Threatening to do Harm with a Fake Firearm Lands Two Behind Bars

At about 10:46pm, on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, officers from Area D-14 (Brighton) responded to a call for a person with a gun in the area of Commonwealth & Harvard Aves. On arrival, officers located the victim who stated that he was arguing with two individuals in a motor vehicle. During the course of the verbal argument, the victim states that the individual sitting in the front passenger seat produced a firearm, pointed it at him and stated, “"Next time. Bang. You’re dead.” According to the victim, the two suspects then drove away in a silver-colored BMW down Harvard Ave. In short time, officers located and stopped the car. When asked if there were any weapons in the motor vehicle, the operator stated, “No. You can check if you like.” A search of the car enabled officers to see and take possession of a black firearm found under the front passenger seat. Upon further inspection, it was determined that the black firearm was, in fact, a replica style BB gun. The victim was able to positively identify the passenger as the one who threatened him with the firearm. The victim further states he was definitely in fear for his life and, at the time, believed the firearm was a real one.

Officers arrested Aram Barseghyam, 28, of Brighton and Aleksandr Yeghiyan, 22, of Watertown and charged both with Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon.

Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: Mayor Menino to Kick-off First in the Nation Multi-Discipline Simulated 24-Hour Safety Services Competition Urban Shield: Boston

Competition Will Consist of Several Simulated Crisis Events Throughout City and Region, Culminating with a Major Terrorist Attack Scenario PHOTO-OP:

Simulations for large-scale event modeled after the terrorist attacks in Mumbai including a car explosion, a small robot used to disable bombs and a trained canine detecting an explosive device.

WHO:

    • Don McGough, Office of Emergency Management
    • Superintendent Daniel Linskey, Boston Police Department
    • Commissioner Rod Fraser, Boston Fire Department
    • Barbara Ferrer, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission
    • Chief James Hooley, Boston EMS
    • Teams of regional first responders including Special Weapons and Tactical (SWAT) and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)

 

WHEN: TOMORROW!! Friday, May 20 at 3:30 PM

WHERE: Marine Industrial Park

3 Dolphin Way, South Boston

WHAT:

Mayor Thomas M. Menino will kick off Urban Shield: Boston, a 24-hour management and competitive training exercise simulating large-scale crisis events impacting the metro-Boston region and culminating with a large-scale event modeled after the terror attacks in Mumbai at the Marine Industrial Park in South Boston. The competition will begin Saturday morning at 8:00 AM and will include teams from the City of Boston, Metro-Boston Homeland Security Region, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island and Alameda County in California. The competition will assess each team’s ability to successfully respond to and manage multiple terrorist events and other emergencies occurring simultaneously throughout the Boston area.

 

MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Two Heroic Boston Police Officers Receive Prestigious Roosevelt Award

WHO: Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis; Roosevelt Committee Members; Boston Police Command Staff; Department Chaplains; BPD members; Award Recipients, Sergeant Scott O’Brien and Patrol Officer Terrence Burke and recipients’ families and friends. WHAT: Mayor Thomas Menino is pleased to host the Theodore Roosevelt Association, who will present Sergeant Scott O’Brien and Patrol Officer Terrence Burke with a distinguished honor annually awarded to a sworn member of the Department who has overcome a significant injury and rendered outstanding service. This year the Association will honor for 2008 and 2009.

WHEN: Monday, May 16, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Faneuil Hall, Ancient and Honorable Artillery Room

WHY: The Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA) was founded in 1919 and incorporated by Congress in 1920 to promote the ideals of perseverance and professionalism as exemplified by the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt.

In 1983, the TRA, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of the Interior, established the Police Award program in New York City. The program has since been expanded to western New York state and Boston. The nominees and ultimate recipients of the award must meet two important criteria established by the TRA:  He/She has overcome a significant physical, emotional and/or psychological handicap or injury; and  Continued to render outstanding service to the Department after such an incident.

STALLED WHILE STEALING MOTORCYCLE

Around 6:28 AM, April 14, 2011, officers responded to a radio call for a crime in progress at Englewood Avenue & Chestnut Hill Avenue in Brighton (District D14). A concerned neighbor called police and said that two hispanic males were trying to steal a motorcycle. Officers then responded to 53 Strathmore Road on a report that a red motorcycle was in the middle of the street. Officers then spoke to the witness who stated that two hispanic males appeared to be trying to steal it and when it wouldn’t start they dropped it and ran in the rear yard of 53 Strathmore Road. Officers located one of the suspects at the rear of Englewood Avenue and he was taken into custody. The Suspect was taken back to the scene and was positively identified by the witnesses as being one of the two individuals trying to steal the motorcycle. Luis Alvarez, 20, of Revere, was arrested for auto theft.

May 15th is 'Peace Officers Memorial Day'- BPD will fly the American Flag at half-staff to honor those killed or disabled in the line of duty

On October 1, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of those Federal, State and Municipal Police Officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. On Sunday, May 15, 2011, the American Flag will be flown at half-staff on all police buildings to honor and remember the Boston Police Officers and all other police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  On this day, all Department Members are asked to reflect and honor the memory of all of our officers who have given their lives while protecting others.

