Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Detail Officers Subdue Armed Suspect After Larceny and Carjacking in the South End

 

At about 4:30 PM on Thursday October 19, 2017, officers working a paid detail on a movie set in the South End made an onsite arrest after a larceny and a carjacking in the area of Shawmut Avenue and Union Park Street. The officers were flagged down by a witness who was pointing towards a male suspect, later identified as Victor Lee, 52, of Dorchester, while stating that he had just stolen a women’s purse from inside a nearby business. As the officers went to approach the suspect, they observed a large knife in his hand as he turned around and began to advance towards them. An officer drew his firearm as the distance quickly began to close while ordering him to drop his weapon. The suspect then changed direction, knife still in hand, and opened the passenger side door of a stopped motor vehicle and quickly climbed inside. The startled operator was able to exit the vehicle as the officers began to surround it. As an officer approached, the suspect threw his knife out of the window, directly at the officer, narrowly missing him. At this time, the officers sprayed the suspect with pepper spray and were then able to remove him from the car and place him in custody after a violent struggle. Several officers and the suspect were treated on scene for exposure to the pepper spray. The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Carjacking, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and Resisting Arrest. The investigation into the initial larceny remains ongoing at this time.

Said Commissioner Evans, "I want to commend my officers for their bravery and restraint when confronted by an armed suspect. I'm grateful that they're all alright and that they didn't have to resort to deadly force, which clearly looks like it would've been justified based on the circumstances of the impending threat. This incident could've ended very differently for the suspect."

 

Making a Difference: Cops for Kids with Cancer Makes Charitable Donation to Family of Two Year Old Boy Battling Leukemia

On Tuesday October 17, 2017, retired Captain Paul Ivens presented a check of $5,000 on behalf of Cops for Kids with Cancer to 2-year-old Michael Bergin who was diagnosed with Leukemia about two months ago. Michael and his two older brothers, who love cops, were escorted with their family from Dana Farber to Boston Police Headquarters where they were greeted by a host of uniformed officers for the check presentation and pizza party! Michael's family is one of six families a month that benefits from the generosity of those who donate to Cops for Kids with Cancer, a charity which is near and dear to our hearts.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Arrest Repeat B&E Offender Twice in Three Days

 

At about 2:30 PM on Wednesday October 18, 2017, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) made an onsite arrest after responding to a call for a breaking and entering in progress in the area of 21 South Sydney Street in Savin Hill. Officers spoke with the victim who stated that an unidentified suspect had just broken into his home and fled on foot towards Dorchester Avenue. Officers searched the area and located a person matching the suspect description, later identified as Kevin Perry, 37, of New Bedford, on Auckland Street where he was stopped without incident and later placed in custody without incident after being positively identified. Officers located a small pair of bolt cutters on the suspect which were secured as evidence. During the course of their investigation, the officers learned that the same suspect had been arrested three days prior in the Back Bay for breaking and entering of a motor vehicle. The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges Breaking and Entering of a Dwelling (Daytime) and Possession of Burglarious Tools.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 9
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 6
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.

Death Investigation in the Area of 69 Boston Street, Dorchester

 

At about 4:15 AM on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 69 Boston Street, Dorchester.

Upon arrival, officers observed a male in his mid-20s inside the hotel suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating 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.

Weekend Update: Boston 72 and Public Journal for Monday, October 16, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 2

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 6
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 13
Commercial Break-ins: 8

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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.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Catch Armed Robber with Weapon and Stolen Cash in Hand

 

At about 4:30 PM on Sunday, October 15, 2017, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for an armed robbery in the area of 177 State Street, Boston.

While en route to the call, officers received a description of the suspect via 911 dispatch. About two blocks from the location of the incident, officers observed a male fitting the suspect’s description holding a closed folding knife in one hand and cash in his other. Officers attempted to stop the male, giving several commands to drop the knife. The male refused all lawful commands, continuing to grasp the knife even as officers attempted to place him in handcuffs. As the male continued to resist, a struggle ensued during which the male finally dropped the knife and officers were able to place him into custody. The male, identified as 55-year-old James Graham of Boston, was identified as the suspect who showed a knife and grabbed cash from the register at the Tedeschi convenience store at the above address. Officers placed Graham under arrest and charged him with Armed Robbery, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Unlawfully Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, and Resisting Arrest. Graham was also found to have three outstanding warrants out of various jurisdictions.

