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).

 

Investigation Update: Suspect Identified and Arrested After Loaded Firearm Recovered in Lower Roxbury Housing Development

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Investigation Update: At about 6:18 PM on Sunday November 18, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) recovered a loaded firearm during an investigation in the area of 10 Trotter Court inside the Lenox Street Housing Development in Lower Roxbury. Officers located and safely recovered a loaded .380 caliber Cobra handgun which was then turned over to the BPD Firearms Analysis Unit for processing. Members of the BPD Latent Print Unit were able to locate finger prints on the weapon identifying Chawki Ibrahim, 18, of Lower Roxbury. Further investigation revealed that the suspect, who is currently on a GPS monitoring device, was in the area at the time the firearm was recovered. District D-4 detectives applied for and were granted an arrest warrant for the suspect out of Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

At about 2:30 PM on Friday January 11, 2018, officers located and arrested the suspect without incident in the area of 617 Shawmut Avenue. The suspect will face arraignment in Roxbury District Court.

 

BPD Remembers the Service And Sacrifice Of Officer Joseph M. Mullen Killed In The Line Of Duty On This Day 46 Years Ago

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BPD Remembers the Service And Sacrifice Of Officer Joseph M. Mullen Killed In The Line Of Duty On This Day 46 Years Ago: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer Joseph M. Mullen who was killed in the line of duty on this very day 46 years ago. On December 18, 1972, Officer Mullen was killed when he was struck by a motor vehicle while directing traffic during an overtime assignment at the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square.

Mullen, who was a 35-year veteran of the department, was 61-years-old at the time of his death. Making his passing ever more tragic is the fact that he left behind a grieving wife and two children.  

Officer Mullen was laid to rest at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in West Roxbury and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 13, East Line 15.

In Boston, a Hero Sign (see photo) is posted to honor his life and service in the area of Trinity Place and Stuart Street in the Back Bay. If you’re passing through the area, please 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.

 

‘Tis The Season: Big-hearted BPD Officers from District D-4 Deliver Generous Donation to the Lenox Hotel Toy Drive

‘Tis The Season: A special holiday hats off to the big-hearted men and women of District D-4 (South End) for their generous $2,000-plus donation to the Lenox Hotel Toy Drive which runs between now and Thursday, December 20, 2018. Guests and non-guests of the hotel are encouraged to stop by the Back Bay location to make a donation. New and unwrapped gifts are preferred. A guest room inside the hotel has been exclusively set aside for donations with the hopes of filling the room from floor to ceiling.

For more information, please visit: www.lenoxhotel.com/room-in-your-heart

Investigation Update: Officers Arrest Target of Investigation After Search Warrant Leads to the Recovery of Loaded Firearm and Drugs in Boston

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Investigation Update: At about 12:15 PM on Wednesday November 28, 2018, members of the City-Wide Drug Control Unit and District D-4 Drug Control Unit along with officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) executed a search warrant as part of an investigation in the area of 168 West Springfield Street in Boston. As a result of their search, officers were able to safely recover a loaded .40 caliber Ruger SR40C handgun, 50 bags of crack cocaine weighing 44 grams and 11 bags of marijuana weighing approximately one pound.

Officers continued their investigation and returned to the address at about 12:15 PM on Tuesday December 4, 2018, at which time they located and arrested Marybeth Bilodeau, 39, of Boston. At the time of her arrest, the suspect was wanted on outstanding warrants which were issued after the initial search and seizure. The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Trafficking Class B Drugs and Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm in the Commission of a Felony.

 

Congratulations to Boston Police Officer Loletha Graham-Smith on Her Retirement After 35 Years of Service

Earlier today, on Friday November 30, 2018, Officer Loletha Graham-Smith was honored at her final roll call before her retirement after 35 years of service to the City of Boston. Officer Graham-Smith was applauded by her fellow officers as she added her name to the Area D “Hall of Fame” located at District D-4 in the South End. The hall was created by former District Commander Captain Paul Ivens to honor retired members of the department who had served in Area D for more than a decade during their careers. Officer Loletha Graham-Smith joined the BPD in 1983 and spent the majority of her career serving the South End, Lower Roxbury, Back Bay and Fenway neighborhoods which are covered by District D-4. We wish Loletha the very best of health and happiness as she moves into this next chapter of her life.

 

Loaded Firearm Recovered During Ongoing Investigation in Lower Roxbury Housing Development

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At about 6:18 PM on Sunday November 18, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) recovered a loaded firearm during an ongoing investigation in the area of 10 Trotter Court inside the Lenox Street Housing Development in Lower Roxbury. Officers located and safely recovered a loaded .380 caliber Cobra handgun which has since been turned over to the BPD Firearms Analysis Unit for processing.

