At about 8:34 PM on Thursday August 30, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) arrested Tarique Richardson, 22, of Roxbury, on firearm related charges during an investigation in the area of 399 Boylston Street in the Back Bay. Officers were informed that the suspect was in possession of a firearm and approached him to investigate. Officers performed a pat frisk which led to the safe recovery of a loaded .38 caliber Taurus revolver from the suspect’s waistband. The suspect was placed in custody without incident after officers confirmed that he did not possess a license to carry a firearm. During the booking process, officers recovered several counterfeit bills from the suspect’s wallet which were seized as evidence. The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number and Possession of Counterfeit Notes of Bank Bills.
INCIDENT #1: At about 10:00 AM on Monday August 27, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) placed two suspects in custody without incident after responding to a call for a breaking and entering in progress in the area of 379 Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay. Officers were advised that the suspects had gained entry by utilizing a stolen master set of keys while posing as maintenance workers employed by the building management company. On arrival, officers arrested one suspect, a 59-year-old male from Medford, as he exited the building and arrested the second suspect, a 30-year-old male from Cambridge, a short distance away near Charlesgate East. Both suspects have since been arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Breaking and Entering and Possession of Burglarious Tools.
INCIDENT #2: At about 4:52 PM on Monday August 27, 2018, officers assigned to District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) arrested John Davis, 27, of Roxbury, after responding to a call for a breaking and entering in progress in the area of 15 Armstrong Street in Jamaica Plain. While on approach to the scene, officers were advised that a male suspect had attempted to break into an apartment through a first-floor window but had fled the area on foot after being alarmed by a resident. Responding officers quickly located a suspect matching the given description on Chestnut Avenue and placed him in custody after he was positively identified by a witness. The suspect will appear in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Attempted Breaking and Entering, Attempt to Commit a Crime and Disturbing the Peace.
At a recent Red Sox Game, this six-year-old met his hero off the field! On noticing Captain Connolly at the ballpark, he announced his hope to become a police officer just like the Captain —Captain Connolly insisted on capturing the moment. The young recruit's mother later contacted the Boston Police Department about the photo and wrote: "This made his day, maybe even his year! Thank you for making his trip to Fenway special!"
On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, members of the Command Staff, Captain Sweeney, and officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) joined members of the community for another successful Flashlight Walk at Villa Victoria! Every walk strengthens our unabated relationships in the community. If you would like to attend a future Flashlight Walk, please call the BPD Neighborhood Watch Unit at (617) 343-4345 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
At about 10:58 PM on Friday August 17, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) arrested a 26-year-old male suspect from Lynn after responding to a call for a person screaming inside an undisclosed address in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston. On arrival, officers entered the address and made their way to the basement where they heard a female victim screaming for help and the sound of an agitated male suspect behind a locked apartment door. After knocking and announcing their presence, and fearing for the victim’s safety, one of the officers kicked the door open as both officers then quickly entered the apartment. Upon entry, officers immediately observed a female victim being held down in a reclining chair by the male suspect. The suspect was holding the victim down with his left hand while pointing a firearm at the victim’s head, which the officers clearly observed in his right hand. As the officers approached the suspect, he immediately backed away from the victim and fled out of the rear apartment door into the alley behind the building. One officer remained with the victim as the second officer, now assisted by additional responding units, pursued the suspect on foot. After chasing the suspect for several blocks, officers were able to place the suspect in custody without further incident at which time they safely recovered a loaded .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver.
The suspect has since been arraigned in Roxbury District Court on numerous charges including Home Invasion, Assault with Intent to Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon.
Thank you to everyone who came out this morning for Coffee with a Cop on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at Cafe Nero in the South End. Police Commissioner William G. Gross, members of the BPD Command Staff, and officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) enjoyed a cup of coffee while engaging with friends and neighbors from the community. 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.
