At about 6:31 PM on Sunday April 14, 2019, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) recovered a plastic bag containing 96 oxycodone pills from inside a motor vehicle during an investigation in the area of 275 Medford Street. Officers were originally called to the area after a call for shots fired which resulted in an adult male victim self-applying to an area hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Officers later determined and confirmed that the evidence recovered belonged to Jonathan Libbey, 32, of Charlestown, who was not on scene at the time of the investigation. At about 7:35 PM on Monday April 15, 2019, officers located and arrested the suspect without incident in the area of Commercial Street and Charter Street in the North End. The suspect will appear in Charlestown District Court on charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs.
At about 8:50 PM on Saturday, officers working a paid detail in District A-1 (Downtown) at 100 Legends Way (TD Garden) assisted security with escorting a male and female patron from the premise. Officers assisted event security with removing the male patron with relative ease. When officers attempted to remove the female patron, they were met with violent resistance. The female began screaming at officers, threw herself to the ground and refused to leave the premise. The female became physically combative and kicked one of the officers. The female was told she would be placed under arrest for assaulting the officer. At this time, the female, still on the ground, rolled over and tucked her hands underneath her body while lying on her purse refusing to comply with officers’ commands. The female kicked at officers and spit on them before biting one of the officers on the arm. Eventually, the female was placed in handcuffs and escorted to an elevator in an attempt to avoid the stairs, due to her violent nature.
While on the elevator, the female became combative once again kicking one of the officers with full force. The suspect was removed from the elevator and continued her assault in the stairwell, kicking officers, tying up their legs with hers, causing them to fall multiple times, and digging her nails into the skin of one of the officers. The female was eventually placed on a stretcher with the assistance of Boston EMS and event security. While on the stretcher, the female kicked the EMTs and spit on a staff member. Officers placed a spit hood on the female and transported her to the district station where she refused booking after throwing a cup of water on the booking officer.
The female, identified as Stephanie Lavoie, 32-years-old, of Waterbury Vermont, was eventually booked and is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court charges of Assault and Battery on EMS Personnel, Disorderly Conduct, Assault and Battery, Resisting Arrest, and six counts of Assault and Battery on a Police Officer.
BPD Traffic Advisory: Blossom Street from Charles Street and Storrow Drive up to William Cardinal O'Connell Way are closed on both sides due to a large water main break. Motorists and pedestrians are kindly asked to avoid the area. Boston Water & Sewer and National Grid are working to alleviate to problem.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation Violent Crimes Task Force and the Boston Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying four individuals who were in the vicinity of Tremont Street and Stuart Street in Boston, Massachusetts at approximately 2:15 a.m. on Sunday, February 24, 2019.
The individuals are not suspected of any wrongdoing and are being sought as witnesses in connection with the alleged kidnapping of 23-year-old Jassy Correia.
The public is being asked to review a video and photos of the individuals (enhanced surveillance photos can be found at the bottom of this release).
As seen in the video, the unknown male has facial hair and is wearing a dark jacket with a white undershirt and dark pants. Next to him is an unidentified female wearing a black dress with a dark green jacket and dark, knee-high boots. The unknown female next to her is pictured wearing a dark outfit with a tan jacket and black boots. The last female on the right is seen wearing a dark jacket over a multicolored dress, with knee-high, black boots. All four are believed to be in their 20s, have light skin, and dark hair.
February 24, 2019 surveillance footage in the vicinity of Tremont Street and Stuart Street in Boston, Massachusetts, depicting four unknown individuals being sought as witnesses in connection with the alleged kidnapping of Jassy Correia. The individuals are not suspected of wrongdoing but may have information that will help in the case.
“We’re asking the public to take a close look at these images to see if they can help us identify these people because we believe they may have information that could enhance our investigation,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston Division. “We want to emphasize that these folks are not suspected of any wrongdoing. We just really want to talk to them to find out if they have seen or overheard something that could help us bring some closure to Jassy’s family.”
A social media campaign, including advertisements on Facebook, will run in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island for the next month.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI Boston Division’s Violent Crimes Task Force at 857-386-2000. Tips can also be electronically submitted at tips.fbi.gov.
One Less Gun: At about 8:26 PM on Thursday, March 21, 2019, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) made an onsite arrest and recovered a loaded firearm following a traffic stop in the area of Monument Street and Bunker Hill Street in Charlestown. While on patrol in the area of the above location, officers observed a motor vehicle operating with excessive tints on the windows and an expired registration decal. Officers approached the vehicle and immediately smelled the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle. While speaking with the operator, officers observed the passenger with a green substance believed to be marijuana inside of a tray between his feet. At this time, both the operator and passenger were removed from the vehicle. Inside of the rear climate control panel, officers subsequently located a black Smith & Wesson .32 long revolver loaded with six rounds of live ammunition. The operator of the motor vehicle was taken into custody while the passenger was identified and released from the scene.
