Thank You for Thanking Us: A grateful mom in W. Roxbury sent the following letter of appreciation to the Commissioner’s Office

ThankYouforThankingUs: The following letter of appreciation was recently sent and warmly received by the Commissioner’s Office. The letter from a grateful mother in West Roxbury reads as follows:

“On Monday, April 23, my 23-year-old daughter was cooking and the oil in the pan caught on fire and, as a result, caused 2nd degree burns to her arm. She was home alone at the time. She called the police and fire and both departments responded to her home. However, my daughter tells me that one officer, a female officer on the West Roxbury police force (assigned to District E-5), was one of the kindest individuals she has ever met. The officer stayed with my daughter then locked up the home for us. My daughter was transported by ambulance to Brigham & Women's Hospital. Not only did the officer stay with my daughter, she even returned the next day. I know this because when my daughter arrived home, there was a ‘Get Well’ balloon and a card from the officer. The card read, "Hope your recovery is swift with many well wishes. Officer Younger" Honestly, how many people do this? Kindness like this does not happen very often, and I would like to recommend that the officer receive some sort of recognition for going above and beyond the call of duty. My daughter is studying at Northeastern in the Graduate Nurse Practitioner program and the kindness shown by Officer Younger, not only set an amazing example, but it also showed my daughter that ‘kindness and caring’ is what it is always about. Many, many, many thanks to Officer Younger of District E-5 from a grateful mother and her daughter in West Roxbury.”

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Arrest B&E Suspect After Foot Chase Leads to K-9 Search in West Roxbury

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BPD K-9 Simeon

At about 10:15 AM on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, officers assigned to District E-5 (West Roxbury) placed a suspect in custody after responding to a call for a residential breaking and entering in the area of 55 Brown Avenue in Roslindale. While on approach to the scene, an officer observed a person matching the given suspect description, later identified as Marvin Dumay, 30, of Hyde Park, walking in the area of 75 Seymour Street. When the officer attempted to speak with the individual, he fled on foot while discarding several items on the ground. These items were later recovered and determined to be property stolen during the initial incident. The officer followed the suspect over a six-foot fence and through several backyards while broadcasting relevant information to additional responding units. The suspect then broke into the rear bulkhead of a home located at 61 Cliffmont Street at which time the officers set a perimeter and called for a BPD K-9 Unit. An officer soon arrived on scene with K-9 ‘Simeon’ who soon located the suspect hiding in the basement of the home at which time he was placed in custody without further incident. The suspect will appear in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Breaking and Entering (2 Counts).

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Arrest Juvenile Suspect After Bank Robbery in Roslindale

 

At about 2:22 PM on Thursday, March 29, 2018, officers assigned to District E-5 (West Roxbury) responded to a call for a bank robbery at the Cooperative Bank located at 40 Belgrade Avenue in Roslindale. On arrival, officers were informed that a masked suspect had stolen an undisclosed amount of currency and fled the area on foot. Additional responding units canvased the area and observed an individual fitting the suspect’s description running through neighborhood backyards. Officers stopped the male, and upon further investigation, located the stolen currency and other evidence which had been discarded nearby. Officers arrested the 17-year-old juvenile male from Roslindale and charged him with Unarmed Bank Robbery. The suspect will appear in West Roxbury Juvenile Court for arraignment.

Keeping Boston Safe: Alert Officers in West Roxbury Catch Breaking & Entering Suspect in the Act

 

At about 1:45 AM on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, officer from District E-5 (West Roxbury) were on directed patrol in the area of Centre and Spring Streets due to recent calls for incidents of breaking and entering at various convenience stores. As officers drove by 1906 Centre Street, Marino’s Market & Deli, they observed an unknown male facing the front door with a bag at his feet. It appeared to officers that he was using his body to shield his actions. When officers approached to investigate, the male took off running onto Parker Street where officers lost sight of him. Additional units responded to the area and set up a perimeter. With the assistance of BPD K-9 “Duke,” officers were able to track the suspect several blocks, where the dog and officers observed him sliding out from beneath a parked car. The K-9 also indicated on a crowbar, a tire iron, and a t-shirt while tracking the suspect. The suspect, identified as 37-year-old German Serrano of Roslindale, was arrested without incident and charged with Attempted Breaking and Entering into a Non-Residence (Night) and Possession of Burglarious Tools.

Below, K-9 "Duke" poses for a photo shortly after tracking the suspect. Well done, "Duke."  

