29 Dean Street Stolen Car Incident

Yesterday morning around 11:00AM, officers from the Governor’s Auto Theft Task Force (GATSF) were in the Rockland and Wakullah Street area when they saw a stolen unattended car. Officers from the GATSF radioed for additional units in order to maintain surveillance on the car and stop it in the event a suspect got in the car.  A short while after calling for help and prior to the arrival of additional units, the officer from the GATSF observed a suspect get in the car and start to drive away. The officer followed the car from a distance but lost sight of the car in the Blue Hill Ave. and Moreland Street area. Officers, after a brief search of the area, again located the car parked and unattended. Officers again set up surveillance on the car and after a few minutes later, they again observed a suspect get in the car and drive off. Officers again followed the car from a distance as they attempted to radio other cars in order to safely stop it.  At the intersection of Dudley and West Cottage Streets, officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the car.  The car momentarily came to a stop and as an officer approached the car, the car suddenly sped up in the direction of the officer and bumped the officer forcing him to the side. The car then took off in an effort to evade officers and in the process struck two occupied cars causing damage but no injuries. Officers followed the car from a safe distance and again lost sight of the car as it continued down West Cottage St. to Brook Avenue.

Numerous police officers responded to the area and after a search located the car parked and unattended in the rear parking lot of 29 Dean Street.  A canine officer responded to this location and with the assistance of the dog located the suspect hiding underneath the rear porch of 29 Dean Street.

The suspect, Misael Fuentes, 23 of Boston was arrested and charged with Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle, Leaving the Scene of an accident Resulting in Property Damage, Failure to Stop for Police Officers, Operating a Motor Vehicle without Being Licensed and Possession of Burglarious Tools for items found in his backpack.

Another Gun Taken Off the Streets

Last night around 9:43PM, officers from the Youth Violence Strike Force (gang Unit) arrested suspect, John Singleton, 49 of Haverhill and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm. Officers were on random patrol in the area of Harold and Holworthy Streets when they observed a group of individuals hanging out in front of 45 Holworthy Street.  Officers, being aware of some ongoing firearm related issues in the area and based on past interactions with groups in the area approached the group to conduct an investigation.  The front of the building having clearly posted “No Trespassing” asked if anyone in the group lived in the building. No one in the group answered officers’ questions. Officers quickly assessed the group and noted that they had interacted with most of the group in the past.  Officers, after quickly surveying the group, realized that some of the members of the group had prior firearm charges and so decided to conduct pat frisk of the group.

An officer started pat frisking the suspect when he was distracted by another member of the group.  Officers noted that this individual was trying to divert officers’ attention from the suspect and so another officer directed his attention to the suspect.  The suspect, at that time, told the second officer that he had already been pat frisked and attempted to distance himself from the officer. In addition to this diversionary tactic, officer also noticed that the suspect engaged in several physical movements indicative of an armed suspect.

Officers pat frisked the suspect and clearly detected the feel of something consistent with a firearm.  Officers, at the same time, noticed a sock protruding from the suspect’s waistband. Officers knowing that individuals often use socks to secret firearm, lifted the suspect’s shirt and confirmed that he was indeed in possession of a loaded firearm. The suspect was then placed under arrest and charged with the above offenses.

Not the Kind of Bruins Fan We Want

Yesterday around 2:48PM, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to the intersection of Warren St. and Copeland Streets for a person with a gun.  En route, officers were advised that the caller had seen a young man hand a gun to another young man wearing a black Bruins jacket and hat on a bicycle.  Officers were also informed that the suspect was last seen riding down Copeland St. towards Moreland Street. Numerous officers responded to the area of the call and in the area of Moreland St., officers observed a young man matching the suspect description riding a bike.  Officers stopped and approached the individual matching the suspect description in front of 77 Moreland Street.  Officers approached the suspect and ordered to stop and keep his hands in sight. The suspect, who was talking on the phone, stopped his bike but ignored officers’ commands to keep his hands in sight. Officers after the suspect’s failure to follow their commands approached him and attempted to conduct a pat frisk. The suspect violently struggled with officers until they were able to physically restrain him. Once the suspect was restrained, officers pat frisked him and felt a hard object in his waist consistent with a handgun. Officers then raised his jacket and a handgun fell out of his waist.

The suspect, a 13-year old male juvenile from Dorchester was then arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Resisting Arrest. Once arrested, the suspect was additionally charged with Receiving Stolen Property after it was discovered that the gun was reported stolen.

