CORRECTION BELOW: BOSTON POLICE INVESTIGATE MULTIPLE INCIDENTS FROM OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND

BOSTON POLICE INVESTIGATE MULTIPLE INCIDENTS FROM OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Investigators Appeal to Public for Information

 

Boston Police are investigating the below incidents. Detectives are appealing to the public for information on each of the incidents below:

 

Death Investigation

  • On July 4, 2011 at about 7:16pm, officers from Area B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person shot at60 Hollander Street. On arrival, officers located a male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced deceased.

 

  • On July 4, 2011 at about 9:55pm, officers from Area C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person shot at34 Norton StreetinDorchester. On arrival, officers located three shooting victims. One male victim was transported to theBostonMedicalCenterwhere he was later pronounced deceased. The other two victims were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

 

  • On July 5, 2011 at about 1:15am, officers from Area C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for two people shot at245 Columbia Road. On arrival, officers located two male victims. Both were pronounced deceased.

 

Non-Fatal Shooting Incidents:

  • On July 2, 2011 at about 5:00am, officers from Area C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person shot at42 Fuller StreetinDorchester. On arrival, officers located a male suffering a gunshot wound to the leg. The victim was transported to theBostonMedicalCenterwhere he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

 

  • On July 3, 2011 at about 2:30am, officers from Area C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person shot at 9 Navillus Terrace. On arrival, officer located a male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to theBostonMedicalCenterwhere he is listed in stable condition.

 

  • On July 3, 2011 at about 7:08pm, officers from Area E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a call for two people shot at72 Pierce StreetinHyde Park. On arrival, officers located two male victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Charges are anticipated for both of the individuals involved in this incident.

 

  • On July 4, 2011 at about 1:14am, officers from Area E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a radio call for a person shot at34 Ridlon Street. On arrival, officers located one victim, suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wounds, who was transported to theBostonMedicalCenter

 

  • On July 4, 2011 at about 1:54am, officers from Area B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for a person shot in area of Harvard Ave & Ripley Road. On arrival, officers located one victim, suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wounds, who was transported to theBostonMedicalCenter.

 

  • On July 4, 2011 at 11:34pm, officers from Area C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of Talbot Ave & Washington Street. On arrival, officers learned that the victim had self applied to theCarneyHospitalwhere he was being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

 

  • CORRECTION: The exact location of this incident is unknown. It is believed to be possibly connected to the incident above but did not occur at Blue Hill Ave and Morton St. On July 4, 2011 at about 11:33pm, officers from Area B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of Blue Hill Ave & Morton Street. On arrival, officers located one male victim who was transported to theCarneyHospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

 

Non-Fatal Stabbing Incidents:

  • On July 4, 2011 at about 11:26pm, officers from Area D-4 (South End) responded to a call for two people stabbed at120 Huntington Ave.On arrival, officers located two victims. Both were transported to area hospitals. One victim is in critical condition, while the other is stable. Jose Soriano, 20, ofLynnhas been charged with Assault & Battery by means of Dangerous Weapon. Police are seeking a warrant for a 2nd suspect.

 

  • On July 4, 2011 at about 11:33pm, officers from Area C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for persons stabbed in area of 52 Thomas Park. On arrival, officers located two victims who were treated for non-life threatening stab wounds.

 

  • On July 4, 2011 at about 11:34pm, officers responded to a call for a person stabbed at975 Blue Hill Ave.The victim, suffering non-life threatening injuries, was transported to theBostonMedicalCenter.

 

 

Contact Information:

Anyone with information on the above incidents is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

 

Two Shooting Victims of Pierce Street to Be Charged as Suspects

Yesterday evening around 7:08PM, officers from District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to 72 Pierce St. for a person shot. En route, officers were updated that there were two victims at the scene and a gun in the middle of the street.  On arrival, officers were directed to 74 Pierce St. where they saw a gun in the middle of the street and one of the victims on sidewalk/lawn area of 74 Pierce Street suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Officers attempted to get information about what happened but the victim what uncooperative. Officers were then advised by witnesses that there was another victim who had fled down Pierce St. toward West Street.  Officers secured the weapon that was in the street after requesting EMS and continued down the street where they located a second victim in front of 86 Pierce Street also suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  Both victims were transported to local hospitals suffering from non-life threatening injuries.

