Update: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of 87 Southern Avenue in Dorchester

At about 9:15 PM on Thursday, May 19, 2016, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 87 Southern Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers located a male victim in his 20’s suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  The victim was transported by EMS to Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.  The victim has since been identified as David Stewart, 22, of Dorchester.

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

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

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Two Suspects After Attempted Armed Robbery Near Boston Police Headquarters

 

At about 4:18 AM on Sunday May 22, 2016, officers assigned District B-2 (Roxbury) placed Ricky Knight, 27, of Roxbury and Anthony Haskins, 24, of Roxbury in custody in the area of Walnut Avenue and Fenno Street after an attempted armed robbery which occurred near Boston Police Headquarters.  Officers spoke to the victim who stated that while walking in the area of Tremont and Prentiss Streets, Knight approached with a firearm in hand and attempted to take the victim’s phone.  The victim resisted and ran from the suspect who then entered a silver motor vehicle which was operated by Haskins.  The two suspects drove past the victim and headed outbound on Tremont Street towards Martin Luther King Boulevard.  Officers located and stopped the vehicle a short time later and removed both suspects, placing them in custody without incident after being positively identified.  The vehicle was later searched but no firearm was recovered.  Both suspects will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Intent to Rob while Armed.

 

Boston 72: Weekend Update

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 6

Street Robberies: 10
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 0
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 15

Residential Break-ins: 9
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.

Recent Promotions: The Boston Police Department Announces Nine New Promotions

Recent Promotions:  Congratulations to the nine members of the Boston Police Department who were promoted on Friday, May 20, 2016, during a ceremony held in Commissioner Evans’ Conference Room at Boston Police Headquarters.  Five officers were rated detectives and four sergeants were promoted to the rank of lieutenant.  The Boston Police Department would like to congratulate the new the lieutenants and detectives and wish them luck in their new assignments.

Promoted to the Rank of Lieutenant:

Sgt. George M. Collier

Promoted to the Rank of Temporary Lieutenant:

Sgt. Michael O’Hara

Sgt. Brendan Walsh

Rated Detective:

Officer Patrick J. Browning

Officer Jean-Gerard Dorsainvil

Officer Jerrod A. Gero

Officer Daniel C. Pusey

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Make Quick Arrest After Bank Robbery in the South End

 

At about 11:38 AM on Saturday May 21, 2016, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) made an arrest after a bank robbery at 1320 Washington Street.  Officers responded to the Commerce Bank where a male suspect, later identified as Jeremy Woodley, 35, of Boston, had passed a note indicating he was armed with a firearm.  The suspect fled the bank with an undetermined amount of cash and was seen getting into the back seat of a motor vehicle which then drove off.  Officers located the car a few blocks away and were able to safely stop it and remove the suspect, placing him in custody without incident.  As the officers were performing a pat frisk, they felt a bulge in the suspect’s pocket, at which point the suspect informed them “I’m not carrying any weapons, that’s just the money from the bank.”  The suspect also added, “The people in the car have nothing to do with this.”  The driver of the car and a passenger were interviewed by detectives and released when it was determined they had no knowledge of the suspect’s actions.  The suspect will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court for Armed Bank Robbery.

 

ONE LESS GUN: BPD Officers Confront Armed Felon Early This Morning in Dorchester

ONE LESS GUN: In ongoing efforts to keep our city safe, BPD officers confronted an armed felon early this morning in Dorchester. The facts and circumstances of the incident are as follows: At about 12:21am, on Saturday, May 21, 2016, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) received information relative to an individual (described as a black male wearing a black hat and black hoodie) believed to be in possession of a firearm in the area of 955 Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located the individual in question and promptly approached him to find out if he was in possession of a weapon. When officers attempted to pat frisk the suspect, the suspect immediately tensed up and a physical altercation ensued. After a lengthy struggle, officers were able subdue the suspect and locate a loaded firearm in the suspect’s athletic shorts. The gun (described as a Hi-Point .45 ACP semi-automatic firearm) can be seen in the photo. Officers arrested O’Shea Kerr, 21, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way and Resisting Arrest.

