Boston 24: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 3
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.

Media Availability & Photo Opportunity: Boston Police Academy Class 55-15 to Graduate Tomorrow

WHO:        Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Police Commissioner William B. Evans, Superintendent-in-Chief William G. Gross, members of the Boston Police Department Command Staff, Boston Police Academy Staff, graduating police recruits, elected officials, local, state, & federal law enforcement partners, family and friends.

WHAT:      During this ceremony, 61 police recruits will graduate from the Boston Police Academy and be sworn in as police officers.  53 of the recruits will be assigned to the Boston Police Department while the remaining 14 officers will be assigned to 8 outside agencies:  Andover, Belmont, Dedham, Edgartown, North Attleboro, Norwood, Salem and Stoughton.

WHERE:    Agganis Arena at Boston University located at 925 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.

WHEN:      Ceremony to be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 11:00 AM with media availability to follow.

*****Statement from Boston University President Robert A. Brown on hosting the graduation ceremony:*****

 “At Boston University we are pleased to host the graduation ceremony for this year’s cohort of officers trained at the Boston Police Academy.  We know that training for service protecting the public is grueling and rigorous.  The rigor of training is commensurate with the responsibility and risk that police officers accept.  We commend this year’s graduates for their achievement culminating in their graduation and for choosing a career in serving and protecting the public.  At Boston University we value and depend on our close working relationships with Mayor Walsh, Commissioner Evans, and the officers who every day make Boston the safe and welcoming place that it is.  We thank you in advance for your efforts."

Media Availability: Commissioner Evans and District Attorney Daniel Conley to Discuss Major Developments in 1987 Homicide in Roxbury

WHO:             Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.

WHAT:          Commissioner Evans and District Attorney Daniel Conley will brief the media on major developments in                       a long-unsolved 1987 homicide in Roxbury.

WHEN:          Tuesday June 28, 2016, at 3:15 PM

WHERE:        Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, 1 Bullfinch Place, Third Floor.

CONTACT:    Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office at (617) 619-4200

 

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Two While Recovering a Loaded Firearm After Shots Fired in Dorchester

At about 3:24 PM on Monday, June 27, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested two suspects in connection to a shots fired incident in the area of Hancock Street and Upham Avenue in District C-11 (Dorchester). 

The officers were on directed patrol when they heard three gunshots and then observed a silver SUV driving down Upham Avenue at a high rate of speed. The officers activated their lights and sirens as they attempted to stop the vehicle after it failed to stop at a stop sign, but the operator continued to pick up speed while attempting to flee the area. The officers continued to follow the vehicle until it crashed into a van in the area of 66 Glendale Street at which time it was rendered inoperable. As the officers approached the car, the driver, Mario Marques, 18, of Dorchester, and the passenger, Alijah Rosa, 18, of Dorchester, both jumped out of the vehicle and immediately began to run. The officers could clearly see that Rosa was holding a black revolver in his hand. The officers gave chase and were eventually able to place both suspects in custody after jumping several walls and fences while cutting through multiple backyards. The officers later recovered a loaded Interarms Rossi .38 Special revolver which Rosa dropped on the ground as the officers were chasing him. The firearm was loaded with two live rounds of ammunition and three spent shell casings. It was later revealed that the SUV the suspects were travelling in had been reported stolen out of Quincy about two hours before this incident took place. 

Both suspects will appear in Dorchester District Court. Mario Marques was issued several Motor Vehicle Citations and will be charged with Receiving a Stolen Motor Vehicle and Operating a Motor Vehicle After Revocation or Suspension. Alijah Rosa will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling and Receiving a Stolen Motor Vehicle.

One Less Gun: Anonymous Tip Leads to the Recovery of a Loaded Firearm in Dorchester

At about 7:00 PM on Sunday, June 26, 2016, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) received an anonymous tip from a concerned citizen which led to the recovery of a loaded 9mm Iterarms Starfire handgun in the area of Lucerne and Arbutus Streets. It was later revealed that the gun had been reported stolen in Ohio in 1993. The firearm is currently being processed and investigated by the Ballistics Unit.

We thank the concerned citizen who did the right thing for their neighborhood by contacting us. Community members wishing to provide information 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.

Boston 24: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 3
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 6
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 7
Vehicle Recoveries: 5
Vehicle Breaks: 1

Residential Break-ins: 1
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.

BPD IN THE COMMUNITY: BPD’s Women Hoop Team Helping Out at the 'Getting Girls in the Game' Hoops Clinic at Wainright Park in Dorchester!!!

Members of the BPD’s Women Hoop Team were honored to participate in the ‘Getting Girls in the Game’ or G3 Boston basketball clinic held earlier today at Wainright Park in Dorchester! For our officers – the clinic gave them a chance to showcase their hoop skills and connect with young girls in the community. Said one officer, “We love doing this kind of stuff and we love interacting with the young women in our community. It’s a great opportunity for the girls to see that we’re human and here to help them and events like this allow us to share that message.”

BPD IN THE COMMUNITY: Our Officers Loved Playing in the Finisher Peace Youth Basketball League

Our officers – including Manny Canuto - had a great time playing in this year’s Finisher Peace Youth Basketball League. As always, it was less about the basketball and more about building relationships and making new friends. To all of our officers who participated - we say: "Thanks for making a difference."

