Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Suspect, Recover Firearm Involved in Non-fatal Shooting in Brighton

At about 5:30 PM on Saturday, December 16, 2017, officers from District D-14 (Brighton) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 45 Faneuil Street. Upon arrival, officers observed a 28-year-old male victim suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Upon further investigation, officers determined that the suspect was a 33-year-old male named Clayton Watts from Brighton. This morning, Sunday, December 17, 2017, officers gleaned information about the suspect that led them to Framingham, MA. With the assistance of the Framingham Police Department, a vehicle was stopped, and officers found Watts hiding in the backseat under a blanket. A search of the vehicle allowed officers to recover the loaded .22 caliber semi-automatic firearm allegedly used in the crime. Watts was arrested and will be charged with Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Firearm), Assault and Battery with Intent to Murder, and several firearm charges. Watts will be arraigned at Brighton District Court. 

One Less Gun: Detectives Recover Firearm from Suspect in Armed Robbery of a Livery Driver

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On Monday, November 27, 2017, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for a livery driver that was robbed at gunpoint in the area of 26 Woodgate Road. Detectives from the district took over the investigation, and in the early evening hours of Saturday, December 16, 2017, they learned that the suspect’s telephone number had ordered a ride from the area of 27 Woodgate Road. B-3 detectives coordinated a controlled pick-up of the suspects at that address, and as a result, two suspects, identified as 19-year-old Lowell Parra-Ortiz and 18-year-old Joey Delossantos, both of Mattapan, were arrested as they entered the livery vehicle. A loaded .357 Magnum revolver was seized from Parra-Ortiz, while the suspect’s cell phone was recovered from Delossantos. Both males will answer to charges of Armed Robbery (Firearm). Officers will seek complaints for Parra-Ortiz for firearm-related charges.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Two Suspects in Non-fatal Shooting 

 

At about 1:30 AM on Saturday, December 16, 2017, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) executed arrest warrants for two suspects involved in a non-fatal shooting incident that occurred on November 25, 2017 in the area of 17 Davern Avenue during which an adult male victim was shot then transported to a Boston hospital with non-life-threatening wounds to his legs.

As a result of an extensive investigation and review of the evidence, and with the assistance of the Citywide Drug Control Unit and the Youth Violence Strike Force, District B-2 detectives were able to identify and articulate probable cause to obtain arrest and search warrants for 26-year-old Dwayne Flornory of Dorchester and 37-year-old female Tanesha Jacobs of Dorchester. Officers executed the warrants in the early morning hours of December 16 in the area of 18 Argyle Street, and as a result, recovered clothing that Flornory and Jacobs were observed wearing during the commission of the crime, as well as firearm ammunition.

Flornory was arrested and charged with Assault to Commit Murder, Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Firearm), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession of a Firearm with Three Prior Violent/Drug Crimes. Jacobs was charged with Accessory after the Fact. Both will be arraigned at Roxbury District Court.
 

UPDATE: Boston City Residents Turn in 64 Firearms during One-Day Gun Buyback Program

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Today, Saturday, December 16, 2017, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Police Commissioner William B. Evans, in collaboration with Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, and Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, joined physicians and medical professionals in coordinating a one-day gun buyback in their four cities.

The Boston buyback opened eight drop-off locations across the city at 10:00 AM where city residents could receive a $100 gift card funded by Mass General Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Boston Medical Center in return for the surrender of a handgun. When the program ended at 4:00 PM, a total of 64 firearms had been turned in anonymously in one day to the Boston Police Department.

"I'd like to thank all those who came forward to turn in a firearm and those who funded and supported this program," said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. "I consider today a success. Taking sixty-four firearms off the street in one day is a huge step in making our city a safer place to live. But whether it was one gun that was turned in today or a thousand, that's at least one less gun that a child could get his or her hands on, and that's really what this is all about."

One Less Gun: Two Separate Incidents Result in Recovery of Two Firearms

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INCIDENT #1: At about 1:40 PM on Friday, December 15, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted a stop of a motor vehicle in the area of Mount Vernon Street and Harbor Point Boulevard, Dorchester, as part of an ongoing investigation. Officers were aware that the operator of the motor vehicle, 22-year-old Paul Jacobs of Canton, was unlicensed and had an active default warrant out of Somerville District Court for Speeding and Unlicensed Operation. As a result of the stop and subsequent arrest, officers recovered a loaded Beretta 9mm handgun from the vehicle. Jacobs was placed under arrest without incident and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Carrying a Dangerous Weapon (Subsequent Offense).

INCIDENT #2: At about 4:50 PM on Friday, December 15, 2017, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a found firearm in the area of Wenlock Road. Officers arrived on scene and were informed that the caller had found an unloaded Glock 27 .40 caliber firearm hidden in a closet while packing to move out of his house. A check of the serial number indicated that the firearm had been reported stolen out of Pembroke in 2014. Officers recovered and processed the firearm.