Media Advisory: Two Heroic Boston Police Officers Receive Prestigious Theodore Roosevelt Association Police Award

WHO: Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis; Roosevelt Committee Members; Boston Police Command Staff; Department Chaplains; BPD members; Award Recipients, Sergeant Scott O’Brien and Patrol Officer Terrence Burke and recipients’ families and friends. WHAT: Mayor Thomas Menino is pleased to host the Theodore Roosevelt Association, who will present Sergeant Scott O’Brien and Patrol Officer Terrence Burke with a distinguished honor annually awarded to a sworn member of the Department who has overcome a significant injury and rendered outstanding service.  This year the Association will honor for 2008 and 2009.

WHEN: Monday, May 16, 2011

5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Faneuil Hall, Ancient and Honorable Artillery Room

WHY: The Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA) was founded in 1919 and incorporated by Congress in 1920 to promote the ideals of perseverance and professionalism as exemplified by the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt.

In 1983, the TRA, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of the Interior, established the Police Award program in New York City.  The program has since been expanded to western New York state and Boston.

The nominees and ultimate recipients of the award must meet two important criteria established by the TRA:

  • He/She has overcome a significant physical, emotional and/or psychological handicap or injury; and
  • Continued to render outstanding service to the Department after such an incident.

 

New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Addresses Boston Police Supervisors on Leadership and Management Skills

The Boston Police Department is greatly appreciative to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft for his recent participation in the department’s Leadership Development Program. On May 2, 2011, Mr. Kraft addressed 44 recently promoted Sergeants at the Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training building in Dorchester. Mr. Kraft provided new BPD supervisors with valuable insight on leadership and management skills as they embark on this new chapter of their careers. Mr. Kraft commented on the importance of demonstrating common sense, courage and intellectual ability as these sergeants develop their own leadership style geared at building teamwork.

The Boston Police Department’s Bureau of Professional Development launched the Leadership Development Program (LDP) in 2010 for the Department’s newly promoted supervisors. The LDP has a four week comprehensive curriculum which primarily focuses on Leadership, Management and Command. The leadership development training program is designed to assist newly promoted Sergeants to make the transition into management positions.

Tag! You Are under Arrest!

Yesterday afternoon around 4:00PM, officers from District D-14 (Allston/Brighton) received a call for a suspect spray painting mailboxes and carrying a stool at Arlington and Hobart Streets. While en route, officers were redirected to a higher priority call for six people fighting in the area of Parsons and Surrey Streets. On arrival, officers observed a group of people huddled with an individual matching the suspect description of the person who was spray painting the mailboxes on the ground struggling with a witness. Officers helped the witness and subdued the individual matching the suspect description.  Officers then spoke to several witnesses on scene and reviewed the 911 calls that been placed to Operations and learned that this was the same suspect from the first call for some vandalizing the mailboxes.  Officers further learned that the suspect had proceeded from the first location and continued to “tag” public poles, signs and hydrants as he made his way when he was approached by several witnesses. The suspect, once approached by witnesses and passersby began verbally assaulting them and gave them the middle finger.  As witnesses continued to admonish the suspect for his activities, he eventually became physically assaultive and aimed spray paint in the direction of the witnesses which in turn lead to a physical encounter leading to the suspect being restrained.

The suspect, Adam M. Brandon, 30 of Brighton was arrested and charged with Malicious Destruction of Property.

Community Reminder: Boston Police Warn Fans of Counterfeit Tickets

During the Boston Celtics Playoff series, Boston Police would like to take this opportunity to remind fans to be wary of purchasing counterfeit tickets. Fans who purchase tickets from a secondary source are taking a chance. We would like to encourage fans to only buy tickets from authorized ticket agencies. Purchasing from other sources is done at the buyer’s risk. Officers want to proactively curb such activity and encourage buyers to only purchase from official vendors.

The department has been informed by the Boston Celtics that authenticity is guaranteed by purchasing tickets through Celtics.com, Ticketmaster.com, over the phone at 800-4-NBA-TIX, in person at the TD Garden Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet, or on Ticketmaster’s “TicketExchange” online.

Purchasing via other means, creates the potential for possessing either an invalid or counterfeit ticket.  Individuals attempting to gain admission using fraudulent tickets will be evicted from the building and face the possibility of arrest.

If any community members have information about the selling of counterfeit tickets, you are urged to contact District A-1 detectives at (617) 343-4248. Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously may do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously are reminded that the Boston Police Department in ONLY interested in the INFORMATION you provide, NOT who YOU are.

