Two Arrested and Firearm Recovered in the South End

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At about 11:05 PM on Friday, July 19, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) made two onsite arrests and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of 14 E. Brookline Street in the South End. While on directed patrol in the area of 700 Harrison Avenue, officers observed a male standing by the park benches. Officers, who were on foot and walking towards the park, observed the male quickly pin his right hand to his waistband and walk hurriedly away from them. Suspect #1 walked toward a second male and handed over an unknown item from within his waistband and immediately began running away from officers toward the area of 14 E. Brookline Avenue. Officers followed suspect #1 who was eventually apprehended. Suspect #2 who remained on the park bench, was found to be in possession of a Llama 9mm firearm loaded with eight rounds of live ammunition. 

Officers arrested suspect #1, Jerry Carrasquillo Jr., 35-years-old, of Dorchester and suspect #2 Louis Lasanta, 50-years-old, of Boston. Both are expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number. Carrasquillo faces an additional charge of Firearm Violation with Two Prior Violent/Drug Crimes. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

Officers Recover Sixty-Seven Canisters of Nitrous Oxide Outside of Fenway Park

On Friday, July 5, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End), members of the Drug Control Unit and the Citywide Bicycle Unit recovered 67 canisters containing a substance believed to be Nitrous Oxide in the area surrounding Fenway Park in Boston. Prior to a concert, officers observed a large group of individuals inhaling Nitrous Oxide from balloons in an effort to achieve a high. The balloons were being filled using various canisters and subsequently discarded in the street and sidewalk. Officers responded to the scene and removed 67 canisters which were turned over to the Boston Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Unit for additional processing.

 

​BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Patrolman Michael Brennan Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 101 Years Ago

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BPD Remembers: 101 years ago, on July 7, 1918, Patrolman Michael Brennan was killed in the line of duty when he suffered life-threatening injuries from an apparent fall from a great height while pursuing a suspect in the area of Warren Street in Roxbury. Patrolman Brennan was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Patrolman Brennan worked for the department for less than a year and was 33-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 and a son, who was born the day after his funeral services.

Patrolman Brennan was laid to rest at Saint Joseph’s Cemetery in West Roxbury and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial on Panel 2, East Line 1.

In Boston, a Hero Sign is posted at 302 Warren Street in Roxbury 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.

 

BPD in the Community: BPD District D-4 Participates in Operation Safe Alley in the South End

On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, officers assigned to the District D-4 (South End) Community Service Office were joined by the Mayor’s Office, Boston Public Works, and residents of the South End for the implementation of “Operation Safe Alley.” By focusing on reducing crime in the area, additional lighting and landscaping were completed to provide safe passage to residents. Officers conducted a physical assessment of two alleys where major issues were identified, removing drug paraphernalia and debris in an effort to address concerns from neighbors.

 

Two Arrested and Firearm Recovered After Shots Fired in Roxbury

 

At about 3:59 AM on Thursday, June 13, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue in Roxbury. While enroute to the above location, officers received information that a black female suspect had fired gunshots in the direction of the highway and was walking toward the expressway behind the South Bay House of Correction. On arrival, officers spoke to a white male operating a bright orange bicycle who stated that a female was shooting off fireworks in the area. Officers continued to search the area of Mass Ave and Melnea Cass for the female, eventually locating her within a group of individuals including the male on the bicycle. As officers approached, the female began to flee on foot, but was located and apprehended a short distance away. The male on the bicycle fled in the opposite direction, but was also located and apprehended. Officers recovered ten small plastic bags containing a substance believed to be crack cocaine as well as a Smith & Wesson .38 SPL loaded with four rounds of live ammunition and two spent shell casings from the male suspect. The female suspect was found to have an active warrant and was also taken into custody. 

Officers arrested Tiernan Walsh, 18-years-old, of Mattapan and Lakeesha Braggs, 25-years-old, of Roxbury. Walsh is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs. Braggs is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Building and Possession of Class A Substance. Braggs also has an active warrant out of Roxbury District Court for charges of Fugitive from Justice, Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle, and Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle. 

 

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Connection to Homicide in the area of 120 Huntington Ave in the South End

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Connection to Homicide in the area of 120 Huntington Ave in the South End: Yesterday, at about 10:58 AM, on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 120 Huntington Avenue in the South End. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. That victim has since been identified as Luckinson Oruma, 60, of Roxbury.   

While an arrest has been made in connection to the homicide, 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.

Suspect Arrested in Homicide in the area of 120 Huntington Avenue in the South End

 

HOMICIDE ARREST: At about 10:58 AM, on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 120 Huntington Avenue in the South End. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from life-threatening injuries. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Officers on scene received information that the suspect had fled the scene in a taxi cab. Quick response from a detail officer in the area allowed officers to locate the taxi cab and subsequently the suspect who was placed under arrest in the area of 1 Ring Road in the Back Bay.

Officers arrested Phillip Foy, 34-years-old, of Pawtucket. Foy is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Murder, Armed Carjacking and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

At this time, investigators do not believe there is any active threat to the public. 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.

 

One Less Gun: 17-year-old Male Arrested and Firearm Recovered After Shots Fired in the South End

 

One Less Gun: At about 12:38 AM on Sunday, June 2, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) made an onsite arrest and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of 111 West Concord Street in the South End. While on a directed patrol in the area of the aforementioned location, officers observed two males running on Al Street away from West Newton Street. Simultaneously, officers were notified by BPD Operations of shots fired in the area of 100 West Newton Street. Due to the shots fired call and the proximity of the two males running away from the area, officers attempted to speak with the males. At this time, the males began to run away from officers, who immediately pursued them on foot. During the foot pursuit, officers lost sight of one of the males but observed the second male suspect crouch down between two vehicles in the area of 111 West Concord Street. Officers caught up to the suspect and subsequently recovered a Custom Trace firearm loaded with two rounds of live ammunition, from inside of the suspect’s sweatshirt pocket.  Additionally, detectives on scene located ballistic evidence in the area of 100 West Newton Street as well as a motor vehicle with ballistic damage as well. 

Officers arrested a 17-year-old juvenile male of Boston. The suspect is expected to be arraigned in Boston Juvenile Court on charges of Delinquent to Wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Discharging a Firearm, within 500 Feet of a Dwelling, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Removal of a Firearm Serial Number, and Malicious Destruction of Property.

 

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer John J. Gallagher Killed in the Line of Duty 57 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: Today the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Officer John J. Gallagher who was killed in the line of duty 57 years ago today. On Friday, May 25, 1962, Officer John Gallagher was shot by a burglar after responding to an alarm call at Shawmut Bank in Kenmore Square. He was ambushed by the suspect while attempting to clear the basement area of the bank.

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Officer Gallagher had served the department for 7 years at the time of his death and was survived by his wife and three children. 

Officer Gallagher is buried at the New Calvary Cemetery in Mattapan. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C., Panel 25, West Line 10, along with the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial at the State House in Downtown Boston.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor in Kenmore Square near 540 Commonwealth Avenue.

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Arrest One for ABDW and Leaving the Scene in the South End 

 

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: Commissioner Gross Attends the South End Baseball League Opening Day Parade

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.

 

Suspect in Custody on Firearm and Drug Related Charges After BPD Investigation in Dorchester

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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 Seek the Public’s Help to Identify Person of Interest in South End Robbery

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.

 

BPD in the Community: Coffee with a Cop Stops by the Villa Victoria on District D-4 in the South End

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.

Boston Red Sox Opening Day at Fenway Park 2019

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!

 

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Arrest Male Suspect on Drug and Weapon Charges in the Back Bay

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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