Officers arrested Laron Richardson, 30-years-old, of Brockton. Richardson is expected to be arraigned in Charlestown District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, and Open Container of Marijuana in a Vehicle.
BPD Remembers: On this day 50 years ago, March 17, 1969, Boston Police Patrolman Francis B. Johnson was shot and killed in the line of duty while responding to a disturbance at a tavern in the area of Kneeland Street and Tremont Street in Downtown Boston. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life in prison.
Patrolman Johnson was 51 years of age at the time of his death and had served with the Boston Police Department for 27 years. He was survived by his wife and six children. He was laid to rest at the Blue Hills Cemetery in Braintree.
Patrolman Johnson’s name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 35, West Line 6. His name is also on the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters along with the Police Memorial at the State House in Boston. A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor at Tremont Street and Boylston Street in Downtown Boston.
Please join the men and women of the BPD as we take a moment to honor and remember his service and sacrifice fifty years ago today.
Following an extensive citywide investigation into the arrest of Angel Rodriguez, 37-years-old, of Boston, detectives have identified Rodriguez as the individual wanted for several additional incidents of vandalism across the City of Boston as well as an incident of arson. As a result of this investigation, Rodriguez is also being charged with Arson in relation to an incident which occurred on February 21, 2019 in which building materials were set on fire in the area of 500 Boylston Street. Rodriguez also faces multiple counts of Vandalism for various incidents in the Downtown area including the following: A February 25, 2019 in which officers responded to a radio call for a vandalism in the area of 399 Boylston Street. On arrival, officers observed damage to the front exterior door and display window believed to have been smashed with a sledgehammer.
The Boston Police continues to investigate additional incidents of vandalism and graffiti in the Downtown area.
At about 2:30 AM on Sunday, March 3, 2019, officers observed an individual acting in a suspicious manner while in a motor vehicle located at Warrenton Street and Stuart Street, Downtown Boston.
The individual had been sitting in the driver’s side of the idling parked motor vehicle for a long period of time. Officers asked the individual to identify himself several times but he refused by not responding to officers. Officers requested the individual to exit the motor but he continued to ignore the officer’s requests. As officers were attempting to obtain information from the individual in question, they noticed what appeared to be a firearm under the driver’s side seat. At this point the individual who was later identified as Michael Okoye, 34 of Randolph, was placed under arrest and charged with refusal to submit to a Police Officer. Officers determined that the firearm recovered from under the suspects seat was a faux .45 caliber BB Gun depicted in the photo.
Michael Okoye was placed under arrest and charged with refusal to submit to a Police Officer. He will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.
KEEPING BOSTON SAFE: At about 1:10 AM, on Saturday, March 2, 2019, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown Boston) arrested Israel Chery, 24, of Somerville and Jerome Belle, 24, of Randolph, on firearm related charges after responding to a disturbance in the area of 100 Warrenton Street in Boston. On arrival, officers were informed and advised by staff of the Icon Nightclub that the two suspects had been removed from the establishment after being involved in a verbal altercation with a group of patrons inside. Once the two were outside of the club, Jerome Belle was observed retrieving a handgun from a nearby parked motor vehicle and handing it to Israel Chery as the two then walked together towards Stuart Street. Officers soon located and stopped Israel Chery at the corner of Warrenton Street and Stuart Street at which time a violent struggle ensued. The suspect was eventually placed in custody with the assistance of numerous responding officers at which time a loaded .40 caliber Glock 23 Gen 4 handgun (see photo) was recovered from the suspect’s right jacket pocket. Officers continued to search the area and soon located the second suspect, Jerome Belle, in a parked motor vehicle where he was placed in custody without incident. Both suspects will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.
UPDATE: The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the male in the above photo identified as Louis D. Coleman III, 32-years-old, of Providence, Rhode Island. The BPD is also looking to locate the red motor vehicle which Coleman is believed to be operating. Last seen in the Providence, Rhode Island area on Thursday, February 28, 2019, police are seeking the public’s assistance to locate Coleman as well as Jassy Correia.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jassy Correia, Louis D. Coleman, or the red vehicle is urged to contact 911 immediately.
Community members wishing to assist this search 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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.
