One Less Gun: Officers Recover Loaded Firearm from Juvenile Suspect After Foot Chase in Dorchester

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At about 6:45 PM on Saturday January 21, 2017, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest in the area of 155 Talbot Street in Dorchester.  The officers responded to a call for a person with a gun near 214 Harvard Street which was immediately followed by a separate call for a person shot in the area 56 Nightingale Street which resulted in a death investigation.  While canvassing the area for any possible witnesses or additional victims, the officers observed a group of three males walking on Bernard Street and approached to speak with them.  When they asked the group if they had seen or heard anything, one of the males, later identified as a 17 year old male from Dorchester, immediately took off running while clutching at the front waist band area of his pants.  Believing that the he was armed with a weapon, the officers pursued the juvenile suspect.  While running behind him, they observed the suspect take a .380 caliber Cobra handgun from his waist which he then held in his hand as he continued running.  The officers gave numerous commands for the suspect to drop the gun, and as they closed in on him, the suspect finally discarded the weapon and was then placed in custody without further incident.  The two other individuals who had been walking with the suspect were identified, interviewed and released.  It was not immediately clear if the juvenile suspect or the recovered firearm had any connection to the two previous calls.  The suspect will appear in Dorchester Juvenile Court on charges of Delinquent to Wit:  Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.  

 

Boston 72: Weekend Update and Public Journal

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 3
Nonfatal Stabbings: 6

Street Robberies: 10
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 3

Vehicle Thefts: 10
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 24

Residential Break-ins: 13
Commercial Break-ins: 6

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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.

UPDATE: Arrest Made in Connection to Incendiary Device that Damaged a Police Cruiser in South Boston on Friday Morning

At about 8:20 AM on Friday January 20, 2017, members of the BPD’s Explosive Ordinance Unit responded to 101 West Broadway for a report of a police cruiser damaged by an incendiary device. On arrival, officers observed minor damage to a marked Boston Police cruiser. Additionally, officers observed and recovered evidence of what appeared to be an incendiary device that appeared to have been placed next to the police vehicle. Two police officers were treated for minor injuries as a result of the incident.

Thanks to a collaborative effort involving District C-6 Detectives, the Boston Police Special Investigations Unit, the Boston Office of the FBI and members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, a suspect is now under arrest.  At about 9:30 PM on Saturday January 21, 2017, investigators identified, located and stopped the suspect vehicle on Rutherford Avenue in Charlestown and placed Asim Kieta, 42, of Dorchester, in custody without incident.  The suspect will appear in South Boston District Court on multiple charges including Possession of an Explosive or Destructive Incendiary Device, Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer and Arson.

An official booking photograph of the suspect will not be made available for public release at this time due to the continuing investigation surrounding this incident.

 

Death Investigation in the area of 56 Nighingale Street in Dorchester

 

At about 6:34 PM on Saturday January 21, 2017, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 56 Nightingale Street in Dorchester.  On arrival, officers located a male victim in his twenties suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  The victim was pronounced deceased on the scene.

The Boston Police Homicide Unit continues to actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Boston Police Homicide Detectives directly 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: Illegal Firearm Recovered Near Group of Juveniles in J.P.

At about 9:00 PM on Friday, January 20, 2017, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a radio call for a large group in the stairwell in the area of 146 Heath Street.

Upon arrival, officers observed several individuals through the window on the third floor. Upon seeing the officers, half of the group attempted to flee on foot to the roof and down an adjacent stairwell, while the other half made their way to the ground level. Officers eventually stopped all six individuals in the group. A canvas of both stairwells produced a loaded black 5-shot revolver with an owl insignia but no make or model visible. Due to the seriousness of being in the presence of an unsecured, loaded firearm, five juveniles were identified, transported to District E-13, and four were released to the custody of their parents. The fifth juvenile was found to have an active default Warrant for Malicious Destruction of Property out of Suffolk County Juvenile Court, and he was arrested and detained. The sixth individual, an adult, was identified and released forthwith. 

BPD Unveils Schedule for Neighborhood Recruitment Seminars: Do You Have What It Takes to Protect and Serve One of the Greatest Cities in America? We think you do.

