SAFER BOSTON: At about 11:56 PM, on Friday, May 10, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for three pedestrians struck at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Clarendon Street in the South End. While en route to the above location, officers received additional information that the suspect had failed to stop and fled the area in his motor vehicle. Officers spoke with the victims who stated they were in the crosswalk when the operator beeped at them before accelerating, striking all three of the victims. The victims, two adult females and one adult male, were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. As officers responded to the scene of the incident to tend to the victims, the suspect and his motor vehicle were located a short distance away on Tremont Street. While speaking with the operator, officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol emanating from the suspect’s breath. Further investigation led officers to take the suspect into custody.
Officers arrested Michael Watkins, 64-years-old, of Roxbury. Watkins is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (three counts), Leaving the Scene Personal Injury (three counts), and Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol.
BPD in the Community: Over the weekend, on Saturday May 4, 2019, Commissioner William Gross, Captain Steven Sweeney and officers assigned to District D-4, joined with players, coaches, volunteers and fans for the opening day parade and ceremonies for the South End Baseball League at Peters Park in the South End. Also in attendance were former Red Sox hitter and current analyst Sam Horn as well as Red Sox Hall of Fame pitcher, the legendary, Luis “El Tiante” Tiant.
The South End Baseball League is a non-profit organization that provides a comprehensive youth baseball program to players ages 4-18 from the South End community as well as Roxbury, Dorchester and Chinatown. The program allows any child the chance to participate regardless of their ability or financial means while stressing the importance of teamwork, commitment and fair play.
At about 11:18 AM on Tuesday April 30, 2019, officers assigned to the District D-4 (South End) and District C-11 (Dorchester) drug units arrested Antoine Seymour, 28, of Somerville, on drug related charges during an investigation in the area of Washington Street and Mora Street in Dorchester.
Officers stopped a motor vehicle that the suspect was travelling in after observing him conduct a street level drug transaction. As they approached, the suspect quickly exited the vehicle and fled on foot towards Stockton Street. Officers pursued the suspect on foot and placed him in custody without further incident in the area of 15 Rockwell Street. At the time of his arrest, the suspect was charged with Trafficking Class A Drugs.
At about 12:03 PM, the officers continued their investigation and executed a search warrant with the assistance of the BPD SWAT Team at the suspect’s residence on Dawson Street in Dorchester. Officers made entry and safely recovered a loaded 9mm Glock 17 (Gen5) handgun, a loaded .38 special Taurus revolver, a loaded .38 special Smith & Wesson revolver, $615 in U.S. Currency along with several plastic bags containing various illegal narcotics including crack cocaine and fentanyl.
The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on the initial charge of Trafficking Class A Drugs, as well as additional numerous charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (3 Counts), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device (2 Counts), Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Trafficking Class B Drugs and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B and E Drugs.
The Boston Police Department is releasing the above images in an effort to identify the individual pictured in relation to a robbery which occurred in the South End.
The facts of the original incident are as follows: At about 1:34 AM on Saturday April 27, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for a robbery in progress in the area of 238 West Canton Street. On arrival, officers located an adult female victim who stated that she had been walking on the Southwest Corridor when an unidentified male suspect approached her from behind and struck her on the head. The victim was not sure if she had been struck by an object or the suspect’s fist. The suspect then took the victim’s purse and fled on foot down West Canton Street towards Columbus Avenue.
The suspect is described as a black non-Hispanic male, standing between 5’7” and 5’9”, with a bald head.
The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police District D-4 (South End) Detectives at (617) 343-5619.
Community members wishing to assist the investigation anonymously can call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800)494-TIPS or text TIP to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department stringently protects the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous.