The facts and circumstances of the original incident are as follows: The Boston Police Department is issuing a Missing Person Alert and asking for the public’s help in efforts to locate 23-year-old Jassy Correia. Shortly after leaving the Venu Nightclub, Correia was seen in the area of 255 Tremont Street in Boston in the company of an unknown male (see video below) at about 12:15AM on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Correia was later seen entering a motor vehicle, believed to be a red motor vehicle (see photo), with the same male in the area of Tremont and Herald Streets. When last seen, Correia, who is approximately 5’7” tall, was wearing big hoop earrings, an orange jumpsuit and a jean jacket with an image of red lips and pink wings on the back of it.
BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Thomas F. Rose Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 26 Years Ago: On this day 26 years ago, February 19, 1993, Patrolman Thomas F. Rose shot and killed after letting an inmate out of his cell to make a phone call in the cell block of District A-1 (Downtown). Officer Rose’s murderer was convicted of the crime the same year.
A 13-year veteran of the department, Officer Rose was 42-years-old at the time of his death. Making his line of duty death ever more tragic is the fact that he left behind a grieving wife, three children and a granddaughter.
Officer Rose was laid to rest at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Dorchester and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial on Panel 26, West Line 9.
In Boston, a Hero Sign (see photo) is posted outside of District A-1 Station at 40 Sudbury Street in Boston to forever honor the memory of a man who gave his life in service to his city. If you’re in the area, keep an eye out for his Hero Sign and kindly take a moment, not only to honor his sacrifice, but to remember the loved ones left in mourning after his tragic passing so many years ago.
Changing Norms & Attitudes to Prevent the Harm Caused by Commercial Sexual Exploitation - No Buyers, No Harm
Over 100 participants attended the event, which took place on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 8:00-10:00 a.m. at MassHousing, 1 Beacon Street, 4th Floor, Bill White Board Room. The City of Boston, Boston Police Department and Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement; MassHousing, Demand Abolition, the Imago Dei Fund and The Eva Center convened an event titled Understanding Commercial Sexual Exploitation Through the Lens of Gender Inequity.
The presentation highlighted the City of Boston’s evolving approach to combatting the harms associated with commercial sexual exploitation, and to educate as to the connection between prostitution, sex trafficking, gender inequity and gender-based violence.
"This truly is an issue of gender equity. The vast majority of people involved in this kind of exploitation are female. They are often forced into this work by their partners or others, and fear retribution. They don’t see another option—or a way out of it."-Mayor Martin J. Walsh
The City of Boston is committed to preventing and reducing the harm associated with commercial sexual exploitation through a three-pronged strategy;
Community outreach, education and mobilization to change norms so that Bostonians no longer consider buying sex a normal act, but instead harmful to all involved - the victim, the buyer and the community.
Promotion of Men’s Accountability: Male buyers are driving this crime. Given that, male accountability is a key strategy of the City of Boston’s approach, and will manifest in the form of legal and financial sanctions, alongside a broader targeted deterrence and education effort; and
The creation of victim-centered responses with comprehensive trauma informed services for those attempting to exit the life, and for those active in the life.
The City of Boston is moving toward this approach through its CEASE Boston Initiative. CEASE stands for Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation and Boston is one of twelve U.S. jurisdictions that have been working since 2015 to end commercial sexual exploitation. “The Boston Police Department has played a lead role in CEASE Boston efforts since 2015.” says Commissioner Gross, “Through this collaborative work, the need for all sectors and partners to join us in our efforts to reduce demand for paid sex is evident. It is time for us as a city to recognize prostituted persons as vulnerable human beings who need compassion, support and services - not arrest and marginalization”.
At about 8:51 PM on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019, Officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of 181 North Washington Street, Boston.
Upon arrival, officers met with a witness who had observed the suspect, later identified as Michael O’Leary, 34, of Somerville, trying to open several car door handles and rummaging through one of the unattended motor vehicles. While attempting to pull the male out of vehicle the witness observed a brown firearm in a black holster fall out of the suspects jacket pocket.
Officers located a brown firearm in a black holster on top of the snow a few feet away. The inside of the motor vehicle was in disarray, with various items scattered throughout the front seat while the middle armrest compartment was completely left open. Officers retrieved a loaded magazine and three rounds of ammunition from within the motor vehicle.
Michael O’Leary was arrested and charged with the following: Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle, Nighttime, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.
O’Leary will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.
BPD Officers Arrest Store Clerk for Unlawful Sale of Marijuana Cigarettes and Edibles in South Boston: Acting on several community complaints and concerns relative to the unlawful sale of marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles out of the King Smoke Shop at 600 East Broadway Street in South Boston, detectives assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) with help from both the District C-6 (South Boston) and District A-1 (Downtown) Drug Control Units initiated an investigation to better understand the facts and circumstances fueling the concerns. As a result of the investigation, which included undercover purchases of marijuana inside the store, officers were able to accumulate sufficient evidence and cause to charge two employees of the establishment with the unlawful sale of marijuana. On today’s date, Monday, February 11, 2019, an officer working in an undercover capacity entered the establishment and purchased several marijuana cigarettes.
