BPD Parking Advisory: Parking Restrictions for Saturday, August 19, 2017

“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Saturday” parking restrictions will be in effect on the following streets. Boston Transportation Department expects to begin towing vehicles parked at these locations starting at 6:00 AM tomorrow:

  • Beacon Street: South side (Boston Common, Public Garden side), from Arlington Street to Park Street
  • Boylston Street: From Arlington to Charles street will be posted also. This is the designated media parking area. 
  • Charles Street South: Both sides, from Tremont Street to Boylston Street
  • Charles Street: Both sides, from Boylston Street to Beacon Street
  • Columbus Avenue: Both sides, from Coventry Street to Camden Street
  • Malcolm X Boulevard: Both sides, from Shawmut Avenue to Tremont Street
  • Park Street: Both sides, from Beacon Street to Tremont Street
  • Tremont Street: Both sides, from Malcolm X Boulevard to Charles Street South

There will be a march along Tremont Street, starting at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury and ending at the Boston Common, beginning at 10:00 AM during which roads will be closed in a "rolling" fashion, reopening as the march proceeds. 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, August 18, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 4
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.

BPD Community Advisory for Events Scheduled for Saturday, August 19, 2017 on the Boston Common

On Saturday, August 19, 2017, the Boston Police Department anticipates large crowds to gather in the Boston Common and participate in a march along a predetermined route beginning at the Reggie Lewis Center and ending in the Boston Common. The Department has been and continues to be in contact with event organizers from several groups and is working with them to ensure a safe and peaceful day.

The Department has a comprehensive operational plan in place. While details of the plan are not for public release, those in attendance at the event can expect a large police presence of both uniformed and undercover officers. The Department will be deploying fixed video cameras and mobile video support teams to assist with keeping the event safe for all who attend.  

Parking in and around the Boston Common will be prohibited. Signs have been posted, “No Stopping Boston Police Special Event” on effected roadways.

Due to increased public safety concerns, those who plan on visiting the Boston Common on Saturday August 19, 2017, are strongly urged not to bring backpacks, large bags or strollers. For those who choose to bring these items, please be advised that they may be subject to search, and there will be no storage area designated to leave the belongings.

In order to provide a safe and peaceful environment, the Boston Police Department has determined certain items be prohibited from the Boston Common.  Please see the list of prohibited items below:

  •          Firearms, knives, weapons, sharp objects, shields or fireworks
  •          Pop up tents or canopies
  •          Cans, glass containers, pre-mixed beverages or alcoholic beverages
  •          Wagons or pull carts
  •          Coolers
  •          Drones
  •          Pets (excluding certified service animals)
  •          Grills, propane tanks or open flames
  •          Bicycles
  •          Flag poles, bats, clubs, sticks (including signs attached to sticks)   
  •          Any athletic equipment or other item which could be used as a weapon

The Boston Police Department expects all who will be attending events on the Boston Common to act respectfully and responsibly. The Department intends to provide a safe and peaceful opportunity for people to exercise their Constitutional rights. Violence or property damage of any kind will not be tolerated. Anyone engaging in illegal behavior is subject to arrest and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.  

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, August 17, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 5
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 5
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 2
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.

BPD Officers Arrest 14-Year-Old Suspect Caught Trying to Pry Open ATM After Breaking Into Dorchester Dunkin’ Donuts

 

At about 1:55 AM on Tuesday August 15, 2017, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) placed a juvenile suspect in custody after a reported breaking and entering in the area of 2290 Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester. Officers were on routine patrol on River Street when they were approached by a passerby who stated that someone had just shattered a glass door of a nearby Dunkin’ Donuts and entered the building. Officers quickly arrived on scene and observed the suspect, later identified as a 14-year-old juvenile male from Dorchester, attempting to pry open an ATM machine inside the business with a yellow crowbar in hand. Upon seeing the officers, the suspect exited the building and fled on foot but was placed in custody without further incident after a brief pursuit. The suspect has since been arraigned in Dorchester Juvenile Court on charges of Delinquent to Wit: Breaking and Entering of a Building, Willful and Malicious Destruction of Property and Possession of Burglarious Tools.

“I find it troubling that we have a young suspect in this case who is out so late committing a very serious property crime” said Commissioner Evans. “A kid this age should be getting ready for back to school instead of going to court. I hope this serves as a wake up call for him and that he’s able to start making choices that will help him turn things around.”

