Investigation Update: Wanted Suspect in Custody in Connection to Homicide in the area of 66 Milton Avenue

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Investigation Update: In June of 2019, Boston Police Homicide Detectives identified Ricardo Jamesy Washington, 24, of Roxbury, as the suspect wanted in connection to the fatal shooting of Donell Davis several weeks before in Dorchester. Investigators applied for and were granted a warrant for his arrest in Dorchester District Court on charges of Murder and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. The suspect is now in custody and awaiting rendition in Atlanta, Georgia, after being arrested by local authorities on bank robbery charges on Wednesday October 16, 2019. There is no immediate timetable for his return for arraignment in Dorchester District Court.

The original facts and circumstances surrounding this incident are as follows: At about 10:05 AM on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of Milton Avenue in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim inside a residence suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim, suffering life threatening injuries, was pronounced non-viable on scene. The victim was later identified as Donell Davis, 24-years-old, of Boston.

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.

 

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Seth A. Noyes 149 Years Ago

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BPD Remembers: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Officer Seth A. Noyes 149 years ago. While on duty in South Boston in 1867, Officer Seth A. Noyes suffered life threatening injuries which resulted in permanent paralysis while making an arrest. He remained hospitalized for the remainder of his life, ultimately passing away three years later on Tuesday October 18, 1870.

Officer Noyes was 41 years old at the time of his passing and had served with the Boston Police Department for ten years. He was survived by his wife.

Officer Noyes is buried at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, panel 62, west line 30, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial at the State House.

Officer Noyes’ name was added in 2017 after careful research revealed the facts and circumstances of his line of duty death 149 years ago.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor in the area of East 1st Street and M Street in South Boston.

 

Hanna Awards Honor and Recognize Law Enforcement’s Best & Bravest

Congratulations to all the police officers recognized at this year’s Trooper George L. Hanna Memorial Awards for Bravery which were held today (October 18, 2019) at the State House. Several Boston Police Officers were honored and recognized for their bravery and courage.

·         Officer Garnet Brown

·         Officer Davilson DosSantos

·         Officer Manuel Miranda

·         Officer Andre Watson

This award recognizes officers from around Massachusetts whose actions have demonstrated bravery above and beyond expectations and for that they are to be commended. Massachusetts State Trooper George L. Hanna, for whom the awards are named after, was killed during a traffic stop in Auburn, Massachusetts in 1983.

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Ezekiel W. Hodsdon 162 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Officer Ezekiel W. Hodsdon who was killed in the line of duty 162 years ago today. On Sunday, October 18, 1857, Officer Hodsdon was shot and killed by a suspect as he attempted to arrest a second suspect in the area of Havre Street and Maverick Street in East Boston. Both suspects were later identified and arrested.  

Officer Hodsdon was the first Boston Police Officer killed in the line of duty. He was 25 years old at the time of his death and had served with the Boston Police Department for one year. Officer Hodson was survived by his wife and their son, who was just 10 days old at the time of his death.

Officer Hodsdon is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, MA. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, panel 50, west line 26, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial at the State House.

A Hero Sign and Memorial have been placed in his honor at the corner of Maverick Street and Havre Street in East Boston.

 

Night in Blue: The Boston Police Activities League (PAL) Hosts Inaugural Fundraising Gala

NIGHT IN BLUE: On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, the Boston Police Activities League (Boston PAL) hosted its inaugural fundraising gala, ‘Night in Blue’, in celebration of its 30th anniversary. Night in Blue is a tribute to the profound commitment to public safety and youth engagement by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Commissioner William G. Gross and the Boston Police Department Bureau of Community Engagement. Mayor Walsh was honored and presented with the Boston PAL Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his distinguished civic leadership and outstanding philanthropic commitment. The evening also highlighted the success of the BPD’s Bureau of Community Engagement as well as the effectiveness of their programs and activities throughout the community. Over 400 of Boston’s business, civic and cultural leaders attended Night in Blue which enabled Boston PAL to raise funds needed to grown and expand signature programs throughout the City of Boston.

