BPD In The News: Special thanks to the Boston Globe for writing about BPD's recent confiscation of a .357 Magnum in Dorchester and the arrest of the individual caught carrying it

BPD In The News: Special thanks to the Boston Globe for highlighting BPD’s recent confiscation of a .357 Magnum firearm in DOT and the arrest of the individual who thought it was okay to carry it around. Said Commissioner Evans, “Taking a dangerous individual like this and the threat he represented given the firearm he possessed off the streets of our community most certainly makes our city a safer place. Couldn't be more proud of my officers."

To read the full story as it appeared in the Globe - please click on the link below: 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/02/17/boston-man-arrested-for-armed-carjacking/aQMRR6pw0QGx9K5Xx4GDQN/story.html

 

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Apprehend Gun-Toting Suspect Responsible for Damaging Several Parked Vehicles in an Ill-Conceived Effort to Escape Police

ONE LESS GUN: BPD Officers Apprehend Gun-Toting Suspect Responsible for Damaging Several Parked Vehicles in an Ill-Conceived Effort to Escape Police

At about 2:08am, Saturday, February 17, 2018, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol protecting and serving in the area of Columbia Road and Geneva Ave in Roxbury when officers observed a blue motor vehicle, with Florida plates, travelling along Columbia Road with a defective brake light. In light of the infraction, officers attempted to stop the vehicle to notify the operator of the safety violation, however, after initially slowing down, the operator, refusing to stop for the officers, accelerated and sped off at a high rate of speed. In light of the suspect’s increased speed and ensuing safety concerns to other motorists, officers discontinued the pursuit of the car. However, in his continued effort to flee the area, the operator struck several cars, most parked and unoccupied, at the intersection of Columbia Road and Glendale Street in Dorchester.

With his own vehicle damaged, the operator tried to escape the area on foot and was seen jumping out of his own vehicle while it was still moving. The unoccupied car then struck a traffic poll before coming to a stop after rolling into a fence in the area of 432 Columbus Ave. As the suspect attempted to flee on foot, responding officers were able to intervene and apprehend him before he could make good on his attempts to escape. A search of the suspect’s vehicle enabled officers to locate and confiscate a loaded black-colored firearm (see photo) that had been reported stolen out of Houston, Texas.  

Officers arrested Tahjay Jones, 20, of Boston and charged him with Failure to Stop for a Police Officer, Driving to Endanger, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Leaving a Scene after Causing Property Damage, Resisting Arrest, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Receiving Stolen Property. Mr. Jones is scheduled to be arraigned at Dorchester District Court on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Thwart Armed Carjacking, Recover a .357 Magnum While Simultaneously Arresting a Suspect Wanted in Connection to Several Store Robberies in Dorchester

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Thwart Armed Carjacking, Recover a .357 Magnum While Simultaneously Arresting a Suspect Wanted in Connection to Several Store Robberies in Dorchester

At about 6:45pm, on Friday, 2/16/18, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force, working hand-in-hand with detectives from District C-11 (Dorchester), were on patrol in the area of Glenrose Road and Adams Street conducting surveillance on a person of interest believed to have been involved in several store armed robberies in Dorchester. Additionally, the suspect was also wanted on several outstanding warrants including identity theft and fraudulent use of a credit card. While surveilling the individual’s residence, officers observed the suspect exit his dwelling and enter the passenger side of a motor vehicle that had just pulled up in front of his home. In short time, officers watched the operator of the vehicle quickly and frantically exit the car and sprint away from the vehicle. When the suspect, now in the driver’s side of the vehicle, attempted to drive off at a high rate of speed, officers moved in and blocked his effort to escape the area. Officers immediately instructed the operator to exit the vehicle. After the suspect was placed in handcuffs, a search of the car enabled officers to locate and confiscate a long-barreled firearm with a brown handle (see photo) found resting on the passenger side floor. It should be noted that the hammer of the firearm, described as a Taurus .357 Magnum 1NT, was in the cocked position. When asked if the gun belonged to him, the suspect stated, “Yes.”

