BPD Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Suspect Wanted in Connection to Sexual Assault in Jamaica Plain

 

BPD Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Suspect Wanted in Connection to Sexual Assault in Jamaica Plain: At about 1:41am, on Thursday, September 29, 2016, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a call for a report of a sexual assault in the area of Gay Head and Minden Streets. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that while she was on Gay Head Street, the suspect approached her, displayed a firearm, demanded her cell phone and then instructed the victim to walk with him into a backyard in the area of 24 Gay Head Street where the victim says the suspect sexually assaulted her. The victim describes the suspect as either a light-skinned black or Hispanic male with light-colored eyes, with a mask pulled up over his nose, wearing a black hooded sweat shirt with a white logo on the front and black jeans. According to the victim, the suspect was last seen running down Arklow Street towards Walden Street. 

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information is asked to call detectives directly at (617) 343-4400. Community members wanting 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 anonymously. 

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 smart 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.”

One Less Gun: Suspect Under Arrest After Traffic Stop Leads to the Recovery of a Loaded Firearm in Dorchester

At about 9:25 PM on Wednesday September 28, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest after making a traffic stop in the area of 20 Supple Road in Dorchester.  The officers stopped a car for an infraction and removed the operator, Jahmil Sheppard, 26, of Dorchester, who was known to them from a previous firearm related arrest after he began behaving in a suspicious manner.  Officers then performed a pat frisk of both the suspect and the vehicle which resulted in the recovery of a loaded Smith & Wesson .22 caliber revolver from inside the car.  The suspect was placed in custody without incident and will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

 

Boston 24: Thursday, September 29, 2016

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 0
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 4

Residential Break-ins: 1
Commercial Break-ins: 2

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.

Coffee with a Cop Stops by Bean & Cream in Hyde Park

Earlier today, on Wednesday September 28, 2016, members of the command staff and officers assigned to District E-18 (Hyde Park) stopped by Bean & Cream on Truman Parkway for this week’s ”Coffee with a Cop.”  Thank you to everyone who came out to say hello and a special thanks to the welcoming staff for making us feel at home.  If you are interested in attending a future “Coffee with a Cop” event please contact (617) 343-4345.

 

Boston 24: Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 8
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 2

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 6

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

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 Recover Loaded Firearm After Brief Struggle with Armed Suspect in Dorchester

At about 1:49 PM on Tuesday September 27, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest in the area of 11 Wendover Street in Dorchester.  The officers were on directed patrol in the area in response to recent gun and gang related activity when they observed a moped with two males on it being operated the wrong direction on Wendover Street, which is a one way street.  Officers observed that the passenger, later identified as Malik Hobson, 20, of Dorchester, was clutching his waistband area with both hands while looking around nervously.  The unidentified operator left the area after dropping the passenger off in front of the address.  The officers approached to speak to the suspect after they continued to observe him clutching at his waistband area, leading them to believe he was armed with a weapon.  As officers were speaking to the suspect, he reached for his waist with his left hand, attempting to grab something.  One of the officers quickly secured the suspect’s left hand at which time the suspect again tried to reach for his waist, this time, with his right hand as he attempted to break away from the grasp of the officer.  When the officer detected the presence of a firearm, he immediately brought the suspect to the ground and placed him in handcuffs.  As the suspect continued to struggle, a handgun fell from his pants and onto the street.  The firearm was later revealed to be a loaded .38 Special Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard revolver with an integrated laser sight and an obliterated serial number.  Officers also recovered three bags of cocaine packaged for sale from the suspect’s pockets.  The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with an Altered Serial Number, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs and Resisting Arrest.

 

Making a Difference: Coming Together for Peace at the Annual Ministers Prayer March in Mattapan

Over the weekend, on Saturday September 24, 2016, Commissioner Evans joined local reverends, ministers and clergy members for the "Churches United for City Wide Revival's Annual Ministers Prayer March” in Mattapan.  The event stepped off at the Jubilee Church and ended at the 12th Baptist Church on Blue Hill Avenue.  In Boston, violent crime is down, arrests are down and meaningful dialogues are taking place all across the city.  We accomplish more when we come together to work together and events like this bring us one step closer to the peace we all seek in our communities.  