Officers were able to locate several witnesses who provided information that the both victims were observed with guns in hand shortly after shots were fired with victim #1 who was found in front of 74 Pierce St. throwing his gun out into the street as he collapsed in front of 74 Pierce Street. Officers also learned that victim #2 was also observed shortly after the shots were heard fleeing down Pierce St. with a gun in hand. Officers were able to recover two guns during the investigation which apparently the two victims had used to fire shots at each other.

The victims, now turned suspects, were placed under arrest at the hospital and will both be charged with weapons violations, assault by means of a dangerous weapon charges along with assault with intent to murder once released from the hospital.

NEWS FROM THE "COLD CASE" SQUAD: FORMER HYDE PARK RESIDENT CHARGED IN ’88 MURDER

BOSTON, June 28, 2011 – Almost a quarter-century after 20-year-old Janet Phinney was found strangled in a wooded area behind her West Roxbury home in an area known as the Grove, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced the indictment and arrest of the victim’s ex-boyfriend for her homicide.  The Suffolk County Grand Jury today returned an indictment charging MICHAEL COKER (D.O.B. 7/3/62), a former Hyde Park resident, with first-degree murder for Phinney’s 1988 death.  The victim was last seen by family members at the Cedar Road home where she lived with her parents and siblings on Mar. 18, 1988; Phinney’s body was discovered by a neighbor a few days later on March 21.

 Boston Police officers arrested Coker this afternoon, and he is expected to be arraigned tomorrow morning in the Magistrate’s Session of the Suffolk Superior Court.

 Police Commissioner Davis stated, “Homicide detectives, Suffolk County prosecutors and the Phinney family have been seeking justice for Janet for more than 20 years. The dogged efforts of the Cold Case Squad, the painstaking re-examination of the evidence by the BPD Crime Lab and the relentless dedication of prosecutors made this  indictment possible. My hope is that this significant development provides Janet’s family with some sense of peace.”

 “Today, after more than 20 years of uncertainty, Janet Phinney’s family members received the news that their loved one’s murderer has been indicted and arrested,” Conley said. “These developments are a direct result of modern advancements in the field of forensic analysis. In recent years, this has allowed Boston Police and Suffolk prosecutors to identify more and more offenders, ultimately holding them accountable in a court of law. Whether it’s days, weeks, months or years, the message here is that we will never quit in our pursuit of justice.”

 Phinney, who had been working as a hairstylist and a waitress and living with her parents at the time, was discovered strangled to death by a neighbor after the victim’s parents filed a missing persons report with the Boston Police Department. Investigators say Coker was a person of interest at the time, but the state of the evidence was insufficient to charge him until recently.

 In 2010, members of the Boston Police Department’s Cold Case Squad began a re-examination of Coker’s death bolstered by forensic technology that was unavailable at the time of the offense. Biological evidence recovered from the crime scene was uploaded to the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, a database of DNA samples from unsolved crimes and known offenders. That uploaded biological evidence was a “hit” – a match to a known suspect, later identified as Coker, who had been ordered to provide a DNA sample to the database after an unrelated conviction.

 Conley earlier this month wrote a letter to the Senate and House Chairs of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary urging them to adopt legislation that would expand the CODIS database to include post-conviction DNA samples, and further, to adopt a version of Katie’s Law, which requires arrestee DNA sampling. To date, 24 states and the Federal government have adopted versions of the law, while Massachusetts does not permit DNA sampling even for those arrested and charged with murder, burglary, serious sex crimes or any other felony.

All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Off-Duty Boston Police Officer Arrests Armed Robber in Dedham

At about 8:35pm, on Monday, June 27, 2011, members of the Dedham Police Department responded to a call for an armed robbery at the Tedeschi's Market in the area of 77 Cedar Street in Dedham. While en route to the call, Dedham officers learned that an off-duty oston Police Officer had called in the incident. Dedham officers further learned that the off-duty Boston officer was on scene and had the suspect in custody. On arrival, Dedham officers spoke to the off-duty Boston officer who stated that he had just exited the store and was in the process of leaving the area when he observed the suspect approaching the store.  According to the off-duty Boston officer, he became suspicious because the suspect approached the store wearing gloves and a hooded sweatshirt pulled down over his face. Seeing this, the off-duty officer called Dedham Police and then entered the store. Upon entering the store, the off-duty officer observed the suspect behind the register. In addition to an undisclosed amount of cash, the off-duty officer promptly noted that the suspect was holding a knife. Seeing the knife, the off-duty officer drew his firearm and ordered the suspect to drop the weapon. At this time, Dedham officers entered the store and took the suspect into custody. 

According to the store clerk, the suspect entered the store, walked around the counter, showed the knife and demanded money. 

