Boston 24: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 5

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.

One Less Gun: Officers Prevent Potential Danger, Recover Two Firearms in Roxbury

At about 7:30 PM on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a group of kids drinking and playing with a taser in the area of 39 Mount Pleasant Avenue in Roxbury.

Upon arrival, officers observed multiple persons in possession of open containers of alcohol on the front steps of residences in the above area. As the officers approached, many of these individuals (who were known to police officers) began to move into the street and sidewalk in front of 39 Mount Pleasant Ave. Officers were also aware of threats made by one of these individuals that referenced shooting police officers and a recent incident in Boston during which an officer suffered a gunshot wound.

While on-scene, officers were informed by nearby residents that they were afraid of this group and feared for their safety when they walked in and out of their homes. The residents reported the group was consistently drinking and smoking in the common area.

Officers were then allowed access to the building to conduct a protective sweep of the vicinity. During this sweep, officers observed two loaded firearms—one Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver and one Raven Arms .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun—in an unlocked charcoal grill in the common area of the building. In addition to recovering both firearms, officers along with a BPD K-9 conducted a sweep of the playground across the street which yielded negative results.

Although no arrests were made relative to the recovery of the two firearms, District B-2 detectives continue to investigate the incident, and the officers continue to proactively go the extra distance to make the city safe.

BPD Photo Of The Day: Visit to the Academy Makes Big Impression on Young Explorers

On Friday May 2, 2015, some members of the Boston Police Explorers visited with Superintendent Lisa Holmes at the Boston Police Academy in Hyde Park.  The young men and women were given an in depth tour of the facility and took part in a presentation which explained the extensive training and educational program that recruit officers go through. 

As the group was leaving at the end of the day, they observed recruit officers from Class 54-14 lowering the flag as part of their daily tradition.  Without any instruction or direction, the Explorers stopped and stood respectfully at attention until this quiet ceremony was completed.

The Boston Police Explorers Program is a career exploration program partnership between the Boston Police Department and the Boy Scouts of America.  The program is open to young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20 with an interest in learning more about careers in the field of Law Enforcement.  The program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. 

Madison Park High School has committed over 6,000 square feet of training space to the program consisting of a “Defensive Tactics” room, four classrooms and a 2,500 square foot “Mock Police Station”.  Participants learn in a realistic police setting without any of the inherent risks in a police officer supervised learning environment.  It also utilizes participating police officers to serve as role models and mentors to the young people.  

The program was envisioned and implemented by Sergeant Samil Silta who works as the Supervisor for the District B-2 (Roxbury) Community Service Office.  The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens within their communities.  There are currently has 81 participants involved which makes it the largest enrollment in all of New England.  Of the young people that have enrolled 99% are African American or Latino and includes male, female, gay and transgendered young people.   Commissioner William Evans stated “The diversity of this group shows that we have young people from all different neighborhoods and backgrounds who feel the same about trying to make this city even better.  They see the good work my officers are doing on the streets and they want to join us in helping the communities we serve.”

Anyone interested in learning more can contact Sgt. Silta directly at samil.silta@pd.boston.gov

 
 

Boston 24: Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 13

Residential Break-ins: 9
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.

Community Alert: BPD Seek Public’s Help in Efforts to Identify Suspect Wanted in Connection to Two Indecent Assaults in Brighton

 

Community Alert: BPD Seek Public’s Help in Efforts to Identify Suspect Wanted in Connection to Two Indecent Assaults in Brighton

The Boston Police Department is asking for the public’s help in efforts to identify the suspect or suspects wanted in connection to two separate indecent assaults in Brighton on Monday, May 4, 2015. The facts and circumstances are listed below:

INCIDENT #1: At about 5:23pm, on Monday, May 4, 2015, officers from District D-14 (Brighton) responded to a call for an indecent assault in the area of Brighton Ave & Chester Street.  On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that she was walking along Chester Street when an unknown male approached her from behind and attempted to lift up her dress. The victim states as soon as she felt the suspect attempting to lift up her dress, she quickly turned and struck him. At this point, the victim states that she chased the suspect for several yards as he fled the scene on foot running along Chester Street towards Brighton Ave. Officers promptly broadcast a description of the suspect over the police radio. However, a search of the area for the suspect proved unsuccessful.

The suspect is described as a white male in his thirties with a thin build, approximately 5’9” tall, weighing 160 – 165 lbs, wearing a blue shirt, tan cargo shorts, sneakers and sunglasses.