Coffee with a Cop Stops by the Villa Victoria on District D-4 in the South End: Thanks to everybody who stopped by today’s Coffee with a Cop hosted by the fine folks at the Villa Victoria located at 100 W. Dedham Street in the South End. Our officers from District D-4 had a wonderful time meeting and greeting community members eager to get to know and learn the names of the officers patrolling their neighborhoods while also sharing and discussing common concerns and issues impacting the safety of the neighborhood. Coffee with a Cop provides an informal and friendly setting ideally suited for convivial conversation all over a cup of joe. For more info about the next scheduled Coffee with a Cop, please call the Neighborhood Watch Unit at (617) 343-4345.
The men and women of the Boston Police Department arrived at Fenway Park early on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 to make sure safety measures and protocols were in place for the Boston Red Sox’s home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays. Although the final score of the game was not ideal, it is always a win for us when we get to protect and serve both the citizens and visitors of the City of Boston!
ONE LESS GUN: On Friday, April 5, 2019, officers assigned to the District D-4 (South End) Drug Control Unit were conducting an undercover drug investigation in the area of Copley Square when officers observed the suspect, Rashjeem Benson, 36 of Boston, engaged in what appeared a drug transaction.
Specifically, officers observed Benson selling Class B Drugs (Crack Cocaine) in the area of 885 Boylston Street.
After observing the transaction, officers approached Benson and, after identifying themselves as Boston Police Officers, asked if he was dealing illegal drugs. Benson immediately became uncooperative and refused to comply with the officer’s commands to place his hands behind his back. After a lengthy struggle, officers were able to handcuff and subdue Benson. A search revealed a loaded .44 caliber revolver (see photo) that was later determined stolen out of Nashua, New Hampshire on March 11, 2019.
Benson is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Distribution of Class B Drugs (Crack), Resisting Arrest, Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon on a Police Officer and Receiving Stolen Property.
Benson is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court
ONE LESS GUN: At about 2:06 AM, on Sunday, March 24, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 867 Boylston Street in the Back Bay. On arrival, officers were provided a description of two suspects, as well as, the vehicle they were operating. A search of the area led officers to locate a motor vehicle matching the description of the one which the suspects were believed to have been operating. Upon interacting with the operator and the passenger, officers removed both individuals from the vehicle and subsequently located a 9mm Ruger firearm inside of a bag underneath the passenger’s seat. Both occupants were placed under arrest. Upon further investigation, detectives were directed to the building located at 888 Boylston Street where they located ballistic damage to one of the windows.
Officers arrested the operator, Mario Escobar, 28-years-old, of Roxbury and the passenger, Carlos Perez-Mejia, 25-years-old, of Jamaica Plain. Both are expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Malicious Destruction of Property, and Discharging a Firearm within 500 feet of a Dwelling.
On Monday, March 18, 2019, Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit Detectives arrested Anthony Smith-Pacheco, 24 of Malden. Detectives sought a warrant out of Boston Municipal court for Assault and Battery, Indecent Assault and Battery and Assault with intent to Rape in connection to a sexual assault that occurred Sunday, March 17, 2019, at about 2:00 PM at a business establishment on Harrison Avenue in the South End.
Smith-Pacheco was arrested in Malden and will be transported back to Boston, District D-4 (South End) for booking and is expected to be arraigned at Boston Municipal Court.
SIGNIFICANT ARREST: At about 8:55AM, on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, officers assigned to the District D-4 (South End) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit arrested Juan Felix, 49, of Mattapan, during an investigation on Deering Road in Mattapan. Officers located and stopped the suspect as he approached a parked motor vehicle at which time they executed a search warrant for his person which led to the discovery and recovery of 77 small bags of a Class A Drug (Fentanyl) from his front right pants pocket, 2 medium sized bags of fentanyl from his front left pants pocket along with $268.00 in U.S. Currency. Officers determined the total weight of the drugs to be 132 grams. The suspect was then placed in custody on scene without incident. Officers continued their investigation, executing a search warrant of the suspect’s residence which led to the discovery and recovery of additional amounts of drugs and cash. In total, officers seized over 500 grams of a Class A Drug (Fentanyl) and $7300 in U.S. Currency. Mr. Felix is charged with Trafficking Class A Drugs (Fentanyl).
