Recent Promotions: Two Members of the BPD Receive Promotions During Ceremony at BPD Headquarters 

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PROMOTIONS: The men and women of the BPD would like to congratulate John Conroy on his promotion from Sergeant Detective to Lieutenant and Robert Ridge on his rating of Sergeant Detective. On Friday, January 4, 2019 Commissioner Gross and Chief Long presented the men with their new badges during a ceremony at Boston Police Headquarters. We wish them the best of luck in their new chapters with the BPD. 

 

Two Suspects in Custody After BPD Officers Recover Two Loaded Firearms During Investigation in Mattapan

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At about 1:00 PM on Tuesday January 1, 2019, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest while recovering two loaded firearms during an investigation in the area of Woodruff Way and Woodbole Avenue in Mattapan. The officers were on patrol when they observed Josiah Stirling, 29, of West Roxbury and Naquan Mahone, 23, of Mattapan who were known to them through previous interactions walking in the area. Upon seeing the officers approaching, Stirling came to an abrupt stop as Mahone immediately took off running while pinning his arm against the right side of his waist. As the officers pursued, they observed Mahone discard a firearm on the ground which was safely recovered and later determined to be a loaded 9mm Smith and Wesson M&P Shield handgun equipped with a TR4 laser sight attached. The suspect continued to flee through neighboring backyards while scaling several fences. Despite their best efforts, the suspect was able to allude the officers.

As the foot pursuit was unfolding, officers attempted to perform a pat frisk of Stirling at which time a violent struggle ensued. As the officers struggled to gain control of the suspect, a holstered firearm fell from the waist band area of the suspect. Officers were eventually able to place the suspect in custody at which time they safely recovered the holstered firearm which was determined to be a loaded .45 caliber Rock Island Armory M1911 A1-FS handgun with a defaced serial number. Josiah Stirling is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number.

Officers continued their investigation which led to the issuance of an arrest warrant for Mahone on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm. At about 5:30 PM on Wednesday January 2, 2019, officers located and arrested the suspect in the area of 15 Ridgeview Avenue in Mattapan.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, January 4, 2019

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 6
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.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, January 3, 2019

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

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

Residential Break-ins: 5
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.

Boston 48 and Public Journal for Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Data includes 48 HR PERIOD beginning Monday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

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

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 8

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.

 

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of 19 Johnston Road in Dorchester

 

VICTIM IDENTIFIED: At about 3:05 AM, on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 19 Johnston Road. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The victim has since been identified as Emmanuel Molin, 32, of Taunton.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470. Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

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

 

BPD Officers Recover Loaded Firearm After Placing Suspect in Custody on Drug Related Charges in Downtown Boston

At about 6:18 PM on Monday December 31, 2018, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) observed a motor vehicle idling in front of a fire hydrant in the area of Harrison Avenue and Oxford Place. The officers conducted a query of the vehicle registration which revealed an invalid inspection sticker.

As the officers approached, they observed the operator, later identified as Mandell Johnson, 26 of Newton, quickly grab a shopping bag to cover his lap. While illuminating the interior of the vehicle with their flashlights, officers made several observations of drug paraphernalia throughout the interior that included empty baggies, several small plastic baggies containing a green vegetable matter believed to marijuana that were knotted and packaged in a manner consistent with the sale of narcotics.

Johnson was placed under arrest for Possession with intent to Distribute, Class D, Drugs, and Possession of Class B, Drugs.

Officers continued their investigation and recovered a loaded .22 caliber ATI German Sport Gun 1911 firearm from inside the glove box. As a result, the suspect will also be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. The suspect will be face arraignment in Boston Municipal Court.

 

Death Investigation in the Area of 19 Johnston Road in Dorchester

 

DEATH INVESTIGATION: At about 3:05 AM, on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 19 Johnston Road. On arrival, officers located a male victim in his early 30’s suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The male victim was transported to a local area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. 