 

One Less Gun: Suspect in Custody After BPD Officers Recover Loaded Firearm and Drugs During Traffic Stop in Roxbury

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At about 6:10 PM on Tuesday August 15, 2017, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) made an onsite firearm arrest after performing a traffic stop in the area of Malcom X Boulevard and Roxbury Street. The officers had pulled over a motor vehicle for an equipment violation and were approaching to speak with the operator when a passenger, later identified as Kaynan Yassin, 21, of Quincy, suddenly exited the car and began to walk away. The officers stopped the suspect and performed a pat frisk which led to the recovery of a loaded .380 caliber Taurus PT738 handgun from the suspects pants pocket. Officers placed the suspect in custody without incident and later recovered approximately five ounces of marijuana packaged for sale from inside a backpack the suspect had been carrying.

The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 0
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 2
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.

BPD Auto Theft Unit Continues Crackdown On Illegal Dirt Bikes in Boston

 

BPD Auto Theft Unit Continues Crackdown On Illegal Dirt Bikes in Boston: In an ongoing effort to address community complaints and quality of life concerns relative to off road vehicles including dirt bikes, mopeds and motor scooters being driven around the city in a reckless and irresponsible manner, members of the BPD’s Auto Theft Unit recently arrested four individuals and confiscated four off road vehicles in two separate incidents.

INCIDENT #1: On Sunday, August 13, 2017, members of the Boston Police Auto Theft Unit in coordination with officers from the Brookline Police Department and Massachusetts Environmental Police observed a group of individuals operating dirt bikes in a reckless and erratic manner in the area of Seaver Street and Elm Hill Ave. Officers followed the group and observed them enter Playstead Park. As officers approached this group, the group, upon seeing the approaching officers, attempted to flee the area. Officers were able to catch up to, detain and apprehend two individuals. Officers arrested a 25-year-old male from Boston and charged him with Operating After License Suspension, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, Failure to Stop for Police, Negligent Operation of Motor Vehicle and a Helmet Violation. Officers also arrested a 15-year-old male from Boston and charged him with Failure to Stop for Police, Operating a Moped while Unlicensed. Moreover, the suspect’s bikes, a Yamaha Zuma and Honda dirt bike, were towed from the scene. 

INCIDENT #2: On Sunday, August 13, 2017, members of the Boston Police Auto Theft Unit along with members of the Massachusetts Environmental Police and Brookline Police were on patrol in the area of Franklin Park Zoo when they observed two individuals operating off road vehicles at high rates of speed while weaving in and out of traffic along Blue Hill Ave. Officers followed and observed the individuals pull into a Mobil Gas Station on Blue Hill Ave. After watching the operators dismount their bikes, officers quickly moved in and detained both operators. Officers arrested a 28-year-old male from Boston and charged him with Receiving a Stolen Motor Vehicle. Additionally, officers issued a summons to a 26-year-old male from Boston for the following violations: Operating a Vehicle with a Suspended License, Operating a Recreational Vehicle on Public Way, Operating without a Helmet and Operating a Unregistered Recreational Vehicle on Public Way. Moreover, the suspect’s bikes, a Yamaha motorcycle and quad recreational vehicle, were towed from the scene. 

Boston Police Officers Arrest Mattapan Man for Brazen Daytime Non-Fatal Shooting in Dorchester

 

Boston Police Officers Arrest Mattapan Man for Brazen Daytime Non-Fatal Shooting in Dorchester: Yesterday, on Monday, August 14, 2017, at about 10:00AM, Boston Police Officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan), with assistance from the BPD Fugitive Apprehension Unit, located and arrested 25-year-old Francisco Barros of Mattapan, charging him with Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, several firearm-related charges and Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License. Three days prior, on Friday, August 11, 2017 at about 3:06 PM, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a shots fired call in the area of 14 Draper Street in Dorchester. As officers approached the scene, they were flagged down by a male victim who was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to his body. The victim, a male juvenile, was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Detectives assigned to District C-11 were able to develop information based on their investigation, as to the identity of the suspect, as well as, the suspect vehicle used in this incident. That information was disseminated to officers in the days following the shooting. Yesterday, a supervisor assigned to the Boston Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit, while on patrol, observed the suspect vehicle traveling on Harvard Street in Dorchester. The supervisor immediately requested assistance from uniformed officers who quickly responded to the scene and stopped the suspect vehicle. The operator, Francisco Barros, was subsequently arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License. A female passenger was identified and released at the scene.