 

INCIDENT #2: At about 8:52pm, on Monday, May 4, 2015, officers from District D-14 (Brighton) responded to a call for an indecent assault in the area of 800 Commonwealth Ave in Brighton. Officers spoke to the victim who stated that she had been walking along Commonwealth Ave earlier in the evening when an unknown male approached her from behind, lifted up her skirt and grabbed her buttocks. Suspect then fled the area on foot outbound on Commonwealth Ave in the direction of the Agganis Arena. A search of the area for the suspect proved unsuccessful.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late thirties to early forties, slim build, thin hair balding, wearing a blue t-shirt and gray cargo shorts.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding both of these incidents. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling 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 wishing to remain anonymous.

BPD Hits Belfast: Lord Mayor of Belfast Welcomes Delegates From Boston

Photo courtesy of Belfast City Council - Sgt. Silta above right

The Lord Mayor of Belfast recently welcomed a delegation from the Boston Police Department and Massachusetts Justice System to City Hall.  The meeting was part of a Sister City visit from Boston to Belfast and the US State Department Rule Of Law Professional Fellows Exchange Program.

Among the delegates were Boston Police Sergeant Samil Silta (pictured above right) who is currently assigned to the Community Service Office at District B-2 (Roxbury).  Said Sgt. Silta, "This is a partnership between two world class cities and I'm proud to be  here representing our police department."

Belfast City Council entered into a Sister City Agreement with the City of Boston in 2014.

 

Statement from Boston Police Commissioner William Evans on the Shooting Death of 25 Year-Old NYPD Officer Brian Moore

Statement from Boston Police Commissioner William Evans on the Shooting Death of NYPD Officer Brian Moore:

Today, May, 4, 2015, the New York City Police Department announced the line of duty death of New York City Police Officer Brian Moore. As a show of solidarity in honor of Officer Moore, the men and women of the Boston Police Department will wear the black mourning band through the duration of Officer Moore's funeral. In addition, all flags on Boston Police facilities will be lowered to half-staff for that timeline.

Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences continue to be with Officer Moore's family, friends and fellow NYPD officers.

Thank you,

William B. Evans
Police Commissioner

Daily Dose Of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Recover Loaded Firearm From Vehicle After Crash

At about 7:34 PM on Sunday April 3, 2015, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an arrest after responding to a call for shots fired in the area of Trull and Hancock Streets.  Officers were in the area due to ongoing gang violence and firearm related incidents.  As officers arrived on scene they observed a black sedan with the windows shot out fleeing the scene.   Officers pursued the vehicle from a safe distance while maintaining visual contact until it crashed into a telephone pole near 38 Dacia Street.  The suspect, later identified as Errin Crawford,26, of Boston, jumped out of the damaged car and a foot chase ensued.  Officers were able to quickly catch up to Crawford and place him in custody after a brief struggle.  Officers observed and recovered a loaded Raven .25 caliber silver handgun from the dashboard of Crawford's vehicle and later retrieved twelve bags of what appeared to be cocaine that Crawford is alleged to have discarded.

Crawford will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B and Operating a Motor Vehicle After Suspension.

An adult male victim later transported himself to a local hospital suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds which he sustained during this incident.

Officers recovered multiple 9mm spent shell casings in front of 77 Hancock Street which were also related to this incident.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.  Anyone with information is asked to call District C-11 Detectives at 617-343-4335. 

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling 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 wishing to remain anonymous.

 
 

Boston 72: WEEKEND UPDATE

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 8
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 3

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 5
Vehicle Breaks: 22

Residential Break-ins: 6
Commercial Break-ins: 2

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.

IN THE NEWS: Special Thanks to the Globe’s Kevin Cullen for Remembering Boston Police Officer Pat Rogers

IN THE NEWS: Special thanks to the Boston Globe’s Kevin Cullen for remembering former Boston Police Officer Pat Rogers who took his own life in November of 2013.  In the column, Cullen talks to Pat’s sister, Kelly Alves, who is doing her best to bring attention to the topic of police suicides and the need to not only promote awareness but - more importantly – the steps needed to prevent them.

To read the full column as it appeared in the Globe – please click on the enclosed link:   

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/05/02/after-anguish-suicide-officer-family-finds-purpose/2bryJzZH87ZlB9uZZtjIzJ/story.html?hootPostID=55ca37d52458ef1e7cb1dfd95cceca33

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Boston Police Harbor Unit Benefits from Multi-Jurisdictional Maritime Training Exercise in Quincy Bay