In light of the illegal purchases, investigators arrested Saqib Imran, 38, of Brockton and charged him with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class D Drug (Marijuana). Additionally, officers charged the owner of the store, Tanveer Shah, 61, of Bellingham with Possession with Intent to Distribute both a Class D Drug (Marijuana) and a Class C Drug (THC). Soon after the arrests, a search warrant was obtained in order to properly quantify and catalogue the store’s illegal marijuana inventory. During the search, officers were able to locate and confiscate multiple marijuana cigarettes and marijuana-infused edibles and candies.
Specifically, officers recovered the following:
Over 60 bags of edible Marijuana candies
67 vials of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)
26 Moon Rock Marijuana candy containers
95 Marijuana cigarettes
Over $1,000 in US Currency
Both individuals are scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday, February, 12, 2019 in South Boston District Court.
Daily Dose of Great Police Work: At about 12:06 AM on Sunday, February 10, 2019, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a person with a knife in the area of 177 State Street (7-Eleven) in Boston. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated he was working at the above location when he observed a male attempting to steal food from the store. The victim stated he confronted the male who became aggressive and began pushing one of the staff members. The victim stated the suspect then pulled a knife out and began threatening the staff with the knife, before leaving the store with merchandise he did not pay for. Officers were provided with a description of the suspect and searched the area initially to no avail. At approximately 2:00 AM, officers responded to the area of 85 Causeway Street for a male causing a disturbance. On arrival, officers observed the male who matched the previous description of the suspect from the earlier assault at 177 State Street. The suspect was identified and taken into custody. Officers retrieved a knife from the suspect’s pocket.
Officers arrested Kyle Lincoln, 26-years-old, of Dorchester. Lincoln will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Assault by means of a Dangerous Weapon, Assault and Battery, and Shoplifting by Concealing Merchandise.
COMMUNITY POLICING AT ITS BEST: With an estimated 1.5 million, heavily enthusiastic and highly energized Pats fans fanning out and flooding the streets of Boston to celebrate the New England Patriots Super Bowl Championship, it most assuredly seemed all but impossible to safely navigate one’s way through the historically large crowd. In light of the aforementioned, a large-hearted Boston Police Officer observed an elderly woman in need of assistance and made a championship move while taking her by the hand in order to patiently and safely guide the 95-year-old woman across the street. “We’re Still Here!”
The men and women of the Boston Police Department would like to thank all who celebrated The New England Patriots sixth Super Bowl victory. As revelers took to the streets to share in their excitement, the BPD is proud to announce that only one arrest has been made during the celebrations. Officers arrested Vincent Bredice, 21-years-old, of Los Angeles, CA. Bredice was taken into custody at approximately 11:30 PM on Sunday, February 3, 2019 in the area of Tremont Street and Avery Street after officers observed the suspect climbing a tree in Boston Common. The suspect was advised multiple times to climb down off of the tree, but the suspect gave officers the middle finger before continuing his ascent up the tree. The suspect kicked multiple branches off of the tree while drinking an alcoholic beverage. The suspect eventually was removed from the tree and taken into custody. Bredice will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court where he faces charges of Malicious Destruction of Property, Disturbing the Peace, and Drinking in Public.
On Sunday, January 28, 2019, Commissioner Gross, along with members of the Boston Police Department, and other first responder agencies gathered at the TD Garden for the 3rd annual Boston Bruins BFit First Responder Challenge. Police, Firefighters and EMT’s took part in a rigorous course of stair climbs and laps around the TD Garden to raise money for the 100 Club of Massachusetts which provides assistance to the surviving families of police officers and firefighters killed in the line-of-duty. After the event, “Blades the Bruin” was on hand to take a few pictures and greet the participants.
Detectives have identified and subsequently cleared the additional male seen in surveillance video on Congress Street, Downtown, as it relates to the Olivia Ambrose investigation. The male turned himself in to detectives and at this point in the investigation is considered a witness.
The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact District A-1 (Downtown) Detectives at (617) 343-4248.
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.
UPDATE: Victor Pena, 38, of Boston has been arrested and charged with Kidnapping in connection to the disappearance of 23-year-old Olivia Ambrose who was located earlier today. Pena is scheduled to be arraigned in Charlestown District Court tomorrow, Wednesday, January 23, 2019.