BPD Neighborhood Recruitment Seminars: Do You Have What It Takes to Protect and Serve One of the Greatest Cities in America? We think you do. To learn more on how to become a member of one of the nation’s finest law enforcement agencies, the Boston Police Department will be conducting informational meetings over the next several weeks. If you have a question about what it takes to become a Boston Police Officer, these seminars are for you. Additionally, if you want to be considered for employment, you have to take the exam. So, feel free to meet with one of our officers at any of the following neighbor stations detailed below. For more information about the exam, please visit: www.mass.gov/civilservice. The exam date is March 25, 2017

WHEN:

  • Saturday – January 21, 2017
  • Saturday – January 28, 2017
  • Saturday – February 4, 2017
  • Saturday – February 11, 2017
  • Saturday – February 18, 2017 

WHERE:

  • District A-1, 40 New Sudbury Street, Downtown, 8am - Noon   
  • District A-15, 20 Vine Street, Charlestown, 8am - Noon   
  • District A-7, 69 Paris Street, East Boston, 10am - Noon  
  • District B-2, 2400 Washington Street, Roxbury, Noon - 4pm
  • District B-3, 1165 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan, Noon - 4pm 
  • District C-6, 101 West Broadway, South Boston, 10am-2pm
  • District C-11, 40 Gibson Street, Dorchester, 10am-2pm 
  • District D-4, 650 Harrison Ave, South End, Noon – 4pm
  • District D-14, 301 Washington Street, Brighton, 8am - Noon 
  • District E-5, 1708 Centre Street, West Roxbury, 8am - Noon
  • District E-13, 3347 Washington St, Jamaica Plain, Noon – 4pm
  • District E-18, 1249 Hyde Park Ave, Hyde Park, 8:30am – 12:30pm

BPD Seeking Public’s Help in Effort to ID Person Who May Have Been in the Area of Today’s Incident in South Boston

BPD Seeking Public’s Help in Effort to ID Person Who May Have Been in the Area of Today’s Incident in South Boston: At about 8:20am, on Friday, January 20, 2017, members of the BPD’s Explosive Ordinance Unit responded to 101 West Broadway for a report of a police cruiser damaged by an incendiary device. On arrival, officers observed minor damage to a marked Boston Police cruiser. Additionally, officers observed and recovered evidence of what appeared to be an incendiary device that appeared to have been placed next to the police vehicle. Fortunately, no injuries were reported at the scene. 

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The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information relative to this person’s identity (see photo) is asked to call detectives assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) at (617) 343-4742. Additionally, it is believed the person in question may have been operating a dark-colored Toyota (see photo).  Lastly, investigators are asking anyone who may have taken any photos or video - be it in the form of a Dash-Cam or Go-Pro type device - between the hours of 8:00am - 8:30am to contact detectives.  

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. The men and women of the Boston Police Department are on call 24/7/365. 

Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Evans Appoint Four New Members to the BPD Command Staff

On Friday, January 20, 2017, Police Commissioner William Evans welcomed three new sergeants to his command staff, while promoting a Deputy Superintendent to take the place of recently retired Superintendent Bernard O’Rourke.

Today, Commissioner Evans named Deputy Superintendent William Ridge to Superintendent, Chief of the Bureau of Field Services. Superintendent Ridge is a 32-year veteran of the department whose past assignments include District D-4 (South End), the Anti-Crime Unit, Mobile Operations, District A-1 (Downtown), District B-2 (Roxbury), and Special Events.

Commissioner Evans also promoted Sergeant Detective Winifred Cotter, a 30-year veteran of the force and currently assigned to the Dignitary Protection Unit, to the rank of Deputy Superintendent in the Office of the Police Commissioner. Sergeant Detective Marcus Eddings assigned to the Homicide Unit and supervisor of the Fatal Collision Investigative Team was promoted to Deputy Superintendent of the Criminal Investigative Division. Finally, Sergeant Beth Donovan, assigned to the Special Events Unit and with 21 years on the job, was promoted to Deputy Superintendent of the Bureau of Field Services.

