BPD Officer Credited with Saving Several Lives During Fire in Dorchester Says He Was Just Doing His Job

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BPD Officer Credited with Saving Several Lives During Fire in Dorchester Says He Was Just Doing His Job: He was the first on scene and when Officer Luis Lopez pulled up to the house fire at 8 Montello Street in Dorchester at about 8:00pm on Saturday night (April 30, 2016), he knew there were people inside and he knew – given the size of the fire - he had to get them out of there. Said Lopez, “You could see the flames and it didn’t look good. As soon as I exited my cruiser, people started pointing to the building and yelling that there were still people inside.” Given the gravity of the situation, Lopez, a 12 year veteran of the Boston Police Department, did not hesitate. “I immediately entered the building and started knocking on doors, kicking doors in and ordering people to evacuate the building.” Fire officials estimate the damage done to the triple decker on Montello Street at over $500,000. But, thanks to Officer Lopez, material items, items measured in dollars and cents, were the only casualties of the fire. Said Lopez, “I’m just happy everybody got out alive. One guy was sound asleep when I kicked in his door. I know I startled him but I’m just glad we got him out.” When asked if he considered himself a hero, Officer Lopez answered promptly, “While I appreciate the compliment. I’m not a hero. I’m a police officer. This is what we do. This is what we signed up for and I’m grateful I was able to make a difference today.” According to fire officials, the fire on Montello Street displaced 18 people, including four children.  

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Suspect on Warrants and Seize Illegal Firearm

At about 11:05 PM on Saturday, April 30, 2016, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force effected an on-site arrest of a suspect for warrants and firearm related charges in the area of 37 Woolson Street in District B-3 (Mattapan).

While on directed patrol in the above area, officers observed a male known to them. After monitoring the individual, his movements, and his reaction to police presence for a short period, officers were led to believe he may be armed. Officers approached the male and attempted to speak with him, conducting a pat frisk for their safety. The officers felt what they knew to be a firearm in the waistband of the male’s pants. Officers quickly seized a loaded black .40 caliber Glock 27 firearm with obliterated serial numbers from the male. The male could not produce a valid license to carry a firearm.

The officers subsequently arrested 29-year-old Henry Cantos Barboza of Dorchester on two outstanding warrants and additionally charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, and being an Armed Career Criminal.

Keeping Boston Safe: Concerned Tipsters Lead to Drug Arrests and Seized Ammunition at Mattapan Market

At about 11:40 AM on Saturday, April 30, 2016, members of the District B-3 (Mattapan) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit with members of the Youth Violence Strike Force executed a search warrant in the area of 734 Blue Hill Avenue, the D&D Market.

After receiving multiple CrimeStoppers tips reporting that drugs were being distributed from the above location, officers conducted a thorough investigation and were granted a Dorchester District Court search warrant. On the above date and time, officers executed said warrant and recovered the following evidence:

  • Approximately a pound and a half of marijuana
  • Approximately $180 in US currency
  • Various paraphernalia consistent with the distribution of illegal drugs including scales, packaging, and personal papers
  • Twenty-three rounds of .357 caliber ammunition

As a result of the search and ensuing incidents, officers arrested 39-year-old Jamal Forrest of Hyde Park for Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs (Marijuana) and 33-year-old Felucia Stevens of Dorchester for Disorderly Persons, Drinking in Public, and Resisting Arrest. Two additional adult suspects were summoned to Dorchester District Court for Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

UPDATE: Suspect Indicted in Death Investigation in the Area of 23 Alpine Street, Roxbury

 

At about 9:40 PM on Sunday, January 31, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a trauma incident in the area of 23 Alpine Street, Roxbury.

Upon arrival, officers observed an unresponsive victim, later identified as 3-year-old Kenai Whyte of Roxbury, inside the residence. The victim was transported by Boston EMS to Boston Medical Center. On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, the victim was pronounced deceased.