Robbery Suspect Caught after Assaulting Victim

Early today around 12:30AM, officers from district D-14 (Allston/Brighton) responded to the intersection of Commonwealth and Harvard Avenues for a robbery in progress. On arrival, officers found the suspect at Commonwealth Ave. and Linden St. and he stated that parked his car on Comm. Ave. and was walking toward to go to the McDonald’s when he was approached by the suspect who aggressively tried to sell him some marijuana. The victim declined the suspect’s offer and started walking away when the suspect grabbed him from behind, punched him several and started rummaging through his pockets. The victim at this time started yelling that he was getting and the suspect stopped going through his pockets and walked away down Com. Ave. making a left turn onto Reedsdale Avenue.

Officers broadcast the suspect description, and a few moments a Boston University Police officer observed an individual matching the suspect description. The suspect was detained while the victim was brought to the suspect’s location and there positively identified the suspect saying, “That is definitely him…100% him.”

The suspect, Bruce Thompson, 41 of Boston was arrested and charged with Assault with Intent to Rob. The suspect was also found with marijuana in his pocket for which he was cited since it was under an ounce.

VIDEO MESSAGE FROM POLICE COMMISSIONER EDWARD DAVIS

Many of you in the community may be wondering how the significant death of Osama bin Laden affects your safety locally here in Boston.

The Boston Police Department’s Intelligence Unit has been working through the night to closely monitor all intelligence reports from our federal and state counterparts and will continue to aggressively do so.

The Boston Police Department is in contact with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to stay apprised of any new developments.

Although there is no specific threat to the City of Boston, we have directed our officers to exercise increased vigilance. We ask the community to do the same and report any observed suspicious activities.

Our department blog, BPDNews.com, offers helpful information on a community awareness program known as iWatch. The information available through iWatch offers the community helpful details on what constitutes suspicious activity and the type of behaviors that should be reported to local police.

We also ask that any revelers be respectful to neighborhoods and honor those who have sacrificed with peaceful public displays.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express the Boston Police Department’s deepest gratitude to the 13 members of the department currently actively serving in the military. We are grateful and proud of your service to our Country and humbled by the sacrifice that you and your families continue to make.

The following officers are currently serving active military duty:

Sergeant James Blake

Patrol Officer George Boggs

Patrol Officer Tlaloc Cutroneo

Officer Bryan Dickson

Lieutenant Robert Dwan

Patrol Officer Jake Elwood

Patrol Officer Felix Berlino

Lieutenant Kevin McGoldrick

Patrol Officer Robert Mulhern

Sergeant Alan Perkins

Patrol Officer David Santuosso

Patrol Officer Charles Vest

Patrol Officer Brandon Williams

Officer Kenneally Talks to the BPD's Gaelic Column - Check Out YouTube Video

People often ask, "Do you have a favorite show?" And, let me tell you, hands down, the show we do with the BPD's Gaelic Column is not only our best, but it is easily my favorite. I love this show for so many reasons but mainly because it highlights the talent, kindness and compassion of the band we affectionately call the "Pipes & Drums". Every St. Patrick's Day the band starts off their holiday with a trip to the Franciscan Hospital for Children. It's their way of spreading St. Patrick's cheer to a group of kids looking for a reason to be cheerful. As you're about to see in the video taken of the occassion, the looks and expressions on the faces of the children tell the story. Clearly, they're happy to see the band, and the band, as told to me by Pipe Major Joe Cheevers, couldn't be happier to see and play for them.  Respectfully submitted, Officer James 'Jamie' Kenneally.

Mayor Menino Supports Drug Enforcement Agency’s Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-back Day

 WHAT:                  The City of Boston will participate in the second nationwide Prescription Drug Take-back Day.  The event, held by the Drug Enforcement Agency in partnership with Boston Public Health Commission and the Boston Police Department, offers community members an anonymous, safe and environmentally-friendly solution to properly dispose of unused/expired prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs.

 WHEN:           Saturday, April 30th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.:

 WHERE:           

1.      ROXBURY

BPD District Station B-2

135 New Dudley Street

East Boston, MA 02128

 2.      WEST ROXBURY

BPD District Station E-5

1708 Centre Street

West Roxbury, MA 02132

 3.      CHARLESTOWN

BPD District Station A-15

20 Vine Street

Charlestown, MA 02139

4. MATTAPAN

BPD District Station B-3

1165 Blue Hill Ave.

Mattapan, MA 02124

 5. SOUTH END

BPD District Station D-4

65 Harrison Ave.

Boston, MA 02116

 6. SOUTH BOSTON

BPD District Station C-6

101 W. Broadway

South Boston, MA 02127

 7.  ALLSTON/BRIGHTON

BPD District Station D-14

301 Washington Street

Brighton, MA 02135

WHY:                     Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-back Day is a collaborative effort to ensure the proper disposal of expired or unused medication that has the potential to be abused or harmful to the environment. Many people are not aware that expired and unused medicines are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.  Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates and studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.  This program is to assist individuals in restricting access to harmful prescription narcotics and also provides an opportunity to safely dispose of these hazardous materials by keeping them out of the water supply. Too often individuals dispose of such medication by flushing and therefore potentially exposing them to the water supply.