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

One Less Gun: Two Arrested and Firearm Recovered After Shots Fired in the Back Bay

 

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.

 

Investigation Update: Malden Man Arrested in Connection to Sexual Assault in South End

INVESTIGATION UPDATE:

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.

 

BPD Officers Arrest Suspect on Drug Related Charges During Investigation in Mattapan

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).

 

BPD Traffic Advisory: Water Main Break in the area of Commonwealth Avenue and Exeter Street

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.

Investigation Update: Additional Charges Filed Against Graffiti Suspect

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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.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers in the Back Bay Arrest Early Morning Graffiti Tagger

 

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: Male Suspect Wanted for South End Assault and Battery Turns Himself in to District D-4

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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 for Commercial Break-In in the South End

 

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: Stops by The Fenway Community Center on Boylston Street in the Fenway Area of District 4

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.

Investigation Update: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 186 Northampton Street in Lower Roxbury

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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.

 

Making Hearts Smile: BPD Gentle Giant Helps Elderly Woman Safely Navigate Way Through Huge Crowds at Patriots Parade

Photo Credit: Caitlyn Almeida

Photo Credit: Caitlyn Almeida

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!” 

Death Investigation in the area of 186 Northampton Street in Lower Roxbury

 

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 apparent gunshot wounds. The victim, suffering life-threatening injuries was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

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.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Suspect and Recover Loaded Firearm After Armed Robbery in Boston

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Daily Dose of Great Police Work: At about 2:57 AM on Sunday February 3, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for an armed robbery in the area of 62 Brookline Avenue in Boston. Officers were advised that a male suspect had gained entry to a business after hours and threatened two employees with a firearm while demanding cash. During the incident, the suspect fired a single shot which did not strike either victim or cause any injuries. The suspect then fled the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

While en route to the above location, officers observed a male party who matched the suspect description walking in the area of 686 Newbury Street. Officers stopped their vehicle and called out to the individual who was later identified as Leonard Payne, 54, of Hyde Park. As they approached, the officers observed that the suspect kept his right hand tightly inside his jacket pocket despite their verbal commands to do otherwise. Officers were able to gain control of the suspect’s right hand at which time they safely recovered a loaded .380 caliber Cobra handgun from inside his coat pocket. The suspect was placed in custody without incident after being positively identified. Investigators are continuing their efforts at this time in an attempt to locate the stolen U.S. Currency.

The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on multiple charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Third Offense, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Armed and Masked Robbery, Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling, Aggravated Intimidation of a Witness, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm with Three Prior Violent or Drug Crimes, Possession of Class B Drugs, Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon, and Armed Kidnapping.

 

Great Work Recognized: Several Officers and BEST Team Clinician Awarded Commissioner's Commendation

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 This commendation is for Officers Edward Gately, Meghan Walsh, Daniel Harlow and James Verderico, District D-4 and BEST Team Clinician Lauren Sneider. 

On January 11, Officers Gately, Harlow and Verderico and Civilian Sneider responded to a 9-1-1 call for a female threatening to jump out of her bedroom window.  Officers attempted to gain entry, but the door was locked and they heard crying, yelling and the sound of glass breaking. They forcibly entered the bedroom and immediately observed the victim ¾ of the way, head first, out of the top window.  They raced in and grabbed on to her lower legs, having to break a portion of the bottom window frame, and finally after a struggle, were able to pull the victim back in.  Once inside, the victim was calmed down by Officer Walsh and BEST Clinician Sneider and she was transported to the hospital for treatment. If not for their quick actions the outcome of this call would be extremely different.

 For their actions, they are hereby awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

Suspect Under Arrest After Search Warrant Leads to the Recovery of a Loaded Firearm and Drugs in Roxbury

 

At about 8:40 AM on Friday January 18, 2019, members of the Citywide Drug Control Unit and the District D-4 (South End) Drug Control Unit arrested Hakeem Cooper, 23, of West Roxbury on firearm and drug related charges as part of an investigation in the area of 80 Fenwood Road in Roxbury. Officers executed a search warrant which led to the recovery a loaded .45 caliber Colt handgun along with 21 small plastic bags of crack cocaine and other evidence. As a result, the suspect was placed in custody on scene without incident. It was later revealed that the firearm had previously been reported stolen in Georgia.

The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Armed Career Criminal (Level 3), Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs (2nd and Subsequent), Improper Storage of a Firearm and Receiving Stolen Property.