Van Owner Catches Suspect Breaking Into His Vehicle

At about 11:44 pm, on Friday, June 10, 2011, officers from Area B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person or persons breaking into a van in the area of 40 Harlow Street in Roxbury. While en route to the call, officers learned that the victim (the operator of the van) had one of the suspects in custody.  On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that he was returning to his van when he observed two individuals inside his van trying to steal his tools. The victim told police when he confronted the suspects, one of the suspects was able to get away while the other wasn’t.    Officers arrested Edgardo Rodriguez, 29, of Boston and charged him with Breaking & Entering a Motor Vehicle (Night) and Receiving Stolen Goods. 

Officers observed and noted damage to the van’s door side handle indicating that the door may have been forced or pried open.

Broken Heart + Broken Television = Police Custody

At about 9:36pm, on Friday, June 10, 2011, officers from Area B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a breaking and entering at 1 Kerr Place. While en route to the call, officers observed a motor vehicle, without headlights on, driving away from the area. Officers stopped the car and later learned that the person sitting in the front passenger seat was wanted in connection with the breaking and entering. When officers spoke to the victim, the victim stated that the suspect was her daughter’s ex-boyfriend who had come by the house to collect some of his belongings. However, according to the victim, when the ex-boyfriend entered her daughter’s room, he began destroying things. Among some of the damage, the suspect ripped a television off a wall and smashed a DVD player.  When asked about the damage, the suspect, saying he was angry with his ex-girlfriend, admitted to causing it. 

Officers arrested Marlon Vaughan, 26, of Boston and charged him with the Willful & Malicious Destruction of Property.

Proactive Warrant Sweep Nets 24 Suspects

Today, June 9, 2011, members of the Boston Police Department (The Fugitive Unit, officers and detectives from Districts A-1, A-15, B-2, B-3, C-11 and D-4) in collaboration with officers from the Boston Housing Authority and Special Agents from Housing and Urban Development initiated and conducted Operation PAWS, a proactive warrant sweep.  The goal of the Operation PAWS is to send a clear message to those individuals who would choose to ignore their responsibility and answerability to the judicial process. Operation PAWS also seeks to target and arrests those individuals who are involved in gang-related activity who would seek to affect the quality of life for the residents of the City and cause fear amongst its residents. By focusing on these individuals, the Boston Police Department seeks to reduce gang violence and let those that would ignore the mandates of our court system know that they will be held accountable.

 Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis in response to this warrant sweep stated, “This pro-active warrant sweep is part of our ongoing effort to ensure the safety of the residents from those individuals with no regard for the rules of our society, especially with the summer months upon us.” 

 Twenty-four (24) individuals were arrested today as a result of Operation PAWS with charges ranging from Assault and Battery to Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Distribution of Class B (crack cocaine and cocaine) Drugs. These individuals will appear at different district courts to answer for their charges.

SHAW, David, 56, Assault and Battery and multiple counts of Larceny over $250

BUFORD, Tomika, 32 for Unarmed Robbery

RIVERA, Carlos, 42 for Parole Violation

WESLEY, Richard, 49 for several counts of Assault and Battery

SPARROW, Adam, 31 for Operation after License Revocation

GENNIS, Laneice, 31 for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Distribution of Class B Drugs

A 16 year-old male for Larceny

FLUCAS, Bernadete, 36 for Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon

PATIN, Damien A, 36 for Larceny

CLARKE, Edward, 18 for Assault and Battery on a Police Officer

RUSSELL, Brian, 54 for Possession of Class B

BOYETTE, Anthony, 24 for Possession of Class B

GOMES, Augusto, 34 for Assault and Battery and Threats

WORRELL, Andre, 46 for Larceny

CLARK, Jasmine, 19 for Assault and Battery, Receiving Stolen Property, & Larceny over $250

RIVERA, Andres, 46 for Operating after License Revocation

MELENDEZ, Alex G, 31 for Breaking and Entering and larceny over $250

JONES, Janet, 36 for Operating Motor Vehicle w/out Being Licensed, and Unregistered Motor Vehicle

ORTIZ, Samuel, 29 for Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon

WALLER, Cedric T, 26 for Assault and Battery

CEDRONE, Jesse, 27 for Unarmed Robbery

ARIAS, Jose, 18 for Assault, Resisting Arrest, and Trespassing

BAZILE, Villy, 20 for Armed Robbery, and witness Intimidation

JEFFRIES, Dale M, 54 for Operating a Motor Vehicle w/out Being Licensed

Buyer Beware! Boston Police Continue to Warn Fans of Counterfeit Tickets

During the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Finals, 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 suggests that fans guarantee authenticity by purchasing tickets through the Boston Bruins website, Ticketmaster.com, in person at the TD Garden Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet.

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.

 

Good Surveillance Pays Off!

Yesterday around 5:56PM, officers from the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit) arrested suspect, Jamal Jones, 28 of Dorchester and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm. Officers from the Gang Unit were conducting surveillance in the Wayland Street area of Roxbury when they made note of the suspect who was accompanied by two other individuals in front of 75 Wayland Street. The suspect who is known to officers was observed looking up and down the street as he continually reached into his right pocket. Officers continued to monitor the suspect as he made his way through several streets observing the same conduct which was deemed to be indicative of an armed individual.  

