Recent Promotions: The Boston Police Department Announces Three New Promotions

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Three members of the Boston Police Department were promoted earlier this afternoon on Friday, July 19, 2019, during a ceremony held in Commissioner Gross’ Conference Room at Boston Police Headquarters.  Congratulations to the newly appointed Captain, Lieutenant and Sergeant. Good luck in your new assignments.

Promoted to the Rank of Temporary Captain:

  • Lieutenant Detective Darrin Greeley, Homicide Unit

Promoted to the Rank of Temporary Lieutenant:

  • Sergeant Detective James Conley, B-3 Detectives

Promoted to the Rank of Sergeant:

  •  Detective Darryn Brown, Homicide Unit

 

BPD Community Alert: What To Do If a Phone Scammer Calls You

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Friday, July 19, 2019, officers assigned to District D-14 (Brighton) took a report from an adult victim who was scammed out of several thousand dollars after receiving a phone call from an unknown person claiming her social security number was compromised, the caller requested the victim send money via an electronic transaction to which the victim complied.

The Boston Police Department is issuing a community alert in hopes of protecting, educating and informing community members on the appropriate steps to take if a phone scammer targets or calls them.

HERE’S WHAT TO DO IF A PHONE SCAMMER CALLS YOU:

You control the call. If you sense you’re being scammed, hang up the phone.

If any monetary demands are made, especially ones where the scammer requests funds be sent via MoneyGram or Western Union, it is a tell-tale sign of a fraud.

Note the phone number where the call or text originated and report the incident to the Boston Police Department immediately.

In addition to filing a report with the Boston Police Department, victims are also encouraged to report any Phone/Internet Fraud Scams to the Federal Trade Commission. Please call the FTC at 1(877) FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or TTY 1-866-653-4261 or visit their website at: www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, July 19, 2019

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 0
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 2
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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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.

Missing Person Alert: Frank Berry

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in efforts to locate 16-year-old Frank Berry. Frank Berry was last seen in the area of 63 Ritchie Street in Roxbury at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2019. Berry is described as a black male, approximately 5’01”, thin build, brown eyes and black hair. Berry suffers from a medical condition and is known to travel to Brockton in the area of Hollander Street.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Frank Berry is advised to contact District B-2 detectives directly at 617-343-4275.

Traffic Stop of an Unlicensed Driver Leads to a Gun Arrest

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At about 1:50 AM, on Friday, July 19, 2019, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury), made an on-site firearm arrest in the area of 197 Columbia Road, Dorchester.

Officers observed a motor vehicle fail to stop for a red light on Columbia Road at Geneva Avenue. Officers initiated a traffic stop and observed the operator, later identified as Nilton Fernandez, 20, of Dorchester, talking to the officers through the closed drivers side window. Mr. Fernandez did not open the window but instead opened the driver’s side door. After further investigation it was revealed that Mr. Fernandez did not have a valid driver’s license and was placed under arrest. As Mr. Fernandez was exiting the motor vehicle, officers observed what appeared to be the handle of a firearm under the driver’s seat. Officers recovered a loaded Lorcin 9mm with one round in the chamber and 8 rounds in the magazine.

Mr. Nilton Fernandez was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License.  He will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area 27 Rowe Street in Roslindale

UPDATE: At about 3:10pm, on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, officers from District E-5 (West Roxbury) responded to an outside scene for a person shot in the area of 27 Rowe Street in Roslindale. On arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds. The victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim has since been identified as Daniel Vo, 24, of Boston.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review 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.

To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.

Boston 24: Public Journal for Thursday, July 18, 2019

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 2
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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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.

Investigation Update: Victim Identified in Homicide Investigation in the area of Dudley Street and Columbia Road in Dorchester

 

UPDATE: At about 11:37 PM on Sunday, July 14, 2019, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of Dudley Street and Columbia Road in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The victim has since been identified as Adilson Barbosa, 22, of Dorchester.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing 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.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.