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Missing Person Alert: Joseph Brancato

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in efforts to locate 21-year-old Joseph 'Joey' Brancato. Mr. Brancato, who has ties to Winthrop, was last seen by an acquaintance in the area of Mendelsohn Street in Roslindale on November 18, 2017. Mr. Brancato is described as a white male, about 5’08” tall and 200 lbs.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Joseph Brancato is advised to contact 911 or District E-5 detectives directly at (617) 343-4566.

Boston Police Arrest Suspect Relative to Death Investigation in the Area of 34 Temple Street, West Roxbury

 

At about 6:19 AM on Sunday, November 19, 2017, officers assigned to District E-5 (West Roxbury) responded to a call for a found body inside of 34 Temple Street in West Roxbury. Upon arrival, officers located a 40-year-old male victim suffering from undetermined traumatic injuries. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim has since been identified as 40-year-old Brian M. Sweeney of West Roxbury.

Only three days later, on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, detectives from the Boston Police Homicide Unit identified, located, and arrested 39-year-old Nathurlon Munnerlyn of West Roxbury for his role in the homicide of Mr. Sweeney. Munnerlyn will be charged with Murder and arraigned in West Roxbury District Court.

"I'm always concerned when there is a homicide in Boston; even one is too many," said Commissioner William Evans. "But when we do have an unfortunate untimely death in our city, I am confident that my officers and detectives will work around the clock until we apprehend the person responsible and bring him to justice for the victim and his family. Recently, my homicide detectives have been able to build strong cases and swiftly arrest the suspects in several cases, including this one. Although I realize nothing can bring these victims back, I hope, especially going into this holiday season, these arrests can bring some solace and peace to the victims' families."

UPDATE: BPD Continues to Seek Public's Help in Effort to Identify Trio of Suspects Wanted in Connection to Series of Armed Robberies in Boston

The Boston Police Department is updating an earlier community alert issued on November 9, 2017 to include two additional robberies which occurred on Saturday, November 18, 2017 on Blue Hill Ave in Mattapan. If you choose to review the earlier post, please click on the accompanying link: http://bpdnews.com/news/2017/11/9/bpd-community-alert-boston-police-investigating-series-of-armed-robberies-in-hyde-park-west-roxbury-roslindale-and-roxbury.

At present, detectives are investigating a series of armed robberies of convenience stores in four Boston neighborhoods over the past several days. The robberies, dates and locations, are listed below:

  • Thursday, 11/2/17, 10:40 PM, Fairmount Avenue, HP
  • Saturday, 11/4/17, 10:04 PM, River Street, HP
  • Saturday, 11/4/17, 10:29 PM, South Street, Roslindale
  • Sunday, 11/5/17, 11:00 PM, Warren Street, Roxbury
  • Tuesday, 11/7/17, 9:30 PM, Belgrade Avenue, Roslindale
  • Saturday, 11/18/17, 5:38pm, 1553 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan
  • Saturday, 11/18/17, 6:18pm, 1549 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan

In each of the incidents, three males (see images provided) entered the aforementioned stores and demanded money from registers and safes located inside the businesses. In all of the incidents, at least one of the suspects appears to be armed with a black firearm. The suspects are described as black males, approximately 25 to 30 years old, wearing hooded sweatshirts pulled over their heads and faces, latex gloves, ski masks and bandanas.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents. Anyone with information relative to the identities or whereabouts of the suspects seen in the images is asked to contact 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.

It's Turkey Time! Boston Police Officers Distribute Hundreds of Turkeys to People in Need

This week, in the spirit of giving and thanks, Boston police officers across the city gave away hundreds of turkeys and Thanksgiving trimmings to those in need.

For over ten years, BPD District E-5 (West Roxbury) and Roche Brothers Supermarkets have teamed up to donate turkeys to the less fortunate in and around the West Roxbury and Roslindale areas. Members of the Youth Violence Strike Force gave away 275 turkeys and 50 pies to various organizations, including the New England Veterans Shelter, parish churches, and Boston community centers. District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) Community Service Officers and student helpers from the Margarita Muñiz Academy assembled over 20 Thanksgiving dinner boxes with Thanksgiving turkeys and side dishes, and distributed them to local families in need, with special deliveries made to elderly residents. aptain Fong and his follow officers in District A-1 (Downtown) took some time out from their busy schedules to deliver turkeys to homeless veterans in downtown Boston.

We hope these small gestures will go far in making this year's Thanksgiving a bright one for everyone in Boston. To all, we wish a Happy Thanksgiving from the Boston Police Department!