One Less Gun: BPD Drug Investigation Leads to the Recovery of Loaded Firearm, Drugs and Cash After Traffic Stop in Dorchester

At about 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 14, 2017, officers assigned to the District B-3 (Mattapan) Drug Control Unit made an onsite arrest after performing a traffic stop in the area of 929 Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester. Officers had stopped a motor vehicle as part of an ongoing drug investigation when they learned that the operator, James Deal, 37, of Dorchester, did not possess a valid driver’s license. The officers then removed the suspect and performed a pat frisk which led to the recovery of a loaded .380 caliber Sig Sauer handgun with a defaced serial number along with several bags of marijuana packaged for sale and over one thousand dollars in cash. The suspect was placed in custody without incident and will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on multiple charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number and Operating a Motor Vehicle After Revocation or Suspension.

One Less Gun: Two Firearms Recovered After Multiple Shots Fired in Dorchester

 

At about 11:45 PM on Thursday, October 12, 2017, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) recovered two firearms after responding to a call for shots fired in the area of 7 Upham Avenue in Dorchester. On arrival, officers recovered dozens of spent shell casings in two different locations and observed ballistic damage to four parked cars as well as two homes. Miraculously, there were no reported injuries. Officers then performed a search of the area which led to the recovery of a 9mm Taurus PT111G2 handgun and a 9mm Beretta 92F handgun which were found in a dumpster near 34 Upham Avenue. Both weapons have been turned over to the BPD Firearms Analysis Unit for processing. The investigation remains active and ongoing.

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Firearm Downtown, Two Suspects Arrested

At about 1:55 PM on Thursday, October 12, 2017, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) were on directed patrol in the area of 35 Temple Place due to numerous complaints of quality of life issues on Temple and surrounding streets. Officers had taken up a position of surveillance in the area and shortly observed what they believed to be, from their training and experience, a hand-to-hand drug transaction between four males during which one of the males (later identified as 24-year-old Edwin N. Guity of Dorchester) placed an item in his pocket. Officers observed the other three men walk away while Guity remained at the scene, therefore officers attempted to initiate an inquiry. Officers were able to stop Guity and a second male (identified as 23-year-old Karmau Cotton-Landers of Dorchester). Officers observed the top of a glassine bag in Guity’s front pocket that was later determined to contain marijuana. During a pat frisk of both males, officers recovered a spring-loaded knife on Cotton-Landers and a loaded .38 Special revolver from Guity. Officers arrested Cotton-Landers and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Dangerous Weapon. Guity was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. 

Statement Regarding Indictment of Boston Police Officer Joseph Nee

Information was received by the Boston Police Department’s Anti-Corruption Unit regarding alleged misconduct by a Boston police officer. At the request of the BPD, the Attorney General opened a criminal investigation into the allegations. As a result of the officer’s indictment and pursuant to applicable law, the officer, Joseph Nee, has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the case.

Said Police Commissioner William Evans, “The behavior alleged in today’s indictment is inexcusable. I hold my officers to the highest standards and expect them to obey the law that they have taken an oath to uphold. Allegations like this can damage the trust my officers have worked so hard to build with the community. The Anti-Corruption Unit will continue to investigate all allegations of wrongdoing by my officers.”
 

One Less Gun: Two Teenagers Arrested for Possession of a Firearm in Dorchester

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At about 10:50 AM on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person with a gun in the area of 44 Hancock Street.

Officers on patrol were provided with a description of the suspect, and shortly after, an officer observed a male fitting that description standing with a female near 43 Hancock Street. The male suspect was holding a purse with both hands in front of him and appeared nervous as the officer approached. Given the nature of the call, the officers took the purse from the suspect and pat frisked the purse for weapons. The officers then observed a heavy object in the front pocket of the suspect’s sweatshirt. The officer pat frisked the suspect and felt what the officer knew to be a firearm inside the sweatshirt pocket. The officer seized the unloaded .32 caliber Meridian Colt revolver. The officers attempted to place the male in handcuffs, but he initially resisted. After a brief struggle, the officers were able to apprehend the male, at which time the female reported to the officers that the firearm belonged to her. 

