The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Sergeant William F. Healey 73 Years Ago Today

BPD Remembers: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Sergeant William F. Healey who was killed in the line of duty on this very day 73 years ago. Sgt. Healey was shot and killed while confronting two armed gunmen found burglarizing a home at 24 Fayette Street in the Bay Village section of Boston.

Sgt. Healey was 48 years old and had been with the department for 18 years at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife and their two daughters.

Sgt. Healey is buried at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in West Roxbury, MA. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, panel 36, west line 9, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial at the State House.

A Hero Sign is placed in honor and memory of Sgt. Healey in front of 24 Fayette Street in the Bay Village section of Boston on District D-4 (South End).

Suspect in Custody After BPD Officers Recover Loaded Firearm During Traffic Stop in Dorchester

 

At about 11:09 AM on Tuesday October 1, 2019, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) arrested Kyeshawn Avant, 19, of Dorchester, after recovering a loaded firearm during a traffic stop in the area of 52 Erie Street in Dorchester. The officers had stopped a motor vehicle which was being operated by the suspect due to an equipment violation and were conducting their investigation when they recovered a loaded .380 caliber Kahr CW389 handgun from inside the center console of the vehicle. The suspect was placed in custody on scene without incident and will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

BPD Fugitive Unit Arrests Wanted Suspect After Ten-Month-Long, Multi-State Investigation

 

Earlier today, on Tuesday October 1, 2019, members of the Boston Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit, in a coordinated effort with the U.S. Marshals Service, Massachusetts State Police and the Brockton Police Department, located and arrested Hermano Joseph, 28, of Randolph, in the area of 17 Hamilton Street in Brockton, MA. At the time of his arrest, the suspect was wanted on numerous outstanding warrants sought out of Suffolk Superior Court on charges of Indecent Assault and Battery (3 Counts), Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (3 Counts) and Threats stemming from an incident in 2013 as well as additional warrants for Armed Carjacking and Armed Robbery.

The arrest came as a result of collaborative investigation that began in December of 2018 when the suspect fled the state after being convicted in Suffolk Superior Court. Over the course of the past 10 months, members of the BPD Fugitive Unit tracked the suspect to locations in several states  before finally placing him in custody today in Brockton.

The suspect is expected to face arraignment in Brockton District Court.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Monday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 4

Residential Break-ins: 2
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.

Keeping Boston Safe: Suspect in Custody After Search Warrants Lead to the Recovery of a Loaded Firearm, Drugs and Cash in Mattapan

Keeping Boston Safe: At about 9:45 AM on Monday September 30, 2019, members of the Drug Control Units assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) and District E-5 (West Roxbury) made an onsite arrest while recovering a loaded firearm, drugs and cash during an investigation in Mattapan. The officers applied for and were granted search warrants for the target of their investigation, Lynden Scott, 30, of Brockton, as well as his motor vehicle and a residence on Wildwood Street in Mattapan. The officers performed a traffic stop after observing the suspect exit the residence and enter his motor vehicle. Upon seeing the officers approaching, the suspect exited the vehicle and attempted to flee but was placed in custody after brief foot pursuit. Officers then performed a search and recovered a loaded 9mm Taurus PT111 handgun from a mechanical “hide” inside the vehicle. The officers later recovered approximately 24 grams of crack cocaine from the suspect during the booking process. Officers simultaneously performed a search of the residence which led to the recovery of 8 suboxone strips, $629.00 in U.S. Currency along with other evidence consistent with the packaging and selling of illegal street drugs.

The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on multiple charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device and Trafficking Class B Drugs.

 

BPD in the Community: Officers Assigned to District A-7 (East Boston) Host Hockey Clinic

On Thursday, September 26, 2109, Police Officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston), hosted a hockey skills clinic for local kids at the Porrazzo Memorial Rink in East Boston. Having fun is one of the top priorities, but we also take the time to talk to the kids about the importance of being on a team, being a good teammate and being a good listener while focusing on player development. Plus, our officers get the chance to engage with residents in the community.

Boston 72: Weekend Update and Public Journal

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

Street Robberies: 5
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 2

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 22

Residential Break-ins:11
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.

Boston Police Department Members Honored at 17th Annual Community Fellowship Luncheon

On Friday, September 27, 2019 Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross was the keynote speaker for the 17th Annual Community Fellowship Luncheon hosted by the Boston Red Sox and Boston Area Church League at the Back Bay Hilton Hotel in Boston. The Boston Area Church League is a faith-based organization founded to provide resources and mentorship to youth through the disciplines of athletics, education, health, nutrition, training, and the arts. Commissioner Gross, Superintendent Nora Baston, and Director Laura Dickerson were honored for their distinguished leadership in the community.

BPD Officers Assigned to District B-3 Arrest Two Suspects While Recovering Two Loaded Firearms During Two Separate Incidents Overnight in Mattapan

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Firearm Seized During Incident #1

INCIDENT #1: At about 1:50 AM on Sunday September 29, 2019, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) made an onsite firearm arrest while on patrol in the area of 22 Floyd Street in Mattapan. The officers were on routine patrol when they observed a male party, later identified as Michael Curry, 36, of Dorchester, laying in the roadway. The officers exited their vehicle and approached to render aid when they observed the handle of a firearm sticking out from the man’s front pants pocket. Officers secured the weapon, which was later determined to be a loaded .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, and placed the suspect in custody without incident after it was confirmed that he did not possess a license to carry a firearm. The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Armed Career Criminal.