Dedham officers arrested Sean Ryan- Fallon, 23, of Boston and charged him with Armed Robbery.

ID WANTED: DETECTIVES RELEASE SURVEILLANCE IMAGES FROM RECENT ARMED ROBBERY AT T-MOBILE STORE

On June 17, 2011 at 11:43am, three unknown suspects (BM between the ages of 25-32) robbed the T-Mobile store at 960 Morrissey Blvd at gunpoint. Witnesses described the suspects as followed:

 

Suspect #1

  • 5’9’’
  • 180 lbs
  • Wore black nylon scarf, black or blue baseball cap w/ ‘B’, blue jeans, brown zipped up hooded sweatshirt with gloves.

 

Suspect #2

  • 5’9’’-6’
  • Black knit cap
  • Brown zipped up hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants w/ green stripe along right leg and gloves.

 

Suspect #3

  • 5’7’’
  • 160 lbs
  • Black jacket, aviator sunglasses and carrying empty plastic bag

 

Community member who recognize these individuals are encouraged to contact C-11 detectives at 617-343-4335. Individuals who wish to remain anonymous can contact CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

A JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE BOSTON AREA RAPE CRISIS CENTER AND THE BOSTON POLICE SEXUAL ASSAULT UNIT

As a result of a recent news article in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the issue of safety for undocumented victims of sexual assault or rape has come into question. The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit wish to reassure victims that local law enforcement has no interest in a victim’s immigration status. Police are only interested in ensuring justice for a victim and holding a perpetrator accountable. “We feel that this is an important opportunity to let the public know that the police do not question a victim’s immigration status when they are reporting a crime”, said Captain Detective Mark Hayes of the Sexual Assault Unit.

Referring to a controversy surrounding statements reported in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette made by representative Fattman (R-Sutton), Gina Scaramella the Executive Director at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center stated, “We work hard to reduce the barriers for survivors to access as many options as possible from the rape crisis center, the hospitals, and the police.” Scaramella added, “Since people listen to public officials, it is very unfortunate whenever there is a statement made that makes our work to support victims more difficult.”

Captain Detective Hayes added, “In 2009, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security issued Adult Sexual Assault Law Enforcement Guidelines to set the baseline standard for handling these crimes in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   In these guidelines there is recognition that immigration status is a barrier felt by victims in reporting this crime.  We work to provide reassurance to any victim facing obstacles because reporting the crime is the only way police are going to be able to hold offenders accountable.”

BARCC is the second oldest rape crisis center in the nation, and the oldest and largest in Massachusetts. With a service area of twenty-seven cities and towns and over three million people, we provide 24 hour help and support as well as prevention education. Visit www.barcc.org. For 24 hour support contact 800-841-8371.

 

For media inquires contact Gina Scaramella, Executive Director (617) 649-1265.

To view news story click below:

http://www.telegram.com/article/20110621/NEWS/110629940

http://telegram.com/article/20110608/NEWS/106089913/1116

 

A guest blog post from the Boston Public Library's Tom Blake (Digital Projects Manager): BPL recently posted an enormous and historic collection of crime scene photos to Flickr - read about them!

Earlier this month, the Digital Services Department of the Boston Public Library released several groups of images depicting historic local police scenes from the earlier part of the 20th century. These photographs were all taken by Leslie Jones, a Boston Herald-Traveler staff photographer who worked for most of the first half of that century. His personal photographic archive is currently stored at Central Library in Copley Square. The entire collection was digitized from the original glass and film negatives and the images will gradually appear on the BPL’s Flickr account over the next few years. Digitization included archival processing of the negatives into individual acid-free sleeves, transcription of the photographer’s original captions onto the new sleeves and into an Excel spreadsheet, and electronic conversion of the images using a 22 megapixel digital camera set up over a daylight-balanced, flicker-free light table.

Most of the collection’s 36,516 images stored in the BPL’s Print Department vault are arranged into photographer-assigned subject categories. Alphabetically, the collection gets off to a rough start with “Accidents: Miscellaneous” and ends no more peacefully with “Weather: Storms and Flooding.” The schadenfreude really kicks in as the sequence gets even more tragic with the recently released “Crime/Police” series, followed by “Fires,” “Military,” “Maritime Accidents,” and “War Days.” One would expect that some degree of levity could be found in the “Animals: Miscellaneous” series, but upon closer inspection this pendulous pachyderm appears to be only one poorly tied knot away from joining the “Maritime Accidents” bunch. And, these tricycle-riding monkeys are only slightly more festive than this group of police officers responding to a fatal manhole explosion on Summer Street.