 

BPD Officers Recover Loaded Firearm After Violent Struggle During Drug Investigation in Roxbury

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At about 5:19 PM on Tuesday January 15, 2019, members of the District D-4 (South End) Drug Control Unit arrested Gerald Moore, 23, of Hyde Park, on firearm and drug related charges after conducting a traffic stop as part of an investigation in the area Blue Hill Avenue and Waverly Street in Roxbury. Officers had stopped the vehicle which was being operated by the suspect and were speaking to him when he suddenly exited the vehicle and took off running down Blue Hill Avenue. Officers caught up to the suspect a short distance later at which time he began to reach towards a camouflaged pouch that was attached to his waist area. As officers attempted to restrain the suspect, one of them clearly felt a handgun inside the pouch as he struggled to control the suspect’s hands while alerting the others to the presence of the weapon. Officers were eventually able to place the suspect in custody while safely recovering a loaded 9mm Ruger SR9 handgun from inside pouch. It was later revealed the firearm had previously been reported stolen in Maine in 2018.

The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on numerous charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Distribution of Class B Drugs, Possession of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Receiving Stolen Property.

 

BPD Officers Assigned to District D-4 Assist Two People in Crisis on Back to Back Nights

At about 6:10 PM on Saturday January 12, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for what was thought to be a breaking and entering in progress at a residential address in the Back Bay. As the officers arrived on scene, a brick was thrown towards their cruisers from a fourth-floor balcony, drawing their attention to a male party who had climbed over the railing and was threatening to let go. Officers quickly made their way up to the fourth floor and were able to successfully bring the victim back inside to safety. The male victim was then transported to an area hospital for treatment and evaluation.

This was the second time in as many days that officers assigned to District D-4 responded to this kind of volatile and emotional call with the potential for a woeful outcome.

At about 7:45 PM the evening before, on Friday January 11, 2019, officers accompanied by a Boston Emergency Services Team (B.E.S.T.) clinician responded to a residence in the South End where a female victim was threatening to throw herself out of her third story bedroom window. As officers approached the bedroom door, they heard the sound of breaking glass and wood coming from inside. They gained entry to the room and observed the victim climbing through the broken window. The officers rushed to the victim and attempted to pull her back to safety as she clutched onto the gutter on the side of the house for leverage. Officers were finally able to restrain the victim at which time she was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

The B.E.S.T. Program is run by the Boston Medical Center with the support of the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership to provide psychiatric crisis services throughout the city. If you or someone in your family is in crisis, please call 911 or the B.E.S.T. Program’s 24-hour Call Center at 1-800-981-4357 (HELP) for guidance, help and support.

 

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Cornelius F. Regan and Detective James J. Troy

Although many years have passed, the weight of their sacrifice has never grown lighter. As you go about your business today, we kindly ask you to offer a prayer for our fallen brothers Cornelius and James and for all those left behind in the wake of their losses so many years ago.

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BPD Remembers Patrolman Cornelius F. Regan who died 121 years ago today

Patrolman Cornelius Regan passed away on Thursday January 13, 1898, after developing an illness as a result of rescuing a drowning man from the Charles River while on duty early on Christmas morning.

Patrolman Regan was on patrol on the Boston side of the old Charlestown Bridge on North Washington Street at 2:15 AM when he heard a cry for help. Rushing to the bridge, he observed a man struggling in the water twenty feet below. Patrolman Regan made his way to the victim and brought him to safety despite getting soaked in the ice-cold water. The saved man would go on to make a full recovery.

Patrolman Regan had served the City of Boston for more than 17 years and was 36 years old at the time of his passing. He was survived by his wife and five children. Patrolman Regan was buried at the Holy Cross Cemetery, in Malden, MA.

After careful research in 2016, his name was added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 55, East Line 27 as well as the Hero Wall at BPD Headquarters and the Law Enforcement Memorial at the State House.

A hero sign has been placed on the North Washington Street Bridge in Downtown Boston (District A-1).

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 BPD Remembers Detective James J. Troy who was killed in the line of duty 89 years ago today

Detective James Troy was shot and killed in the South End by a suspect while trying to arrest him on a warrant for Breaking and Entering. The suspect was arrested and later convicted.

Detective Troy was 30 years of age at the time of his death and left behind a wife and 4 children. Detective Troy is buried at the Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden, MA.

His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 10, East Line 8, as well as the Hero Wall at BPD Headquarters and the Law Enforcement Memorial at the State House.

A hero sign has been placed at Dillworth street in the South End (District D-4).