Death Investigation in the area of 58 Percival Street in Dorchester 

 

At about 12:45 AM on Thursday, August 1, 2019, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 58 Percival Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located ballistic evidence and damaged motor vehicles. At about 12:54 AM, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a report of a walk-in gunshot victim at a local hospital. Officers arrived on scene and located a non-viable adult male victim suffering from gunshot wounds inside of a motor vehicle. A second male victim with apparent gunshot wounds was being treated inside of the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. 

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.

To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma

 

Investigation Update: Victim Identified in Homicide Investigation in the area of 169 Columbia Road in Dorchester

 

Investigation Update: At about 11:10 PM on Sunday, July 28, 2019, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to an outside scene for two people shot in the area of 169 Columbia Road in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located two adult male victims suffering from gunshot wounds. One victim, who has since been identified as Christian Nunes, 20, of Dorchester, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene while the second victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

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.

To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.

 

Officers Assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force Arrest Juvenile Carrying a Loaded Firearm

At about 9:36 PM, on Monday, July 29, 2019, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force, made an on-site firearm arrest in the area of 455 Quincy Street, Dorchester. 

Officers were patrolling on Columbia Road near Ceylon Street, when they observed a group of males walking toward Ceylon Park.  One male in particular was tightly clutching a fanny pack that was secured across his chest while continuously looking back, which is consistent with an armed gunman. 

As officers exited their motor vehicle and approached the males on foot, they observed the suspect continue to clutch the fanny pack on his left side. At the sight of officers, the male suspect fled on foot but was apprehended a short distance away. Officers observed a firearm inside the fanny pack as it was already unzipped.  Recovered was a loaded Smith and Wesson 38SW Special Revolver CTG with 6 rounds of ammunition.

The 17-year-old, juvenile male, of Dorchester, was charged with Delinquent to Wit Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, and Delinquent to Wit Possession of Ammunition without an FID Card. He will be arraigned in Dorchester Juvenile Court.

Death Investigation in the area of 169 Columbia Road in Dorchester

 

Death Investigation: At about 11:10 PM on Sunday, July 28, 2019, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to an outside scene for two people shot in the area of 169 Columbia Road in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located two adult male victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. One victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene while the second victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

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.

To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.

 

BPD in the Community: Coffee with a Cop Stops by Ripple Cafe in Dorchester

At 9:00 AM. on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, Coffee with a Cop stopped by Ripple Café located at 1906 Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester. Thanks to everyone who came out to say hello and a special thanks to Ripple Café for providing the refreshments for the event.  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.

Join us Today for Coffee with a Cop at Ripple Cafe in Dorchester!

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The men and women of the Boston Police Department invite you to join us today for our next Coffee with a Cop event which will be held in District C-11 (Dorchester), 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM at Ripple Cafe, located at 1906 Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester. Come get to know the officers protecting and serving your community! All are welcome and the coffee is free! We hope to see you there!

Officers Arrest One Following Stabbing and Armed Robbery in Dorchester

 

At about 5:30 PM on Saturday, July 20, 2019, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call to assist Massachusetts State Police for a person stabbed in the area of 695 Columbia Road in Dorchester. On arrival officers were directed to a crime scene in front of the above location, the adult male victim having been transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening stab wounds. Officers were provided with a description and eventually located a male who matched the description in the area of 8 Allstate Road. The male was identified as the suspect and subsequently taken into custody. 

Officers responded to the hospital to speak with the victim who stated he was sitting in the park in the rear of 695 Columbia Road when he was approached by the suspect who was known to him. The victim stated the suspect pulled out a knife and began stabbing the victim before taking his possessions including the victim’s passport and identification as well as an undisclosed amount of US Currency.

Officers arrested Bernardino Baran-Garcia, 26-years-old, of Boston. Baran-Garcia is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon and Armed Robbery. 

 

Recent Peace Walk in Dorchester Features Commissioner’s Commendations for Local Community Members

PEACE WALK: Earlier this week, Commissioner Gross joined with members of the BPD Command Staff and officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) for an evening Peace Walk with friends and neighbors in Dorchester. The night began with a gathering prayer at Saint Peter’s before heading down for a special visit at Elier’s Barbershop where the Commissioner presented several employees with commendations for their service to the community. Be on the lookout for an upcoming Peace Walks across the city and please be sure to come out and join us.

 

Investigation Update: Fatally Wounded Suspect in Officer Involved Shooting Identified

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UPDATE: At about 5:15 PM on Monday, June 24, 2019, officers responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 506 Geneva Avenue (Town Field) in Dorchester. On arrival, officers observed two black male suspects fleeing from the scene. Officers continued their pursuit of the suspects, one of whom fled up Mather Street while the other male, suspect #1, who was observed carrying a firearm, fled to the area of 10 Penhallow Street in Dorchester. Suspect #1 fired at the officers who returned fire. Suspect #1, who has since been identified as Jaymil Ellerbe, 19-years old, of Dorchester, was fatally wounded while the second suspect, made good on his escape from officers. Officers continued to search the area for suspect #2 to no avail.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact the Boston Police Firearm Discharge Investigations Team 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.