Commissioner Gross Stops by the Unveiling of the Michael Bivins Basketball Court in Roxbury: Earlier today, Friday, August 10, 2018, Commissioner William Gross had the pleasure of catching up with one of Boston’s favorite sons and music legend, Michael Bivins of Bell Biv Devoe and New Edition fame, during a ceremony in which the city officially named and dedicated the basketball court at Ramsay Park in his honor. Commissioner Gross was honored to be a part of the celebration and made a point to commend Bivins for supporting his old neighborhood and never forgetting where he came from. The recently refurbished basketball court, now named the Michael L. Bivins Court, will go a long way in giving kids a quality place to ball while keeping them out of trouble. Growing up, Bivins said his mother would always tell him, “if you need to release some stress, go play ball.”
Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Effort to Locate Murder Suspect Wanted in Connection to Death Investigation in area of 333 Massachusetts Ave: The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in an effort to locate Alan Lewis, 32, of Brockton. Alan Lewis, who can be seen in the enclosed photo, is wanted in connection to the murder of 37-year-old Brent Stevenson. Alan Lewis is described as a black male, about 6’1” tall, weighing about 210 lbs.
The facts and circumstances surrounding the original incident are as follows: At about 8:05 PM, on Monday, November 6, 2017, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 333 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston. On arrival, officers located Brent Stevenson, suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds, sitting in the driver's seat of a disabled vehicle. Stevenson was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.
The Boston Police Department continues to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information relative to Alan Lewis and his whereabouts 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.
BPD Remembers: The Boston Police Department remembers Patrolman James B. O’Leary who was killed in the line of duty on this very day, August 2, 1963, 55 years ago. Patrolman James O’Leary was shot and killed while chasing several suspects who had just committed a robbery. The two suspects were arrested and convicted of first degree murder.
Patrolman O’Leary, badge #1618, had served with the agency for 16 years and was 46-years-old at the time of his death. Sadly, O'Leary was survived by his wife and three children.
Patrolman O’Leary is buried at St.Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury, MA. His name is on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 3, East Line 11.
A Hero Sign is posted in honor and memory of Patrolman O'Leary at Commonwealth Avenue and Fairfield Street in District D-4 (South End). Should you find yourself in that area, please keep an eye out for Patrolman O'Leary's Hero Sign. And, if time allows, say a prayer thanking and acknowledging Patrolman O'Leary for his service and sacrifice while also acknowledging the hurt, heartache and hardship endured by his family forced to come to grips with the loss of a husband, father and friend.
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)
JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY: Earlier this week, members of the BPD Junior Police Academy accompanied Community Service Officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) and District D-4 (South End) on a special trip to Patriot’s Place in Foxborough. The young officers in training got the opportunity to tour ‘The Hall’ where they got an up close and personal look at all sorts of Patriot’s history, equipment and memorabilia. Thank you to the Boston Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) for their continued support of our Junior Police Academy and for making memorable days like the one these kids had at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough possible.
At about 1:15 PM on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, an officer assigned to the Boston Police Auto Theft Unit was on patrol in the area of West Dedham and Tremont Street in District D-4 (South End) in a concerted effort to prevent vandals from spraying graffiti and tags on public property, residents’ property, businesses’ property, and vehicles throughout the city. From his training and experience, this officer had specific knowledge of characteristics and common behaviors exhibited by taggers and, on the above date and time, observed an individual, later identified as 19-year-old Logan O’Keefe of Mattapan, exhibiting those behaviors.
The officer’s attention was first drawn to O’Keefe when he observed him standing awkwardly near a large green mailbox while holding what appeared to be a whiteout marker in his hand. The officer observed O’Keefe briefly turn toward the mailbox, then walk away. At no time did the officer ever observe a piece of mail in O’Keefe’s hand nor was this a working blue mailbox. As O’Keefe walked farther away, the officer approached to inspect the mailbox and observed a fresh graffiti “tag” on it. The officer observed a similar tag on a second nearby mailbox. The officer followed O’Keefe as he walked onto Montgomery Street, watching as O’Keefe took out a cell phone and took a picture of a third similar tag, this one larger on the side of a residential building. The officer continued to follow the suspect observing him make several more tags, while requesting an additional unit so that he may affect a safe arrest. O’Keefe was in the process of tagging a silver vent pipe in the area of 671 Tremont Street when the officers were able to arrest him without further incident. O’Keefe is charged with six counts of Felony Tagging/Graffiti and will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.
