Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Arrest One Suspect, Recover Silver-Colored Firearm and Drugs in Dorchester

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Arrest One Suspect, Recover Silver-Colored Firearm and Drugs in Dorchester: In the BPD’s ongoing efforts to combat the distribution and sale of illegal narcotics in our neighborhoods, BPD officers arrested a suspect on gun and drug related charges earlier today in Dorchester. At about 1:00am, on Friday, September 23, 2016, officers assigned to the City Wide Drug Control Unit executed a search warrant in the area of 508 Park Street in Dorchester. Prior to entering the location, officers observed the target of the investigation attempting to leave the area. Officers moved in and stopped the suspect. A search of the suspect enabled officers to recover over $900 in US Currency and several small, plastic bags of marijuana (Class D Drug). A later search of the suspect’s residence enabled officers to see and recover a loaded silver-colored firearm with a blue handle (see photo), a digital scale and a plastic bag containing marijuana (Class D Drug). Officers arrested Branden Vaughn, 24, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class D Drug (Marijuana).

BPD Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Individual Wanted in Connection to a Sexual Assault in Brighton

 

BPD Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Individual Wanted in Connection to a Sexual Assault in Brighton: At about 3:45am, on Saturday, September 24, 2016, officers from District D-14 (Brighton) responded to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital to take a report from a victim stating that she had been sexually assaulted earlier in the evening. Investigators believe, sometime after 12:30am, the victim left the Tavern-in-the-Square restaurant/bar located at 161 Brighton Ave and entered what she thought to be a rideshare service vehicle believed to be a dark-colored sedan. During the course of the ride, the victim states that she was sexually assaulted by a passenger in the car who she described as a black male, in his early twenties, short hair, slim build, about 6’0” tall wearing a long sleeve flannel shirt.

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 wanting 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 anonymously.

If you’re 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 or representative, 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 about BARCC, please click on the enclosed link: www.barcc.org

SAFETY TIPS WHEN USING A RIDESHARE SERVICE:

  • Always look before you leap. Never enter a car without first confirming it’s yours.
  • Rideshare services always send a confirmation text to riders with a photo of their driver, the license plate number and description of the car so customers know who and what to look for.
  • If you see a car you believe to be the one you called, again, check the plate number, the car’s make, model and the driver's identity before entering. If they don’t match, don’t enter.
  • At no time should a driver instruct a passenger to sit up front unless transportation of a larger group dictates such. If you’re travelling alone and a driver insists that you sit up front, trust your instincts and do not enter the vehicle.
  • And, always remember to call 9-1-1 if you need help or sense something’s wrong. 

Commissioner Evans Releases Public Portions of Barrett File

In keeping with my practice of transparency and accountability, I am releasing the public portions of the information relied upon by the internal affairs division when conducting their investigation into an incident that occurred on May 24, 2016. I encourage members of the public and media to examine the facts that are contained within. 

When making difficult decisions it is my duty to carefully examine all the relevant facts of an incident and only then am I able to make an informed, fact based decision.  The public I serve and the officers I lead deserve no less.  I take my job and this responsibility very seriously. Understandably, there will be times that those decisions and conclusions will not be the most popular but I can assure you they will be thoughtful and factually supported. 

**Click here to view the case file**  Also see videos and photo below

Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Suspect Wanted in Connection to an Indecent Assault in area of Jamaica Pond

 

At about 10:00 pm, on Thursday, September 22, 2016, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a call for a report of an indecent assault in the area of Jamaica Pond. According to the victim, she and another companion were walking on the Jamaica Way side of the pond when an unknown male approached her and indecently assaulted her. The victim described the suspect as a black male, 250-300lbs, approximately 6'0 tall with a beard. He was believed to be wearing a baseball hat, grey t-shirt and long pants. The suspect fled the area after the assault.

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 wanting 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 anonymously.

If you’re 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 or representative, 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 about BARCC, 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 effective 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.”

 

Boston 24: Friday, September 23, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Thursday @ 10:00 a.m. through Friday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 7

Residential Break-ins: 4
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.