 

Suspect in Custody After BPD Officers Respond to Fight Outside Boston Public Library in Copley Square

 

ARREST MADE: At about 8:54 PM, on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for a fight outside of the Boston Public Library located at 700 Boylston Street in Copley Square. On arrival, officers spoke with an adult male victim who stated that while working in the library’s computer section, the suspect, later identified as William Zaniboni, 49, of Boston, became irate without provocation and began yelling at him. When the victim asked the suspect to leave the building, the suspect indicated in a threatening manner that he would be waiting outside for the victim. As the victim was attempting to leave, the suspect approached him with a clenched fist and struck him once in the face. The victim then proceeded to defend himself by bringing the suspect to the ground. Once on the sidewalk, the suspect produced a spray can of an undetermined chemical agent, believed to be mace, and sprayed the victim in the face. The suspect then walked towards Exeter Street but returned to the scene a short time later where he was placed in custody without incident after being positively identified. Officers canvassed the area but were unable to recover the spray bottle used by the suspect during the altercation. The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and Assault and Battery.

 

Community Spirit was in High Supply at Last Night’s Flashlight Walk on District C-6 in South Boston

FLASHLIGHT WALK: Thanks to everybody who turned out for last night’s Flashlight Walk on District C-6 in South Boston. As you can see in the photos, community spirit and positive energy were in high supply and easy to see as our officers interacted with the residents of South Boston. Make no mistake, Flashlight Walks were created to bring people together while giving our officers and those we serve the opportunity to better acquaint themselves with each other, as well as, issues of concern impacting their neighborhood. Our officers had a great time meeting, listening to and connecting with so many concerned and compassionate community members and we can’t wait ‘til the next event. Flashlight Walks are all about coming together as a community and the District C-6 Flashlight Walk certainly achieved that goal.

Thanks again to everybody who made it a point to attend last night and if you know someone who’d like to attend a future Flashlight Walk, please call the BPD's Neighborhood Watch Unit at (617) 343-4345 or send an email to: meetinginfo@pd.boston.gov.

Death Investigation in the area of 27 Rowe Street in Roslindale

Death Investigation in the area of 27 Rowe Street in Roslindale: At about 3:10pm, on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, officers from District E-5 (West Roxbury) responded to an outside scene for a person shot in the area of 27 Rowe Street in Roslindale. On arrival, officers located an adult male, believed to be in his twenties, suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds. The victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing 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.

To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.

 

Suspect in Custody and Loaded Firearm Recovered After BPD Officers Respond to Call for Shots Fired in the South End

ONE LESS GUN: At about 8:44 PM on Tuesday July 16, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 20 East Berkeley Street in the South End. During the incident, the suspect, later identified as Jesus Diaz, 36, of Roxbury, was observed firing a handgun at two adult males before fleeing the area on foot. There were no resulting injuries. In the immediate aftermath, numerous community members came forward to assist responding detectives with their investigation, leading to the identification of the suspect.

At about 2:10 AM on Wednesday July 17, 2019, officers observed and stopped the suspect while on directed patrol in the area of Washington Street and Mystic Street. Officers were able to place the suspect in custody without incident at which time they safely recovered a loaded .380 caliber Ruger LCP handgun from inside a backpack that was in the suspect’s possession.

The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on multiple charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling.

 

BPD in the Community: Kids from the PAL Junior Police Academy Enjoy a Private Duck Boat Tour of Boston

JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY: On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, children from the Junior Police Academy and Community Service Officers from Districts E5 (West Roxbury) and E18 (Hyde Park), went on a tour around Boston by land and by sea aboard the Duck Boats.

There were plenty of smiles as the Junior Officers made their way onto the Charles River where they each got a chance to take the wheel. We’re happy that the children and our officers were able to enjoy a fun filled day in the city!

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 12

Residential Break-ins: 2
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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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.