At about 11:20 AM on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for a man climbing through a first-floor window in the area of 6-10 Blackwood Street. Upon arrival, officers were provided with a photo taken on a cell phone of a suspect climbing through a window at the above location. Officers in the area observed a male fitting the suspect’s description exit a building on Blackwood Street. When officers attempted to stop the suspect, he fled on foot and a brief foot chase ensued. Officers were able to apprehend the suspect at the end of the block near Saint Botolph Street. While speaking with the suspect, officers were approached by a witness who reported having video of the same suspect removing items from another building in the areas several hours before he was stopped. The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Alexis Rodriguez-Perez of Mattapan, was then found in possession of four stolen laptops and other stolen personal items. Officers arrested Rodriguez-Perez and charged him with Breaking and Entering in the Daytime and Buying/Receiving/Concealing Stolen Property.
Earlier today, on Saturday July 14, 2018, Captain Steven Sweeney, Commander of District D-4 (South End) was delighted to meet a young BPD fan from Winthrop who had come to town to see the Red Sox take on the Blue Jays at Fenway Park. After a thrilling walk-off win by the home town team, both were all smiles as they posed for a quick picture.
At about 12:14AM on Thursday, July 12, 2018, Officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to call for shots fired in the area of 112 Jersey Street, Boston. Officers received information from the 911 dispatcher that the suspect, described as a black male in his 20's, wearing a black hat, black tank top and white shorts, fled the scene in what appeared to be a green Chevrolet. Officers responding to the scene observed a green Chevrolet at the corner of Tremont Street and Ruggles Street, being operated by a black male wearing a black shirt.
Upon activating their lights and sirens, officers observed the operator duck down, reach toward the passenger seat and quickly accelerated onto Ruggles Street. Officers observed the suspect’s vehicle drive through multiple stop signs on Ruggles Street and Shawmut Avenue, but while attempting to turn onto Washington Street at a high rate of speed, the suspect crashed through a fence and struck a tree forcing it to come to an abrupt stop. The suspect got out of the motor vehicle, fled on foot through numerous yards and jumped over fences in the Orchard Park area. When officers caught up to the suspect, later identified as, Shawn Tyler, 29, of Boston, he began to physically assault the officers on scene.
Back at the scene of the crash, officers recovered a silver Ruger 357 Magnum New Model Blackhawk with one live cartridge and four spent shell casings, recovered from the front passenger side of the suspects motor vehicle. Shawn Tyler was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, and numerous violations of the auto laws. He will be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.
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
At about 9:30 PM on Sunday, June 24, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) arrested Mark Mazzone, 30, of Winthrop, after responding to a call for an armed robbery in the rear of 29 East Springfield Street. During the incident, Mazzone brandished a hypodermic needle and threatened to stab an adult male victim while demanding money. Mazzone fled the area on foot after the victim handed him cash from his wallet. A short time later, responding officers stopped Mazzone, who matched the description given by the victim, in the area of 90 Southampton Street and placed him in custody after he was positively identified. Officers then recovered the hypodermic needle from the Mazzone’s right pants pocket along with the stolen currency. Mazzone will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Armed Robbery, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and Threats.
At about 12:40 AM on Thursday, June 14, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for a breaking and entering in progress in the area of 48 East Springfield Street. Upon arrival, officers observed a white male, later identified as Michael McCole, 54 of Boston, emerge from a gated, fenced in patio area. Officers entered the fenced in area and observed a tan tool container that was ajar and the padlock/bent hasp appeared to have been forced open. Nearby video surveillance captured the suspect entering the rear patio area where he can be seen breaking into the tool storage container. McCole was placed under arrest and was charged with Breaking and Entering, Nighttime. Suspect McCole will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.