Making a Difference: Roastmaster General Jeff Ross and Comedy Central Make Generous Donation to “Cops For Kids With Cancer”

Our thanks to Jeff Ross and Comedy Central for their generous donation to one of our favorite charities, “Cops For Kids With Cancer.”  Last week,  Jeff stopped by BPD Headquarters to say hello, share some laughs and take a few jabs at a couple of his favorite targets from his most recent special “Jeff Ross Roasts Cops” which took aim at the Boston Police Department.  The show featured a behind-the-badge look at the challenges police officers are facing on a daily basis amidst a difficult national climate towards law enforcement.    Said Commissioner Evans, “Jeff has spoken about the fact that comedy can bring people together, and here in Boston, we’re trying every single day to make meaningful connections in the communities we serve.  I knew this roast, while maybe a little unconventional, would let people see the important work that we’re doing on a daily basis and show that, while the job we do is very serious, we don’t take ourselves too seriously.”

 

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Arrest 3 Suspects, Recover 2 Guns During Drug Bust in South Boston

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Arrest 3 Suspects, Recover 2 Guns During Drug Bust in South Boston: In the BPD’s ongoing efforts to address the distribution and sale of illegal narcotics in our neighborhoods, BPD officers made a significant drug bust earlier today in South Boston. At about 5:00am, on Thursday, September 22, 2016, officers assigned to the District C-6 Neighborhood Drug Control Unit executed a search warrant in the area of 419 Old Colony Ave in South Boston. Upon entering the location, officers observed and recovered (see photo) 2 guns, over $1,300 in U.S. Currency, 24 plastic bags of heroin (Class A Drug) and 35 plastic bags of crack cocaine (Class B Drug). Additionally, officers located and arrested three individuals found inside the apartment. Officers arrested Remus Roberson, 25, of Boston and Uhnari Bufford, 22, of Boston and charged both with the Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Unlawful Possession Ammunition, Unlawful Possession High Capacity Feeding Device, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number, Possession with Intent to Distribute both Class A and Class B Drugs. Michael Lamontagne, 63, of Boston was charged with Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws.

Boston 24: Thursday, September 22, 2016

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 11

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.

Missing Person Alert: Boston Police Seek the Public’s Help in Locating 86 Year Old Priscilla Jones

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in efforts to locate 86 year old Priscilla Jones who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease.  Ms. Jones was last seen at about 7:30 PM on Tuesday September 20, 2016, in the area of 42 Harrison Archways in the South End.  Ms. Jones is described as black female, standing 5'7" and weighing 155 lbs. She was last seen wearing the clothes seen in the above photograph.   Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Priscilla Jones is advised to contact 911 or District D-4 (South End) Detectives at (617) 343-4683.

 

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of Nightingale & Wales Streets in Dorchester

At about 2:18 AM on Saturday September 17, 2016, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for a person or persons shot in the area of Nightingale & Wales Streets in Dorchester.  On arrival, officers located three male victims, all in their early 20’s, suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds.  One of the victims, who has since been identified as Phillip Woods, 23, of Boston, was pronounced deceased at the scene while the other two victims were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit 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 24: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 7

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.

Death Investigation in the Area of 55 Downer Avenue in Dorchester

 

At about 8:06 PM on Tuesday September 20, 2016, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 55 Downer Avenue.  On arrival, officers located an adult male victim in his early twenties who was transported to an area hospital by Boston EMS where he was later pronounced deceased.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously

 

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Stepping Up Efforts to Address Illegal Drag Racing Near New Market Square in South Boston

This past weekend, Friday September 16th through Sunday September 18th, the Boston Police Auto Theft Unit in a coordinated effort with officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) and members of the Boston Regional Intelligence Center conducted an operation to address criminal drag racing in the area of New Market Square in South Boston.  Since February of 2016, there has been a steady increase in this type of activity amid growing concerns from local community members.  During these illegal events, large crowds have gathered to watch numerous vehicles including modified cars, trucks, ATV’s and dirt bikes race one another.  In the past, any attempts at overt police enforcement resulted in the crowd dispersing in mass, allowing the perpetrators to flee the scene undetected.   During this operation, officers were able to gather intelligence on the participants and organizers.  As a result they have issued approximately seventy five motor vehicle citations, thirty five criminal complaint applications and have filed Immediate Threat Reports to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles to have the licenses of the operators and/or owners of the vehicles revoked.  The participants were found to have come from all over the Commonwealth including the North Shore, Lowell, Everett, Lynn as well as local Boston residents.