 Joyous or otherwise, be sure to check out our most recently published images of your law enforcement predecessors during Prohibition and the Millen-Faber murder case – and be thankful you didn’t get this assignment.

BOSTON POLICE SEEKING INFORMATION ON RECENT HIT AND RUN INCIDENT: Detectives Release Surveillance Images of Suspect Vehicle

Boston Police detectives are appealing to the public seeking information on the driver responsible for a recent hit and run incident on Massachusetts Ave and Shirley Street in Roxbury. Detectives continue to actively investigate the facts and circumstances of this incident which has left a local woman suffering from critical injuries. On June 18, 2011 at 3:03am, officers from District C-6 responded to a radio call for a 23 year old female struck by a car at Massachusetts Ave and Shirley Street. The victim was rushed to Boston Medical Center and is currently listed in critical condition.

Witnesses described the vehicle as a gray or silver Chevy Impala with a spoiler on the rear. Detectives believe that the vehicle may have also sustained damage to the front end passenger side or passenger side mirror.

Detectives are urging anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has information about the driver to please contact (617) 343-6430.

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 wants to assure community members that the department is only interested in what you now, not who you are.

First Rate Fan Behavior Highlights Today’s Bruins Victory Parade

The Boston Police Department would like to thank all those who attended today’s Rolling Rally and did so in a safe and responsible manner. Except for a few isolated incidents, the parade, held to celebrate the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup victory over the Vancouver Canucks, went extremely well and the Boston Police Department is grateful to all those who attended and behaved in an orderly and respectful manner.  Said Commissioner Edward Davis, “It’s one thing to have a championship team; it’s another to have fans who behave in a championship manner. In the city of Boston, we’re fortunate to have both. Today, exemplary fan behavior was on full display throughout the day and all along the parade route.” 

In total, nine (9) arrests were made throughout the day and those arrested were charged with, among other things, Public Drinking and Disorderly Conduct.

Daughters Turn Dad in for Driving Drunk with 3 year-old

On Thursday, June 16, 2011 at around 9:30 PM  a police officer from District E-18 (Hyde Park) on patrol received information from a paramedic who had observed a white Ford Taurus strike the rear of  a Chrysler Town and Country minivan, causing major damage to its rear and causing the minivan to surge forward and strike another vehicle.  Paramedics said that upon seeing the accident they came over to assist due to the nature of the collision and observed a three year old girl with a Hispanic male in his 40's sitting in the front seats of the vehicle with the airbags deployed.  Paramedics observed injuries to the little girl and attempted to treat her but the Hispanic male stated that they were alright and left the scene.  The paramedics attempted to follow the Ford Taurus on Hydepark Avenue, but the vehicle sped off.  As this set of events were occuring another call came in for a three year child possibly struck by an airbag with cuts and scratches to her face.  Officers responded to 3 Sunnyside Street in Hyde Park and observed extensive damage to a white Ford Taurus.  Officers spoke with the little girl, who stated that she was sitting in the front passenger seat and that her grandfather was involved in a car accident.  The three year old complained of face pain to officers who observed swelling to her left cheek, small scratches to her left cheek and left eye brow.  The three year old girl was transported to Children's Hospital for her injuries.  Officers located an empty Corona Light bottle wedged between the drivers and passenger seat of the Ford Taurus.  

Subsequent to the accident and police response to 3 Sunnyside Street, two females and a male walked into District E-18 (Hyde Park) to report that they wanted their father arrested for OUI and that he was involved in a car accident with his granddaughter.  Both said that their father was operating a white Ford Taurus station wagon and that he struck several parked cars.  The mother of the three year old said that she received a phone call while at work telling her that her daughter had been in an accident.  She was then picked up by her sister and while in the back seat of her sisters car making her way home to check on her daughter she observed her father walking on River Street stumbling while he was walking.  She jumped out of her sisters car and confronted him about his reckless actions.  They then drove their father to the police station.  All officers present could observe the suspects speech to be slurred, his eyes bloodshot, and unsteadyness and lack of balance.  Officers could also smell alcohol on his breath.  A field sobriety test was conducted inside of the police station.  Jose Avillan, 47, of Mattapan, failed the sobriety test and was placed under arrest for OUI.

Photo Opportunity: Boston Police Department Recruit Academy Graduation Ceremony - Watch a Live Internet Broadcast of the Graduation on ‘BPDNews Live!’ At Ustream.tv!

