UPDATE: Death Investigation in the area of East Cottage & Sumner Streets – Victim Identified

At about 9:20pm, on Sunday, June 26, 2011, officers form District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of Sumner and East Cottage Streets. On arrival, officers observed an individual, suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds, lying in the street in front of 4 Sumner Street. The victim, a 25 year-old male, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to the Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as Aaron Wornum, 25, of Boston. The Boston Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470. 

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by either calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department is only interested in what you know, not who you are.

UPDATE: Death Investigation at 124 Eustis Street – Victim Identified

At about 10:59pm, on Saturday, June 25, 2011, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of Dearborn and Eustis Streets in Roxbury. On arrival, officers learned of a victim who had transported himself from the scene to the Boston Medical Center. Officers immediately responded to the hospital where they were able to confirm that the victim had suffered and was being treated for gunshot wounds. The victim, a 21 year-old black male, was later pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as Dana Jackson, 20, of Boston.

The Boston Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly encouraged to call the 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 is interested in only what you know, not who you are.

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).

 

MEDIA AVAILABILTY:

 BOSTON POLICE INVESTIGATORS AND MOTHER OF INJURED CHILD MAKE PUBLIC PLEA FOR INFORMATION

WHO:             Boston Police investigators; mother of injured child injured

WHAT:           Boston Police investigators and the mother of the 4 year old child injured in the recent shooting incident at Harambee Park are making a joint appeal to the public for information regarding the incident.

On June 27, 2011 at approximately 9:20pm, officers responded to a radio call for a person shot at Harambee Park (Talbot Ave and Wales St.). Upon arrival, officers learned that a shooting incident had resulted in the injury of a 4 year old boy and a 24 year old male. The child was rushed to Boston Medical Center and he is currently listed in stable condition. The 24 year old male received a graze wound and was treated at Carney hospital.

WHEN:           Friday July 1, 2011 at 4:30pm

WHERE:        Boston Police Headquarters, Media Room

CONTACT:    If you have any information about the incident that occurred last evening, I urge you to come forward and contact homicide detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members who wish to assist the investigation in an anonymous manner should call CrimeStoppers at 1(800) 494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police will stringently protect the identity of those who wish to remain anonymous.

UPDATE: Death Investigation at 45 Olney Street - Victim Identified

At about 1:42am, on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, officers from Area C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 45 Olney Street. On arrival, officers located a black male in his late thirties suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim has since been identified as Nicholas Trotman, 38, of Dorchester. The Boston Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly encouraged to call the 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 is only interested in what you know, not who you are.

This marks the City’s 21st homicide for 2011 as compared to 29 at this time in 2010.

BOSTON POLICE "COLD CASE" SQUAD APPREHENDS SUSPECT FOR 2004 HOMICIDE OF JULIANE JULES

 On the heels of yesterday’s arrest for the 1988 murder of Janet Phinney, today the Boston Police Cold Case Squad in collaboration with the Boston Police Fugitive and Apprehension Team nabbed murder suspect Shabazz Augustine wanted in connection with the 2004 homicide of Julaine Jules. The arrest of 32 year old Shabazz Augustine of Dorchester is the result of a relentless collaboration of multiple agencies including the Boston Police Homicide Unit, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, the Malden Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police.

On August 25, 2004, the family of Julaine Jules reported her missing to the Malden Police Department. Her family indicated that 26 year old Julaine, an employee at the Children’s Museum in Boston, had been missing since the day before. On August 27, 2004, Julaine’s family subsequently reported her missing to the Boston Police Department. At that time, a joint investigation among Malden, Boston and State Police was launched and aggressively underway.

On September 19, 2004, the dead body of a woman was recovered from the Charles River in Boston. The body was soon identified as being that of Julaine Jules. As a result of an autopsy conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the manner of death was determined to be homicide. The cause of death was determined to be suffocation.

Recently as a result of information received and evidence developed during an on-going investigation by the Boston Police Homicide Unit, the Massachusetts State Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, detectives sought and obtained a warrant charging Augustine with the 2004 murder of Ms. Jules.

Augustine is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court tomorrow.

Death Investigation at 45 Olney Street

At about 1:42am, on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, officers from Area C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 45 Olney Street. On arrival, officers located a black male in his late thirties suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Boston Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly encouraged to call the 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 is only interested in what you know, not who you are.

This marks the City’s 21st homicide for 2011 as compared to 29 at this time in 2010.

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.

UPDATE: Death Investigation in the Area of 453 Blue Hill Ave

Victim Identified At about 8:48pm, on Friday, June 17, 2011, officers from Area B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 453 Blue Hill Ave. On arrival, officers located a black male in his early twenties suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim, suffering life threatening injuries, was transported to the Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. That victim has since been identified as Fara Diagne, 25, of Boston.

The Boston Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly encouraged to call the 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 is interested in only what you know, not who you are.

Death Investigation in the Area of 453 Blue Hill Ave

At about 8:48pm, on Friday, June 17, 2011, officers from Area B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 453 Blue Hill Ave. On arrival, officers located a black male in his early twenties suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim, suffering life threatening injuries, was transported to the Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.  The Boston Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly encouraged to call the 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 is interested in only what you know, not who you are.