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470. Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

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

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Boston Police Fugitive Unit Arrest Suspect Wanted on Several Outstanding Warrants for Breaking and Entering

Earlier today, at about 12:15 PM on Monday December 31, 2018, members of the Boston Police Fugitive Unit located and arrested Albert Morrissette, 48, of Dorchester as part of an ongoing investigation in the area of 29 Homestead Street in Dorchester. At the time of his arrest, the suspect was wanted on several outstanding warrants sought out of Boston area courts stemming from several recent breaking and entering incidents. The suspect will face arraignment in Dorchester District Court.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Four Suspects Under Arrest After Armed Robbery in Dorchester

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: At about 12:57 AM on Saturday December 29, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) arrested four suspects after responding to a call for an armed robbery in the area of 14 Trull Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim who stated that he had been robbed by four individuals, two armed with knives, who took his cellphone and tablet before fleeing the area in a vehicle. Additional responding officers soon located and stopped a vehicle matching the given description in the area of Adams Street and Winter Street. As the suspect vehicle was slowing to a stop, officers observed the front passenger side door open slightly as an object was discarded on the ground. The item was later recovered and determined to be the victim’s tablet. Officers removed all four occupants from the vehicle and placed them in custody without incident after they were positively identified. Victor Torres, 41, of Dorchester, Angel Torres, 36, of Mattapan, John Santa, 29, of Dorchester and Sandro Rosa, 31, of Boston, will be charged with Armed Robbery in Dorchester District Court.

 

BPD Investigation Leads to Arrest After Stabbing in Chinatown

 

At about 8:46 PM on Saturday December 29, 2018, an officer assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) located a male victim in his late twenties suffering from apparent stab wounds in the area of 660 Washington Street in Chinatown. The victim was initially uncooperative and refused medical attention but later presented himself at a nearby hospital. Medical staff confirmed that he had sustained several non-life-threatening stab wounds and admitted him for treatment.

Officers conducted an investigation, establishing and processing a crime scene in the area of Harrison Avenue and Essex Street. Following the evidence, officers identified the suspect wanted in connection to the incident as Valenz Joisil, 24, of Lynn. At about 5:45 AM on Sunday December 30, 2018, officers located and arrested the suspect at an area hospital where he had sought treatment for a minor laceration sustained during the incident. While placing the suspect in custody, officers performed a pat frisk and recovered a knife from inside the suspect’s coat which was seized as evidence and has been turned in for processing.

The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Attempted Murder and Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon.

 

Ongoing Drug Investigation Leads to Three Under Arrest and Recovery of Drugs and Cash in Jamaica Plain

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At about 9:30 AM on Saturday, December 29, 2018, members of the District E-13 Drug Control Unit (Jamaica Plain), the District B-3 Drug Control Unit (Mattapan) and the Citywide Drug Control Unit executed a search warrant in the area of 280 Hyde Park Avenue in Jamaica Plain. Officers recovered over 44 grams of a Class B substance believed to be cocaine as well as over 10 grams of a substance believed to be Fentanyl, and an undisclosed amount of US Currency. Officers arrested Yamera Borreio, 48-years-old of Jamaica Plain and Carlos Rodriguez, 43-years-old, of Lawrence. At about 7:30 AM on Saturday December 29, 2018, as part of the investigation, officers arrested an additional male, Santos Mercado-Ruiz, 29-years-old, of Roslindale, in the area of 4640 Washington Street in Jamaica Plain.

Borreio is charged with Trafficking Class B Drugs, Trafficking Class A Drugs, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs Subsequent Offense, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Drugs Subsequent Offense as well as two active warrants for Trafficking Class B Drugs and Violation of the Auto Laws. Rodriguez is charged with six counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Drugs Subsequent Offense, Trafficking Class b Drugs, Trafficking Class A Drugs, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs Subsequent Offense. Mercado-Ruiz is charged with six counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Drugs. All are expected to be arraigned in West Roxbury District Court.

 

Safer Boston: Search Warrant Enables BPD Officers to Recover a Firearm in Dorchester

ONE LESS GUN: At about 4:07pm, on Friday, December 28, 2018, detectives from District B-3 (Mattapan) executed a search warrant in the area of 67 Ceylon Street in Dorchester. As a result of the search, officers were able to locate and confiscate a black semi-automatic Walther P99 9mm firearm and a black Walther P99 magazine. In light of the items that were discovered, officers charged Darryl Dowdell, 40, of Boston with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and the Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

BPD in the Community The Salvation Army Gets a Celebrity Bell Ringer in Downtown Crossing

BPD in the Community: This weekend, Commissioner William Gross surprised residents and tourists alike as a celebrity bell ringer for the Salvation Army. The commissioner took up his post in Downtown Crossing, sharing cheerful tidings for the Holiday Season while greeting all who passed with an easy smile, a firm handshake or even one of his signature hugs.