 

BPD in the Community: Coffee with a Cop Comes to City Table at the Lenox Hotel

COFFEE WITH A COP: Thank you to all of those who stopped by Coffee with a Cop at City Table at the Lenox Hotel in District D-4 (Back Bay). Our officers had a fantastic 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.

 

Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Effort to ID Suspect Wanted for Attempted Sexual Assault in the South End

 
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COMMUNITY ALERT: At about 12:28 PM, on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for an attempted sexual assault in the area of East Canton and Albany Streets in the South End. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that a male suspect approached and attempted to sexually assault her. The victim further states that she was able to fend off the suspect. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his early twenties, about 5’6” to 5’8” tall, with a medium build. Suspect was wearing a blue 3/4 length jacket with while lettering on the back, a shirt with the number 24 displayed on the front, blue jeans, black shoes and a baseball cap. The suspect was last seen fleeing the area on foot through a nearby alleyway.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is encouraging anyone with information about the suspect to come forward and contact the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400.

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.

If you’re a victim of a sexual assault that either has or has not been reported to police and would feel more comfortable seeking confidential advice from a non-law enforcement agency or representative, the Boston Police Department encourages you to call the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) at 1 (800) 841-8371. BARCC provides free and confidential counseling, case management, legal and medical advocacy services to survivors in the greater Boston area. To learn more about BARCC, please click on the enclosed link: www.barcc.org.

 

Investigation Update: Wanted Suspect Located and Arrested in New Jersey

 

Investigation Update: Edwin Fantauzzi, 30, of Lawrence, who was wanted on numerous charges stemming from an incident that occurred on Saturday November 3, 2018, in the area of 10 Hammond Street in Lower Roxbury, has been located and arrested. Members of the BPD Fugitive Unit received information indicating that the suspect may be in the area of Bayonne, New Jersey. Investigators then coordinated with officers from the Bayonne Police Department who were able to locate the suspect and place him in custody without incident. At the time of his arrest, the suspect was utilizing the alias of Roberto Santiago. The suspect is currently being held at the Hudson County Correctional Facility as a Fugitive from Justice while awaiting extradition based on the Roxbury District Court warrant charging him with Assault with Intent to Rape a Child Under 16, Aggravating Kidnapping, Enticement of a Child and Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under 14.

The Boston Police Department would like to thank everyone who assisted in this investigation as well as our law enforcement partners at the Bayonne Police Department for apprehending this wanted fugitive.

 

BPD Community Alert: The Boston Police Crimes Against Children Unit Seeks the Public’s Help to Locate Wanted Suspect

BPD Community Alert: The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help to locate Edwin Fantauzzi, 30, of Lawrence, who is wanted on charges of Assault with Intent to Rape a Child Under 16, Aggravating Kidnapping, Enticement of a Child and Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under 14 in relation to an incident that occurred on Saturday November 3, 2018, in the area of 10 Hammond Street in Lower Roxbury. Investigators believe that the suspect may be utilizing an alias of Roberto Santiago.

Anyone with information relative to Edwin Fantauzzi (AKA: Robert Santiago) and his whereabouts is urged to contact 911 or the Boston Police Crimes Against Children Unit at (617) 343-6183.

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.

 

BPD in the Community: Commissioner Gross Speaks at Back Bay Association Business Breakfast

WORKING TOGETHER: Earlier today on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, Commissioner William Gross spoke at the Back-Bay Association Business Breakfast hosted by the Colonnade Hotel. Commissioner Gross spoke to the group regarding community policing and the importance of working together to solve crimes.  All in attendance were pleased with his efforts and resources he has put forth to combat crime in the city of Boston.  “When you see something, say something!”

 

Suspect Arrested in Connection to Two Breaking and Entering Incidents at the Prudential Center in the Back Bay

 

KEEPING BOSTON SAFE: At about 2:11 AM on Wednesday November 7, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) located and arrested Cheval Holmes, 48, of Dorchester, on breaking and entering charges in the area of 53 Huntington Avenue in the Back Bay. Officers were aware that the suspect was wanted in connection to two recent breaking and entering incidents involving a kiosk inside the Prudential Center Mall during which a total of 30 watches were stolen. The two incidents occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday October 27th and Wednesday October 31st. Officers placed the suspect in custody without incident while recovering a screwdriver from inside his coat pocket. The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Breaking and Entering (2 Counts), Larceny and Possession of Burglarious Tools.