Sergeant Joe Cheevers of the Boston Police Harbor Patrol Unit

Keeping Boston Safe: Over the weekend, members of the Boston Police Harbor Unit participated in a multi-jurisdictional training exercise designed to enhance and improve the BPD’s ability to effectively respond to a water emergency involving a downed aircraft. Said Boston Police Sergeant and Harbormaster Joe Cheevers, “Any opportunity to train and improve our response to an emergency situation on the water is one we certainly want to avail ourselves to. In addition to lessons learned, we also appreciate the opportunity to work with and learn from surrounding agencies and their first responders. Clearly, the more we train together, the better we can respond together.”   Special thanks to all the surrounding towns and agencies for participating in this highly valuable multi-jurisdictional maritime training exercise including: Boston Fire, Boston EMS, Winthrop, Cambridge, Braintree, Beverly, Hingham, Marshfield, New Bedford, Plymouth, Weymouth, Quincy, Mass State Police, US Coast Guard, MassPort Fire, FBI, National Transportation Safety Board and US Customs and Border Protection.

Community Alert: BPD Seek Public's Help in Efforts to Identify Suspect Wanted in Connection to Indecent Assault in Allston

 

At about 1:00 AM, on Saturday, May 2, 2015, two females reported that they were groped inappropriately while walking along Gardner Street in Allston. The female victims were walking with two other friends when they were approached from behind by a male suspect who simultaneously groped their buttocks.  The suspect then quickly fled between nearby houses in the direction of Ashford Street.

Both victims described the suspect as follows:

  • White, non-Hispanic male
  • Approximately 6’0" - 6'2" tall
  • Dark hooded sweatshirt, jeans, boot style shoes

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.  Anyone with information is asked to call Sexual Assault Unit detectives at 617-343-4400. The preliminary investigation suggests that this incident is isolated in nature.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling 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 wishing to remain anonymous.

BPD Story of the Day: BPD Officers Repay Kindness to Bighearted 10 Year-Old Boy from Boston

Cops Who Care: In the days after Boston Police Officer John Moynihan was shot during a motor vehicle stop on Humboldt Avenue in Roxbury, letters of support & well wishes poured in from all over the country. But, on the local level, there was one kind gesture in particular that really stood out and impressed the officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force, the same unit that Officer Moynihan is a member of. In the days after the shooting, a young boy accompanied by his mom stopped by the Youth Violence Strike Force to personally deliver a get-well card and balloons for Officer Moynihan. According to the officers, the young boy, 10 year-old Aren, was especially concerned about John and was hoping that the get-well card and balloons would make him feel better. Well, they did. And, today, in an effort to repay the kindness, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force – upon learning that Aren was participating in National Lemonade Day – stopped by his lemonade stand (located in front of the Stop-n-Shop at 460 Blue Hill Avenue) and made a generous donation. Said one of the officers who wished to remain anonymous: “This kid was there for us and his concern for John really touched us.  Honestly, we couldn’t thank him enough, but when we heard about his lemonade stand, stopping by and supporting it was a no-brainer.” 

Thanks PAL: Boston Police Athletic League Makes Sizable Donation to South End Baseball League

Thanks PAL: Boston Police Athletic League Makes Sizable Donation to South End Baseball League: Today, Saturday, May 2, 2015, members of the Boston Police Athletic League stopped by Peters Park to present a check in the amount of $10,000 to the South End Baseball League.  Since 1985, Boston PAL has been making a difference in the lives of our city’s young people by encouraging and connecting them to meaningful recreational activities, athletic opportunities and relationships with the men and women of the Boston Police Department. 

Be it the Big Leagues or Little League, There’s Nothing like Opening Day Baseball!!!

Be it the Big Leagues or Little League - There’s Nothing like Opening Day Baseball: Today, Saturday, May 2, 2015, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans stopped by Peters Park in the South End to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the the season for the South End Baseball League. To nobody’s surprise, our ever-athletic Police Commissioner threw a perfect strike. Prior to the throwing of the pitch, Commissioner Evans addressed the kids, saying: “Congratulations on the start of your season. This game is all about having fun. So, have fun, play hard and respect your coaches, your teammates and the teams you play against. Have a great season and enjoy every inning.”

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Chase Down & Apprehend Gun Carrying Suspect in Roxbury

one less gun

At about 7:48 PM on Friday, May 1, 2015, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Mt. Pleasant Ave and Forest Street when officers observed three males known to them through previous encounters and interactions. As a result, officers stopped their cruiser to talk with these individuals. However, as soon as the cruiser stopped, one of the individuals took off running. While running behind the individual, officers noted the suspect was clutching at this left side in such a way as if to suggest he was in possession of a weapon.  

Based on officer's extensive training and experience, the waist area is the area most frequently used to carry or conceal a weapon. In light of the suspect’s behavior, officers had ample reason to be concerned that the individual was armed. While chasing behind the suspect, officers observed him duck behind a parked vehicle in the area of 276 Dudley Street. While cautiously approaching the vehicle, officers heard a sound consistent with the sound produced when a heavy metal object hits pavement. 