On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 26-year-old Maria Buie of Roxbury, presented herself at the District B-2 (Roxbury) police station while in the company of her attorney. She was placed in custody on charges of Assault and Battery on a Child in relation to the above death investigation and was arraigned later that day at Roxbury District Court. 

Yesterday, on April 29, 2016, after gathering sufficient facts and evidence against Buie, the Boston Police Homicide Detectives in collaboration with the Suffolk County District Attorney have indicted Buie on charges of second-degree murder for injuries she allegedly inflicted on Whyte shortly before he was found unresponsive on January 31. A release put out by the DA’s office yesterday stated, “The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that the child’s death was a homicide caused by blunt force trauma. An extensive factual investigation by Boston Police homicide detectives developed evidence and witness statements suggesting that only Buie was alone with the child after others present in the home observed him to be healthy and uninjured.”

Said Police Commissioner William Evans, “My heart goes out to this child and his family. A tragedy like this one has a lasting impact on all involved, and in this case my detectives worked diligently to gather evidence in an effort to bring justice for such a young victim. I hope and pray that this indictment was able to bring some level of peace for Kenai's family. ”

Traffic Advisory: Project Bread Walk for Hunger & 5K Road Race on Sunday, May 1, 2016

 

The annual Project Bread Walk for Hunger, as well as the 1st Annual Walk for Hunger 5 K, will take place in the City of Boston on Sunday, May 1, 2016.  Street closures and parking restrictions will be in place to accommodate the event and those attending are encouraged not to drive their personal vehicles.  Information on Hubway, the regional bike-share service, may be found at www.theHubway.com and information on the MBTA may be found at www.MBTA.com. For a faster return trip, the MBTA advises rider to purchase a round-trip rather than a one-way ticket.

The following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic to accommodate these events:

  • Charles Street, from Boylston Street to Beacon Street, from approximately 6 AM to 10
  • Commonwealth Avenue, from Arlington Street to Massachusetts, from approximately 6:45 AM to 10 AM

The Walk for Hunger will begin at 6 AM on Charles Street near the Boston Common. An estimated 30,000 people expected to participate and the event is anticipated to be completed by 4:00 PM. Walkers will gather on the Boston Common at Charles Street and proceed along the following route: Charles Street, left onto Beacon Street, left onto Arlington Street, right onto Commonwealth Avenue outbound, under Massachusetts Avenue, sharp right onto Commonwealth Avenue outbound in the opposite direction of vehicular traffic flow, left onto Massachusetts Avenue, crossing the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge into the City of Cambridge, left onto Memorial Drive, westerly on the river path, to the Eliot Bridge, crossing the bridge, left onto the river path heading easterly to the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge, up the ramp taking a right onto Massachusetts Avenue, left onto Commonwealth Avenue, to the  Commonwealth Avenue Mall, through the Public Garden, finishing on the Boston Common.

The Walk for Hunger 5K Road Race will begin at 7 AM on Charles Street. An estimated 3,000 runners will turn left onto Beacon Street, left onto Arlington Street, right onto Commonwealth Avenue westbound, under Massachusetts Avenue, left onto Charlesgate West, left onto Commonwealth Avenue eastbound, under Massachusetts Avenue , left onto Arlington Street, right onto Beacon Street, right onto Charles Street, to the finish line.

“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Saturday and Sunday” temporary parking restrictions will be in place as follows:

  • Charles Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Beacon Street 
  • Beacon Street, Boston Common side, from Charles Street to opposite Walnut Street

“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Sunday” temporary parking restrictions will be in place as follows:

  • Tremont Street, Boston Common side, from Park Street to Boylston Street
  • Beacon Street, both sides, from Charles Street to Arlington Street
  • Beacon Street, outbound, from Commonwealth Avenue (Kenmore Square) to Park Drive (Audubon Circle)
  • Arlington Street, Public Garden side, from Beacon Street to Commonwealth Avenue.