Boston 72: WEEKEND UPDATE

Data includes 72 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 3
Nonfatal Stabbings: 5

Street Robberies: 6
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 7
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 21

Residential Break-ins: 10
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.

 

BPD Community Alert: Parents of Child Found at Playground in Mattapan Have Been Located

 

The parents of the child found at the Ryan Playground in District B-3 (Mattapan) yesterday (June 26, 2016) at about 6:33pm have been located. The child who was found to be in good health remains under the care and supervision of the Department of Children & Families (DCF). No charges have been filed at this time. The investigation remains active.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Display Tremendous Restraint When Faced with a Knife Wielding Suspect in the North End

 

At about 3:00 AM on Sunday, June 26, 2016, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a person with a knife in the area of 17 Cooper Street in the North End. On arrival, officers observed the suspect, later identified as Steven Lacolla, 26, of Boston, yelling and threatening a group of people gathered in the street. The suspect was armed with two large butcher knives and wearing a bulletproof vest. When the suspect saw the officers approaching, he turned away from the crowd and began to walk towards them, still armed with both knives. Officers maintained their distance while giving numerous verbal commands to the suspect to drop the weapons. After several tense moments, the suspect placed the butcher knives on the ground and was taken into custody without further incident. The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and Wearing a Bulletproof Vest in the Commission of a Felony.

BPD Community Alert: The Boston Police Seek the Public’s Help in Identifying Child Found Alone at Playground in Mattapan

At about 6:33 PM on Saturday, June 25, 2016, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a found child at Ryan Playground located at 310 River Street. The child was found to be in good health and informed the officers that his first name is “Adriel.”  He is believed to be between two and three years old, approximately two feet tall, about thirty pounds with a medium brown complexion, brown hair and brown eyes. He was found barefoot, wearing a grey t-shirt and riding a red tricycle. The child is currently under the care and supervision of the Department of Children & Families (DCF). At this time, no one has come forward to report him missing. 

The Boston Police Department is asking anyone who may know this child or the identity of his parents or guardians to please contact the DCF at 1-800-792-5200 or B-3 Detectives at (617) 343-4712

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.

Boston Police Academy Class 55-15 Completes their Run to BPD Headquarters

Today, Friday, June 24, 2016, Boston Police Academy Class 55-15 completed their traditional “Run to Boston Police Headquarters” as a right-of-passage a few days prior to their graduation scheduled for next Wednesday. Police Commissioner William Evans proudly accompanied the 53 recruits and Academy instructors on the approximately 7-mile run through the city that precedes their fast approaching oath of service to the communities and neighborhoods of Boston. The final leg of the run culminates at BPD Headquarters where the recruits lay a wreath at the Boston Police Officers Memorial in remembrance of those who came before them. To all the recruits - we say: "Job well done and looking forward to seeing you out in the streets protecting and serving one of safest big cities in America!!!"

 

Death Investigation in the Area of 17 Doone Ave in Mattapan

 

At about 3:22pm on Friday, June 24, 2016, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 17 Doone Ave in Mattapan. On arrival, officers located a male victim, believed to be in his forties, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review 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.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans Voices Dissatisfaction with Inadequate Public Safety Measures Included in Proposed TNC Legislation

Police Commissioner William Evans and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association agree that the public safety measures outlined in the Senate bill regulating Transportation Network Companies like Uber and Lyft are woefully insufficient in several ways and more must be done to protect the public:

First, the bill only disqualifies an individual from driving for a TNC if the individual has a criminal conviction for certain offenses within the past seven years. This means that an individual who committed a violent crime such as rape or murder, more than seven years ago, could be cleared to drive for a TNC. This is an enormous public safety risk that can easily be eliminated with a mandate for more comprehensive background checks that reach back more than seven years.

Second, the BPD has seen firsthand the value and benefit provided when drivers are subject to fingerprinting. Fingerprinting enables law enforcement agencies to view long term criminal history information that could ultimately disqualify an applicant. In the past year, thanks to the BPD's fingerprinting protocols, the BPD's Hackney Carriage Unit terminated and revoked licenses of three separate operators after fingerprint checks revealed criminal histories which included past arrests for rape, attempted murder and indecent sexual assault on a minor. The legislation proposed by the Senate would allow the very same three operators to retain their licenses.

Lastly, there must be a mandate for proactive information sharing with law enforcement when the TNC receives a report of a crime either by a driver or a passenger. TNC's should not be left to handle the response to criminal conduct through administrative penalties. Without a proactive reporting requirement,  police are unable to investigate these crimes, and therefore protect the public. TNCs must be mandated to report any and all criminal conduct to police.

In closing, allowing passengers to enter a vehicle-for-hire without a full and comprehensive understanding of the person behind the wheel puts these passengers in harm's way. When a passenger enters a vehicle there should be no questions, concerns or doubts about the operator's criminal history or the operator's potential to re-offend. For this reason, Boston Police and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association continue to urge the legislature to craft and pass a comprehensive bill which sufficiently protects the public.