BPD Officers Show Tremendous Restraint in Subduing Gun Grabbing Suspect in the Rear Parking Lot of District D-4 in the South End

 

At approximately 2:15pm, on Friday, May 20, 2016, an officer sitting inside of his department motor vehicle in the rear parking lot at District D-4 (South End) was approached by an individual who stated to the officer, "Can you do me a favor?" The officer responded that he could and then asked the individual what he could do for him. To which, the individual replied, "I want you to shoot me, kill me, I want to die."  At this time, the officer immediately radioed for assistance. While the suspect continued to repeat his demands for the officer to harm him, the officer quickly exited his cruiser and promptly noticed that the suspect had his hands concealed behind his back. Despite repeated commands to show his hands, the suspect refused.  As other officers arrived on scene, the suspect charged at the officer, punching and attempting to tackle him.  The suspect then grabbed for the officer's department-issued firearm and repeatedly tried to pull the weapon from its holster. Fortunately, the officer was able to pull away from the suspect and successfully fend off his attempt to take his weapon. While being placed into custody, the suspect continued to verbally disrespect and disparage the officers.

The suspect, Arthur Campbell, 35, of Boston was arrested and officers requested that EMS respond, at which point the suspect was transported to Boston Medical Center for an evaluation. The suspect will be charged with Assault and Battery on a Police Officer.

Boston Police Commissioner Evans stated, “An incident like this underscores the dangers my officers face every day. I can’t praise their handling of this situation enough. Their response to an officer in trouble call was quick and decisive and the restraint shown to a suspect intent and hell-bent on harming himself was nothing short of remarkable. In our nation’s capital this week, police officers from all over the world are there to celebrate National Police Appreciation Week. Here in Boston, my officers once again remind me why it’s important to celebrate and appreciate them every single day.” 

One Less Gun: Search Warrant Enables BPD Officers to Recover Over 400 Rounds of Ammunition, a Firearm and 22 Dirt Bikes in Dorchester

One Less Gun: Search Warrant Enables BPD Officers to Recover Over 400 Rounds of Ammunition, a Firearm and 22 Dirt Bikes in Dorchester: On Friday, May 20, 2016, members of the District C-11 Neighborhood Drug Control Unit executed a search warrant at 7 Speedwell Street in Dorchester. Upon entering the location, officers observed and recovered over 400 rounds of ammunition and a silver-colored revolver. Prior to entering the location, officers conducted a protective sweep of the property. During the sweep, officers observed several dirt bikes and off-road vehicles in the rear of the location, as well as, in the basement of the property. All told, officers counted 22 dirt bikes/off-road vehicles on the property. In light of the unsafe, hazardous storage of the gas-powered vehicles, members of the Boston Fire Department responded to the scene and ordered the immediate removal of all the dirt bikes. 

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Firearm after Shooting, Incident Remains Under Investigation

File Photo

At about 5:05 PM on Thursday, May 19, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a shot spotter activation in the area of 469 Blue Hill Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers observed two victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victims were transported by EMS to Boston Medical Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers canvassed the area for evidence and were informed that the suspect was a black male, slim build, approximately 5’10-6’00” in height wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, gray sweatpants, and gray gloves. The description was broadcast via police radio. An officer performing a paid detail in the Grove Hall area observed two suspects, one of whom fit the description, running from the area of the crime scene. Although the males made good their escape, officers recovered a loaded Jimenez Arms Model JA9 9mm firearm and a silver folding knife from their path of flight.

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

BPD PHOTO OF THE DAY

Yesterday, Thursday, May 19, 2016, Officer Chrissy Carr visited the K1 class at St. Peter Academy in District C-6 (South Boston) to speak to the four- and five-year-olds about stranger safety and getting ready to have a safe and fun summer! The students made posters exclaiming, “We love the Boston Police!” and gave several reasons including, “They have walkie-talkies and fight bad guys.” Officer Carr brought patches for the kids and, as you can see by the smiles, a great time was had by all!

Death Investigation in the Area of 87 Southern Avenue, Dorchester

 

At about 9:15 PM on Thursday, May 19, 2016, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 87 Southern Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers located a male victim in his 20’s suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was transported by EMS to Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.