One Less Gun: Sixteen-year-old Arrested for Firearm Offenses in West Roxbury

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At about 11:15 AM today, Friday, November 17, 2017, officers responded to a call to assist school police officers at West Roxbury High School on VFW Parkway in District E-5 (West Roxbury).

Upon arrival, officers were advised that school administrators had been informed that a particular student may be in possession of a firearm. The administrators immediately contacted the Boston School Police who in turn contacted the Boston Police Department. The officers were quickly able to stop the student and recover the loaded handgun from the student's backpack. The 16-year-old female was placed under arrest and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

"I'd like to commend the school administration, the Boston School Police officers, and my officers for how they handled this case," said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. "They followed protocol to a T and were able to safely and swiftly apprehend this student and recover the firearm without further incident." 

BPD Community Alert: Boston Police Investigating Series of Armed Robberies in Hyde Park, Roslindale, and Roxbury

The Boston Police Department is investigating a series of five armed robberies of convenience stores in multiple Boston neighborhoods over the past week:

  • Thursday, 11/2/17, 10:40 PM, Fairmount Avenue, HP
  • Saturday, 11/4/17, 10:04 PM, River Street, HP
  • Saturday, 11/4/17, 10:29 PM, South Street, Ros
  • Sunday, 11/5/17, 11:00 PM, Warren Street, Rox
  • Tuesday, 11/7/17, 9:30 PM, Belgrade Avenue, Ros

In each of the incidents, one suspect armed with a black firearm and two accomplices enter the store and demand money from registers and safes. The suspects are described as black males, approximately 25 to 30 years old, wearing hooded sweatshirts pulled over their heads and faces, latex gloves, ski masks, and bandanas.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents. Anyone with information is asked to contact 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.

BPD in the Community: We're Gearing Up for Halloween at the District E-5 Costume Party!

Our officers had a blast getting into the spooky Halloween spirit at the District E-5 (West Roxbury) Halloween costume party on Friday night! Hundreds of neighborhood kids received trick-or-treat bags, pizza, snacks, and balloon animals while they showed off their costumes. They got a visit from the EOD robot, met K-9 Loki, and hung out with characters in costume (who may or may not have been our local BPD officers in disguise!). The kids had so much fun that they didn't 'want to go home at the end of the party!

Coffee With a Cop Visits El Recreo Estate Coffee in West Roxbury

On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, Coffee with a Cop stopped by El Recreo Estate Coffee on Centre Street in West Roxbury. Superintendent in Chief William Gross joined District E-5 Captain Steven McLaughlin along with officers from the neighborhood to speak with families from the community over a cup of coffee. Thank you to the welcoming staff and to everyone who came out to say hello today. As always, a special thanks to William Stoddard, Executive Director of the Boston Police Activities League (PAL), for sponsoring these events. 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.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Quick Response Leads to Arrest of Armed Suspect During Convenience Store Robbery in Roslindale

 

At about 6:50 PM on Saturday, July 22, 2017, officers assigned to District E-5 (West Roxbury) responded to  a call for an armed robbery in progress at the R&R Convenience Store located at 4355 Washington Street in Roslindale. Officers quickly arrived on scene and were aware that the suspect, later identified as Michael Hernandez, 25, of Roslindale, was still inside the store as they made entry. Upon seeing the officers coming through the front door, the suspect immediately turned and ran towards the rear of the building while clutching at the waist band area of his pants. Officers pursued the suspect into a darkened storage area at which time the suspect began to turn back towards the officers while pulling a silver firearm from the left side of his pants. The officers charged the suspect who dropped the gun as he was being taken into custody. Officers then recovered a .380 caliber Pietro Beretta handgun with a high capacity magazine and an obliterated serial number. Officers also recovered cash from the suspect which was turned in as evidence. The suspect will appear in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number and Armed Robbery.

BPD in the News: Commissioner Evans Had an Awesome Time Zip-Tripping with Boston25 News this Morning!

A big thank you to Boston25 News for having Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and the BPD officers from District E-5 (West Roxbury) on TV this morning while they Zip-Tripped to West Roxbury! As you can see from the pictures, the Commissioner had an awesome time meeting everyone there and even tried to recruit a big, lovable, 190-pound dog to our K-9 unit! 

Thank You For Thanking Us: Mom Captures Great Photo at the Corrib 5K in West Roxbury

The BPD would like to thank the thoughtful mom who sent us this photo of her adorable 4 year old son posing with a few of our officers at the Corrib 5K Road Race in West Roxbury yesterday and for her kind words:

"These REAL superheroes totally made this little guy's day!"

