Great Work Recognized: Officers Overcome Hazards to Arrest Two Suspects

Congratulations to Officers Michael Calabro, Eduardo Espino, and Detective Don Keaton for earning a Commissioner's Commendation for their work in the following incident:

On January 22, 2015, Officers Michael Calabro and Eduardo Espino responded to a radio call for an assault in the area of 63 Gove Street in District A-7 (East Boston).

The victims reported they had been followed home by a group of 7 males who were yelling at them and threatening them with knives. When the victims retreated inside their home and locked the door, one suspect smashed the front door and glass window of the residence and fled.

The victims followed the suspects to the area of 114 Bremen Street where a second suspect threatened both victims with a large knife. As officers arrived, they observed the suspects run inside. The officers pursued the suspects up to the 3rd floor, through an apartment, onto the back porch, down the back stairs and into the back yard, where they were apprehended. The back stairs of the property were completely covered and blocked by trash on three levels, making the stairs and pursuit very hazardous.  

Officer Don Keaton seized one plastic bag of eight .22 caliber bullets from the rear staircase. One large knife, as earlier described, was found hidden in the corner of the yard.

The two suspects were arrested for assault by means of a dangerous weapon, destruction of personal property, and trespassing. This area has been a location of interest in several incidents for A-7, including robberies, aggravated assaults, and gang issues. The actions of these officers not only resulted in the arrest of two dangerous individuals, but the identification of seven possible street gang members for future investigation.