The Boston Police Department is proud and pleased to announce that this year’s First Night Boston was conducted in a successful manner. Thousands attended and enjoyed this year’s festivities.
The Boston Police Department made just 4 arrests.
Prior to this year’s event, the Boston Police, in collaboration with several other agencies, worked diligently to draw up and implement a proactive plan with preventative measures designed to ensure a safe and trouble free environment for all those attending this year’s First Night Boston.
The Boston Police Department would like to thank the following agencies for their help and assistance in achieving the desired goal:
Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services
- Boston EMS
- Boston Fire Department
- Probation Department
- Massachusetts State Police
- MBTA Transit Police
- Department of Conservation & Recreation
- United States Coast Guard
- Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley
- Department of Youth Services
- Boston Transportation Department
- Boston Public Works
- Inspectional Services
- Boston Regional Intelligence Center
- All uniformed Boston Police Officers assigned to First Night Boston
First Night Boston Incidents:
- At about 6:20pm, Tuesday, December 31, 2013, officers in the area of 731 Boylston Street (First Night Boston) observed a disturbance outside of Uno’s restaurant. Officers spoke with the manager who stated one of their patrons was intoxicated and unruly while inside the restaurant. The security manager continued to state to officers, the suspect became belligerent and very agitated when the establishment’s bag check policy was explained to the suspect. The security manager stated to officers the suspect began to state he had, “Bombs” inside of his bag. The manager stated to officers the suspect began to attract the attention of the patrons inside of the restaurant. Officers observed the suspect who was now standing in front of the entrance door to the restaurant and continuing to be belligerent by yelling and swearing. Officers informed the suspect he was causing a scene and that he needed to lower his voice and he eventually complied. The suspect then began to get more belligerent and loud and disregarded officers requests to lower his voice while officers were interviewing the suspect. At this time officers informed suspect he was going to be placed under arrest for Disorderly Person and as officers attempted to place suspect in handcuffs, the suspect turned his body away from officers and bladed himself in an attempt not to be handcuffed. A brief struggle ensued the suspect continued to resist arrest by swinging his arms and turning his body. The male suspect, Michael Mosca, 38, of Upton, was arrested for Disorderly Person and Resisting Arrest. The suspect continued to act belligerent during the entire booking process.
- At about 8:51pm, on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, officers assigned to the Tremont Street and Boylston Street for “First Night Boston” were approached by motorist who reported his mother was robbed in the Boston Common Park (Boylston Street/ Tremont Street). Officers spoke with the victim, who stated she was struck twice in the face and pushed to the ground by the suspect. Officers observed facial bruising to the victim’s left cheek area. The victim refused medical attention. The victim further stated to officers, the suspect forcibly took an undisclosed amount of money from her jacket and fled in the area of Washington Street and Boylston Street. Officers canvassed the area and located the suspect in front of the Chinatown MBTA stop. The male suspect, Abraham Deleon, 28, of Dorchester, was arrested for Unarmed Robbery.
- At about 11:50pm, on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, officers assigned in the area of 600 Boylston Street for First Night Boston, were approached by a concerned citizen about a group trying to fight people in the crowd. As officers approached the area, officers observed the group acting out and appeared to be confrontational with other people in the crowd. Officers observed the group of males, who appeared to be intoxicated. Officers the group to move along and the group did not leave and started to actively resist officers’ attempts to clear them from the area. The group began to yell at officers and attendees started to gather around the officers and observe the commotion. Officers observed one of the suspects had a bottle of Hennessy liquor. The suspect, Richard Joyce was identified and was discovered to be under the legal drinking age. Officers attempted to place the suspect in handcuffs and the suspect resisted arrest by pulling away from officers. After a brief struggle officers were able to gain control of the suspect. The male suspect, Richard Joyce, 20, of Holbrook, was arrested for Disorderly Person, Possession of Alcoholic Beverage being under 21, and Resisting Arrest.
- At about 2:35am, Wednesday, January 01, 2014, officers assigned to Boylston Street and Tremont Street (First Night Boston) were alerted by a concerned citizen about a person waving a knife in the crowd. Officers canvassed the area and observed the suspect and immediately performed a pat frisk for officers’ safety and public safety. While performing the pat frisk, officers located metallic knuckles in the suspect’s pocket along with a black knife. Officers also observed a small bag with what appeared to be (8) blue and white pills along with $2,742.00 in cash. The male suspect, Justine Paulo, 26, of Berkley, was arrested for Possession of a Dangerous Weapon and Possession of Class E Drugs.