Investigation into Stabbing in East Boston Remains Active and Ongoing

This investigation remains active and ongoing at this time. Further details will be released when possible.

At about 1:55 AM on Sunday, February 17, 2019, officers assigned to A-7 (East Boston) responded to a radio call for a person stabbed in the area of Chelsea Street, East Boston. On arrival the officers observed an adult male suffering from a stab wound.  The male was transported to a local hospital where he is being treated for life- threatening injuries.  

The Ultimate Sacrifice: Remembering Detective Sherman Griffiths

On this day 31 years ago, Boston Police Detective Sherman Griffiths was shot and killed in the line of duty protecting and serving the citizens of our fine city.

Detective Sherman Griffiths was shot and killed while serving a narcotic warrant with other officers in the Drug Control Unit. As Detective Griffiths attempted to gain entry, shots were fired from inside of the apartment, he was struck and succumbed to his injuries the next morning.

As you go about the course of your day, please stop and take a moment to remember and acknowledge Sherman, his sacrifice, and those who miss him every day. 

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.

ONE LESS GUN: BPD Officers Recover Two Firearms While Arresting Two Suspects on Gun-Related Charges in Roxbury

ONE LESS GUN: At about 1:48 PM, on Saturday, February 16, 2019, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested two individuals on gun-related charges in Roxbury. While on patrol, officers observed two individuals walking in the area of Humboldt Ave and Waumbeck Street. Officers promptly noted that one of the individuals was moving in such a way as if to suggest he was in possession of a weapon. When officers approached the individuals to better understand their observations, one of the individuals appeared to be caught off guard and almost startled upon seeing the approaching officers. As officers were exiting their vehicle, one of the individuals took off running while the other remained on scene. A pat frisk of the individual, Jaylen Speed, 18, of Boston, who remained on scene enabled officers to recover a firearm, later determined to be a loaded Glock 23 .40 Caliber. Meantime, after a foot pursuit and subsequent physical altercation, officers were able to subdue the second suspect, Rahmses Castillo, 22, of Boston, who violently resisted while throwing several punches at the arresting officers. Once restrained, officers were able to safely remove a semi-automatic firearm, shown to be a loaded Bersa Thunder .380 ACP Caliber, found in the Castillo’s front waistband. When asked to provide licenses to carry, neither suspect could produce one. During the booking process, officers discovered a bag believed to be crack cocaine while searching Castillo.

Rahmses Castillo, 22, of Boston was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Resisting Arrest, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer and Possession of a Class B Drug (Cocaine).  

Jaylen Speed, 18, of Boston was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a High Capacity Firearm, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way and the Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

 Both suspects are scheduled to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

BPD Officers Arrest Three Suspects on Various Charges Including Unlawful Possession of Dangerous Weapons in East Boston

 

EAST BOSTON: At about 9:45 PM, on Friday, February 15, 2019, officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston) arrested three males in the area of One Winthrop Street in East Boston. While on directed patrol in the area of the above-mentioned location due to recent reports of a group causing a disturbance while hanging posters which were upsetting some of the residents, officers observed a group of males wearing face masks. Officers approached the group, one of which had been carrying a can of spray paint, in an attempt to speak with them. While speaking with one of the members of the group, who was extremely uncooperative, the male removed his wallet from his pocket. However, when officers reached to obtain what they thought would be the male’s identification card, they were met by the male slapping the officer’s hand away. Officers placed the male under arrest. Officers subsequently arrested two additional members of the group.   

Officers arrested Matthew Wolf, 26-years-old, of Lowell, Tylar Larson, 18-years-old, of Rochester, NY, and Christopher Hood, 20-years-old, of Malden. Wolf is charged with Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Larson is charged with Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, and Hood is charged with Carrying a Dangerous Weapon. All are expected to be arraigned in East Boston District Court on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

 

Officers Arrest One and Recover Firearm, Ammunition as Part of Ongoing Firearm Investigation in Dorchester

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At about 2:09 PM on Friday, February 15, 2019 members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of 8 Kenwood Street in Dorchester. As part of an ongoing firearm investigation, officers arrested Allan Parrish, 26-years-old, of Dorchester and recovered a Colt Detective Special Revolver loaded with six rounds of live ammunition from a jacket he had been wearing. Parrish is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Second and Subsequent Offense, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition Second and Subsequent Offense, and Armed Career Criminal.