“Boston PAL’s programs operate throughout all Boston neighborhoods. Thousands of children and young people benefit each year from PAL resources,” said Commissioner Gross, “From Youth/Police Dialogues to basketball games, from the Teen Police Academy to Flashlight Walks, from book clubs to boxing lessons – Boston youth are interacting with police in a positive way every day. And, it is making a huge difference as young people see our officers more and more as friends and mentors, not enemies. PAL makes this possible.”

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, October 17, 2019

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 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: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 2

Residential Break-ins: 7
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.

Officers Make Immediate Arrest of Suspect for Assault and Battery in Jamaica Plain

 

On Wednesday October 16th, 2019, at approximately 7:11 p.m., several YVSF Officers observed a group of 8 males –known to officers from an ongoing investigation, surround 3 male victims in the area of the Jackson Square MBTA station. The 3 victims attempted to walk toward the station but were blocked by the large group. Officers then observed several males from the large group assault 1 male victim. The 3 victims continued to attempt to separate themselves from the large group to no avail. Fearing the larger group would seriously injure the 3 male victims, YVSF officers intervened. As the large group observed YVSF Officers approach Jackson Square, they began to flee. After several foot-pursuits, members of the large group were all stopped and detained.

The juvenile males were identified and transported to District E-13 where contact was made with their respective parents or guardians and released. One suspect was placed under arrest for Assault and Battery and transported to District E-13 for booking and is expected to be arraigned at Boston Juvenile Court.

Officers Arrest One Suspect After Recovering a Loaded Tec-9 Firearm During a Traffic Stop in Roslindale

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At about 10:14 AM on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force, arrested Anthony Villafane, 26, of Roslindale and Michael Gerald, 24, of Roslindale.

While on patrol in the Archdale Housing Development in Roslindale, officers observed a motor vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Archdale Road in the direction of Brookway Terrace. A query through the Registry of Motor Vehicle’s revealed that the license plate had been cancelled and was not associated with that vehicle.

Officers initiated a traffic stop in the area of 90 Archdale and observed both the operator and front passenger open their doors in an attempt to exit the vehicle. Officer were able to keep both parties in the motor vehicle. An additional query through the Registry of Motor Vehicle’s revealed that Villafane was operating an unregistered/uninsured motor vehicle and operating with a suspended driver’s license, therefore, the motor vehicle would have to be towed.

Gerald began moving around in his seat, reaching towards the floor area where a backpack was located. Officers feared a weapon might be present so both parties were removed from the motor vehicle. A loaded Intratec, Tec-9 firearm with one round in the chamber and five rounds of ammunition in the magazine were recovered from the backpack. A check of the CJIS Web revealed that the firearm had been reported stolen out of Covino, CA., on December 12, 1997.

Gerald was placed under arrest and charged with the following: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Receiving Stolen Property and Carrying a Dangerous Weapon.

Villafane was placed under arrest and charged with Operating after Revocation or Suspension and Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle on a Public Way.

Both suspects will be arraigned in West Roxbury District Court.

Search Warrant Nets Two Arrests and Two Firearms in Dorchester

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At approximately 12:30pm on October 16, 2019, members of the City-Wide Drug Control Unit and Area B-2 (Roxbury/Mission Hill) Drug Control Unit executed two search warrants in the area of 34 Creston Street in Dorchester (Area C-11). As a result, Cedrick Slayden 23, of Dorchester and Dexter Forrester, 22, of Dorchester were arrested.

Dexter Forrester will be charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D, Drugs & Operating a motor vehicle with a Suspended Driver’s License

Cedrick Slayden will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Distribution of Class A, Drugs, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Both are expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court. 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, October 16, 2019

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 4

Residential Break-ins: 3
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.

Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Gross Break Ground at Site of New District Station in East Boston

Earlier this morning, on Wednesday October 16, 2019, Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Gross joined local civic leaders and officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston) to break ground for a new district station on East Eagle Street. The state-of-the-art facility will replace the aging building on Paris Street that Boston Police Officers assigned to East Boston have been calling their home base for 160 years. The new 27,505 square-foot building will feature temporary holding facilities, fitness and locker area for police personnel, a vehicle maintenance bay and parking for police vehicles as well as a large community room and permanent art featured prominently both in and around the facility. The building is intended to welcome the community while also holding a civic presence.

 

Suspect in Custody After BPD Officers Respond to Call for Shots Fired in Dorchester

At about 1:05 AM on Wednesday October 16, 2019, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 12 Arion Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located multiple shell casings in front of the address.

Officers were able to obtain video footage which showed the suspect, later identified as Troy Connally, 35 of Boston, lifting his right arm out of his jacket pocket and pointing a firearm towards the sky. Officers then observed several muzzle flashes.

Officers canvassed the area and observed the suspect walking in the area of Arion Street and Davern Avenue. Officers approached and stopped the suspect at which time they recovered the slide of a semi-automatic weapon from his jacket pocket. The suspect was then placed in custody on scene without incident.

Mr. Connally was placed under arrest and charged with the following: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Firearm Discharged Within 500 Feet of a Dwelling.  He is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.

 

Investigation Leads to Arrest and Recovered Firearm After BPD Officers Respond to Call for Shots Fired in Dorchester

At about 9:21 PM on Tuesday October 15, 2019, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to the area of Townsend Street and Codman Park following a call for shots fired that occurred earlier that evening at approximately 8:26 PM.

The suspect, later identified as, Arhjai Jackson, 20, of Boston, was observed via video surveillance footage shooting at an unidentified motor vehicle. As part of their investigation, detectives obtained consent to search 63 Codman Park which resulted in the recovery of a loaded Glock 23 .40 caliber firearm from inside the residence. The firearm was loaded with one round of ammunition in the chamber with one round remaining in the magazine. The magazine is capable of holding 15 rounds of ammunition.

Arhjai Jackson was arrested on scene without incident and charged with the following; Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Discharging a Firearm within 500 feet of a Building and Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device. He is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.

 

Boston 96: Weekend Update and Public Journal

Data includes 96 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 3
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 6
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 13
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 23

Residential Break-ins: 11
Commercial Break-ins: 5

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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.

Officers Arrest Man in Possession of a Loaded Rifle in Dorchester

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At about 7:59 PM, on Monday, October 14, 2019, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester), responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of 381 Centre Street in Dorchester.

Officers were advised by the BPD dispatcher that 4 males were arguing and that one of those males was holding what appeared to be a rifle in his hand.

Upon arrival, officers observed the suspect coming out of a driveway and due to the nature of the call, officers placed the male, later identified as Paul Brown, 33, of Dorchester, into handcuffs and searched him for any weapons that may have been present.

Officers were able to locate a rifle leaning against a chain link fence in the driveway. The Mossberg International 71ST, .22 caliber long rifle had a magazine containing 23 rounds of ammunition.

Mr. Brown was charged with the following: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device and Carrying a Rifle or Shotgun on a Public Way. Brown is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

BPD in the Community: Officers Present a Brand New SafetyNet Bracelet to Young Man in Roxbury

BPD in the Community: On Friday October 11, 2019, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) and the BPD Bureau of Community Engagement presented a SafetyNet bracelet to a young man from the community. The officers were aware that he is a big fan of the BPD and often wanders from home to go to visit the district station or to take a look at police vehicles on duty in the neighborhood. In addition to the tracking bracelet, officers presented a number of police related items and even gave their young visitor the chance to activate the lights and sirens of a cruiser at the base. This bracelet will give his family members a sense of security while helping our officers quickly locate him should he wander again in the future.

