Boston 24: Data from Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 4
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 7
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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.

 

In the News: BPD Superintendent Robert Merner Speaks at the International Conference on Transnational Organized Crime & Terrorism in Las Vegas, NV

Superintendent Robert Merner (right). Photo Courtesy of Bpdnews.com

Thank you to John L. Smith from the Las Vegas Review-Journal for his coverage of Boston Police Superintendent Robert Merner’s presentation at the International Conference on Transnational Organized Crime and Terrorism in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, April 13, 2014. During his presentation, Superintendent Merner credited the information-sharing efforts between multiple agencies on the local, state, and federal level for Boston’s success in assisting victims in last year’s tragic Marathon Bombing incident, then finding and capturing the suspects responsible four days later. “It was an amazing feat, and it wasn’t just law enforcement,” Merner said. “The volunteers at the marathon, the police officers, EMS, firefighters, the merchants, the cooperation from the businesses was amazing.”

http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/john-l-smith/officer-cooperation-crucial-saving-lives-boston-bombing

 

Boston 24: Data from Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 3
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.

 

Paying to Tribute to Boston Police Officer Dennis Simmonds

Photo courtesy of BPDNews

Tonight in Randolph, hundreds of heavy hearted Boston Police Officers solemnly turned out to pay their respects to a young officer who was admired and respected by all who knew him. Said Superintendent-in-Chief Willie Gross: “The officers who turned out for Dennis tonight did so because of who he was and how he conducted himself. Simply put, Dennis was a great cop and even greater guy. He was a model officer who loved everything about being a cop. He cared about his community. He cared about making a difference and he cared about his fellow brother officers. And tonight, they turned out to honor him.” The Funeral Mass for Officer Simmonds will be held tomorrow, Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:00am at the First Baptist Church at 519 North Main Street (Rte. 28) in Randolph.

BPD Photo of the Day

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BOSTON GLOBE - WENDY MAEDA

While there were so many special moments to choose from and focus on during yesterday's tribute to the Boston Marathon, the enclosed picture (courtesy of the Globe's Wendy Maeda) of Jane Richard, her brother Henry and Mayor Walsh really stood out and - in our opinion - captured the essence of a very special day. We are all Boston Strong.

 

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of Dabney Street and Regent Street

 

At about 1:00 AM, Monday, April 14, 2014, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of Dabney Street and Regent Streets in Roxbury.

On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The male victim was transported to the Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.  He has since been identified as James Mason, 45, of Roxbury.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Boston Police 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 testing the worked 'TIP' to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of 282 Border Street in East Boston

 

At about 6:59 AM on Saturday, April 12, 2014, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a radio call for a man down in the area of 282 Border Street in East Boston. Upon arrival, officers observed a male suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The victim has been identified as Oscar Santos-Chaves, 36 years old.  His last known address is unknown at this time.

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

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of W. 5th Street & Dorchester Street in South Boston

 

At about 7:56pm, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of W. 5th and Dorchester Streets. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to the Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.  The victim has subsequently been identified as Joel Leon, 19, of Milton.

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

In the News: Marathon Anniversary Tribute Emotional and Moving

Photo taken by Charles Krupa (AP). Courtesy of BostonGlobe.com.

Photo taken by Charles Krupa (AP). Courtesy of BostonGlobe.com.

The Boston Police Department would like to thank the Boston Globe for their moving coverage of yesterday’s Marathon Anniversary Tribute ceremonies, for its placement of the events in today’s newspaper, and for its responsible and accurate coverage of last night's unfortunate incident at the Marathon Finish Line. In this photo taken yesterday by Charles Krupa of the Associated Press, former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Vice President of the United States Joseph Biden, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and BAA Executive Director Thomas Grilk pay respect with other onlookers and officers saluting in the background as MBTA Officer Richard Donahue raise the American flag in honor of the victims of last year’s tragic Marathon Bombings.

The Boston Police Department wants to once again take an opportunity to remind all those attending the Marathon and the events leading up to Monday’s festivities that, while backpacks, bulky items, and strollers are not prohibited, they will be subject to search. The public and media personnel in the area of the Marathon route are encouraged to keep all of their possessions under their direct control at all times during this upcoming week.