We know that not all superheroes wear capes but by the looks of this picture, it appears that the young and fashionable ones certainly do. Our thanks for letting us share this great picture and thank you for thanking us.

Keeping Boston Safe: Suspects Can Run But There's No Guarantees They Can Hide When BPD K-9's Arrive on Scene

Pictured: Boston Police K-9 Duke

Pictured: Boston Police K-9 Duke

About a week ago, at about 4:14 am on Saturday, May 27, 2017, officers from District E-5 (West Roxbury) responded to a call for a commercial alarm and breaking and entering in progress at 1675 VFW Pkwy (Town Fair Tire) in West Roxbury. On arrival, officers discovered damage to the store’s front door and two white male suspects still inside the store. As officers began to move in to make the arrest, the two suspects attempted to make good their escape by running out a back door and into a nearby swamp. BPD K-9 officers were called to the scene and, in short time, BPD K-9 Duke (seen in photo) promptly picked up the scent of one of the suspects, a 28-year-old male from Boston, who was found hiding in knee deep water about 100 yards into the swamp. To all of our of K-9 Officers and their trusted, furry, four-legged, sidekicks we say, “Thanks for keeping Boston safe.”

Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Recover Large Quantity of Drugs, Arrest Four Suspects in Two Separate Incidents

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INCIDENT #1: At about 2:15 PM on May 13, 2017, members of the District B-3 (Mattapan) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit executed two search warrants resulting in the recovery of a large quantity of drugs and the arrest of 40-year-old Jimmy Dixon of Dorchester.

After an extensive ongoing investigation in the area of Gleason Street, officers were able to obtain and execute warrants resulting in the recovery of the following:

  • Over four pounds of marijuana
  • Over $3,600 in US currency
  • Two Ruger 9mm large capacity feeding devices
  • Drug paraphernalia consistent with the distribution of illegal narcotics, including scales and packaging materials

Officers arrested Dixon and charged him with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Substance (Marijuana) and Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.

INCIDENT #2: At about 4:15 PM on Saturday, May 13, 2017, members of the District E-5 (West Roxbury) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit conducted an investigation that led to the recovery of a large quantity of drugs and the arrest of three individuals. While in the area of 1779 Centre Street, officers observed a drug transaction between three individuals. Officers were able to stop the individuals and subsequently recovered the following:

  • Over 100 grams of cocaine
  • Over 30 grams of heroin
  • Over $2,500 in US currency
  • Honey butane oil (a Class C substance)
  • Several plastic bags and a jar of marijuana

Officers arrested 27-year-old Wilki Osiris Sanz of Dorchester and 31-year-old Eddiber Mejia of Roxbury and charged them with Trafficking Class A Substance (Heroin), Trafficking Class B Substance (Cocaine), Possession with Intent to Distribute Class C Substance (Honey Butane Oil), and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D (Marijuana) Substance.

Officers also arrested 30-year-old Alvis R. Objio of Roslindale and charged him with Trafficking Class A Substance (Heroin) and Trafficking Class B Substance (Cocaine).

UPDATE to Missing Person Alert: Amaya Carter-Tawa

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in efforts to locate 15-year-old Amaya Carter-Tawa. Ms. Carter-Tawa was last seen at about 4:00 PM on Friday, May 5, 2017 at her home in Roslindale. Ms. Carter-Tawa is described as a black female, about 6’0” tall and approximately 125-130 lbs, thin build, light brown complexion, and long black braided hair. Ms. Carter-Tawa has a nose ring and earrings and was last seen wearing black jeans. Detectives have learned that Ms. Carter-Tawa may have visited the South End and Lower Roxbury neighborhoods and may attempt to travel out-of-state.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Amaya Carter-Tawa is asked to contact District E-5 detectives at (617) 343-4595.

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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. 

Missing Person Alert: Amaya Carter-Tawa

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in efforts to locate 15-year-old Amaya Carter-Tawa. Ms. Carter-Tawa was last seen at about 4:00 PM on Friday, May 5, 2017 at her home in Roslindale. Ms. Carter-Tawa is described as a black female, about 6’0” tall and approximately 125-130 lbs, thin build, light brown complexion, and long black braided hair. Ms. Carter-Tawa has a nose ring and earrings and was last seen wearing black jeans.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Amaya Carter-Tawa is asked to contact District E-5 detectives at (617) 343-4595.

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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.