 

BPD in the Community: City Officials Celebrate Black History Month with Students at the Joseph Lee School in Dorchester

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Earlier today, Friday, February 15, 2019, Commissioner William Gross had a wonderful time conversing, connecting with and reading to the 2nd-grade students at the Joseph Lee School located at 155 Talbot Ave in Dorchester (C-11). The kids thoroughly enjoyed listening as the Commissioner read the story A Sweet Smell of Roses. The book, written by Angela Johnson, is a highly inspirational and heart-warming tale about two girls who sneak out of the house to join a Freedom March with Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement. The story details the sacrifices made by so many, both young and old, and the importance of standing up and standing together for what is right. The Commissioner was joined by District Attorney Rachael  Rollins, MBTA Police Chief Kenneth Green and Superintendent Nora Baston who also took time to read books celebrating Black History Month.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, February 14, 2019

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 0
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 2

Residential Break-ins: 5
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

BPD in the Community: Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit Holds Event to Educate and Combat Sex Trafficking

Changing Norms & Attitudes to Prevent the Harm Caused by Commercial Sexual Exploitation - No Buyers, No Harm

Over 100 participants attended the event, which took place on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 8:00-10:00 a.m. at MassHousing, 1 Beacon Street, 4th Floor, Bill White Board Room. The City of Boston, Boston Police Department and Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement; MassHousing, Demand Abolition, the Imago Dei Fund and The Eva Center convened an event titled Understanding Commercial Sexual Exploitation Through the Lens of Gender Inequity

The presentation highlighted the City of Boston’s evolving approach to combatting the harms associated with commercial sexual exploitation, and to educate as to the connection between prostitution, sex trafficking, gender inequity and gender-based violence.  

"This truly is an issue of gender equity. The vast majority of people involved in this kind of exploitation are female. They are often forced into this work by their partners or others, and fear retribution. They don’t see another option—or a way out of it."-Mayor Martin J. Walsh

The City of Boston is committed to preventing and reducing the harm associated with commercial sexual exploitation through a three-pronged strategy;

  • Community outreach, education and mobilization to change norms so that Bostonians no longer consider buying sex a normal act, but instead harmful to all involved - the victim, the buyer and the community.

  • Promotion of Men’s Accountability: Male buyers are driving this crime. Given that, male accountability is a key strategy of the City of Boston’s approach, and will manifest in the form of legal and financial sanctions, alongside a broader targeted deterrence and education effort; and

  • The creation of victim-centered responses with comprehensive trauma informed services for those attempting to exit the life, and for those active in the life.  

The City of Boston is moving toward this approach through its CEASE Boston Initiative. CEASE stands for Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation and Boston is one of twelve U.S. jurisdictions that have been working since 2015 to end commercial sexual exploitation.  “The Boston Police Department has played a lead role in CEASE Boston efforts since 2015.” says Commissioner Gross, “Through this collaborative work, the need for all sectors and partners to join us in our efforts to reduce demand for paid sex is evident. It is time for us as a city to recognize prostituted persons as vulnerable human beings who need compassion, support and services - not arrest and marginalization”. 

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.

BPD Photos of the Day: Commissioner Gross Picks Great Read to Share at the Boys and Girls Club

PHOTOS OF THE DAY: On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, Boston Police Commissioner Gross visited the Yawkey Boys and Girls Club in Roxbury where the Commissioner read the book I, Too, Am America. The book, written by Langston Hughes, provides readers a history of the Pullman railway porter, one of the first professions that offered African-American men a ladder into the middle class. The children listened intently as the Commissioner leafed through the pages of the highly inspirational tale. At the end, the Commissioner spoke about his own childhood in the inner-city, the people who looked out for him and the importance of treating everybody with dignity and respect.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 0
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 1

Residential Break-ins: 6
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Recovery Two Loaded Firearms and Drugs During Investigation in Hyde Park

ONE LESS GUN: At about 3:25 PM on Wednesday February 13, 2019, officers assigned to the District E-18 (Hyde Park) Drug Control Unit arrested Branden Barrett, 30, of Canton on firearm and drug related charges during a traffic stop in the area of 792 Truman Parkway in Hyde Park. The officers had stopped the suspect after observing a street level drug transaction at which time they were able to safely recover two guns, one being a loaded .40 caliber Springfield Armory handgun and the other a loaded .380 caliber Ruger handgun. Additionally, officers recovered one plastic bag of heroin packaged for sale from inside the vehicle. The suspect will appear in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2 Counts), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Drugs and Armed Career Criminal Level 1.