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Loaded Firearm While Arresting Juvenile Suspect in Dorchester

At about 8:38 PM on Thursday April 28, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest in the area of 5 Trull Street in Dorchester.  The officers were on directed patrol in the area in response to numerous firearm related incidents in recent weeks.  Officers observed a 16 year old juvenile from Dorchester, attempting to avoid detection while standing in a clearly marked no trespassing area behind a house.   As the officers approached to speak with the suspect, he discarded a loaded Taurus Ultra Lite .45 caliber revolver which was quickly recovered.  The suspect was then placed in custody without incident.  The suspect will appear in Dorchester Juvenile Court on charges of Delinquent to Wit:  Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Trespassing.  

Members of the Legendary Tuskegee Airmen Attend Unveiling Ceremony at Boston Police Headquarters

On Friday, April 29, 2016, members of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen were on hand to honor one of their own as Commissioner William Evans and Superintendent in Chief William Gross unveiled a painting in tribute to former Deputy Superintendent Willis D. Saunders Jr. 

Willis served with distinction as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II before joining the Boston Police Department in 1956.  The painting, which was signed by those in attendance, features images of Willis as a young pilot and later as a rookie police officer. 

The Boston Police Department would like to thank these amazing men for their service to our country and for taking the time to come by today to share their priceless memories and stories with us – it was an honor.

Great Work Recognized: Two Detail Officers Honored After Performing CPR During Medical Emergency in Boston

During a recent ceremony held at Boston Police Headquarters, two officers received commendations after taking lifesaving measures which prevented a tragedy. At about 9:00 PM on Saturday, March 12, 2016, Sergeant Lucas Taxter and Officer James O’Connor assigned to District D-4 (South End) were working a paid detail at the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street near Fenway Park when they responded to a medical emergency behind the venue. The officers were directed to the rear alley where they observed a 17 year old female in cardiac arrest being attended to by staff members. The officers immediately began to administer CPR and continued to do so until additional medical personnel from the Boston Fire Department and Boston EMS arrived on scene. After what seemed like an eternity, the team of first responders felt a pulse and the victim was transported to a local hospital for further medical treatment and evaluation. For their life saving actions, both are hereby awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.  Great work gentlemen.

Boston 24: Thursday, April 28, 2016

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

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

Residential Break-ins: 5
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.

One Less Gun: Anonymous Tip from Concerned Citizen Leads to Recovered Firearm in Dorchester

On Thursday, April 28, 2016, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) received an anonymous tip from a concerned citizen which led to the recovery of a Ruger MK-2 .22 caliber handgun in the area of Franklin Hill Avenue in Dorchester. The firearm is currently being processed and investigated by the Ballistics Unit.

Our thanks to 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.

Community Alert: BPD Release Image of Second Individual Wanted in Connection to Non-Fatal Stabbing of an Elderly Man in Roxbury

About 7:59PM on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person stabbed in the area of 19 Burrell Street in Roxbury. On arrival, officers located and spoke to the victim, a male in his seventies, who stated that an individual approached him and demanded money. The victim states he refused the suspect’s demands and an altercation ensued in which the victim was stabbed. Victim was transported to Boston Medical Center where he was treated for a non-life threatening injury.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is asking anyone with information relative to the identity of the female pictured to call District B-2 detectives at (617) 343-4275. The individual pictured is not considered a suspect at this time. 

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 Continue to Crack Down on Unsafe Operators of Off Road Vehicles on City Streets

The Boston Police Department, in partnership with the Massachusetts Environmental Police, continue their efforts to stop off road vehicles from operating on the streets of Boston.

