Cooperative Effort Leads to Arrest of Savin Hill Homicide Suspect

The Boston Police Department in conjunction with Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and the MBTA Transit Police arrested 19 year old Nhu Nguyen of Dorchester in connection with the recent fatal shooting of Derek Matulina, 19, of Dorchester. On Saturday, May 7, 2011, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) and MBTA Transit officers responded to 121 Savin Hill Ave. /Savin Hill MBTA Train Station for a person shot. On arrival, officers located Mr. Matulina suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to Boston Medical Center suffering from life threatening injuries where he was subsequently pronounced deceased.

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley stated, "This was a shocking act of violence that will not go unanswered.  I hope Mr. Matulina's family can find some reassurance in the fact that police and prosecutors worked night and day to reach this point."

“The response and subsequent arrest in this senseless killing continues demonstrate  the collaboration and effective partnership between the Transit Police, the Boston Police and the District Attorney’s office.   All of these agencies work together day in and day out to ensure the safety of the citizens of Boston and riders of the MBTA”.  Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan stated.  

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis commented, “I commend the methodical and cooperative work of the Homicide detectives, Suffolk prosecutors, MBTA Transit Police and the Fugitive and Apprehension Unit for tracking this violent suspect down and holding him accountable for this incident. I hope this arrest provides some level of comfort to the family and friends of Mr. Matulina.”

Immediately following the incident, Boston Police Homicide Unit investigators and MBTA Transit detectives assisted by Suffolk County prosecutors embarked on an intensive investigation that lead to the identification of the suspect. As a result of information gathered, detectives applied for and were granted an arrest warrant for Nhu Nguyen.

Last night, the Boston Police Fugitive and Apprehension Unit tracked Nhu Nguyen to Portland, Maine, where he was placed under arrest.

Nguyen is expected to be arraigned in Maine this afternoon at Cumberland County Courthouse as a fugitive from justice. His arraignment in Boston has not yet been scheduled.