The BPD would like to take this opportunity to remind City of Boston residents that today, December 16, 2017, the department is holding a one-day gun buyback program during which residents may anonymously turn in firearms to receive a $100 Visa gift card. Below are the locations and process for turning in an unwanted handgun:
 

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MEDIA AVAILABILTY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Boston Police Department and the Harvard Club Host PAL Holiday Celebration for Children

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WHO:            Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross, BPD Command Staff members, Boston Police Activities/Athletic League (PAL) Board members, and Harvard Club members
 
WHAT:          BPD Chief William Gross and the Harvard Club will host a lunch for 50 Boston inner city children, then the Chief and the BPD will escort the kids to a showing of Black Nativity at the Paramount Theatre. This is the first event of this kind hosted by the Harvard Club, and the BPD, PAL, and the Harvard Club are hopeful that it will become an annual holiday outing. The media is welcome to accompany the group to both venues.

WHEN:          Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 1:00 PM-3:30 PM

WHERE:       The Harvard Club, 374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
                     The Paramount Theatre, 559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111
 
CONTACT:    Boston Police Media Relations (617) 343-4520 for media inquiries.

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest 13-year-old and 23-year-old in Possession of a Firearm during Traffic Stop

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At about 11:42 AM on Thursday, December 14, 2017, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) observed a motor vehicle operating at speeds well above the city’s 25 mile-per-hour speed limit in the area of Waldeck Street. Officers conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and upon approaching the car, immediately recognized the operator as 23-year-old Keenan Monroe of Dorchester from previous interactions. His front seat passenger (who was not wearing a seatbelt) was identified as a 13-year-old juvenile male, also from Dorchester. A check of Monroe’s information revealed that he was not licensed to drive; therefore, officers removed both occupants from the vehicle and placed Monroe under arrest for Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle. During an inventory search of the vehicle prior to towing, officers recovered a loaded black and silver Smith & Wesson .40 caliber firearm from a backpack in the back seat. Monroe immediately made statements indicating that the firearm belonged to the juvenile.

Monroe was additionally charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd & Subsequent Offense), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition (2nd & Subsequent Offense), Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm (2nd & Subsequent Offense), Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm, and Armed Career Criminal Level I. He was issued a citation for his auto law infractions.

The 13-year-old juvenile was arrested and charged with Delinquent to wit; Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Delinquent to wit; Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Delinquent to wit; Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Delinquent to wit; Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, December 15, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 7

Residential Break-ins: 2
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 Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Police Commissioner William B. Evans in Partnership with Regional Mayors and Area Hospitals Announce One Day Gun Buyback Program

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Police Commissioner William B. Evans, in collaboration with Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, and Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza join physicians and medical professionals to announce a coordinated gun buyback day in their four cities on December 16, 2017 to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which happened five years ago this month.

The Boston buyback, scheduled for December 16, 2017 with various drop-off locations across the city, will distribute $100 gift cards funded by Mass General Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Boston Medical Center.

In March of 2014, the Boston Police Department announced its first buyback program in 10 years. At the conclusion of the 2014 calendar year, the department had taken a total of 1061 firearms off the streets of Boston, 410 of which were turned in during the buyback program. So far in 2017, the BPD has confiscated over 670 illegal firearms and hopes that Boston city residents will take advantage of this one-day program to increase that total, and in turn, increase the safety of our city.

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BPD Community Advisory: Holiday Package Theft

With the busy holiday shopping season upon us, the Boston Police Department would once again like to take this time to remind our residents to protect themselves from being targeted for package theft. Here's how:

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***And remember, after a day shopping in Boston, please do not leave packages or bags of gifts inside your personal vehicle in plain view from the outside. This may present an attractive target for thieves during the holiday season.***

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, December 14, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 11

Residential Break-ins: 3
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.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 3

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.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 8
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.

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest Suspect After Recovering Loaded Firearm, Drugs and Cash During Traffic Stop in Roxbury

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At about 5:20 PM on Monday, December 11, 2017, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) made an onsite firearm and drug related arrest after performing a traffic stop in the area of 1891 Columbus Avenue in Roxbury. The officers had stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation and were speaking to the operator, later identified as Greg Altenor, 27, of Dorchester, when they observed two bags of marijuana on the floor near his feet. The officers removed the operator and performed a pat frisk of the vehicle which led to the recovery of a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wesson 40VE handgun, several additional bags of marijuana packaged for sale, a digital scale and other property commonly associated with the illegal selling of drugs. Officers later recovered $2252 in U.S. Currency from the suspect which was also turned in as evidence. The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs and Armed Career Criminal (Level 2).