Near 19 Ingleside Street, officers approached the suspect to conduct a threshold inquiry. As officers approached the suspect and asked o speak to him, the suspect was observed to quickly reach into his right jean pocket, quickly pull his hand out and appear to throw something out of his pocket as he turned his body a full turn.  As the suspect did this, officers clearly heard the sound of something metallic strike the ground.

The suspect was stopped and officers looked in the area where the suspect had been observed throwing the object out of his pocket and there located a loaded gun. The suspect was then placed under arrest and charged with the above offenses.

A Message from the Neighborhood Watch Unit: Planning a Block Party this Summer? Contact your Local Community Service Officer or the Neighborhood Watch Unit for Assistance!

It's about that time and Neighborhood Watch groups across the city are beginning to make their plans for their annual, summer block parties! The Neighborhood Watch Unit believes the block parties and similar social events are a great way for residents and neighbors to connect and build community.  These neighborhood events provide a way in which people can meet each other and begin to have a dialogue about where they live and what they want for their street.  Block parties usually tend to draw even the most reticent person because they’re fun!  Some of the events that have taken place in the past are ice cream socials, yard sales and tag sales, barbeques and the traditional pot luck block party where people congregate and socialize right on their street.  If you would like to plan a block party call your local CSO office or the Neighborhood Watch Unit at 617-343-4345 for assistance.  

Hundreds of Boston Police Officers To March on 'A Day To Remember'

Boston Police Relief Association Memorial Service Honors Deceased Member of the Department WHO:              Mayor Thomas Menino, Police Commissioner Edward Davis, Superintendant-In-Chief Daniel Linskey, Boston Police Relief Society Association President John McGee, Reverend John Connolly, Grand Rabbi Y. A. Korff and the Boston  Police Gaelic Column and Honor Guard.

WHAT:           Hundred of Boston police officers descend on Mount Hope Cemetery to honor deceased members of the Boston Police Department. The event includes a march to the Boston Police Relief Association Memorial, a memorial service and a ‘Reading of the Roll’ to recognize those deceased.

The Boston Police Relief Association, a fraternal benefit association, was organized on January 13, 1871 and incorporated in 1876.

WHERE:         Mount Hope Cemetery main entrance, Walk Hill Street, Mattapan.

WHEN:           Sunday, June 5, 2011 @ 10:00 am.

 

Boston Police Officers Step Up To The Plate For 2nd Annual ‘Field of Dreams’ Wiffle Ball Tournament

Numerous officers participate to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes WHO:              Mayor Thomas Menino; Police Commissioner Edward Davis; Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald; Boston Police Runners Club President and Boston Police Detective Cecil Jones; numerous Boston Police officers and family and friends; Renown singer Rene Rancort

WHAT:           The Boston Police Runners Club is holding the 2nd Annual ‘Field of Dreams’ Wiffle Ball Tournament to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Numerous Boston Police officers and their families will be on hand for some competitive wiffle ball! Last year’s event raised $32,500 for juvenile diabetes. Rene Rancort of Boston Bruins’ fame will perform the National Anthem to kick off the competition.

WHERE:         Boston Athletic Club

650 Summer Street, South Boston

WHEN:           Saturday June 4, 2011 at 12:00pm

National Anthem to be performed at noon

WHY: The Boston Police Runners Club recognized that diabetes has effected many families throughout the Boston Police Department and the community. With the history of charitable efforts undertaken every year by the Boston Police Department, the club believed there was an important opportunity to contribute to this important cause.

Community Reminder: Boston Police Warn Fans of Counterfeit Tickets

During the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Finals, 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 suggests that fans guarantee authenticity by purchasing tickets through the Boston Bruins website, Ticketmaster.com, in person at the TD Garden Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet.

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.

 

Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested

Around 1:47PM yesterday afternoon, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) arrested suspect, Anthony Bournival, 17 of Roxbury and charged him with Armed Robbery and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Officers initially responded to the area of 18 Jon Elliot Square for an armed robbery in progress. On arrival, officers spoke to two female victims who reported that they were robbed at gunpoint by two suspects, one a white male wearing a white tank top and red shorts and the other, a black male wearing a light cream shirt and black pants. The victim reported that they were walking on Dudley Street toward John Elliot Square when the white male suspect walked up to one of the victims and pointed a handgun at one of the victims. Both victim became alarmed and ran across the street when the black male suspect pulled out a gun also and raised it in the air at which point the white male suspect walked up to the victim and took both their handbags. Both suspects then fled in different directions.