 

Investigation into Violent Assault in the South End Remains Active and Ongoing

This investigation remains active and ongoing at this time. Further details will be released when possible.

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.

 

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Charles E. Deininger Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 100 Years Ago

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Charles E. Deininger Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 100 Years Ago: On this day 100 years ago, February 13, 1919, Patrolman Charles E. Deininger was shot and killed by two suspects during an auto theft stakeout in the area of Meridian and Nay Streets in East Boston. Five suspects were later apprehended and two were charged with his murder. Prior to joining the police department in 1908, Deininger also worked a few years as a Boston Firefighter while assigned to Engine 37. Reports at the time of his death professed that Deininger was one of the best liked police officers on the force.

An 11-year veteran of the department, Deininger was 38-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 two children, a daughter and a son.  

Officer Deininger was laid to rest at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Mattapan and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial on Panel 48, West Line 7.

In Boston, a Hero Sign (see photo) is posted in the area of Meridian and Nay Streets in East Boston 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.

Officers Arrest Male in Downtown Boston for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm After Breaking Into a Motor Vehicle

 

At about 8:51 PM on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019, Officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of 181 North Washington Street, Boston. 

Upon arrival, officers met with a witness who had observed the suspect, later identified as Michael O’Leary, 34, of Somerville, trying to open several car door handles and rummaging through one of the unattended motor vehicles.  While attempting to pull the male out of vehicle the witness observed a brown firearm in a black holster fall out of the suspects jacket pocket.  

Officers located a brown firearm in a black holster on top of the snow a few feet away. The inside of the motor vehicle was in disarray, with various items scattered throughout the front seat while the middle armrest compartment was completely left open. Officers retrieved a loaded magazine and three rounds of ammunition from within the motor vehicle. 

Michael O’Leary was arrested and charged with the following: Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle, Nighttime, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

 O’Leary will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Show Incredible Restraint While Apprehending Individual in Possession of a Replica Firearm

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Show Incredible Restraint While Apprehending Individual in Possession of a Replica Firearm:  At about 11:07AM, on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) were in route to a call for a person stabbed in the area of 148 Stanwood Street in Dorchester when officers observed three individuals who appeared to be fleeing the scene. Upon closer inspection, officers soon noted that the individuals were frantically motioning and pointing towards a blue minivan that was traveling on Stanwood Street. According to the individuals, the operator of the vehicle had threatened them with a firearm. In light of the information, officers immediately stopped the vehicle. With the vehicle stopped, officers instructed the operator to roll down his window so as to better facilitate their ability to talk to the man. However, instead of complying with the officer’s lawful instructions, the operator, while claiming he had rights, refused to roll down his window. Moreover, the operator disputed the officers’ reasoning for detaining him and told them that they had no right to stop him. When officers explained to the individual that there were multiple witnesses claiming he had threatened them with a firearm, the individual, unfazed, continued to disregard the officer’s lawful instructions. Fearing and believing the suspect was in possession of a weapon, officers instructed the individual that he needed to exit the vehicle. At this time, officers observed the individual abruptly turn his body and quickly lunge towards an object that appeared to be a firearm located behind the front passenger seat. Seeing the weapon and fearing for their safety, officers ripped open the car door and grabbed the suspect’s arm. During the violent struggle to gain possession of the gun that ensued, officers, yelling, repeatedly ordered the suspect to: “Drop the gun! Drop the gun!” After a brief struggle, officers were able to eventually gain possession of the firearm (see photo) and take the suspect into custody. Upon closer inspection, it was discovered that the firearm was a BB gun. Ironically enough, in spite of the indisputable levels of danger and peril that preceded the confiscation of the firearm, the suspect told officers that he carried the replica firearm for his protection. 

Officers arrested Eduardo Varanda, 25, of Lynn and charged him with Failure to Submit to a Police Officer and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Firearm). 

The replica firearm and its six gold cartridges which house the BB pellets were later logged into evidence.

 It was later determined that the suspect had no criminal connection to the original call involving a person stabbed.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Monday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 1
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 4

Residential Break-ins: 4
Commercial Break-ins: 3

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

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.