Firearm Recovered During Incident #2

Firearm Recovered During Incident #2

INCIDENT #2: At about 3:09 AM on Sunday September 29, 2019, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) arrested El Wade-Mason, 27, of Mattapan, on firearm related charges after responding to a call for a person with a gun in the area of 67 West Seldon Street in Mattapan. On arrival, officers were directed to a person matching the given description standing in front of the above address. Officers placed the suspect in custody without incident after recovering a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun with a defaced serial number which had been discarded by the suspect as the officers approached. The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device and Possession of a Firearm with an Altered Serial Number.  

 

Officers Arrest 14-Year-Old in Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Dorchester

One Less Gun: At about 6:45 PM on Friday, September 27, 2019, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of Humboldt Avenue and Waumbeck Street in Dorchester. While on patrol in the area of the aforementioned location, officers observed a large group inside of the Trotter School Playground. Officers noticed the group appeared to be smoking and were present in the park after dusk. Officers approached the group and while speaking with three males, observed one of them to suddenly start breathing excessively, leaning forward as if to conceal an item inside of the front pocket of his sweatshirt. Fearing the male was in possession of a weapon, officers asked the male to stand up in an effort to possibly identify the item he was trying to conceal. At this time, the male attempted to flee from officers, but was immediately apprehended. Officers located a SCCY CPX-1 firearm, loaded with four rounds of live ammunition, from the suspect’s waistband. The suspect, who did not possess a valid license to carry, was taken into custody. 

Officers arrested a 14-year-old juvenile male of Dorchester. The juvenile is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on charges of Delinquent to wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

 

Suspect in Custody After BPD Officers Respond to Reported Stabbing Near District Station in East Boston

 

Suspect in Custody After BPD Officers Respond to Reported Stabbing Near District Station in East Boston: At about 11:24 AM, on Friday, September 27, 2019, officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston) made an onsite arrest of suspect wanted in connection to a non-fatal stabbing which occurred just across the street from the District A-7 police station at 69 Paris Street in East Boston. The officers, who were standing in front of the station, were approached by a concerned citizen who stated that an adult male had just been stabbed inside the food mart of the Shell Gas Station across the street and that the suspect had fled on foot down Paris Street towards Maverick Street. The officers immediately ran to the store where they were met by a store clerk who began yelling and pointing in the direction of the suspect who was attempting to walk away from the scene. The officers immediately approached the suspect and placed him into custody without incident. A pat frisk of the suspect enabled officers to locate and confiscate a Swiss Army knife found on his person.

When officers returned to the store to better understand the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident, the store clerk informed them that the suspect tried to make a purchase using a counterfeit bill. According to the clerk, when he refused to accept the counterfeit bill or return it to the suspect, the suspect became enraged and lunged at the clerk, reaching over the counter and striking him with his clenched fist. The clerk, however, was able to defend himself and stop the suspect's attack. The suspect then turned his attention on a second store employee who he stabbed before fleeing the store. The second store employee received treatment for minor lacerations on scene by Boston EMS but refused further medical attention and was not transported from the scene.

The suspect, Eric Vargas, 32, of East Boston, is scheduled to appear in East Boston District Court on charges of Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and Possession of Counterfeit Notes or Bank Bills.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, September 27, 2019

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 8
Vehicle Recoveries: 6
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 1
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.

RECENT PROMOTIONS: Congratulations to newly promoted Lt. Shawn Burns

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RECENT PROMOTIONS: Congratulations to newly promoted Lt. Shawn Burns who was pinned earlier today on Thursday, September 26, 2019, by his wife during a promotional ceremony at Boston Police Headquarters. As we do with all of our new promotees, we wish Shawn nothing but the best of safety and success in his new position and assignment protecting and serving the citizens of District D-4 (South End).  

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, September 26, 2019

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 3
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.

Coffee with a Cop Stops by the Coffee Break Café in Hyde Park

Coffee with a Cop: Thanks to all those who stopped by Coffee with a Cop at the Coffee Break Café earlier today in Hyde Park. Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Gross were on hand with officers assigned to District E-18 to meet and greet community members on a beautiful fall morning. 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: BPD Officers Save Choking Six-Week-Old Infant in the South End

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Daily Dose of Great Police Work: At about 3:15 PM on Wednesday September 25, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) were flagged down during a medical emergency in the area of Washington Street and Waltham Street in the South End. The officers were on routine patrol when they were approached by a distraught father who stated that his six-week-old baby appeared to be choking. The officers were directed to a nearby motor vehicle where they observed the mother holding the infant. The mother handed the baby to the officers who immediately noted that the child was not breathing. The officers administered life saving aid on scene by clearing the infant’s airway and restoring his breathing. Boston EMS soon arrived on scene and transported the baby, along with his relieved and grateful parents, to a nearby hospital for evaluation.

Said Commissioner Gross, “Firstly, I want the parents to know that I’m thinking of them and praying for a speedy recovery for their little one. I’m grateful that my officers were in the right place at the right time and that they were equipped with the training and the professionalism to help this family in their time of need and save this baby’s life.”

 

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Detective John J. Mulligan 26 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: On this day 26 years ago, Detective John James Mulligan was shot and killed in the line of duty in Roslindale. Detective Mulligan was 52 years old at the time of his death and had been with the BPD since 1966. He was survived by his two sons.

Detective Mulligan is buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Brighton, MA. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, panel 30, west line 19, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial located at the State House.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor on American Legion Highway in Roslindale.