One Less Gun: Officers Diligent in Holiday Weekend Patrols; On-site Three Illegal Firearms in Three Separate Incidents Sunday Evening

INCIDENT #1: At about 3:40 PM on Sunday, May 29, 2016, members of the District B-2 (Roxbury) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit were conducting surveillance for drug activity in the area of Maple and Cheney Streets. During this surveillance, officers’ attention was drawn to a blue motor vehicle operated by a male with a male passenger in the front seat. The car parked for a moment before a third male approached and entered the rear seat of the vehicle. About 20 seconds later, the rear passenger exited the car and walked away. Believing a drug transaction had occurred, officers stopped the vehicle a few blocks away. As officers spoke with the operator, the front passenger attempted to flee the vehicle. Officers engaged in a brief but violent struggle during which officers recovered a loaded silver and black Smith & Wesson 9mm firearm with a large capacity feeding device from the passenger’s waistband. Officers were able to place the passenger into custody. Officers also recovered a black plastic bag on the floor of the operator’s side of the car containing 6 individually wrapped plastic bags of marijuana and approximately $270.00 in US paper currency.

Officers placed the passenger, 33-year-old Terrence S. Johnson of Dorchester, under arrest and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device, and Armed Career Criminal (Level 3). The operator, 39-year-old Jimmy Dixon of Quincy, was arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D (Marijuana).

Firearm Recovered in Incident #2

INCIDENT #2: At about 8:50 PM on May 29, 2016, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force observed a group of five males (some of whom were known to officers for previous firearm related incidents and arrests) walking in the area of Norfolk and Peacevale Streets in District B-3 (Mattapan). Officers maintained surveillance of these males and took note that as they turned on Peacevale Street one male broke away from the group. As officers turned their cruiser around and caught up to the four males, the fifth emerged from the driveway of 8 Peacevale Street. Officers stopped to speak with the male who had walked down the driveway and soon recognized him from a recent BPD “Wanted” poster. Believing a firearm may be in the area, officers called for a ballistic K9. Shortly, the K9 alerted to a firearm on the porch of an area residence. Officers spoke with the owner of the porch who stated she had never seen the male officers had stopped, he had no reason to be in her yard, and denied any knowledge of a firearm on her property. Officers recovered the loaded silver and black Kurz .380 9mm Backup.

Officers arrested the 17-year-old juvenile from Dorchester and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Trespassing. He was also found to have a parole violation warrant issued by the Department of Youth Services for Escape.

Firearm Recovered in Incident #3

INCIDENT #3: At about 12:00 AM on Monday, May 30, 2016, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force observed three males (one of whom is known to them) lingering in the area of 16 E. Brookline Street in District D-4 (South End). Officers approached the group and engaged them in a brief conversation, all three individuals identifying themselves to the officers. As the males left the area, one continued to look back repeatedly and monitor the officers’ actions. Officers decided to investigate the area further, and soon found a loaded Sentinel Hi-Standard .22 caliber revolver under a bush approximately 30-40 feet from where the group had been standing. Detectives recovered and processed the firearm, and officers recorded the identities of the three individuals.

BPD Photo of the Day: Cops and K-9s and Kids…Oh, My!!

On Friday, May 27, 2016, to kick off Memorial Day Weekend, students from Saint John Paul II Academy in Boston took an educational trip to the BPD K-9 Unit base and training facility. The kids learned about all the different jobs police dogs do, about different dog breeds, and about how the police officers train their dogs. K-9 Officer Cornell Paterson gave the students a pop quiz before a pizza lunch. Those who were able to answer the questions quickest were rewarded with a K-9 trading card—but by the end of the day, ALL the kids managed to win a card! 

Death Investigation in the Area of 131 Devon Street, Dorchester

 

At about 10:20 PM on Sunday, May 29, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 131 Devon Street.

Upon arrival, officers were directed to the area of 152 Stanwood Street where they observed a male victim in his 30’s suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was transported by Boston EMS to Boston Medical Center. There, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

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.

Honoring Fallen Heroes: Boston's 12th Annual Run to Remember Kicks Off in the Seaport District

In the early morning hours of Sunday May 29, 2016, Commissioner William Evans took his place at the starting line in the Seaport District for the 12th annual running of Boston's Run to Remember.  The race consists of a half marathon and five mile road course and is held in honor of fallen heroes from the law enforcement community across the country.  This year’s race attracted over 10,000 runners and featured special tributes to Trooper Thomas Clardy of the Massachusetts State Police and Officer Ronald Tarantino of the Auburn Police Department, both of whom were killed this year in the line of duty.  Thank you to the event organizers and all the runners, including officers from over 100 police departments nationwide who took part in this special day.  And as always, a special thanks to the many officers who worked hard to ensure a safe and fun event for all involved.  