Officers arrested Trevor Clarke, 24, of Boston and charged him with Carjacking, Armed Robbery, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way. Mr. Clarke is scheduled to be arraigned at Dorchester District Court on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

It should be noted at this time that the suspect is being charged with the Armed Robbery of a Convenience Store, a 7-Eleven Store located at 1886 Dorchester Ave, on January 11, 2018 but additional charges may be forthcoming pending the completion of the investigation. 

Said Commissioner William Evans, “Taking a dangerous individual like this and the threat he represented given the firearm he possessed off the streets of our community most certainly makes our city a safer place. I like to think and know it’s only a matter of time before my investigators catch up to those who think it’s okay to instill fear in our community and, again, my officers proved me right by putting in the work, hours and effort needed to track down and put a dangerous felon behind bars.”

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, February 16, 2018

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 7
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 5
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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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.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, February 15, 2018

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 7
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 3

Residential Break-ins: 8
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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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.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 0
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 7

Residential Break-ins: 2
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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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.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Make Sure "One Stop" is the Last Stop for Armed Robbery Suspect

 

At about 11:04 PM on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for an armed robbery at One Stop Convenience in the area of 664 Tremont Street. Upon arrival, officers were advised that an unknown male with a plaid scarf over his face entered the store, showed a knife, and demanded money from the register. The suspect then grabbed an undisclosed amount of money from the register and fled on foot on West Newton Street, with the store clerk in pursuit. Additional responding officers received a suspect description and canvassed the area for a possible perpetrator. The officers’ attention was soon drawn to a person fitting that description calling out from behind a fence. Officers apprehended the male, and he was identified as the suspect who robbed the store. Officers also recovered a plaid scarf next to the suspect where he was handcuffed, $225 in US currency on the suspect’s person, and a knife along the suspect’s flight path. Officers arrested the 17-year-old juvenile from Roxbury and charged him with Delinquent to wit; Armed Robbery and Delinquent to wit; Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Knife). Detectives are investigating the possibility that the suspect is responsible for several similar robberies in Cambridge.

The Boston Police Department Celebrates Black History Month

Detective Frederick McLean of the Special Service Squad was the first African American to receive the Department's Medal of Honor.  On April 7, 1952, Detective McLean was on a day off when he heard that a robbery was being planned by two men he knew to be armed and dangerous.  Driving through Roxbury in his own vehicle, Detective McLean observed one man acting as a lookout in front of a store on Tremont Street, with a second man inside holding the owner at gunpoint.  Detective McLean arrested the lookout and used him as a shield as he entered the store to arrest the robber, who had escaped from the state hospital for the criminally insane.

Detective McLean's identical twin brother Francis McLean was also a Boston Police Officer, and the two patrolled Roxbury for many years.

This story was originally posted on February 12, 2016. 

 

Quick, Courageous Response Enables BPD Officers to Track Down and Apprehend Suspect Wanted in Connection to Death Investigation in the area of 102 Winthrop Street in Roxbury

 

Quick, Courageous Response Enables BPD Officers to Track Down and Apprehend Suspect Wanted in Connection to Death Investigation in the area of 102 Winthrop Street in Roxbury

At about 6:43 pm on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to call for a person shot in the area of 102 Winthrop Street in Roxbury. On arrival, officers located a male victim, believed to be in his thirties, suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

Within minutes of the original call, officers were able to ascertain and broadcast a description of a vehicle seen fleeing the area. Responding officers were able to locate and stop that vehicle in the area of 300 Warren Street. Once the vehicle was stopped, officers, with their firearms unholstered, ordered the suspect to exit the vehicle. Once outside the car, officers arrested Tyrone Worrell, 39, of Boston and charged him with Murder. Worrell is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court tomorrow, Thursday, February 15, 2018.   

Said Commissioner William Evans, “I can’t commend my officers enough for the quick and courageous response that led to the swift arrest of the suspect wanted in connection to this incident. Those of us in law enforcement know all too well that there are few calls, if any, more dangerous for a police officer to respond to than those involving armed suspects. Yet, within minutes of the original call, my officers, once again displaying praiseworthy levels of bravery and courage, were able to quickly track down and apprehend an armed felon now facing the prospect of spending the rest of his adult life behind bars.”