 

Suspect Arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Following Shooting on Penhallow Street in Dorchester

 

SIGNIFICANT ARREST: At about 10:24 PM on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, members of the Boston Police Fugitive Unit located and arrested Ernest Watkins, 21-years-old, of Dorchester in the area of Melville Avenue and Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester. Watkins is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of Assault by means of a Dangerous Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.  

The facts of the initial incident are as follows: At about 5:15 PM on Monday, June 24, 2019, officers responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 506 Geneva Avenue (Town Field) in Dorchester. On arrival, officers observed two black male suspects fleeing from the scene. Officers continued their pursuit of the suspects, one of whom fled up Mather Street while the other male, suspect #1, who was observed carrying a firearm, fled to the area of 10 Penhallow Street in Dorchester. Suspect #1 fired at the officers who returned fire. Suspect #1 was fatally wounded while the second suspect, who was later identified as Ernest Watkins, made good on his escape from officers. Officers continued to search the area for Watkins to no avail.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact the Boston Police Firearm Discharge Investigations Team 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.

 

BPD in the Community: BPD District C-11 Hosts Senior Appreciation Boat Cruise

On Thursday, June 20, 2018, the 4th Annual Dorchester Senior Appreciation Cruise embarked on a three-hour tour around Boston Harbor. The cruise was hosted by the District C-11 (Dorchester) Community Service Office and was co-sponsored by the combined resources of District C-11, the Bay State Cruise Company and PAL. It was the district’s way of honoring the senior citizens of Dorchester with music, dancing, lunch and raffle items donated by Dorchester's generous merchants. The Boston Police Department would like to thank all the smiling seniors who came out to enjoy a rainy day on the water and express our gratitude to everyone who worked hard to make this voyage a success.

 

BPD in the Community: BPD Partners with the Bruin’s BFit Program for a Presentation at Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy in Dorchester

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019 members of the Bureau of Community Engagement and recruits from Class 58-18 made a visit to the Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy in Dorchester for a presentation on the negative effects of bullying in the community. Partnered with the Boston Bruin’s BFit Program, which focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle through maintaining a proper nutrition and participating in physical activities, a joint presentation emphasized the importance of healthier living for school aged students.

 

Suspect in Custody and Loaded Firearm Recovered After BPD Officers Respond to a Call for a Person with a Gun in Dorchester

 

ONE LESS GUN: At about 9:38 PM, on Monday, June 10, 2019, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) arrested Derek Lima, 27, of Randolph, on firearm-related charges after responding to a call for a person with a gun in the area of 31 Draper Street in Dorchester. On approach, officers observed a person matching the given description of the suspect standing with a group of males in front of 96 Draper Street. Officers performed a pat frisk of the suspect for weapons and immediately recovered a loaded 9mm Smith & Wesson MP handgun from the waistband area of the suspect’s pants. The suspect was then placed in custody without incident. While in the rear of the cruiser, the suspect attempted to kick an officer and spit in his face. The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (3rd and Subsequent), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number and Assault and Battery on a Police Officer.

 

One Under Arrest on Multiple Warrants and Firearm Recovered in Dorchester

 

At approximately 8:20 PM on Friday, June 7, 2019, members of the District B-3 (Mattapan) Drug Control Unit made an onsite arrest and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of Columbia Road and Ceylon Street in Dorchester. As part of an ongoing drug investigation, officers were on patrol when they observed a motor vehicle parked at the intersection of Wayland Street and Howard Avenue. Officers identified the rear passenger, as an individual known to them to have multiple warrants and to possibly be in possession of a firearm. Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop in order to take the male into custody, but the female operator refused to yield to police. The operator fled from police before coming to a stop in a parking lot at the intersection of Columbia Road and Washington Street. Officers continued their attempt to stop the vehicle when the rear door suddenly opened and the rear passenger jumped out in an effort to flee from officers. A brief foot pursuit occurred before officers successfully apprehended the suspect in the area of 24 Bishop Joe L. Smith Way. Officers subsequently recovered a TCP Taurus firearm loaded with four rounds of live ammunition and five small plastic bags containing crack cocaine from the suspect. The female operator, who was later discovered to have been operating the motor vehicle with a revoked license, was issued a citation, a summons, and was released from the scene along with the front passenger.  

Officers arrested Donell Phillips, 31-years-old, of Lynn. Phillips is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm Second Offense, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.  Additionally, Phillips has multiple active warrants including a warrant out of Lawrence District Court for charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License Subsequent Offense and Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License, a warrant out of Roxbury District Court for Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, a warrant out of Roxbury District Court for charges of Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and two counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs, and a warrant out of South Boston District Court for charges of Operating Under the Possession of Alcohol, and Possession of Class B Drugs. 