 

Traffic Advisory for First Night

Traffic Restrictions 

On Monday, December 31, Boylston Street, between Dartmouth Street and Charles Street, will be closed to traffic from approximately 4 PM to 8 PM. 

On Monday, December 31, Charles Street, between Boylston Street and Beacon Street, will be closed to traffic from approximately 5 PM to 8 PM.

 Parking Restrictions 

“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Sunday-Tuesday” parking restrictions will be in effect from Sunday, 12/30/18, through Tuesday, 1/1/19, as follows.

  • Boylston Street, Copley Square side, from Dartmouth Street to Clarendon Street

 

“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Monday 12:01AM–Tuesday 5:00AM” parking restrictions will be in effect from 12:01 AM on Monday, 12/31/18, through 5 AM on Tuesday, 1/1/19, as follows.

  • Boylston Street, both sides, from Berkeley Street to Arlington Street

 

“Tow Zone No Stopping Monday” parking restrictions will be in effect on Monday, December 31, 2018 as follows.

  • Arlington Street, both sides, from Beacon Street to Boylston Street

  • Atlantic Avenue, east side, from East India Row to Commercial Street; west side, from Commercial Wharf to Cross Street

  • Beacon Street, both sides, from Charles Street to Arlington Street

  • Berkeley Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street

  • Blagden Street, both sides, from Dartmouth Street to Exeter Street, not including the BPL parking zone

  • Boylston Street, both sides from Exeter Street to Berkeley Street; Public Garden side, from Arlington Street to Charles Street

  • Charles Street, Public Garden side, from Boylston Street to Beacon Street

  • Charles Street South, odd side, from Park Plaza to Boylston Street

  • Clarendon Street, north side, from Newbury Street to Boylston Street; Trinity Church side, from Boylston Street to Saint James Avenue

  •  Dartmouth Street, both sides, from St. James Avenue to Newbury Street

  • Saint James Avenue, both sides, from Clarendon Street to Dartmouth Street

  • Trinity Place, Copley Fairmont side, from Saint James Avenue to Stuart Street; both sides, from Stuart Street to the Clarendon Street Parking garage, at/ opposite #40 Trinity Place

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, December 28, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 0
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 1
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.

Fugitive Unit Arrests Suspect Wanted for Murder in the area of 50 Evelyn Street in Stoughton 

UPDATE: As part of the May 15, 2018 homicide investigation in the area of 50 Evelyn Street in Mattapan, officers arrested Jocelyn Vasquez, 32-years-old of Dorchester for the murder of 33-year-old Garfield Thomas. With the assistance of Stoughton Police, officers were able to locate the suspect in the area of 147 Seaver Street in Stoughton. Vasquez is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on a straight warrant for Murder and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. 

The original facts of the investigation are as follows: At about 10:39 AM on Tuesday May 15, 2018, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 50 Evelyn Street in Mattapan. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim, who has since been identified as 33-year-old Garfield Thomas of Mattapan, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

 



UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 198 Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury

VICTIM IDENTIFIED: At about 12:35 AM on Friday, December 21, 2018, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 198 Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The victim as since been identified as Joao Alves, 42-years-old, of Roxbury.

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

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

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

 

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 7 Dyer Street in Dorchester

VICTIM IDENTIFIED: At about 12:34 AM on Wednesday, December 27, 2018, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a shot spotter notification in the area of Astoria Street. On arrival officers located numerous pieces of ballistic evidence. A short time later officers received another radio call for two males shot inside of a motor vehicle in the area of 7 Dyer Street. One male victim sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and was transported to a local area hospital. The other male victim was pronounced deceased on scene and has since been identified as Myssiah Pledger, 18-years-old, of Dorchester.  Officers received further notification of a third male shot who self-applied to a local area hospital with non- life-threatening injuries.

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

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

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