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

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

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

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

Boston 72: WEEKEND UPDATE

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 3
Nonfatal Stabbings: 5

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

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

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

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

 

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

 

BPD Community Alert: Parents of Child Found at Playground in Mattapan Have Been Located: The parents of the child found at the Ryan Playground yesterday (June 26, 2016) at about 6:33pm have been located. The child who was found to be in good health remains under the care and supervision of the Department of Children & Families (DCF). No charges have been filed at this time. The investigation remains active.

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

 

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

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

 

Death Investigation in the area of 17 Doone Ave in Mattapan

 

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

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

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

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

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

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

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

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

MEDIA AVAILABILTY: Boston Police Academy Class 55-15 to Make Traditional “Run to BPD Headquarters”

WHO:            Boston Police Commissioner Evans, Boston Police Department Command Staff, Boston Police Academy Staff, Boston Police Academy Class 55-15 Recruits, members of the Boston Police Department, and invited friends, family, and guests

WHAT:          In honor of their impending graduation next week, Boston Police Academy Recruit Class 55-15 will make the traditional "Run to Boston Police Headquarters" from Hyde Park, joined by Commissioner Evans, on Friday, June 24, arriving at Headquarters at about 9:30 AM.  The recruits will enter the roundabout in front of Headquarters, conduct a short exercise session, and then proceed to the Boston Police Memorial for a brief ceremony. All are welcome to greet the Recruits and Academy Staff on arrival in front of Headquarters and at the Memorial.

WHEN:          Friday, June 24, 2016 at approximately 9:30 AM.

WHERE:        Boston Police Headquarters, One Schroeder Plaza, Roxbury, MA.

CONTACT:    Boston Police Media Relations (617) 343-4520 for media inquiries.

Coffee with a Cop Stops by Dunkin' Donuts on Morton Street in Mattapan

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, Coffee with a Cop stopped by the Dunkin' Donuts located at 895 Morton Street in Mattapan (B-3).  Commissioner William Evans, Chief William Gross, members of the command staff and officers assigned to District B-3 were on hand to greet and speak with members of the community.  Thanks to everyone who came out to say hello and to all the Dunkin' Donuts staff for being such gracious hosts.  If you are interested in learning about starting a Neighborhood Watch Group or interested in attending a future Coffee with a Cop event, please call (617) 343-4345.

 

BPD Public Safety Advisory: Boston Police Warn of Fentanyl Pills Being Illegally Sold on the Street as Oxycodone

The Boston Police Department is currently conducting an investigation into the sale of pills which are being sold illegally on the street as the prescription drug Oxycodone but have been found to be made of Fentanyl.  This dangerous drug is being sold to buyers who presume the pills, which are accurately formed and marked with the designation A/215, are Oxycodone 30 mg tablets.  Anyone who ingests these Fentanyl pills may put themselves in serious danger of overdosing which can result in death.

 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.   Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Drug Control Unit at (617) 343-5625.

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: BPD Homicide Detectives Arrest Two Suspects in Connection to the Shooting Death of Raekwon Brown

Less than two weeks after the shooting death of 17 year-old Raekwon Brown, today detectives assigned to the BPD Homicide Unit have arrested two individuals in connection to the shooting.   Boston Police Homicide Detectives today arrested Jonathan Aguasvivas, 23, of Roxbury and Benzy Bain, 24, of Mattapan, on warrants charging them with murder.

Preliminary details on the pair’s involvement will be revealed at their arraignment later today in Dorchester Municipal Court. Evans and Conley stressed, however, that the investigation is still very active, that more charges could be forthcoming, and that investigators are thus limited in the information they can currently release.

Said Commissioner William Evans:  “When a young man finishing up his junior year of high school gets gunned down in broad daylight, finding those responsible for such a senseless tragedy is of the highest priority to the men and women of the Boston Police Department. Clearly, those responsible for the shooting cared little about who they hurt, harmed or injured while displaying an absolute disregard for the safety and well-being of every person living or working in that neighborhood. It was essential that we find those responsible and today I’m pleased to announce two arrests in connection to the shooting death of Raekwon Brown. To Raekwon’s family, I can only say that it is my sincere and humble hope that the news of today’s arrests brings with it some small measure of comfort and solace. To my detectives, I want to commend them for the around-the-clock efforts that lead to today’s arrests. Thanks to their dogged dedication and determination, the individuals arrested today are no longer in a position to hurt or harm in anyone else in our community.”

 Said District Attorney Daniel Conley:  “Every life is precious, but a young life like Raekwon’s carries promise that no one has the right to extinguish,” Conley said. “For two weeks straight, investigators have been carefully, methodically, and painstakingly gathering evidence to speak on his behalf, and I want to take particular note of the tremendous work by Sergeant Detective Sean Doherty and his squad for their efforts to date. These arrests mark a step toward justice for Raekwan’s family, but it is not the last step. We will not rest until those responsible for his homicide have been held to account for it.”