The Boston Police Department Will Begin Implementing Body Worn Cameras on Monday June 3, 2019

On Monday, June 3, 2019, the Boston Police Department will begin to initiate the implementation of body worn cameras to our officers in various neighborhoods in the city. This new technology is an opportunity to showcase and enhance the department’s commitment to transparency while further strengthening the level of trust that exists between the men and women of the Boston Police Department and our community.

Program Information:

Deployment to officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston), District C-11 (Dorchester) and the Youth Violence Strike Force.

193 officers will be expected to wear cameras as the BPD begins the roll out.

The vendor that has been chosen is Axon.

A new policy will be issued department-wide today, Friday May 31, 2019, ahead of Monday’s anticipated roll out. Please click here to view BPD Rule 405 - Body Worn Camera Policy.

Expected Use of Cameras:

The intention for use of the BWC’s is for all:

  • Vehicle Stops;

  • Investigative person stops: consensual, or articulable reasonable suspicion stops pursuant to Rule 323 (FIOE Report), or stops supported by probable cause;

  • All dispatched calls for service involving contact with civilians;

  • Initial responses by patrol officers, including on-site detentions, investigations pursuant to an arrest, arrests, and initial suspect interviews on-scene;

  • Transport of prisoners;

  • Pat frisks and searches of persons incident to arrest (if not already activated);

  • Incidents of Emergency Driving;

  • Incidents of Pursuit Driving;

  • When an officer reasonably believes a crowd control incident may result in unlawful activity;

  • Any contact that becomes adversarial, including a Use of Force incident, when the officer has not already activated the BWC; or Any other civilian contact or official duty that the officer reasonably believes should be recorded to enhance policing transparency, increase public trust and police-community relations, or preserve factual representations of officer-civilian interactions.

While there will be specific circumstances around recording, officers will be given discretion to turn their camera on during any citizen contact or official duty circumstance. Additionally, they will also be allowed the discretion to turn the cameras off in order to protect sensitive information, privacy of individuals or due to confidentiality concerns.

Equipped officers have been ordered to wear cameras during their assigned tour of duty. Although, the community should be aware that there are circumstances during which uniformed officers will not be wearing cameras as this roll out begins. These circumstances are based off camera battery life and roles of department personnel. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervisors or Detectives on their assigned shifts.

  • Officers not currently assigned to C-6, C-11 or the Youth Violence Strike Force.

  • Officers performing a paid detail or working overtime.

  • Detectives performing a uniformed paid detail or working overtime.

 

Officers Arrest One Male Suspect on Gun Charges in Dorchester

 

At about 9:45 a.m., on Thursday, May 23, 2019, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) were patrolling the area of Freeman Street and Charles Street when they observed a male travelling on a moped in the wrong direction on Charles Street.

The individual —who was not wearing a helmet, sped down Charles Street, and began operating the moped on the sidewalk of the MBTA (Fields Corner) bus terminal.  

A short time later officers observed the suspect, later identified as Sharrone Baskin, 20, of Boston, jump off of the moped and flee on foot in the area of 5 Topliff Street.  

As officers caught up with Baskin they observed him leaning over a porch with his right arm extended under the steps. Officers were able to place Baskin in handcuffs without incident; while observing the handle of a firearm protruding from the aforementioned steps where Baskin had been reaching. The firearm was a High Standard R-100 revolver .22 caliber and was loaded with 9 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition. 

Baskin was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Carrying a Loaded Firearm. He will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

Two Arrested for Armed Robbery by Knife in Dorchester

 

At about 7:44 PM on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest of two individuals in the area of Geneva Avenue and Columbia Road in Dorchester. While on patrol in the area of the aforementioned location, officers were approached by a male victim who stated he had just been robbed of his cell phone. The victim provided a description of the two male suspects and the motor vehicle in which they were operating. The victim further stated he was approached by the two males, one of whom held a knife to the victim while the other male went through the victim’s pockets and removed his cell phone. The suspects fled the area in a red motor vehicle toward Wayland Street. Officers searched the area for the vehicle which they were able to locate in traffic near the intersection of Columbia Road and Geneva Avenue in Dorchester.  Both the operator and passenger were identified as the suspects who had robbed the victim. Officers located the victim’s cell phone which had been discarded on Ceylon Street. 

Officers arrested Jikhalil Smith, 24-years-old, of Dorchester and Gus Braggs Jr., 22-years-old, of Roxbury. Both are expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court. Smith and Braggs are both charged with Armed Robbery while Braggs faces an additional charge of Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

 

Investigation Update: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 32 Windermere Road in Dorchester

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Investigation Update: At about 6:26 PM on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 32 Windermere Road in Dorchester. On arrival, officers observed four adult male victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Three of the males were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. One male victim was pronounced deceased on scene. The victim has since been identified as Kevin Brewington, 33-years-old, of Allston.

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.