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information relative to this incident is asked to call detectives assigned to the Homicide Unit (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. Together we make our city safer. The men and women of the Boston Police Department are here to help 24/7/365.

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Chase Down and Apprehend Gun-Toting Suspect Dealing Drugs near Downtown Crossing

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Chase Down and Apprehend Gun-Toting Suspect Dealing Drugs near Downtown Crossing

 At about 12:40pm on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, officers from District A-1 (Downtown), acting on several community complaints relative to street-level drug activity, were on patrol in the area of Temple Place and Tremont Street when they observed what appeared to be a drug transaction between three individuals standing in the doorway of a vacant store front in area of 144 Tremont Street. In light of their observations, officers stopped their cruiser and approached the trio. As officers got closer to the group, they recognized one of the individuals from previous encounters. Upon seeing the approaching officers, the individual in question took off running. After a brief foot chase, officers were able to catch up to and subdue the suspect in the area of 55 Temple Place. A pat frisk of the suspect enabled officers to locate and confiscate a silver-colored revolver (see photo) and several rounds of ammunition found on the suspect’s person. A further search allowed officers to find and recover over 60 small plastic bags of marijuana.

Officers arrested Charles Wisteguens, 18, of Quincy and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession Class of a Class D Drug with Intent to Distribute and Resisting Arrest. 

INVESTIGATION UPDATE: Homicide Suspect Arrested After Standoff in Walpole, MA

 

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, February 14, 2018, members of the Boston Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit and BPD Homicide Unit, with assistance from the Walpole Police and METROLEC SWAT, arrested Kyle Williams-Gathers, 31 of Boston after a five hour stand-off in the area of 915 Hill Top Street in Walpole, Massachusetts. Williams-Gathers was arrested by virtue of an arrest warrant charging him with murder of Shaquille Browder on January 11, 2018. 

Said Commissioner Evans, "This brazen daytime shooting was very troubling. The efforts of my homicide investigators and prosecutors from the District Attorney's office led to the quick identification of the person responsible for Shaquille's death. I commend the efforts, patience and professionalism of all those involved in the arrest this morning in Walpole. We will not rest until every homicide is solved." 

The facts and circumstances of the original incident are as follows: At about 2:03 PM on Thursday, January 11, 2018, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of Columbia Road and Washington Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim in his early 20’s suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. This victim has since been identified as Shaquille Browder, 21 of Roxbury. Officers located a second male victim in his early 20’s who had fled the scene suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. That victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating 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.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Suspect Wanted in Connection with Several Armed Robberies Arrested by BPD Fugitive Unit

At about 9:20 PM on Thursday, February 8, 2018, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for an armed robbery in progress at the Venice Convenience Store located at 38 Cooper Street. Upon arrival, the officers spoke with the victim who stated that he had just been robbed at gunpoint and assaulted by an unknown suspect who stole an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the area in a motor vehicle. Officers and detectives processed the scene and were able to obtain surveillance images of the suspect, which were then disseminated to District A-1 officers. A short time later, detectives received notification that officers recognized the individual from previous interactions as 47-year-old John Bowdon of Woburn. Further investigation allowed officers to confirm that identification which resulted in the issuance of an arrest warrant for Bowden for Armed Robbery and Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon for the above incident, as well as additional charges which were sought in connection to two separate incidents that had previously occurred at the A-1 Convenience in the area of 285 Main Street in Charlestown.

At about 8:25 AM on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, members of the Fugitive Apprehension Unit stopped Bowden in a vehicle in the area of 180 Green Street in Melrose and placed him in custody without incident by virtue of the above warrants. The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on all charges related to this ongoing investigation.