 

BPD In The Community: Officers Take to the Floor for a Game of Street Hockey at the Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester

Last night, on Monday, September 26, 2016, there was yet another example of Boston Police Officers going above and beyond call of the duty to connect with the kids in our communities as officers from District C-11 took to the gym floor at the Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester for a hotly contested, fun filled game of street hockey.  Building relationships and connecting with kids is what our officers do every day - it's called community policing and nobody does it better.  Said one of the officers participating in the game: "Our job is to remind kids that they shouldn't feel threatened around police officers.  We tell the kids all the time, the only people who should be afraid of the police are people who don't care about our community."

 

Boston 24: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 2
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 3

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 7
Commercial Break-ins: 2

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 Officers Team Up With Stoughton and Mass State Police to Apprehend Wanted Suspect Armed with a Firearm in Dorchester

At about 7:12 PM on Monday September 26, 2016, officers assigned to the Boston Police Fugitive Unit in a coordinated effort with the Massachusetts State Police and the Stoughton Police Department located and arrested Marcus Pierre-Louis, 23, of Stoughton, in the area of 36 Normandy Street in Dorchester.  The suspect was wanted on an outstanding warrant issued out of Stoughton District Court for Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling, Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, Assault to Commit a Felony, Assault & Battery and Conspiracy. 

Officers located the suspect inside an apartment, lying on a makeshift bed wearing headphones on his ears which allowed them to enter and approach him undetected.  As the officers were placing the suspect in custody, they recovered a loaded firearm from his pocket and discovered several small bags of drugs packaged for sale in plain view on the bed.  As a result, the suspect will now face additional charges in Dorchester District Court for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession of Class A & B Drugs.

 

UPDATE: Arrest Made in Connection to Death Investigation in the Area of 17 Doone Avenue in Mattapan

At about 3:22 PM on Friday, June 24, 2016, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 17 Doone Avenue in Mattapan.  On arrival officers located a male victim, later identified as 43-year-old Jermaine Good of Boston, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

At about 7:09 PM on Monday September 26, 2016, officers assigned to the Boston Police Homicide Unit located Rogers Jordan, 51, of Mattapan, in the area of Stow Road and Doone Avenue and placed him in custody without incident.  The suspect will appear in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of Murder and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

 

Death Investigation in the area of 267 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain

 

Death Investigation in the area of 267 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain: At about 12:56 AM, on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, officers assigned to District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 267 Centre Street.  On arrival, officers located a male victim in his early 40's suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

 

Great Work Recognized: Boston Police Honored at Charlestown Appreciation Night

Several community groups collectively organized a police appreciation night to recognize and thank the hardworking women and men of the Boston Police Department.  Officers were recognized at the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club. Said Commissioner Evans, "This means a lot and I very much appreciate the community groups who recognize the outstanding work that my officers perform everyday, their commitment to community policing is second to none." 

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Loaded Firearm, Make Arrest After Foot Chase Leads to Violent Struggle in Dorchester

At about 7:34 PM on Sunday September 25, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest in the area of 486 Quincy Street in Dorchester.  The officers were on directed patrol in response to numerous recent incidents involving gang and gun violence when they observed a group of males who were known to them standing in front of 6 Coleman Street and approached to speak with them.  Upon seeing the officers, the group dispersed, with one of the men, Alfeu Barbosa, 18, of Dorchester, walking much faster than the others with his hands in his pockets while looking back over his shoulder.  When the officers called out to the suspect, he immediately took off running with his hands still obscured in his pockets.  The officers chased the suspect onto the front porch of 486 Quincy Street where he pulled out a loaded .38 Special Ultra-Lite Taurus Revolver but quickly dropped it.  When one of the officers attempted to place the suspect in custody, a violent struggle ensued.  While the officer’s attention was focused on the suspect, a second unidentified male approached and attempted to pick up the loaded weapon.  A second officer was able to intervene, pushing that suspect off the porch and securing the firearm.  The unidentified suspect then fled on foot as the fight with the primary suspect led out onto the street.  The suspect (Barbosa) struck one of the officers several times before finally slipping out of his sweatshirt and out of the grasp of the determined officer.  The suspect then fled again but was quickly located hiding in some unkempt brush in a vacant yard near 34 Clarkson Street where he was placed in custody by additional responding units.  It was later revealed that the firearm had been previously reported stolen in Northfield Massachusetts.  The identity of the second suspect who interfered and fled the area has not yet been ascertained.  The suspect (Barbosa) will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Receiving a Stolen Firearm, Resisting Arrest and Assault & Battery on a Police Officer.