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Loaded Firearm After Making Drug Arrest in the Boston Common

At about 1:20 PM on Friday May 27, 2016, officers assigned to the Drug Control Unit of District A-1 (Downtown) recovered a loaded firearm after making a drug arrest in the area of Beacon and Joy Streets.  Officers were on directed patrol in the Boston Common in response to numerous recent complaints regarding the sale of illegal drugs when they observed Issa Hamilton, 21, of Boston, conducting a drug transaction with a second individual.  This suspect was known to the officers from previous interactions and drug distribution charges.  After confirming that a transaction had taken place, the suspect was placed in custody without incident.  Officers recovered several small bags of marijuana packaged for sale and $160.00 U.S. Currency from the suspect.  Upon searching a backpack that the suspect had been carrying, the officers recovered a loaded Taurus PT-138 .380 caliber firearm which had been hidden in a black and white bandana.  The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Distribution of Class D Drugs and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs.  The second individual was issued a Civil Citation for Possession of Class D Drugs and released from the scene.

 

BPD In The Community: Recruit Officers from Class 55-15 Meet with Seniors at Castle Island in South Boston

On a recent sunny afternoon, several recruit officers from Boston Police Academy Class 55-15 got the opportunity to meet with a group of seniors at historic Castle Island in South Boston.   The group was from the Kroc Corps Community Center in Roxbury which works in association with the Salvation Army.  It was a well deserved break from training for the recruits and a chance to get up close and personal with members of the community they’ll soon be protecting.  Class 55-15 is set to graduate at the end of June - just in time for the busy summer months in the City of Boston.  

 

Boston 24: Friday, May 27, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Thursday @ 10:00 a.m. through Friday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 3
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: Officers Recover Loaded Firearm After Stopping Suspect in Roxbury

At about 8:00 PM on Thursday May 26, 2016, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of the McDonald’s restaurant located at 870 Massachusetts Avenue in Roxbury.  Officers received a detailed description of the suspect, later identified as Jonathan Duong, 20 of East Boston, and were told he was carrying an illegal firearm in his backpack.  Officers soon located the suspect walking near 980 Massachusetts Avenue and approached to speak with him.  Officers removed the suspect’s backpack and immediately felt a firearm inside of it which was later revealed to be a loaded 9mm Taurus Arms semi-automatic handgun.  The suspect was placed in custody without incident after it was determined he did not possess a license to carry a firearm.  The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

 

MEDIA AVAILABILTY: Mayor Walsh, Commissioner Evans and Chief Gross Meet with Local Clergy and Community Leaders to Discuss Summer Outlook

WHO:             Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans & Chief William Gross.

WHAT:           Meeting with local clergy and community leaders to discuss strategies and outlook for Boston youth                            and communities in the upcoming summer months.

WHEN:           Friday May 27, 2016 at 2:45 PM following the conclusion of the meeting.

WHERE:         Boston Police Headquarters – Main Lobby, First Floor.

CONTACT:     Boston Police Media Relations (617) 343-4520 for media inquiries.

 

Justice Served: BPD Homicide Detectives Crack 2004 Homicide Case Charging Two with the Murder of Thomas Hawkins

 

Justice Served: BPD Homicide Detectives Crack 2004 Homicide Case Charging Two with the Murder of Thomas Hawkins: Almost twelve years ago, at about 1:00am, on Thursday, August 12, 2004, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of Theodore Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim, later identified as 38-year-old Thomas E. Hawkins of Dorchester, was transported to Boston Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Over the years, Boston Police Homicide Detectives never gave up on the case in their ongoing efforts to secure justice for the family of Thomas Hawkins. Leads were pursued. Witnesses interviewed. New evidence scrutinized. Old evidence re-examined. The work continued and, today, the hard work and long hours paid off as Boston Police Homicide Detectives announced the arrest of two individuals wanted in connection to the 2004 murder of Thomas Hawkins. On Thursday, May 26, 2016, detectives secured arrest warrants for 36-year-old Kevin Graham and 32-year-old Ellis Golden. Graham, already incarcerated on another matter, and Golden, who was located by the BPD Fugitive Apprehension Unit, will both be charged with Murder and are expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on Friday, May 27, 2016. 

Said Police Commissioner William Evans: “A case like this underscores the fact that in Boston the fight for justice never ends. No case is ever overlooked and, certainly, no victim is ever forgotten. To the family of Thomas Hawkins, it is my sincere hope that the news of today’s arrests brings with it some small measure of comfort and closure. No doubt, this day has been a long one in coming and, hopefully, it delivers a significant level of solace. As for my detectives, I can’t say enough good things about their resolve or the dogged determination that led to this case being solved. I’m proud of them, their work and the fact that in Boston, the search for justice, regardless of how long it takes, never ends until those responsible are brought to justice and held accountable for their cowardly acts.”