Members of Boston Police Cadet Class #22-19 Officially Sworn in by Police Commissioner William Gross

BPD CADET PROGRAM: This week, the members of Boston Police Cadet Class #22-19 were officially sworn in by Commissioner William Gross who welcomed and addressed the class at the Boston Police Academy.

The Boston Police Cadet Program is an on-the-job training program, akin to a paid apprenticeship program, for Boston's youth seeking a career in law enforcement. The program requires a two-year commitment from those looking to one day become members of one of the finest police department in the country. During the two-year apprenticeship, cadets gain a better understanding of what it takes to become a police officer while working different shifts throughout the department in locations including Boston Police Headquarters, neighborhood stations and other specialized units throughout the city.

If interested in becoming a Boston Police Cadet, prospective candidates must be between the ages of 18-24, a current resident of Boston with residency in the city for the last 5 years, as well as, a United States citizen with a valid Massachusetts driver’s license.

If selected for appointment, candidates must pass an extensive screening process including: drug testing, a pre-employment physical, an extensive criminal background check, and a rigorous 8-week cadet training program (both academic and physical in nature) at the Boston Police Academy.

If you think you have what it takes to protect and serve, the men and women of the Boston Police Department would love to have you on their team. Good luck and stay safe out there!!!

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday July 16, 2019

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Monday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 2
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.

Boston 72: Weekend Update and Public Journal

Data includes 72–Hour-Period Beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 8

Street Robberies: 7
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 8
Vehicle Breaks: 22

Residential Break-ins: 5
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.

Death Investigation in the area of Dudley Street and Columbia Road in Dorchester

 

DEATH INVESTIGATION: At about 11:37 PM on Sunday, July 14, 2019, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of Dudley Street and Columbia Road in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing 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.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.

 

Three Arrested and Firearm Recovered After Violent Struggle in East Boston

 

At about 1:00 PM on Sunday, July 14, 2019, members of the District A-7 (East Boston) Drug Control Unit made three onsite arrests and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of Saratoga Street and Swift Street in East Boston. While on patrol in the area of the aforementioned location, officers observed an apparent drug transaction involving two white males and a Hispanic male. Officers approached the individuals, one of whom was on foot walking towards Swift Street. Upon approach, the male pushed one of the officers with both hands in an attempt to flee. Officers eventually secured the male in the area of 591 Saratoga Street, and subsequently located a Smith and Wesson M&P .380 Body Guard firearm loaded with six rounds of live ammunition from the suspect who was then taken into custody. 

Officers then focused their attention on the Hispanic male and white male, who had fled the area inside of a motor vehicle towards the Route 1A ramp. Officers observed the operator fail to use his turn signal then immediately pulled to the side of the road with both males simultaneously placing their heads toward their lap as if they were examining an item. Officers activated their emergency equipment (lights and sirens) in an effort to conduct a traffic stop. The Hispanic male operator abruptly placed his car in drive and attempted to flee the scene. The suspect switched gears between drive and reverse, striking a parked car and a police cruiser occupied by officers. Officers exited their vehicle and approached the suspect who was still actively trying to flee the scene in his motor vehicle, at one point accelerating towards officers. A violent struggle took place both inside and outside of the suspect’s motor vehicle. Eventually, the operator was subdued and taken into custody. The male passenger was also removed from the vehicle without incident and placed under arrest. Officers located a folding knife on the operator’s person. Officers additionally recovered a plastic bag containing a substance believed to be cocaine from inside of the vehicle along with an undisclosed amount of US Currency. 

Officers arrested Nicholas Boyd, 18-years-old, of Everett, Brendan Boyd, 22-years-old, of Everett, and Angelo Ramos, 22-years-old, of Winthrop. Nicholas Boyd is expected to be arraigned in East Boston District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number, Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, Resisting Arrest, and Assault and Battery on a Police Officer. Ramos is expected to be arraigned in East Boston District Court on charges of Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon, Assault by means of a Dangerous Weapon, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Malicious Destruction of a Motor Vehicle, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs. Brendan Boyd was discovered to have an active out of Malden District Court for Violation of a Restraining Order.