Upon further investigation, Barros was additionally charged with the August 11, 2017 non-fatal shooting of a juvenile male. Barros will be arraigned today in Dorchester District Court.

Said Commissioner Evans, “This is the outcome when we have community cooperation coupled with great police work. Thankfully, the young victim in this brazen daytime shooting will recover and the person responsible will now have to face the consequences of his actions.”

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

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

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 5
Vehicle Breaks: 11

Residential Break-ins: 3
Commercial Break-ins: 5

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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.

BPD Officers Arrest Juvenile in Connection to Vandalism Done to Holocaust Memorial

 

BPD Officers Arrest Juvenile in Connection to Vandalism Done to Holocaust Memorial: At about 6:40pm, on Monday, August 14, 2017, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for vandalism done to the Holocaust Memorial. On arrival, officers observed the suspect, 17-year-old male from Malden, being detained by two bystanders. According to witnesses, the suspect was seen throwing what appeared to be a rock at the Memorial which shattered a glass panel. Officers observed shattered glass on the ground in the area where the panel had been damaged. The 17-year-old juvenile will be charged with the Willful & Malicious Destruction of Property. The BPD’s Civil Rights Unit is also investigating the incident to determine if additional charges are pending. 

Said Commissioner William Evans: “I’m grateful for the quick response and the community help which led to the swift arrest of the suspect responsible for the damage done to the Holocaust Memorial. Clearly, this type of behavior will not be tolerated in our city. And, in light of the recent events and unrest in Charlottesville, it’s sad to see a young person choose to engage in such senseless and shameful behavior.”  

District A-1 (Downtown) Commanding Officer Encourages Those Attending North End Feasts To Do So in a Responsible and Respectful Manner

District A-1 (Downtown) Commanding Officer Encourages Those Attending North End Feasts To Do So in a Responsible and Respectful Manner

The following is a message from District A-1 (Downtown) Captain Kenneth Fong:

“As you know, the North End of Boston proudly celebrates a number of feasts each year which are family-oriented and always celebrated in a positive way. In fact, the next scheduled celebrations are the Fisherman’s Feast and Saint Anthony’s Feast. Recently, however, the feasts have experienced some disruptive behavior by individuals visiting the area and acting in an irresponsible manner. As a result of the unruly behavior, the Boston Police Department would like to remind all those who attend the feasts and those visiting the City of Boston to celebrate responsibly. Feast-goers should know disruptive behavior such as public drinking and fighting will not be tolerated and community members who witness such behavior are kindly asked and encouraged to call 9-1-1. In addition, those attending the feasts should expect to see additional police presence to address any issues or concerns. Again, the feasts are a staple in the community and special to those who have celebrated for decades. In closing, we hope and expect to continue this fine tradition and welcome all who plan to attend to do so in a responsible, respectful manner.”

Boston 72: Weekend Update and Public Journal

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 3
Nonfatal Stabbings: 4

Street Robberies: 20
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 5

Vehicle Thefts: 14
Vehicle Recoveries: 11
Vehicle Breaks: 20

Residential Break-ins: 17
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.

Great Work Recognized: District E-13 Officers Recognized For Efforts After Encountering Agitated Male Holding Two Loaded Firearms

Two Patrol Officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) were each awarded a Commissioner's Commendation during a brief ceremony at Boston Police Headquarters last week. Police Officers George Kayes and William Jones were each recognized for their actions and restraint during a confrontation with an irritated male holding two loaded firearms.

Both officers were attending an outdoor community gathering with a large number of young children and their parents in attendance at the South Street Housing Development in Jamaica Plain. Officers were alerted to a disturbance in the area and responded. They encountered an agitated male holding two guns, one in each of his hands.  In addition to being irritated and emotionally distressed, officers further noted that the individual was suffering from what appeared to be a bloody nose.  Officers calmly asked the individual to talk to them in an effort to better understand his state of mind.  According to the suspect, he had a score to settle with two individuals who had jumped him in the presence of his 2 year old son.  While empathizing with the suspect’s embarrassment and anger, officers, nevertheless, were quick to implore and advise him to put down the weapons.  Nobody needed to get hurt, said the officers.  Thankfully, the suspect agreed and put down his guns.  Officers promptly recovered the firearms and noted that both guns were fully loaded.