Knitting Connection Donates Handmade Teddy Bears to the Children of East Boston

Today, Thursday, May 26, 2016, members of the Knitting Connection made a special delivery to District A-7 (East Boston) to donate several handmade teddy bears for the children of East Boston. The knit teddy bears will be carried in police cruisers and distributed to children who have suffered traumatic experiences such as a motor vehicle accident or have been victims or witnesses to violent crimes. We extend special thanks to Sue Manning, Diana Azevedo, Joyce Lavoie, Pierett MacGregor, and Jane Norberg (not present in photo) for their dedication to their community.

Boston 24: Thursday, May 26, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Wednesday @ 10:00 a.m. through Thursday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 7

Residential Break-ins: 4
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.

Great Work Recognized: Four Boston Police Officers Receive MAWLE Awards

On Thursday, May 5, 2016, four women from the Boston Police Department were honored at this year’s Spirit of MAWLE Awards in Yarmouth, MA. Each year, the Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement presents awards to the female officers across the state that exhibit exemplary work in their field. This year, MAWLE honored Officer Janet Lewis with the Courage Award for her heroic actions at the scene of a 2015 officer-involved shooting in which her fellow officer was shot by a suspect at point-blank range. Also receiving special recognition were Boston Police Detective Sandra Swain, as well as Officers Lindsey Onishuck and Cynthia Brewington. The actions of these officers have been exemplary throughout their careers and for this recognition of their hard work, we say, “Congratulations on a job well-done!”

Community Alert: Boston Police Seek Public's Help with Identifying Suspect in Connection with Sexual Assault in Hyde Park

 

At about 12:10 AM on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, officers from District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a call for a sexual assault in the area of Cummins Highway and Rosewood Street.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with the female victim who reported she was walking home when an unknown suspect grabbed her, forced her into a secluded area, and sexually assaulted her. The victim reported the suspect also demanded money and emptied her wallet before fleeing in a newer model, red motor vehicle. The suspect was described as a black male, about 6’1” in height, thin build, wearing a dark green hoodie with the hood covering his face and dark pants.

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 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. If you are 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, 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, 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.”

Boston 24: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Tuesday @ 10:00 a.m. through Wednesday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

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

Residential Break-ins: 8
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.

Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Seize Drugs and Arrest Two for Trafficking in Mattapan

At about 1:00 PM on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, members of the District B-3 (Mattapan) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit made several arrests for trafficking in the area of 1641 Blue Hill Avenue.

While conducting surveillance in the Mattapan Square area, officers observed the occupants of a vehicle conducting hand-to-hand drug transactions with multiple individuals on foot. After a possible transaction, officers followed one individual on foot to the rear of 1602 Blue Hill Avenue where the individual, a 26-year-old male from Boston, was found to be in possession of two bags of crack cocaine which he admitted to purchasing from the vehicle’s passenger.

Officers requested assistance and returned to the vehicle to place the two occupants under arrest for distributing drugs. As officers approached the vehicle and attempted to take the passenger into custody, a violent struggled ensued during which the suspect struck one officer with the car door and kicked and punched other officers. After a lengthy struggle, officers took 21-year-old Esau M. Gorman of Boston into custody. The operator of the vehicle, 24-year-old Dorall M. Hilton of Hyde Park, was found to be in possession of a bag of crack cocaine and operating without a driver’s license.

From a backpack in the vehicle, officers seized approximately 25 medium sized bags of crack cocaine, six bags of marijuana, and over $1400.00 in US currency.

Gorman was arrested and charged with Trafficking Class B, Cocaine (28-99 grams), Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D (Marijuana), Resisting Arrest, and Assault and Battery on a Police Officer.

Hilton was arrested and charged with Trafficking Class B, Cocaine (28-99 grams), Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws, Distribution of Class B, Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D (Marijuana), and Operating without a Driver’s License.

The 26-year-old male was summoned to court for Possession of Class B, Cocaine.

BPD in the Community: Kick Ball Showdown at the Murphy School

Once again, the officers from C-11 (Dorchester) delivered the message that the Boston Police Department can't be beat in a kick ball rivaly on Monday, May 23, 2016. The kids at the Murphy School did their best but the "Kick Ball Cops" won out after three hard fought games. At the end of the day there were no losers because everybody won ice cream from the BPD's "Operation Hoodsie Cup" Truck. Thank you to the Murphy School for hosting, PAL for donating the ice cream, and to our officers for their fine work. 

Officers Have a Blast with Seniors at 9th Annual B-3 Seniors Gala!

On Friday, May 20, 2016, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) served dinner to over 100 seniors at the Unity Sports and Cultural Club in Dorchester. The 9th annual event marks Captain Hosein's second B-3 Seniors Gala as captain of the district, and he and the other officers had a great time serving, socializing, and getting to know all those that attended!

Boston 24: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Monday @ 10:00 a.m. through Tuesday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 11
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.