Justice Served: 25 Years After the Murder of Lena Bruce, Suspect Responsible Found Guilty of First Degree Murder

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Justice Served 25 Years After the Murder of Lena Bruce: Today, December 11, 2017, a Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted the man guilty of murdering 21-year-old Lena Bruce in her South End apartment back in July of 1992. Boston Police Detectives used DNA evidence, recovered at the original crime scene, to track down the man responsible for the murder. After today’s guilty finding, James Witkowski is expected to spend the rest of his life behind bars. In July of 1992, Witkowski broke into Bruce’s apartment, sexually assaulted her and strangled her to death. Unbeknownst to Witkowski, he would leave behind two key pieces of evidence that would ultimately lead to justice being done. DNA evidence, including sperm and skin cells found beneath Bruce’s fingernails, collected by detectives at the scene would be entered into and stored in the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, a database of DNA profiles from unsolved crimes and known offenders. At the time the evidence was entered into the system, there was no match to be made because Witkowski’s DNA had never been entered into the system.

Thankfully, the break in the case came in 2014 when Witkowski was charged with a crime in Brockton. When his DNA was entered into the system, a match was made and the person responsible for the death of Lena Bruce found.

Said Commissioner William Evans, “This is a day of mixed emotions for the men and women of the Boston Police Department. Clearly, my detectives are happy and pleased that justice has been done and the individual responsible for the death of Lena Bruce is behind bars and expected to stay there for the rest of his life. But this is also a sad day, too. I have a daughter. A lot of the detectives assigned to our Homicide Unit have daughters. So, as you can well imagine, this case hits close to home for a lot of us. Because, at 21-years of age, we all know Lena Bruce deserved better. She had just graduated from a great school, Tufts University, and had her whole life to live and look forward to. Sadly, we all know she never got that chance. And, while there’s nothing we can do or say to bring her back or lessen the pain felt by for those who knew and loved Lena, we humbly hope today’s conviction brings with it a small amount of comfort and closure to her family and friends.” 

UPDATE: BPD Officers Arrest Murder Suspect in Connection to Death Investigation in area of Orleans & Marginal Sts in E. Boston

 

Less than 24 hours after a fatal shooting incident in East Boston, the suspect responsible for the shooting is behind bars. Earlier today, BPD Homicide Detectives and members of the BPD Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrested Thorus O’Brien, 18, of Brockton and charged him with Murder. O’Brien is expected to be arraigned in East Boston District Court tomorrow, Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

Said Commissioner William Evans: “I want to commend my officers and detectives for their outstanding and ongoing commitment to keeping people safe and the fast-moving investigation that preceded the swift arrest of the suspect wanted in connection to this case. Thanks to their hard work, a dangerous individual was taken into police custody less than 24 hours after the incident. Without a doubt, an arrest like this makes our city a safer place and, hopefully, sends a loud, clear message that gun violence will not be tolerated in our city and anyone who thinks otherwise will be dealt with swiftly and severely.”

Facts and circumstances surrounding the original incident are as follows: Yesterday, at about 4:41pm, on Sunday, December 10, 2017, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of Orleans & Marginal Streets in East Boston. On arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. That victim has since been identified as Duncan Ketter, 21, of Boston.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review 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 72 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 5

Street Robberies: 9
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 2

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

Residential Break-ins: 10
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 Orleans & Marginal Streets in East Boston

 

At about 4:41 PM on Sunday, December 10, 2017, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of Orleans & Marginal Streets in East Boston. On arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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.

Keeping Boston Safe: Two Suspects Arrested After Search Warrant Leads to the Recovery of Loaded Firearm, Ammunition, Drugs and Cash in Dorchester

At about 12:09 PM on Friday, December 8, 2017, members of the District C-11 (Dorchester) Drug Control Unit executed a search warrant as part of an ongoing investigation in the area of 1591 Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester. Officers made peaceful entry and were able to safely recover a loaded .380 caliber Taurus handgun, 28 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition, 16 bags of heroin, 10 bags of crack cocaine, 10 bags of marijuana along with $630 in U.S. Currency. Officers then arrested the target of their investigation, Elijah McKinney-Townsend, 25, of Dorchester and a second suspect, Lionel Barrows, 28, of Dorchester. Both suspects were placed in custody without incident and will appear in Dorchester Court for arraignment. McKinney-Townsend will be charged with numerous offenses including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Firearm while in Commission of a Felony and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A, B and D Drugs. Barrows will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

BPD Community Alert: The Boston Police Seek the Public’s Help to Identify Person of Interest in Connection to Ongoing Investigation in Brighton

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The Boston Police are seeking the public’s help to identify a person of interest in connection to an ongoing investigation in Brighton. On numerous occasions, the individual pictured above has been observed behaving in a suspicious manner inside the Star Market located at 1065 Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call District D-14 Detectives at (617) 343-4256.

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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.