Motorists and pedestrians are kindly asked to avoid the area of Commonwealth Avenue and Exeter Street due to a large water main break. Commonwealth Avenue is closed to motorists and pedestrians from Dartmouth Street to Exeter Street and reopened at Fairfield Street. Motorists are being redirected to Beacon Street for access to Kenmore Square. Commonwealth Avenue inbound is open from Massachusetts Avenue to the Public Gardens.
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 5:43 AM on Saturday, March 9, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a vandalism in progress call in the area of 287 Berkeley Street, Back Bay. While en route, officers observed blue spray paint on a construction site wall in the area of 425 Boylston Street.
As officers approached the area of Commonwealth Avenue and Dartmouth Street, they observed a male fitting the description of the suspect that was given out by the BPD operations dispatcher. Officers stopped the suspect, later identified as Angel Rodriguez, 37, of Boston, and immediately smelled the odor of fresh paint coming from Rodriguez’ clothing and observed blue paint on his jacket. After Rodriguez removed his hands from his pockets, the officers recovered one (1) can of blue spray paint from his jacket pocket.
Angel Rodriguez was placed under arrest for Malicious Destruction of Property by Graffiti/Tagging and will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.
Investigation Update: At about 4:05 PM on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, officers at the front desk of District D-4 (South End) arrested a male who had turned himself in for an assault and battery which took place on February 9, 2019 in the area of Harrison Avenue and Fay Street. The individual, identified as Michael Kenney, 40-years-old, of Weymouth was placed under arrest for a warrant out of Boston Municipal Court for charges of Assault and Battery Causing Serious Bodily Injury and Assault and Battery.
The facts of the original incident are as follows: The original facts and circumstances surrounding the incident are as follows: At about 2:45 AM on Saturday, February 9, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a person screaming for help in the area of Harrison Avenue and Fay Street in the South End. On arrival, officers observed an adult male victim lying on the ground in a semi-conscious state. The male was then transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Officers spoke to witnesses on scene who provided a description of a group of three white male suspects who were alleged to have assaulted the victim, punching him multiple times, before slamming him into the ground. Officers canvassed the area for the suspects to no avail.
Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers from District D-4 Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection to Commercial Break-In in the South End: At about 9:20AM, on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, detectives assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to the Bloom Couture Floral Studio at 769 Tremont Street for a breaking and entering report. On arrival, officers spoke to a store employee who stated that, upon opening the store at 9:10AM, she discovered that the store had been broken into. Upon looking around the store for evidence of a break-in, officers observed several signs confirming that the store had been broken into including damage to a rear exterior door, the door jamb and a cash register. After reviewing the store’s security camera, officers were able to generate a description of the suspect. Moreover, a check of fingerprints lifted from the store’s cash register and later processed by the BPD’s Latent Print Unit enabled officers to identify a potential suspect. In light of the aforementioned, detectives applied for an arrest warrant for Luis Mercado, 44, of Boston charging him with the crime.
At about 11:29AM, on Sunday, February 17, 2019, officers located and arrested the suspect in the area of 112 Southampton Street. While being taken into custody, the suspect stated, "I'm all done, this is it." Mercado is charged with Unarmed Breaking and Entering into a Building (Nighttime). The investigation remains active.
Mercado is scheduled to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
COFFEE WITH A COP: Thanks to all those who stopped by Coffee with a Cop at The Fenway Community Center located at 1282 Boylston Street in Fenway (D4). The conversation flowed easily over great cups of coffee. Our officers had a wonderful time making new friends. If you are interested in learning about starting a Neighborhood Watch Group or interested in attending a future Coffee with a Cop event, please call (617) 343-4345.
At about 12:35 PM on Monday February 4, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 186 Northampton Street in Lower Roxbury. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim, suffering life-threatening injuries was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as Juan Morales, 32, of Fitchburg.
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.
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!”