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, members of the Boston Police Auto Theft Unit seized three dirt bikes and arrested a juvenile suspect in the area of 184 Greenfield Road in Mattapan. The officers were on directed patrol in response to numerous community complaints about off road vehicles operating dangerously throughout this section of the city. The officers observed three juvenile males operating three dirt bikes on Blue Hill Avenue in an unsafe manner. The operators were seen weaving in and out of traffic, failing to stop for signs and signals and “popping wheelies” as they rode down the busy street. The officers followed the bikes until they abruptly pulled onto a sidewalk and into a driveway where they came to a stop. Officers spoke to the three juvenile operators and as a result, one was placed in custody without incident while two were summonsed to appear in court on numerous motor vehicle charges.  The dirt bikes were seized and impounded.

Commissioner Evans continues to encourage members of the community to call the police if they observe these kind of off road vehicles operating in an unsafe manner or if they are aware of any locations where they are being stored in the City of Boston.

Community members wishing to make an anonymous tip 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 in an anonymous manner.

BPD Photo of The Day: Women in Blue Join the Green Team at the Garden

As the Celtics gear up for their game six showdown later this evening against the Atlanta Hawks we look back at a picture taken before the final game of the regular season. Members of the Boston Police Department and Boston Fire Department were invited to cheer on the Celts and enjoyed special access to the parquet for a few pictures. Some Women in Blue, some Women in Red, but all Green Teamers. The Boston Police Department would like to wish good luck to the Celtics tonight. Go C's!

Recent Promotions: The Boston Police Department Announces the Promotion of Three New Detectives

Detectives pictured with Superintendent Gregory Long (Far Right)

Congratulations to recently promoted Detectives David Crabbe, Charlie Daniels and Alvin Holder who recently received their detective shields from Superintendent Gregory Long during a ceremony held on Friday April 22, 2016.  We wish you all the best of luck in your new positions.

Boston 24: Thursday, April 28, 2016

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 5
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.

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Loaded Firearm From Juvenile Suspect While on Patrol in Dorchester

FILE PHOTOGRAPH

At about 6:20 PM on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, officers assigned to the City Wide Bicycle Unit made an onsite firearm arrest in the area of 11 Tremlett Street in Dorchester after responding to a call for a person with a gun. Officers quickly located a 17-year-old juvenile male from Dorchester who matched the given description and approached to speak with him. Officers performed a pat frisk and recovered a loaded .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver from the suspect who was then placed in custody without incident. The suspect will be arraigned in Dorchester Juvenile Court on charges of Delinquent to Wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Unlawful Carrying of a Loaded Firearm.

Community Alert: BPD Seeking Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Individual Wanted in Connection to Non-Fatal Stabbing in Roxbury

Community Alert: BPD Seeking Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Individual Wanted in Connection to Non-Fatal Stabbing in Roxbury: About 7:59pm, on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person stabbed in the area of 19 Burrell Street in Roxbury. On arrival, officers located and spoke to the victim, a male in his seventies, who stated that an individual approached him and demanded money. The victim states he refused the suspect’s demands and an altercation ensued in which the victim was stabbed. Victim was transported to Boston Medical Center where he was treated for a non-life threatening injury.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information relative to the individual pictured is asked to call District B-2 detectives at (617) 343-4275.

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 24: Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 2
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.

 

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Two Loaded Firearms From Two Known Suspects in Mattapan

At about 6:00 PM on Monday, April 25, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made two on site firearm arrests as part of an ongoing gang related investigation in Mattapan. The officers were on directed patrol when they observed Jayquan Jones, 21, of Dorchester, enter a motor vehicle in the area of 40 River Street. The officers followed the vehicle and stopped it in the area of Babson Street and Blue Hill Avenue. Officers removed Jones and immediately felt a firearm in the waist band area of his pants. The suspect was quickly placed in custody without incident and a loaded Ruger 9mm handgun was recovered. Officers then removed the operator, Taimeek Camillo, 18, of Dorchester, who informed the officers that he too had a firearm in his waist band area. Officers placed the suspect in custody without incident and recovered a loaded Makarov .380 caliber handgun. Both suspects have been arraigned in Dorchester District Court on multiple firearm and ammunition charges.

Boston 24: Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 6

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.