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.

Boston 24: Friday, May 20, 2016

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 11

Residential Break-ins: 0
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 in the News: Officer Lopez Recounts Heroic Tale for CNN

Photo courtesy of MyFoxBoston.

Thank you to Jessica Schneider from CNN for her national coverage of Boston Police Officer Luis Lopez, who ran into a burning building in Dorchester to rescue numerous residents almost a month ago on April 30, 2016. In her interview at the scene of the fire, Officer Lopez states, "I always wondered why fire fighters would run into a burning building, but now I know it's not something that you think about--you just react to the moment."

For the full story, click on this link: http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/20/health/beyond-the-call-lopez/index.html

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection to Shooting of Unintended Victim in area of 653 Washington Street in Dorchester

 

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection to Shooting of Unintended Victim in area of 653 Washington Street in Dorchester: Less than a week ago, on Friday, May 13, 2016, at about 6:37pm, an innocent female victim in her fifties had just exited the Freedom in Christ Ministry and was sitting in her vehicle when she was grazed by an errant bullet resulting in a non-life threatening injury. The 52 year-old female was treated at Boston Medical Center and later released. Today, the individual who fired that shot is in police custody. After reviewing surveillance video of the incident, detectives were able to ascertain both the description and identity of the individual responsible for the shooting. At about 5:20pm, on Thursday, May 19, 2016, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) observed the individual in the area of Adams and Gibson Streets. When officers approached, the individual took off running. After a brief foot pursuit, officers were able to catch up to and subdue the suspect. Officers arrested James Martin, 22, of Boston and charged him with Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Said Commissioner William Evans: “Firstly, I want to extend my well wishes to the victim in this case as she continues to heal and recover from her injuries. Secondly, I want to commend my officers for the dogged determination that led to today’s arrest. The suspect in this case showed an utter and complete disregard for the safety of others and, without question, our city’s a safer place with him off the streets.” 

Great Work Recognized: BPD Officers Among Many Honored at 2016 Law Enforcement Public Service Awards

Yesterday, Wednesday, May 18, 2016, several members of the Boston Police Department were recognized by the United States Attorney’s Office in the 2016 Law Enforcement Public Service Awards.

From the BPD, receiving the Outstanding Collaborative Investigation Award for their work with the US Postal Inspection Service and the US Postal Service Office of Inspector General on the case of US v. Keyon Taylor, et al. were:

  • Officer John Burrows
  • Rebecca Boissaye, Criminalist II
  • Officer Brendan Bosse
  • Officer Christopher Burns
  • Officer Aristides Cardoso
  • Officer Christopher Crager
  • Deborah Dobrydney, Criminalist II
  • Detective Stephen Duran
  • Erin Forry, Criminalist IV/Quality Manager
  • Detective Robert Griffin
  • Lieutenant Detective Thomas Hopkins
  • Ann Marie Kelly, Tape Librarian 1
  • Kevin Kosiorek, Criminalist IV
  • Detective Timothy Laham
  • Officer Tisha Murphy
  • Sergeant Detective Brian Riley
  • Officer Timothy Smith
  • Officer Caetano Teixeira

Together with the US Postal Service investigators, these members of the BPD were able to track down, prosecute, and convict Keyon Taylor and his accomplice who brutally assaulted, pistol-whipped, and shot a US Postal letter carrier before holding him against his will inside his mail truck. The defendants are now serving lengthy criminal sentences.

From the BPD, along with members of several other local, regional, and national agencies, receiving the Investigative Achievement Award for their part in the case of US v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were:

  • Police Commissioner William Evans
  • Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross
  • Deputy Superintendent Colm Lydon
  • Officer Lauren Woods
  • Officer Thomas Barrett

These members of the BPD were honored for their part in successfully presenting evidence of the tragic week of April 15, 2013 at trial.