“I’m excited about the new additions to our command staff and I'm highly confident our promotees will excel and thrive in their new positions,” said Commissioner Evans. “All four of these officers are dedicated and devoted to making our city one of the safest big cities in America and I look forward to monitoring their progress and contributions to the Boston Police Department moving forward.” 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, January 20, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 11
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 4
Commercial Break-ins: 4

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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 Alert: BPD Investigates Indecent Assault of Juvenile Female in Hyde Park

 

At about 7:30 AM on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, officers from District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a radio call for an indecent assault in the area of Glenwood Avenue and Hyde Park Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with a juvenile female who reported she had been indecently assaulted near the footbridge between Truman Parkway and Glenwood Avenue. The suspect is described as a white male, 25 to 35 years old, approximately 5’7” tall with a chubby build and a mustache. The suspect was described as wearing a black North Face type jacket, black jeans, and black sneakers. The suspect fled on foot over the bridge toward Truman Highway.

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.”

BPD Community Alert: BPD Warns Fans About Counterfeit Patriots Tickets in the Secondary Market

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At about 2:10 PM on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, a victim walked into the District D-4 (South End) police station to report that he had been sold counterfeit tickets for a recent Patriots playoff game at Gillette Stadium (Foxboro). The victim reported that he purchased what he believed to be legitimate tickets to the game through a connection he made on Craigslist. After making the online connection, the victim met the suspect at a Back Bay location and exchanged money for the tickets. The victim learned a short time later that the tickets were counterfeit. The suspect had identified himself as a resident of New York. 

The Boston Police would like to take this opportunity to remind fans to be wary of counterfeits when purchasing tickets. The BPD encourages fans to only buy tickets from authorized ticket agencies. Fans who purchase tickets from a secondary source are taking a chance and do so at the buyer’s own risk. Officers want to proactively curb such activity and encourage buyers to only purchase from official vendors. Purchasing via other means creates the potential for possessing an invalid and/or counterfeit ticket.

If any community members have information about the selling of counterfeit tickets, you are urged to contact Boston Police. Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously may do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously are reminded that the Boston Police Department is only interested in the information you provide, not who you are.

BPD In The Community: Officers Bring 15 Young Basketball Players to the Boston Garden to Meet Celtic’s Head Coach Brad Stevens

Last week, several local kids from the G3 Boston – Shooting Touch basketball program got the opportunity to attend a Boston Celtic’s game and meet head coach Brad Stevens.  The young athletes were escorted by several Boston Police Officers who participate in the G3 program which focuses on Getting Girls in the Game while building meaningful relationships centered on trust and communication.  The coach spoke to the group about the importance of hard work and dedication, both on and off the court, and was all smiles when he stopped to pose for a couple pictures.  Thank you to our officers for always going the extra mile to connect with members of the communities we serve and thanks to Coach Stevens for taking the time to say hello to these special young ball players.  

 

One Less Gun: Drug Investigation Leads to Recovery of Illegal Firearm

At about 6:45 PM on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, members of the District B-2 (Roxbury) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit conducted an investigation in the Grove Hall area of Boston.

While on patrol, the officers’ attention was drawn to a Chevy minivan with out-of-state plates that was idling on Georgia Street. Due to previous drug incidents in the area, officers set up surveillance on the vehicle. Shortly after doing so, officers observed a second vehicle approach and park nearby. The operator of the second vehicle entered the front passenger seat of the minivan. Officers observed what they believed to be a drug transaction, and the passenger exited the minivan less than a minute later, returned to his car, and drove away. Officers were able to stop the car and the operator a short distance away. Further investigation led officers to recover a loaded Sterling .22 caliber L.R. firearm from the operator’s coat pocket. The operator, a 22-year-old male from Dorchester, did not possess a license to carry; therefore, officers arrested him and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. A search of the vehicle revealed five plastic bags of a white rock substance believed to be crack cocaine, approximately $540 in US currency, and several pieces of paraphernalia consistent with the illegal sale of narcotics. The suspect was additionally charged with Trafficking 18-36 Grams of Class B Drugs and Possession of a Firearm while in the Commission of a Felony. 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, January 19, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 10

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

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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.