UPDATE: Death Investigation at 113 Evans Street in Dorchester: Homicide Victim Identified

On Tuesday, May 31, 2011 around 9:54AM, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a “ShotSpotter” activation in the area of 113 Evans Street. While en route, officers were advised that the call had been upgraded to a person shot. Officers arrived on scene and located a 20 year-old black male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was rushed to Boston Medical Center suffering from life threatening injuries where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced. The victim has been identified as Mark Thomas-Little, 20, of Dorchester.

The Boston Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident. Anyone with information about this shooting incident is urged to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by either calling the CimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department is only interested in what you know, not who you are.

UPDATE: DEATH INVESTIGATION IN THE AREA OF 115 BROOKWAY ROAD: Homicide Victim Identified

At about 10:15pm, on Sunday, June 5, 2011, officers from Area E-5 (West Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person or persons shot in the area of 115 Brookway Road in Roslindale. On arrival, officers located two victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. One victim, a 23 year-old male, was pronounced deceased on the scene. The other victim, also a 23 year-old male, was transported with life threatening injuries to the Brigham & Women’s Hospital and is listed in critical condition. The deceased victim has been identified as Wilfredo Martinez, 23, of Medford. The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly encouraged to contact the Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously should either call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department is only interested in the information you can provide, not the identity of the person providing it.

DEATH INVESTIGATION IN THE AREA OF 115 BROOKWAY ROAD

At about 10:15pm, on Sunday, June 5, 2011, officers from Area E-5 (West Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person or persons shot in the area of 115 Brookway Road in Roslindale. On arrival, officers located two victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. One victim, a 23 year-old male, was pronounced deceased on the scene. The other victim, also a 23 year-old male, was transported with life threatening injuries to the Brigham & Women’s Hospital and is currently listed in critical condition.  The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly encouraged to contact the Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously should either call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department is only interested in the information you can provide, not the identity of the person providing it.

Death Investigation at 113 Evans Street, Dorchester

Last night, Tuesday, May 31, 2011 around 9:54AM, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a “ShotSpotter” activation in the area of 113 Evans Street. While en route, officers were advised that the call had been upgraded to a person shot. Officers arrived on scene and located a 20 year-old black male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was rushed to Boston Medical Center suffering from life threatening injuries where he today succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced.

The Boston Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident. Anyone with information about this shooting incident is urged to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by either calling the CimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department is only interested in what you know, not who you are.

UPDATE: Death Investigation in the Area of 29 Selden Street in Dorchester: Homicide Victim Identified

 At about 9:42pm, on Sunday, May 29, 2011, officers from Area C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person shot outside of 29 Selden Street. On arrival, officers located and observed a 20 year-old male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was transported to the Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim has been identified as 20 year old Raheem Browder of Boston. The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously can either call the CimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department is only interested in what you know, not who you are.

UPDATE: Death Investigation in the Area of Itasca & Messinger Streets in Mattapan: Homicide Victim Identified

 At about 10:15pm, on Sunday, May 29, 2011, officers from Area B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of Itasca & Messinger Streets. On arrival, officers located a 22 year-old male outside the above-mentioned location suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported from the scene to BMC and was later pronounced deceased. The victim has been identified as Marc Edmond, 22, of Mattapan. The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously can either call the CimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department is only interested in what you know, not who you are.

Death Investigation at Humphreys Street and Humphreys Place

Last night, Tuesday, May 31, 2011 around 8:12PM, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to the a radio call for a person shot at the corner of Humphreys Street and Humphreys Place. On arrival, officers located a 28 year-old male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was rushed to Boston Medical Center where he later pronounced.

The Boston Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident. Anyone with information about this shooting incident is urged to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by either calling the CimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department is only interested in what you know, not who you are.

Death Investigation in the Area of Itasca & Messinger Streets in Mattapan

At about 10:15pm, on Sunday, May 29, 2011, officers from Area B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of Itasca & Messinger Streets. On arrival, officers located a 22 year-old male outside the above-mentioned location suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. The 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 urged to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously can either call the CimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department is only interested in what you know, not who you are.

Death Investigation in the Area of 29 Selden Street in Dorchester

At about 9:42pm, on Sunday, May 29, 2011, officers from Area C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person shot outside of 29 Selden Street. On arrival, officers located and observed a 20 year-old male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The 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 urged to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously can either call the CimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department is only interested in what you know, not who you are.

Boston Police Homicide Detectives Arrest Suspect in Recent Fatal Mass Ave Stabbing

Today, on Thursday, May 19, 2011, Boston Police Homicide detectives located the suspect wanted in connection with the stabbing death of Andrew Wyman, 29, of Boston. Detectives sought and secured an arrest warrant in the name of Darryl Mitchell charging him with Murder. The 24 year-old Mitchell turned himself in and will be arraigned on Murder charges tomorrow (May 20, 2011) in Boston Municipal Court.  

At about 8:24am, on Sunday, May 15, 2011, officers from Area D-4 (South End) responded to a call for a person stabbed at 794 Massachusetts Ave. On arrival, officers located the victim, a white male in his late twenties, suffering from a stab wound. The victim was transported to the Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim was later identified as Andrew Wyman.

As a result of a cooperative and collaborative effort which included extensive contributions from both Area D-4 detectives and officers, as well as members of the Northeastern University Police, the Boston Police Homicide Unit was able to affect today’s arrest.