At about 1:16pm, on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person or persons shot in the area of 46 Washington Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers learned of four victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Brown was pronounced deceased at the scene; two other victims, ages 16 and 17, were transported to area hospitals where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries; and a fourth victim, a woman in her 60s, was treated at the scene for a non-life threatening injury.

Investigators said camera footage and other digital evidence contributed to the arrests, but anyone with additional information should feel safe sharing it with 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).

 

One Less Gun: One in Custody After Search Warrant Leads to the Recovery of Two Illegal Firearms in Dorchester

At about 2:45 PM on Tuesday June 21, 2016, officers assigned to the City Wide Drug Control Unit executed a search warrant at 31 Baird Street in Dorchester as part of an active and ongoing investigation.  Officers recovered a loaded .45 caliber XD- ACP handgun and a Taurus Ultra-Lite .22 caliber revolver as well as several loose rounds of ammunition.  As a result, officers placed Kyjarri Dookie, 21, of Randolph, in custody without incident.  The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2 Counts) and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition (2 Counts).

 

Boston 24: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 9

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.

BPD Photo of the Day: Picture Captures Community Service in Action in a South Boston Housing Development

On Saturday June 18, 2016, an officer assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) was on patrol when he came upon a young boy who was standing alone, bat in hand, tossing a ball up in the air, waiting for someone to play with him.  The boy’s face lit up when the officer approached and offered to throw some batting practice.  This is the kind of hands on community service our officers are doing on a daily basis in neighborhoods throughout Boston.  We applaud the officer for taking time out of his tour of duty to make this boy's day and we thank the person who captured this picture and brought it to our attention.  

 

Boston 24: Tuesday, June 21, 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: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 13

Residential Break-ins: 2
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.

BPD Community Alert: Boston Police Seek Public’s Help with Identifying Suspect in Indecent Assault Downtown

 

BPD Community Alert: Boston Police Seek Public’s Help with Identifying Suspect in Indecent Assault Downtown: At about 10:05AM, on Monday, June 20, 2016, members of the BPD Sexual Assault Unit responded to a call for an indecent assault in the area of Beacon and Bowdoin Streets. Upon arrival, detectives were informed that a visually impaired female walking with the assistance of a service dog had been indecently assaulted while at the above intersection. The victim confirmed that she was inappropriately touched but was unable to provide a description of the suspect.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information is asked to call detectives directly at (617) 343-4400

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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously. If you are a victim of a sexual assault that has or has not been reported to police and would feel more comfortable seeking confidential advice from a non-law enforcement agency, the Boston Police Department encourages you to call the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) at 1 (800) 841-8371. BARCC provides free and confidential counseling, case management, legal, and medical advocacy services to survivors in the greater Boston area. To learn more, please click on the enclosed link: www.barcc.org

TIPS FOR ENSURING YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY: The BPD encourages individuals to review the following safety tips with the understanding that, while these tips are designed to decrease and diminish the likelihood of an attack, no victim is ever to blame for the actions of an attacker.   

  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and when possible try to avoid poorly lit or isolated areas.
  • When possible, walk with friends and people you know especially late at night.
  • Avoid the distractions created when talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device. Avoid wearing ear buds or headphones in both ears.
  • If you believe someone is following you, change direction, cross the street, seek a populated location and call 911.
  • Remember descriptive information about the person following you to report to the police.
  • If confronted, believe in your ability to fight back and defend yourself. Creating distance and yelling words like: “fire”, “help” or “rape” are smart ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.  
  • Keep your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon to ward off an attack.
  • Trust your instincts and understand that anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Never assume: “It won’t ever happen to me.”

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 62 Astoria Street in Mattapan

 

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 62 Astoria Street in Mattapan: At about 11:05PM, on Saturday, June 18, 2016, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 62 Astoria Street. On arrival, the officers located a victim in his 30’s suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim has since been identified as Andrew Flonory, 31, of Boston

A second victim of the incident was found nearby suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds and was transported by Boston EMS to Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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.

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Stolen Firearm during Loud Party Call

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At about 1:00 AM on Monday, June 20, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a loud party on Keegan Street.

Upon arrival, officers observed a group of approximately 12 males in front of 43-47 Keegan Street, the majority of whom were known to officers as members of an area street gang. As officers approached, the group walked away to a nearby park. Officers observed plastic cups, open bottles of liquor, and tobacco products scattered about the properties. As officers canvassed the area with their flashlights, one observed a loaded silver Smith & Wesson .22 caliber revolver under the front staircase of a residence. Officers recovered the firearm, processed it, and found that it had been reported stolen to the Grand Rapids Police Department.

Said Police Commissioner William Evans, “My officers are making every effort to take illegal firearms off the streets. Kids need to do their part and stop carrying guns and bringing them to parties. We want to make this a safe summer for everyone in our neighborhoods.”