The Boston Police Department Announces the Passing of Active Duty K9 Bronson

The Boston Police Department is saddened to announce the passing of active duty K9 Bronson. K9 Bronson was the first dual purpose Patrol and Explosive Detection K9 in the Boston Police Department's K9 Unit. His success and example has since led to the addition of 12 more dual purpose dogs to the unit over the past 6 years. Bronson passed away at home with his partner and head trainer of the K9 Unit, Officer Troy Caisey who stated, “On Sunday, January 15, 2017, I lost my K9 Partner of 8 years. Boston Police K9 Bronson passed away at home after a sudden illness.  I raised him as a puppy from 12 weeks old and he was by my side until he passed away at the age of 9. Bronson was what I love to see in a Police Dog - high energy level, always ready to work, confident, good temperament and a bit of a punk. He rode along side of me for countless shifts patrolling the City of Boston and I always knew that he was ready for anything we encountered. On what would end up being our final night together, when I knew he was slipping away and he wouldn't last much longer, I spent time with him sitting in my yard with his head in my lap - just talking to him. I can't possibly explain all that he meant to me or how much he will be missed.  So as you go about your busy day and your dog is staring at you for a little attention or play time - take a few minutes for them. All they want to do is please you and spend a little time with you. They won’t be here for long.”  Rest in peace Bronson.

BPD In The Community: Twelfth Baptist Church Honors Chief Gross with the MLK Speaker Award

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Last week, on Sunday, January 8, 2017, Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross was welcomed by Pastor Arthur Gerald and members of the Twelfth Baptist Church in Boston for their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation. Chief Gross was humbled and honored to be presented with the Convocation Speaker Award after speaking and reflecting on the memory and legacy of one of history’s most impactful voices for peace. 

Great Work Recognized: Officers Awarded Commissioner's Commendations After Arresting Armed Suspect in the Boston Common

Last week, during a ceremony at Boston Police Headquarters Police Officers Micah Chapman and Jonathan O’Brien of District A-1 (Downtown) were awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation for their actions in the line of duty.

On Thursday September 1, 2016, while responding to a disturbance call in the Boston Common the officers observed two adult males seated on a bench smoking marijuana and approached to speak to them.  Officers observed a black backpack on the ground in between the two men.  When the two suspects made eye contact with the officers, they quickly stood up and walked away from them at a rapid pace, with one of the men slinging the backpack over his shoulder.  The officers followed the two suspects and stopped them at which time the individual carrying the backpack began to repeatedly yell at passing pedestrians “Someone film this!” causing an alarmed crowd to gather.  As the officers were speaking to the suspects, they observed that individual with the backpack was keeping his body turned away from the officer while pinning his right arm to the right side of his body, leading the officers to believe he may be armed.  The officers attempted to perform a pat frisk but the suspect repeatedly pulled away at which time he was placed in handcuffs for officer safety.  The officers then recovered a loaded 9mm Walther PPS handgun from the suspect’s waistband area.  A search of the backpack revealed 626 Xanax pills, nine bags of marijuana, four bags of cocaine packaged for sale along with other drug paraphernalia at which time the second suspect was placed in custody without incident.  Officers later recovered over $2000 in cash from the men in addition to two counterfeit bills.

For their dedication to duty and courage, they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

 

Great Work Recognized: Several Officers Honored with Commissioner's Commendations After Large Drug Bust in East Boston

Last week, during a ceremony at Boston Police Headquarters, Sergeant Michael Charbonnier and Police Officers Jason Albanese, Thomas Domenico, Kevin Lockhead and Richard Slamin of District A-7 (East Boston) were each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation for their actions in the line of duty.  

On December 15, 2016, the officers responded to a call for a person with a gun in the area of 217 Bennington Street.  Officers Slamin and Lockhead were previously aware of possible gang activity at this address.  Officer Slamin engaged the resident of the second floor of the address, who matched the suspect’s description.  A pat frisk and protective sweep of the apartment was requested and allowed.  During the sweep, potential drug packaging materials and contraband were clearly observed which led the officers to believe this was a potentially a drug stash house.  Sergeant Charbonnier immediately informed all officers to complete the protective sweep and exit the apartment, which was now frozen pending a search warrant.  

As a result, 4 large capacity firearms, 6 large capacity feeding devices, 162 rounds of ammunition, over 200 grams each of cocaine and crystal methamphetamine, over 47 grams of heroin, over 100 grams of Oxycodone and $182,819 in cash were recovered.

For their efforts, they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

 

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 2 Dearborn Street in Roxbury

 

At about 7:27 PM on Monday, January 9, 2017, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 2 Dearborn Street in Roxbury. On arrival, officers located a 19 year old male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as Keyshawn Desaurieux, 19, of Roxbury.

The Boston Police Homicide Unit continues to actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Boston Police Homicide Detectives directly 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 and Public Journal for Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 4
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.