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Search Warrant Leads to Arrest After Recovery of Large Amounts of Drugs and Cash in Lawrence MA

On Thursday September 22, 2016, officers assigned to the District E-5 (West Roxbury) Drug Control Unit, in a coordinated effort with members of the BPD City Wide Drug Control Unit, Special Investigations Unit, Massachusetts State Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office arrested the target of an active and ongoing drug investigation in the area of 2 Museum Square in Lawrence.  Officers placed David Fret, 57, of Lawrence, in custody after the simultaneous execution of multiple search warrants led to the recovery of 176 grams of heroin, 136 grams of cocaine and $460.00 in cash.  Investigators believe that the suspect is responsible for the supply and distribution of illegal drugs throughout West Roxbury, Roslindale and the Greater Boston area.  The suspect has since been arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Trafficking Class A & B Drugs. 

 

Boston 72: WEEKEND UPDATE

Data includes 72 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10:00 a.m. through Monday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 10

Street Robberies: 12
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 16
Vehicle Recoveries: 5
Vehicle Breaks: 26

Residential Break-ins: 14
Commercial Break-ins: 3

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.

ICYMI: BPD in the News: Our Thanks to NECN for their Coverage of Operation Helping Hands in Mattapan

Our thanks to NECN and reporter Joy Lim Nakrin for their coverage of our officers who are working the streets as part of Operation Helping Hands in Mattapan, “saving the city, one life at a time.”

Follow the enclosed link to view the full story:

http://www.necn.com/on-air/as-seen-on/NECN_092116_OperationHelpingHandsPM_NECN-394752541.html

 

Commissioner Evans Releases Public Portions of Barrett File

September 23, 2016

In keeping with my practice of transparency and accountability, I am releasing the public portions of the information relied upon by the internal affairs division when conducting their investigation into an incident that occurred on May 24, 2016. I encourage members of the public and media to examine the facts that are contained within.

When making difficult decisions it is my duty to carefully examine all the relevant facts of an incident and only then am I able to make an informed, fact based decision.  The public I serve and the officers I lead deserve no less.  I take my job and this responsibility very seriously. Understandably, there will be times that those decisions and conclusions will not be the most popular but I can assure you they will be thoughtful and factually supported.

**Click here to view the case file** Also see photo below of the officer's vehicle:

A True Team Effort: Two BPD K-9 Officers Assist in Arrest of Suspect and Recovery of Loaded Firearm After Shots Fired Incident in Dorchester

At about 1:43 AM on Saturday September 24, 2016, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) made an onsite firearm arrest after shots were fired in the area of Eerie and Ellington Streets in Dorchester.  The officers were on patrol when they heard the sound of gunfire within close range and then observed a male walking quickly from the area while clutching at his waistband, leading officers to believe he was in possession of a weapon.  Upon seeing the officers, the suspect, later identified as Anthony Tabb, 23, of Brockton, immediately took off running.  The officers chased the suspect for several blocks and called for additional units after the suspect entered a private backyard at 11 Fowler Street and could not be located.  The suspect was found hiding underneath a ladder by BPD K-9 Duke (pictured above left) and placed in custody.  BPD K-9 Boomer (pictured above right) then retraced the suspect's path of flight and located a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wesson SD40 VE handgun.   The firearm has been turned over to the BPD Ballistics Unit for processing.  The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Trespassing and Resisting Arrest, although, additional weapons charges could be added at a later time pending the outcome of the investigation.