 

Boston 24: Data from Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 8
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 5
Commercial Break-ins: 6

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: One Arrested for Hoax Device at Marathon Finish Line

 

At about 6:50 PM on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, officers from District D-4 (South End) on-sited a disturbance in the area of Dartmouth and Boylston Streets near the Boston Marathon finish line.

Officers standing post for added security during the Norden brother's 26.2-mile walk commemorating the one-year anniversary of last year’s tragic Marathon Bombings were made aware of a barefoot male approaching the finish line on foot, yelling and screaming and causing many people in attendance at the event to notice his actions. At that time, the area was open to pedestrians and the general public; however, vehicular traffic on Boylston Street from Exeter Street to Dartmouth Street was being diverted to an alternative route to accommodate the event.

Officers made their way to the direction of the disturbance and observed a white male wearing all black, no shoes, and a veil and hat covering his face. The officers also observed that the male was yelling and screaming and carrying a backpack. Officers were able to stop the male safely and make a brief inquiry of him. During this interaction, officers removed the veil and hat and observed blue and yellow face paint on the male’s face. Officers also learned that the male’s backpack contained a rice cooker.

Officers immediately separated the suspect from his backpack, removed the male from the area, and made the area safe by evacuating onlookers at the event. The Boston Police Bomb Squad responded, performed a controlled detonation of the backpack, and rendered the area safe. The specialists determined that the contents of the suspect’s bag had not been explosive in nature. A second backpack found unattended in the same vicinity was also detonated by the bomb squad and deemed to be non-explosive. This bag was later determined to be the property of a local media outlet.

Twenty-five-year-old Kevin M. Edson of Boston was arrested and charged with Threatening Battery, Possession of a Hoax Explosive Device, Threats to Commit a Crime, Disturbing a the Peace, Disturbing a Public Assembly, and Disorderly Conduct.

The Boston Police Department wants to remind all those attending the Marathon and the events leading up to Monday’s festivities that, while backpacks and strollers are not prohibited, they will be subject to search. Behavior causing a disturbance to others in attendance will be promptly investigated.

 

Boston 24: Data from Monday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 11
Vehicle Breaks: 15

Residential Break-ins: 5
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.

 

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Officer Tommy Barrett Looks Back on One of Marathon's Most Iconic Photos

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: In the enclosed photo, Boston Police Officer Tommy Barrett is seen assisting and carrying a young boy, who had been injured in the attack on last year’s Boston Marathon, to safety. With the one year anniversary of the attack on the Boston Marathon fast approaching, we caught up to Officer Barrett and respectfully asked him to recount the feelings he felt looking back on the photo almost a year after it was taken. 

Said Barrett, “When I look back at the photo, I say to myself that I am really glad that I was able to be in the right place at the right time … if that sounds right. I am thankful that a person who had just been involved in the explosion had the wits about them to grab the little boy, realize that he needed to be removed quickly, saw me and instinctively handed him over to me and then, amazingly, went right back to helping other more severely injured persons. I wish I had been able to find out the identity of the person who handed the little boy - who I came to know as Leo - over to me to complete the ‘chain of custody’ for Leo. I did meet up with the Paramedics that I handed him over to but I don’t know who handed Leo to me. Looking at the photo, I also realize just how quickly everybody (Police, EMS, Fire and bystanders) mobilized to help out. Literally, the smoke hadn't cleared before people were helping. If I had to use one word to describe the photo, I’d say relief. Although that feeling … the feeling of relief … only came later in the week after I was able to locate Leo at his hospital and learn that he had not been seriously hurt. When he was handed to me, I really never saw his face because how he was handed to me with his back facing me. And then, once I had him, I cradled him like a football running down to Exeter Street. When I looked at my uniform later on, I noticed that I had a lot of blood on my yellow vest and jacket and it concerned me because I didn't know how much may have come from Leo. When I learned that he was okay, that much needed answer was music to my ears. It was great to get that news.”

Funeral Arrangements Announced for Boston Police Officer Dennis Simmonds

Our hearts remain heavy as we mourn the loss of Officer Dennis Simmonds and we continue to offer our thoughts, prayers and condolences to Dennis’ family and friends. Those looking to pay their respects at the wake for Officer Simmonds can do so on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at the Cartwright Funeral Home at 419 North Main Street (Rte. 28) in Randolph. The Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:00am at the First Baptist Church at 519 North Main Street (Rte. 28) in Randolph.