 

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Arrest Four While Recovering Three Firearms During Two Separate Incidents in Dorchester

Firearm Recovered During Incident #1

INCIDENT #1:  At about 2:30 PM on Monday September 19, 2016, officers assigned to the District B-3 (Mattapan) Drug Control Unit made an onsite firearm arrest after a traffic stop which was part of an active investigation in the area Morton Street and Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester.  Officers were able to locate and recover a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wesson FNP handgun from inside the vehicle with the assistance of Boston Police K-9 “Rocky.”  As a result, the operator of the vehicle, Pablo Roman, 39, of Dorchester, was placed in custody without incident and will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Two Firearms Recovered During Incident #2

INCIDENT #2:  At about 8:00 PM on Monday September 19, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force recovered two firearms, ammunition and drugs after making a warrant arrest and two additional arrests in the area of 83 Adams Street in Dorchester.  The officers observed the target of their investigation, Walter Coleman, 19, of Dorchester, who was wanted on two outstanding warrants enter the rear of the address and lock the door behind him.  The officers set a perimeter around the building and called for additional units.  With the assistance of members of the Boston Police K-9 Unit and SWAT Team, officers were able to make entry and locate the suspect hiding on a second story porch in the rear of the building where he was placed in custody without incident.  During the search, officers located two additional suspects, Deondre Blanding, 19, Roslindale, and Chris McKinney, 23, of Dorchester, hiding on a second story porch in the front of the building and placed them in custody without incident for trespassing.  Officers were then granted permission to search the primary suspect’s apartment at which time they recovered a loaded 9mm Ruger Model 19 handgun, a loaded .25 caliber Raven Arms Model MP 25 handgun and eleven bags of crack cocaine packaged for sale.  All three suspects will appear in Dorchester District Court.  Deondre Blanding and Chris McKinney will be charged with Trespassing while Walter Coleman will be arraigned on his outstanding warrants for Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and Destruction of Personal Property.  Any firearm or drug related charges remain outstanding at this time pending the conclusion of the investigation.

 

Media Availability: Boston Police Commissioner Evans to Discuss Findings and Share Video in the Officer Barrett Internal Affairs Investigation from May 2016

WHO:          Commissioner William Evans and additional members of the Boston Police Department

WHAT:        Commissioner Evans will share video of an incident which occurred in May 2016 involving Officer Barrett                      and discuss the findings of the BPD Internal Affairs Investigation

WHERE:      Boston Police Headquarters – Media Room

WHEN:        Tuesday September 20, 2016 at 4:00 PM

CONTACT:  Boston Police Office of Media Relations (617) 343-4520

Boston 24: Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 12

Residential Break-ins: 4
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 In The News: Thanks to Channel 7 for Coming Out to Attend a Recent Peace Walk in Mattapan with Chief Gross

 image courtesy of WHDH

 image courtesy of WHDH

ICYMI:  Thanks to WHDH and Andy Hiller for taking part in a recent Peace Walk in Mattapan with Chief William Gross.  The chief spoke about the importance of approaching police work with a focus on building relationships and understanding above all else.  When asked if this was a ‘softer’ approach to police work, he replied, “You’re not soft if you have empathy, care and respect for people.  As a matter of fact, you’re stronger.”

To see the interview, please follow the enclosed link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GG33oWQmaI

 

 

Boston 72: WEEKEND UPDATE

Data includes 72 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10:00 a.m. through Monday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 4
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 10
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 2

Vehicle Thefts: 16
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 36

Residential Break-ins: 7
Commercial Break-ins: 14

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.

 

Death Investigation in the area of Nightingale & Wales Streets in Dorchester

 

Death Investigation in the area of Nightingale & Wales Streets in Dorchester: At about 2:18am, on Saturday, September 17, 2016, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for a person or persons shot in the area of Nightgale & Wales Streets in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located three male victims, all in their early 20’s, suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds. One of the victims was pronounced deceased at the scene while the other two victims were transported to area hospitals for treatment of what appear to be non-life threatening injuries.

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