Following the sound, the suspect reemerged from behind the vehicle with his arms raised. Officers promptly handcuffed the suspect and took him into custody. A search of the area under the vehicle enabled officers to retrieve a firearm (Colt .25 caliber handgun). Additionally, a search of the suspect enabled officers to recover plastic bags containing both Class A (Crack) and Class B (Cocaine) Drugs. 

Officers arrested Daquan Sparks, 21, of Boston and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Armed Career Criminal, Possession w/ Intent to Distribute Class A and Class B Drugs.

Boston Police Sergeant Issues Apology & Takes Full Responsibility for Decision to Wave Replica Firearm at Videographer

Chief William Gross addresses media outside NAACP Boston headquarters in Roxbury.

Boston Police Sergeant Issues Apology & Takes Full Responsibility for His Actions: Five days after the taping of a video that showed a Boston Police Sergeant flashing a replica firearm in the face of a videographer and questioning his right to take the video, today, Sergeant Henry Staines met with the videographer and issued an apology. Staines and the man who took the video, herein referred to as Brother Lawrence, met during a face-to-face sit down meeting coordinated by civil rights leaders Darnell Williams, president of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, and NAACP Boston President Michael Curry, at NAACP Boston headquarters in Roxbury. 

During the meeting, Staines stood up, looked Brother Lawrence in the eye, and offered a full, sincere and genuine apology and took full responsibility for his actions. Said Staines: “I’m humiliated and embarrassed. I’m my own toughest critic and five days ago, I let my city down, my department down, I let myself down, but more than anything else, I let Brother Lawrence down and for that I’m truly sorry and I take full responsibility.” Said Boston Police Chief William Gross: “For all involved, this was a teachable moment. Henry realizes he made a mistake and took full responsibility for his actions. His apology was heartfelt and sincere and Brother Lawrence – upon hearing the apology - graciously accepted it." Said Brother Lawrence: “The sergeant’s apology was sincere. Everyone deserves a chance if they do something wrong. I have made mistakes in my life. It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t allow someone to have a chance.” 

Moving forward, the Boston Police Department will continue to nourish and strengthen the strong relationship that exists between our officers and the community members we protect and serve. Additionally, officers will be reminded to respect that fact that community members have a right to take video of their interactions with the members of our department provided it’s done in a responsible and respectful way.     

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest Suspect Wanted for Armed Robbery in Dorchester

At about 1:25 AM on Friday, May 1, 2015, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) were on patrol when an individual flagged them down on Hancock Street and stated that he had just been robbed after withdrawing money from a Citizens Bank ATM located at 572 Columbia Road. According to the victim, the suspect (described as a light-skinned black male in his twenties wearing pajama pants and a dark hoody) approached him, showed a firearm and demanded money. A search of the area enabled officers to locate an individual who matched the description of the suspect. A pat frisk of the suspect for the presence of weapons enabled officers to locate a firearm in the suspect’s front waistband. Officers confiscated a loaded Smith & Wesson handgun.

Additionally, a search of the suspect enabled officers to find and confiscate undisclosed amounts of Class A (Heroin) and Class B (Cocaine) Drugs on his person.

Officers arrested Allen Lopez, 24, of Hyde Park and charged him with the following:  Armed Robbery, Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (gun), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Drugs (Heroin), Possession With Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs (Cocaine).

Keeping Boston Safe: Drug Investigation in Dorchester Leads to the Recovery of over 400 Grams of Heroin and the Arrest of Five Suspects

On Thursday, April 30, 2015, members of the Citywide Neighborhood Drug Control Unit with assistance from members of the Youth Violence Strike Force executed a search warrant at 10 Fox Street in Dorchester.  As a result of an extensive, on-going investigation relative to cocaine distribution in Dorchester, officers discovered evidence of illegal narcotic sales that lead them to 10 Fox Street in Dorchester. With warrant in hand, officers knocked and announced their presence. Once inside the location, officers were able to recover the following: 

  • Paint can containing Heroin
  • Over 400 grams of Heroin
  • Two plastic bags of Cocaine
  • Over $10,000 in US Currency
  • Scales, plastic baggies and other drug paraphernalia

Officer arrested Humberto Burgos, 45, of Boston and charged him with Trafficking Class A Drugs (Heroin) and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs (Cocaine).  Yeuri Baez, 36, of Boston to be charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Drugs (Heroin). Additionally, Adley Docellus, 33, of Boston,  Wilson Peguero-Nunez, 32, of Boston and Anersimo Pena, 44, of Boston to be charged with Illegal Re-entry into the United States.