Said Commissioner Evans, “I can’t say enough about the tremendous levels of courage, composure, and restraint shown by my officers in this incident.  When confronted by an armed gunman, they kept their cool and found a way to de-escalate and diffuse an incident that clearly had the potential for deadly consequences.  All I can say is thank God nobody was hurt and, just as importantly, thank God we have some of the brightest and best trained police officers in the country.”

The suspect, a 30 year old male of Jamaica Plain, was charged with firearm related offenses.  The Officer’s quick thinking and intervention protected the public from this reckless suspect.

Death Investigation in the Area of 39 Mt. Pleasant Avenue in Roxbury

 

At about 11:30 PM on Sunday, August 13, 2017, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 39 Mt. Pleasant Avenue in Roxbury. On arrival, officers located two male victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. One male victim believed to be in his early 40's, was treated at an area hospital for a non-life threatening injury to his lower leg. The second victim, a male believed to be in his late 30's was taken from the scene to an area hospital and was later pronounced deceased. At this time no arrests are reported and the investigation is active and ongoing.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Homicide Unit 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.

Update: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of 92 Mount Ida Road in Dorchester

At about 4:02 PM on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 92 Mt. Ida Road in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim, believed to be in his early thirties, suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The victim has since been identified as 32-year-old Kenneth Soberanis or Dorchester.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Homicide Unit 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.

One Less Gun: YVSF Officers Recover Two Illegal Firearms in Two Separate Investigations

Yesterday, Friday, August 11, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted two motor vehicle stops as part of two separate ongoing investigations. As a result of the first stop at approximately 6:10 PM in the area of 382 Norfolk Street, officers recovered a loaded black and army green Smith & Wesson MP9 Shield 9mm firearm with a high capacity feeding device from the person of 22-year-old Herby Paul of Mattapan. Paul was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Resisting Arrest.

As a result of the second stop that took place at about 10:40 PM in the area of 202 Southern Avenue, officers recovered a loaded black Glock 30 .45 caliber firearm with a high capacity feeding device. The operator of the vehicle, identified as 23-year-old Kori A. Kelley of Roxbury, was charged with firearm-related offenses, as well as issued a citation for violations of the auto laws. Kelley will be arraigned on Monday, August 14, 2017 in Dorchester District Court.

Keeping Boston Safe: Officers On-Site Motor Vehicle Crash and Arrest Carjacking Suspect

 

At about 12:50 AM on Saturday, August 12, 2017, officers from District (B-2) Roxbury were on patrol in the area of Elder Street when they heard what appeared to be a car crash. Officers responded to 695 Columbia Road where they observed two vehicles had collided and sustained damage. The two occupants of one vehicle exited and reported minor injuries to the officers, while the operator and sole occupant of the second vehicle exited and attempted to flee the scene on foot. Officers gave chase, and when the operator attempted to climb a fence behind the nearby KFC, they were able to stop him and place him in handcuffs. A pat frisk for weapons revealed an empty knife sheath in the operator’s waistband. At this time, officers were informed that the vehicle he had been driving had just been carjacked at knife-point from a female in the area of Mass Ave and Theodore Glynn Way. The operator was identified as 31-year-old Byren McGee of Dorchester. McGee was placed under arrest and charged with Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Crash involving Personal Injury and Carjacking. Further investigation revealed that McGee also had an active outstanding warrant issued out of Dorchester District Court for Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and Threats to Commit a Crime.

Boston Police Detectives Arrest Four Suspects in Four Hours in Prostitution Sting in Dorchester

 

Last night, Thursday, August 10, 2017, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) executed Operation “Dear John” in efforts to address quality of life issues and reduce prostitution activity on Dorchester Avenue in the areas of Park Street and Columbia Road. 

As a result of the sting, officers were able to arrest four “Johns” in less than four hours. Officers arrested 28-year-old Marvin Estuardo Alvarez Vasquez of Brighton, 39-year-old William Adolfo Vasquez-Hernandez of Dorchester, 30-year-old Valter C. Tavares of Dorchester, and 30-year-old Jerel Fields of Mattapan and charged them with Soliciting Prostitution.