IN THE NEWS: Great Story in today's Globe about Sgt. Shawn Burns & the Friendship Formed in the Days after the Attack

Globe photo courtesy of Wendy Maeda

IN THE NEWS: Thanks to the Globe’s Evan Allen for her heartfelt story in today’s newspaper which chronicles the actions taken by Boston Police Sergeant Shawn Burns in his efforts to provide aid, care and comfort to those injured during the attack on last year’s Marathon. While many have said Shawn’s actions that day were nothing short of heroic, Shawn – on the other hand - would be quick to say that he was simply doing his job. Either way, there’s a young woman – injured that day - who says Sgt. Shawn Burns saved her life. In looking back on that day, Shawn offered the following: “I wasn’t sure if she was going to live or not. You think, that injury, that’s a battle wound. Soldiers get it in the military. I was saying to myself, if this is going happen here in the street, I want to make sure she’s not going to be alone.” (Photo courtesy of Wendy Maeda)

To read the full story as it appeared in today’s paper – please click on the enclosed link: 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/04/13/boston-police-sergeant-injured-teen-forge-friendship-after-marathon-bombings/xU7sUraakHdHyTnx9stINM/story.html

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One and Recover Gun in Dorchester

 

At about 10:29 PM, Friday, April 11, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of Wainwright Street and Brent Street in Dorchester.

While en route, officers were informed that two black males were seen running in the direction of Centre St. The individuals were described as two black males with one wearing a red hooded sweatshirt. While searching in the area of Center St. and Clementine Park, officers observed two black males standing in the lobby of an ATM machine at Shawmut Station. One of the individuals was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, which matched the description of the suspects. Officers remained in the area to observe the individuals, who were acting as if they were withdrawing money from the machine. The individual in the red sweatshirt appeared to be standing extremely rigid and stiff. With their close proximity to the scene of the shots fired call, and the matching clothing description, officers approached the males. As officers approached the individuals, they began to frisk the individuals. While patting down the individual in the red sweatshirt, officers were alerted by a hard object in the right side of the suspect’s waistband consistent with a firearm. Upon taking possession of the firearm, the officer continued his search and located a second firearm tucked into the suspect’s waistband. The suspect was placed under arrest.

Arrested was Deandre Lattin, 20, of Dorchester. Lattin is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. 

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest One for Running Illegal Gaming Operation in Roxbury

 

At about 3:01 AM Monday, April 14, 2014, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call to investigate a premise in the area of 5 Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury.

While on patrol, officers observed an unknown Hispanic male lift the security gate and enter the Blue Hill Tailor Store which appeared to have the lights turned out. Officers, believing that the suspect was breaking and entering, approached the suspect who stated that his friends were inside of the store. While conducting a protective sweep of the store, officers were confronted by another Hispanic male. Officers observed a pool table which had been manipulated by wood to be a craps table with multiple parties rolling die. Officers also observed an electronic gaming machine as well. The individual who opened the door became aggressive, stating he was the owner of the store and demanded that officers leave. The male then addressed another Hispanic male in Spanish, directing him toward the gaming machine. At this time one of the males left officer’s sight. The officer, fearing for his safety, moved closer to the entrance to keep the male in his sight. At this time the store owner pushed the officer in the chest in an effort to remove him from the store. The individual was then told that he would be placed under arrest if he continued to assault the officer, to which he complied. Additional officers arrived on scene to conduct a protective sweep of the area and discovered approximately 25 males in the store which appeared to be an illegal gaming operation. As officers swept the area, they recovered a black semi-automatic firearm and 7 small plastic bags containing a white powdery substance. The owner of the store was placed under arrest.

Arrested was Wilson Martinez, 52, of Roxbury. Martinez is charged with Keeper of a Disorderly House, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, and Maintaining a Gaming House.

 

Boston 24: Data from Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 2
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 5

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

Vehicle Thefts: 14
Vehicle Recoveries: 13
Vehicle Breaks: 27

Residential Break-ins: 9
Commercial Break-ins: 6

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 Invesigation in the Area of Dabney Street and Regent Street

 

At about 1:00 AM, Monday, April 14, 2014, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of Dabney Street and Regent Streets in Roxbury.

On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The unidentified male victim was transported to the Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Boston Police 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 testing the worked 'TIP' to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation anonymously