WHO: Mayor Thomas Menino, Police Commissioner Edward Davis, Superintendent Paul Joyce, Minister Don Muhammad, Brookline Police Chief Dan O’Leary, Command Staff, BPD Gaelic Column and Honor Guard, Graduating Recruits with their family and friends, BPD Chaplains (Reverend Gary Adams and Reverend Sean Connor). WHAT: Today’s ceremony celebrates the graduation of 64 Boston Police Department Recruits and 2 Recruits from the Brookline Police Department. Mayor Menino and Commissioner Davis will welcome 64 men and women into the ranks of the Boston Police Department. The ceremony will include the badge pinning, special awards and remarks by several distinguished guests.

Individuals are also invited to view the graduation ceremony via a live internet broadcast located at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bpdnews-live.

In addition to the graduating recruits, Mayor Menino and Commissioner Davis welcomed 44 new recruits to the Boston Police Academy on June 6, 2011. Over the next six months, these recruits will be subject to a strict regimen of intense training and education. The Academy will prepare the recruits to carry out the Boston Police mission of Community Policing to protect and service the citizens of Boston.

WHERE: The Strand Theater, 543 Columbia Road in Dorchester

WHEN: Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 3:00pm.

PHOTO OP: Boston Police Department Recruit Academy Graduation Ceremony Tomorrow! Watch a Live Internet Broadcast of the Graduation on ‘BPDNews Live!’ At Ustream.tv!

Boston Police Department Recruit Academy Graduation Ceremony Recruit Class 49-10 Watch a Live Internet Broadcast of the Graduation on ‘BPDNews Live!’ At Ustream.tv!

WHO: Mayor Thomas Menino, Police Commissioner Edward Davis, Superintendent Paul Joyce, Minister Don Muhammad, Brookline Police Chief Dan O’Leary, Command Staff, BPD Gaelic Column and Honor Guard, Graduating Recruits with their family and friends, BPD Chaplains (Reverend Gary Adams and Reverend Sean Connor).

WHAT: Tomorrow’s ceremony celebrates the graduation of 64 Boston Police Department Recruits and 2 Recruits from the Brookline Police Department. Mayor Menino and Commissioner Davis will welcome 64 men and women into the ranks of the Boston Police Department. The ceremony will include the badge pinning, special awards and remarks by several distinguished guests.

Individuals are also invited to view the graduation ceremony via a live internet broadcast located at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bpdnews-live.

In addition to the graduating recruits, Mayor Menino and Commissioner Davis welcomed 44 new recruits to the Boston Police Academy on June 6, 2011. Over the next six months, these recruits will be subject to a strict regimen of intense training and education. The Academy will prepare the recruits to carry out the Boston Police mission of Community Policing to protect and serve the citizens of Boston.

WHERE: The Strand Theater, 543 Columbia Road in Dorchester

WHEN: Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 3:00pm.

A MESSAGE FROM THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT: PARKING REGULATIONS FOR BOSTON BRUINS STANLEY CUP FINAL

The Boston Transportation Department will implement temporary parking regulations in the vicinity of North Station, the Fenway/Kenmore Square area and the Faneuil Hall area during Wednesday night’s Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Final. The restrictions are similar to those posted for Monday evening’s home game.

The City of Boston strongly urges hockey fans to take public transportation to celebrations surrounding the Stanley Cup Finals.  Parking regulations will be strictly enforced, and vehicles in violation will be ticketed and towed.

Signs reading “Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event, Wednesday 6 PM – 2 AM” will be posted on the following streets:

North Station Area:

  • Beverly Street, from Causeway Street to North Washington Street
  • Canal Street, from Causeway Street to New Chardon Street
  • Causeway Street, from North Washington Street to Merrimac Street
  • Friend Street, from Causeway Street to New Chardon Street
  • Haverhill Street, from Causeway Street to North Washington Street
  • Lancaster Street, from Causeway Street to Merrimac Street
  • Medford Street, from North Washington Street to Causeway Street
  • Merrimac Street, from Causeway Street to New Chardon Street
  • Portland Street, from Merrimac Street to Causeway Street
  • Rip Valenti Way, from Merrimac Street to North Washington Street

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Faneuil Hall Area:

  • Hanover Street, from Congress Street to Surface Road
  • North Street, from Congress Street to Surface Road
  • Union Street, from North Street to Hanover Street

 

Fenway Park/Kenmore Square Area:

  • Brookline Avenue, from Yawkey Way to Commonwealth Avenue
  • Burlington Avenue, from Brookline Avenue to End
  • Fullerton Street, from Brookline Avenue to End
  • Beacon Street, from Bay State Rd. to Deerfield Street
  • Commonwealth Avenue, from Brookline Avenue to Kenmore Street
  • Kilmarnock Street, from Boylston Street to Brookline Avenue
  • Lansdowne Street, from Brookline Avenue to Ipswich Street
  • Overland Street, from Brookline Avenue to End
  • Van Ness Street, from Ipswich Street to Kilmarnock Street
  • Yawkey Way, from Boylston Street to Brookline Avenue

 

To protect the safety of residents and guests, the Boston Police Department may further restrict vehicle parking and limit vehicular and pedestrian access.

 

“These parking regulations are designed to ensure safety and accessibility in the city during and after the Boston Bruins game,” said Boston Transportation Commissioner Thomas J. Tinlin.  “This is an exciting time for hockey fans but we must remember to act responsibly and enjoy the experience in a positive manner.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

IDENTIFICATION WANTED: Detectives seeking to identify individual in connection with recent bank robbery

Boston Police detectives are seeking to identify the individual pictured below in connection with a recent bank robbery in Hyde Park. Yesterday the Sovereign Bank located at 860 River Street was robbed. No weapon was shown during the incident. If you recognize him or have any information about this incident please contact detectives at 617-343-5607. Anonymous tipsters can call 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word 'TIP' to CRIME (27463).

Buyer Beware! Boston Police Continue to Warn Fans of Counterfeit Tickets

During the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Finals, Boston Police would like to take this opportunity to remind fans to be wary of purchasing counterfeit tickets. Fans who purchase tickets from a secondary source are taking a chance. We would like to encourage fans to only buy tickets from authorized ticket agencies. Purchasing from other sources is done at the buyer’s risk. Officers want to proactively curb such activity and encourage buyers to only purchase from official vendors.

The department suggests that fans guarantee authenticity by purchasing tickets through the Boston Bruins website, Ticketmaster.com, in person at the TD Garden Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet.

Purchasing via other means, creates the potential for possessing either an invalid or counterfeit ticket.  Individuals attempting to gain admission using fraudulent tickets will be evicted from the building and face the possibility of arrest.

If any community members have information about the selling of counterfeit tickets, you are urged to contact District A-1 detectives at (617) 343-4248. Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously may do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously are reminded that the Boston Police Department in ONLY interested in the INFORMATION you provide, NOT who YOU are.

 

Be Careful Who You Call Friend

Yesterday afternoon around 4:39PM, officers from District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a call for a robbery in progress at 869 River Street/Hyde Park Auto Mall. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who reported that she had just been robbed at gunpoint by a male who fled the scene.  The victim further elaborated by telling officers that she had told a male friend to meet her at the dealer because she planned on buying a car. The victim reported that she arrived at the dealer, her male friend was already there and she got out of her car and got in his car. The victim then told officers that a short while after getting in her friend’s car, a male suspect approached her in his car, displayed a gun and took her purse which had a large sum of money because she had the money to purchase a car in her purse. The victim stated that her friend got out of the car and approached the suspect after he took her purse but the suspect fled the scene with her male friend following behind.

After telling officers her story, the victim told officers that she felt that she may have been “set up” by her friend because she had been unable to contact him since the robbery. The victim also stated to officers that her friend was the only one who knew that she would have a large amount of cash on her person.  After hearing this from the victim, officers were able to find a witness who told them that the suspect and the victim’s friend arrived at the dealer together in the same car shortly before the victim’s arrival. 

Officers received a description of the suspect and the victim’s friend and where the victim’s friend turned suspect is known to frequent. Officers also received a description of the suspect’s car and possible whereabouts. Officers responded to the area where the suspect is known to frequent, and there found a car matching the description of his car which was confirmed to belong to the suspect through registration query.  Around the same time that officers were investigating this incident, a call to 911 came in which the caller reported seeing an individual matching the suspect description walking through a nearby yard with a gun in hand.

Armed with this information, officers responded to the area and set up a perimeter.  After setting up this perimeter, officers were able to find the suspect in the rear of a back yard. After placing the suspect under arrest, officers responded to the dealer and were able to view video surveillance showing the robbery suspect arriving at the dealer with the victim’s “friend.”  

The victim’s ”friend” suspect, Norman Smith, 22 of Burlington was arrested and charged with Armed  Robbery. The incident remains under investigation in an attempt to locate the other suspect.