The officers were then informed that prior to their arrival the male suspect had pointed the firearm at a victim and put him in fear. Officers arrested the 19-year-old male from Dorchester and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun). The 14-year-old juvenile female from Dorchester was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, October 12, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 8

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.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Two for Breaking into Jamaica Plain School

 

At about 12:55 AM on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a motion alarm in the auditorium of the Margarita Muniz Academy in the area of 20 Child Street.

Upon arrival, officers set up a perimeter around the building and began checking for open doors and windows. One of the officers found an open door on the Carolina Avenue side of the school and requested a K-9 to respond to clear the building. As the K-9 swept the inside of the building, officers maintained their perimeter and scanned for suspects exiting the school. Shortly after, officers observed a male open the door near Carolina Ave, but then retreated back into the school. About three minutes later, two male suspects exited another door leading to the baseball fields. Because the officers had the building surrounded, they were able to apprehend the trespassers without further incident. Lenny V. Santos and Carlos Felix-Espinal, both 19-year-olds from Roslindale were placed under arrest and charged with Breaking and Entering (Nighttime).

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 7
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

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

Residential Break-ins: 10
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.

One Less Gun: YVSF Officers Recover Three Firearms in Less than Two Hours in Two Separate Incidents

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INCIDENT #1: At about 7:45 PM on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted an investigation of a motor vehicle in the area of 1 Gaylord Street in District C-11 (Dorchester). While on patrol in this area, officers observed a motor vehicle with excessive tint parked outside the above address. Officers approached the car on foot to investigate and observed the unknown front seat passenger turn his body away from the officers. When the occupants put their windows down, officers noted that four of the five males were known to them. Due to the furtive movements of the unknown front seat passenger and the officers’ awareness of the other males’ involvement in street gangs, officers asked the occupants to step out of the car. While performing a frisk of the front seat passenger, the male violently pushed away from the officer and fled on foot. During the pursuit, officers observed the suspect drop a firearm from his waistband before they lost sight of him a few blocks later. The suspect made good his escape, but officers recovered the loaded Smith & Wesson MP9 Shield he had discarded. The remaining occupants of the vehicle were identified and released, and the investigation is ongoing.

INCIDNENT #2: At about 9:18 PM on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made two on-site arrests for firearm related offences in the area of 58 Bowdoin Ave in District C-11 (Dorchester).

As a result of an ongoing firearm investigation, officers located a vehicle near the above address occupied by three males. Officers made a stop of the vehicle and as the officers approached, they observed the passenger in the rear lean down toward the middle of the car. Due to the nature of the investigation and the actions of the passenger, officers ordered all occupants out of the vehicle. Once the vehicle was vacated, officers observed in plain view on the rear passenger side floor a sock with what appeared to be the back portion of a semi-automatic firearm protruding from it. Officers further observed a second sock with what appeared to be a firearm in it on the rear floor behind the driver’s seat. None of the occupants possessed a License to Carry, therefore officers seized the loaded black XD .45 ACP and the loaded Glock 19 9mm with obliterated serial number and high capacity magazine. Officers arrested the two passengers, 19-year-old Shaldon Pascal and 24-year-old Raymond Johnson, both of Dorchester, and charged them with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, and Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.

Join Us for a Concert with Music by Code Listen!

Join us this Thursday, October 12, 2017 for a concert featuring Code Listen, a musical group comprised of Boston Police musicians, teens, and homicide survivors. Code Listen began as "a civic arts project using music to support healing and dialogue on gun violence, race and law enforcement practices for Boston residents" and has become one of our favorite ways to reach out to and be involved with the communities we serve! To get involved, join us at the Codman Library at 6:30 PM this Thursday and check out CodeListen.org!

Great Work Recognized: Eight Boston Police Officers Receive 34th Annual Hanna Award

Last week, on Thursday, October 5, 2017, eight Boston Police officers were honored for their bravery in the line of duty at the 34th Annual George L. Hanna Awards ceremony at the State House. Each of these officers, as well as the 15 officers awarded from outside jurisdictions, is truly deserving of this recognition and honor, and we thank you for your dedication and courage. The following Boston officers received the 2017 George L. Hanna Award for Bravery:

  • Sergeant Norberto Perez
  • Police Officer Matthew Morris
  • Police Officer Richard Cintolo
  • Police Officer Eric Schmidt
  • Police Officer Kurt Stokinger
  • Police Officer Clifton Singletary
  • Police Officer Lenin Ortiz
  • Police Officer Keith Kaplan