 

Search Warrant Leads to Trafficking Arrest in Dorchester

At about 12:15 PM on Saturday, October 12, 2019, officers assigned to District C-11, Drug Control Unit (Dorchester), and District E-5, Drug Control Unit (West Roxbury), executed a search warrant for two apartments located at 37 Greenock Street in Dorchester.

As a result of the search, the following items were recovered and seized: More than 30 grams of Heroin, 10 grams of packaged Marijuana, $166,343.00 in US currency and other related drug paraphernalia.

Officers charged Kenron Roache, 24, of Dorchester with Trafficking: Class A, Drugs (Heroin), and Possession with Intent to Distribute, Class D, Drugs (Marijuana).

Kenron Roache is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

Boston Police Enjoyed Making a Dream Come True for an 8-Year-Old Boy

On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, Commissioner William Gross, members of the BPD Command Staff, and BPD Special Operations, welcomed Braiden, an 8-year-old boy that is the newest “Dream Kid” chosen by Dream on 3, a Charlotte-based nonprofit that makes sports Dreams come true for children with life-altering conditions.

Braiden's sports dream is to attend a New England Patriots game and meet some of the players, but he absolutely adores police officers. Says Braiden “I want to be a police officer when I grow up because they help people and keep them safe.” 

Thank you to Dream on 3 for allowing the Boston Police Department to be a part of Braiden’s Dream Experience.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, October 11, 2019

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 2
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 4
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.

Safer Boston: BPD Officers Bravely Confront, Subdue and Arrest Gun-Wielding Suspect during Motor Vehicle Stop in Roxbury

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ONE LESS GUN: At about 2:14PM, on Thursday, October 10, 2019, members of Youth Violence Strike Force were on random patrol when officers observed a gray motor vehicle travelling along Howard Ave in Roxbury with what appeared to be excessively tinted windows which clearly compromise the safety and well-being of any officer approaching the vehicle given the obvious difficulty presented to any officer seeking to successfully look inside the vehicle. It should be noted that in this case, the side windows were so dark that officers could not determine how many people were inside the car. In light of the violation, officers activated their lights and sirens to stop the vehicle to better understand and investigate their observations. While approaching the vehicle, officers were able to see two occupants frantically moving around the interior of the vehicle in such a way as if to suggest they were attempting to conceal something. While talking to the operator of the vehicle, officers noted he appeared to be extremely nervous given the fact that he was shaking and breathing at an accelerated rate. Additionally, the operator appeared to be shielding the right side of his body leading officers to believe that he may have been attempting to conceal a weapon.

In light of the aforementioned observations, officers, now greatly concerned that the operator may be armed, instructed him to exit the car. However, instead of compliance, the suspect remained defiant while repeatedly refusing to cooperate with the officer’s legal instructions. As the suspect’s level of resistance intensified, officers observed the operator reach for an object inside his jacket. Fearing that the suspect was reaching for a firearm, officers immediately unholstered their department-issued firearms and ordered the suspect to show his hands.  At this point, officers were able to successfully restrain and handcuff the suspect. Said one of the officers on scene, “That individual’s lucky nobody was seriously hurt.”

Once outside the car, a frisk of the suspect enabled officers to locate and recover a loaded firearm (see photo) found inside the suspect’s right pocket. The loaded firearm was later determined to be a Glock 27 (.40 caliber) with a 13 round high capacity magazine. Additionally, a more extensive search of the suspect enabled officers to discover and recover a plastic bag containing an off-white colored powder believed to be fentanyl. It should also be noted that the motor vehicle’s window tint was determined, as measured by a tint meter, to be 7% darker than the allotted 35% permitted by Mass General Law.   

Officers arrested Nicholson Nicolas, 21, of Cambridge and charged him with the following:

·       Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd Offense)

·       Carrying a Loaded Firearm

·       Unlawful Possession of Ammunition

·       Possession of a High Capacity Firearm

·       MGL c265 S18B, Firearm in Felony, Possess

·       Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Drug (Fentanyl)

Additionally, Nicolas was issued citation for:

·       Excessive Window Tint