Keeping Boston Safe: Alert Officers in West Roxbury Catch Breaking & Entering Suspect in the Act

 

At about 1:45 AM on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, officer from District E-5 (West Roxbury) were on directed patrol in the area Centre Street and Spring Street due to recent calls for incidents of breaking and entering at various convenience stores. As officers drove by 1906 Centre Street, Marino’s Market & Deli, they observed an unknown male facing the front door with a bag at his feet. It appeared to officers that he was using his body to shield his actions. When officers approached to investigate, the male took off running onto Parker Street where officers lost sight of him. Additional units responded to the area and set up a perimeter. With the assistance of BPD K-9 “Duke,” officers were able to track the suspect several blocks, where the dog and officers observed him sliding out from beneath a parked car. The K-9 also indicated on a crowbar, a tire iron, and a t-shirt while tracking the suspect. The suspect, identified as 37-year-old German Serrano of Roslindale, was arrested without incident and charged with Attempted Breaking and Entering into a Non-Residence (Night) and Possession of Burglarious Tools.

Below, K-9 "Duke" poses for a photo shortly after tracking the suspect. Well done "Duke"  

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Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 4

Residential Break-ins: 0
Commercial Break-ins: 2

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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.

Boston 72 and Weekend Update for Monday, February 12, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 6

Street Robberies: 9
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 8
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 16

Residential Break-ins: 1
Commercial Break-ins: 10

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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.

Investigation Update: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of Norton Street and Bowdoin Street in Dorchester

 

At about 7:55 PM on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of Norton Street and Bowdoin Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim, suffering life threatening injuries, was pronounced deceased on scene. The victim has since been identified as Dwayne Nelson, 27, of Haverhill, Massachusetts. 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call 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.

BPD Officers Bravely Confront and Apprehend Hostage-Taking Suspect During Robbery of a CVS Pharmacy in Boston

 

BPD Officers Bravely Confront and Apprehend Hostage-Taking Suspect During Robbery of a CVS Pharmacy in Boston: At about 10:49 AM on Sunday, February 11, 2018, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for a breaking & entering in progress at 1249 Boylston Street (CVS Pharmacy) in Boston. While en route to the call, officers received information that the suspect was still on scene and threatening to harm an employee being held against her will with a hypodermic needle. On arrival, officers were directed towards the store’s pharmacy where they observed and encountered a black male holding a store employee against her will. Fearing for the safety and well-being of the store employee, officers unholstered their firearms and immediately ordered the suspect to release the victim and drop any weapons in his possession. When the suspect stepped away from the victim, officers quickly moved in and cuffed the suspect. A search of the suspect enabled officers to take possession of a pair of gold-colored brass knuckles. According to the victim, the suspect walked behind the pharmacy counter, told her he was a CVS employee and demanded to know where the pain killers were kept. When the victim/employee asked to see his work credentials, the suspect grabbed the victim by the back of her head and slammed her head into the pharmacy counter. At one point, according to the victim, the suspect picked up a bag of needles and threatened her. Officers spoke to a second store employee who stated that the suspect approached her, pushed her in the chest area with two hands and threatened to kill her.

Officers arrested Justin Morgan, 20, of Boston and charged him with Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (Brass Knuckles), Armed Robbery, Kidnapping and Assault & Battery on a Police Officer. The suspect is scheduled to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on Monday, February 12, 2018.

During the booking process, the suspect became verbally belligerent and physically abusive towards the officers. Refusing to cooperate, the suspect instead repeatedly tried to punch and kick officers. One officer was struck in the face.

Missing Person Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing 64-Year-Old Vivian Correa of Jamaica Plain

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The Boston Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in efforts to locate 64-year-old Vivien Correa who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease. Ms. Correa was last seen at about 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 10, 2018, near her residence at 940 Parker Street in Jamaica Plain wearing an outfit similar to the one pictured above. Ms. Correa is described as an Hispanic female, about 5’2” tall and about 185 lbs. Vivian may not consistently recognize or respond to her name at this time. While she speaks both Spanish and English fluently, Ms. Correa may be more likely to conversate in Spanish if approached. Vivien is known to frequent the areas of Egelston Square and 1010 Massachusetts Avenue. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Ms. Vivian Correa is urged to contact 911 or District E-13 detectives directly at (617) 343-5628.