

Missing Dog UPDATE: Indy is Still Missing, If Spotted Contact Boston Animal Control or 911

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Indy, a large white one-year-old mix with brown/brindle markings on his face, was last seen in the area of the Double Tree Hotel near Storrow Drive in Brighton and has been spotted near The Fenway last week. Indy was first reported missing by his owner on Monday, October 16, 2017 when he ran out of their new home on Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay. Indy's owner is asking residents to keep their eyes peeled for the pup, but Indy is new to the area and very timid so she asks that you do not chase or call to him--instead contact City of Boston Animal Care and Control, Boston Police Department (Official), or your local PD.

BPD Mourns The Loss Of Honorary Boston Police Officer 6-Year-Old DEVIN SUAU

Every once in a while a young person enters your life and, in so doing, leaves an indelible impression that changes your outlook and challenges you to be a better you. For the men and women of the Boston Police Department, that person was 6-year-old Devin Suau.

Many of us met Devin for the first time several months ago at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston on March 19, 2017. Prior to the parade, we became aware of his story when his uncle, Officer Justin Cremins, an 11-year-veteran of the BPD, approached the Commissioner with a favor to ask. His nephew Devin had recently been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, a rare type of cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), and because Devin's prognosis wasn't positive, he was wondering if there was something the department could do to help raise the young boy's spirits. Raising awareness about Devin's disease, he said, would be wonderful, but more to the point, he wondered, given Devin's love of law enforcement, if there was something that we could do to make Devin feel like a real-life police officer. Nothing more needed to be said. Eager to deliver a day Devin would not soon forget, Commissioner Evans and Mayor Walsh moved quickly to appoint Devin both an honorary member of the Boston Police Department and Grand Marshall of the St Patty's Day Parade. In light of his new positions, as honorary Top Cop and Grand Marshall, Devin would, of course, be required to ride front and center in the parade's lead car which just to happened to be the BPD's SWAT Truck, affectionately nicknamed "The Bear." Moreover, prior to the start of the parade, in keeping with his new found duties as an honorary Top Cop, Devin was asked to address the officers at roll call. And, without so much as a moment's hesitation, Devin promptly and professionally told the officers:

"Stay safe. And, be careful not to get eaten by a bear." Lucky for us, the only bear seen that day was the SWAT Truck that chauffeured Devin during the parade.

Suffice to say, the day went off without a hitch and for many of our officers seeing the little boy in the little blue police uniform sitting atop our SWAT Truck with a smile stretching from ear to ear most certainly made for a memory that will not soon be forgotten. His family later said that day may have been one of Devin's best days, and the pictures taken would certainly affirm that. In truth, it may have been one of our best days, as well.

Devin passed away Friday, October 20, 2017. He was 6-years-old. As you can imagine, news of Devin's passing was met with great sadness and sorrow. But given the indisputable fact that there's assuredly a special place in heaven for police officers (especially the honorary ones), we're quite certain Devin's watching overall of us now.

To learn more about Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, please visit: http://www.danafarberbostonchildrens.org/conditions/brain-tumor/diffuse-pontine-glioma.aspx