In addition to members of the US Department of Labor, Detective Steven Blair of the Boston Police Department was presented with the Investigative Achievement Award for his part in the trial of US v. John Perry, et al. Detective Blair was among a team of investigators that earned the trust of hundreds of witnesses in a case against members of Teamster Local 82 who had caused physical harm, threatened, and distorted other members of the union and local businesses. John Perry, Joseph Burhoe, and James Deamicis were convicted of racketeering and extortion.

Boston 24: Thursday, May 19, 2016

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 4
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 Illegal Firearm in South End, Arrest Two

At about 5:55 PM on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force effected an arrest for firearm related charges in the area of San Juan and West Brookline Streets.

While on patrol, officers observed a group of males known to police congregating near the playground at San Juan and West Newton Streets. Due to numerous recent firearm-related incidents in the above area (including a firearm arrest on May 6 and two people shot on May 17), officers paused in their cruiser to further observe the group. At the sight of police presence, two males immediately broke away from the larger group, one making several hand movements to his waistband as if checking the security of a firearm. Officers exited their cruiser and walked over to speak with the two males. Due to their observations and their knowledge of the area and the subjects, officers performed a pat frisk for their safety. The officer felt what he knew to be a firearm in the waistband of one of the males and recovered an unloaded revolver without markings indicating its make or model.

Officers placed the 16-year-old juvenile from Hyde Park under arrest for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, as well as an outstanding warrant out of Suffolk County Juvenile Court.

As the officers made the arrest, the second male became belligerent, yelling at the officers and making a scene causing a large crowd of onlookers to gather in the street. After being warned several times to cease this behavior, 25-year-old Mwase H. Potts of Boston was placed under arrest and charged with Disorderly Conduct.

Boston 24: Wednesday, March 18, 2016

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

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

Residential Break-ins: 1
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.

One Less Gun: Officers Place One in Custody After Recovering Loaded Firearm During Traffic Stop in Roxbury

At about 11:00 PM on Friday May 13, 2016, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) made an onsite firearm arrest in the area of Walnut Avenue and Walnut Park.  Officers were on routine patrol when they stopped a motor vehicle which had an equipment violation.  Officers spoke with the occupants of the vehicle including, David Coleman, 29, of New Bedford, who initially provided a false name and was behaving in a nervous manner.  The suspect eventually informed the officers that he was in possession of a firearm.  The officers removed the suspect from the vehicle and recovered a loaded .22 caliber Beretta Model 21A handgun from his pants pocket.  He was then placed in custody without incident.  The suspect has been arraigned in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: DCU Officers Recover Over 300 Grams of Illegal Narcotics and Arrest Three Suspects for Trafficking

At about 3:25 PM on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, members of the District C-11 (Dorchester) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit effected three drug-related arrests in the area of 515 Gallivan Boulevard.

While conducting surveillance in the McDonald’s parking lot in the above area, officers observed a motor vehicle whose two occupants, later identified as a 38-year-old male from Harwich and a 35-year-old male from Dennis, were acting in a manner consistent with persons looking to purchase drugs. Specifically, the males were driving in a seemingly aimless manner, relocating, and parking in different spots in the same vicinity before eventually stopping in the area of Ashmont and Alban Streets where they were met by a second vehicle with a female operator. Officers then observed what they knew from their training and experience to be a street level drug transaction. Upon stopping the first vehicle, the officers observed the male passenger discard multiple red plastic bags of tan powder from the car. The officers recovered a total of 25 small plastic bags containing a total of 29.2 grams of heroin.

Officers arrested the males for Trafficking Class A, Heroin (28-99 grams) and Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws.

As officers approached the female’s vehicle, she fled in her car at a high rate of speed, striking several other cars and nearly hitting a police cruiser before crashing moments later. Officers recovered approximately $2,699 in US currency along with three cell phones from the female. After receiving a search warrant for her vehicle, officers located an after-market “hide” and recovered an additional 167 bags of heroin totaling 201.1 grams and 64 bags of powder cocaine totaling 92.5 grams.

Officers arrested the 36-year-old female of Dorchester and charged her with Trafficking Class A, Heroin (over 200 grams), Trafficking Class B, Cocaine (28-99 grams), Failure to Stop for a Police Officer, Driving to Endanger, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Property Damage).