Officers broadcast a description of the suspects and their direction of flight to responding units after speaking to the victims. A short time later, officers stopped a male suspect matching the suspect description of one of the suspects in the area of Tremont St. and Columbus Avenue. There, officers pat frisked the suspect and stooped him in order to see if the victims could positively identify him. Both victims when brought to the suspect’s location positively identified him. Search of the suspect then resulted in the recovery of one of the victim’s ATM card from the suspect’s pocket.

Officers, while the suspect was at the booking desk, recovered several other items belonging to the victims. In addition, officers were able to recover the victims’ bags when someone called after finding the bags dumped in the back of their house. The suspect was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm after he admitted to being in possession of a firearm during the robbery which he passed off to the other suspect.

Detectives will continue to investigate this incident to determine the identity of the second suspect.

Death Investigation at Humphreys Street and Humphreys Place

Last night, Tuesday, May 31, 2011 around 8:12PM, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to the a radio call for a person shot at the corner of Humphreys Street and Humphreys Place. On arrival, officers located a 28 year-old male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was rushed to Boston Medical Center where he later pronounced.

The Boston Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident. Anyone with information about this shooting incident is urged to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by either calling the CimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department is only interested in what you know, not who you are.

2nd ANNUAL FIELD OF DREAMS WIFFLE BALL TOURNAMENT HITS THE DIAMOND THIS WEEKEND ALL FOR A GREAT CAUSE: JUVENILE DIABETES

Last year Super Fitz and friends raised close to $33,000 for Juvenile Diabetes

“She appeared to be tired. Something wasn’t right and then they told us.”

When doctors told Paul Fitzgerald that his daughter, Caroline, then 8 years-old, had juvenile diabetes, like most parents, he was quick to confess, although familiar with the terminology, he wasn’t completely familiar with the disease. However, that was four years ago. Today, Paul Fitzgerald, a Superintendent in the Boston Police Department, and his family not only have a better understanding of the disease that effects approximately 285 million people worldwide, but they also better understand the responsibility that comes with doing everything in their power to spread the word about the need for funding the research that will one day lead to a cure. “The goal is to cure this disease. We can’t wait to see the day when no family has to worry about juvenile diabetes. But accomplishing that goal means people have to step up. I can’t be a doctor but I can raise money.”

In an effort to step up, Fitzgerald and his family had long been thinking about a way to raise awareness and monies for the disease that presently affects their daughter. To hear Paul tell it, the family had been thinking about holding a road race or a golf tourney. And although Paul is a big fan of both, he was looking for something different, something that would be more inclusive, something, not just for adults, but also for kids of Caroline’s age. So, after much talk and some lengthy discussions, the idea came to the Fitzgeralds courtesy of an old friend and colleague. Said Detective Cecil Jones, “How about a wiffle ball tournament?” To Fitzgerald and his family, the suggestion was one they liked instantly.

Last summer, thanks to a wonderful support group consisting of people like Karen Kelleher, Tommy Joyce, Brendan England, Sean Butler and a host of others, on June 12th, 2010, the 1stAnnual Field of Dreams Wiffle Ball Tournament took to four make-shift diamonds inside the Boston Athletic Club and became a reality.

According to Fitzgerald, the reality of the day far exceeded all expectations and went far better than anyone could have envisioned or imagined. According to Fitzgerald, on the day of the event, he couldn’t help but count his blessings. He says, prior to the first pitch being thrown, he looked around at the large turnout and found himself humbled by the tremendous show of support and friendship. “Something like this only comes together because people who care make it happen. I can’t thank my family, my friends and all those who participated enough. This day was possible because people cared enough to come out.”

When it came to raising dough for a great cause, the 1stAnnual Field of Dreams Wiffle Ball Tourney was nothing short of a huge home run. All in all, the tourney raised $32,500.

This year promises to be even better. Says Fitzgerald, “We’d love to raise as much, if not more money than we did last year. But, to do that, we need people to come out.”

If you would like to see this year’s Field of Dreams Wiffle Ball Tournament,  the 2nd Annual Field of Dreams Wiffle Ball Tournament will be held this Saturday (June 4, 2011) at the Boston Athletic Club at 653 Summer Street in South Boston.

To learn more about Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, log on to the website at www.jdrf.org

Man with Gun Arrested in Roxbury

At about 2:15 am, on Saturday, May 21, 2011, officers from Area B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person (described as a white male in his 30’s wearing a brown shirt and blue jeans) waving a firearm around in the area of Warren and Dudley Streets. On arrival, officers observed and located an individual who matched the description of the suspect sitting on a bench near the Dudley MBTA Bus Station. Upon seeing the suspect, officers noted that the suspect’s hands were concealed. Given their inability to see the suspect’s hands, officers promptly instructed the suspect to make visible his hands. A frisk (a patting down of the suspect’s outer clothing to determine the presence of a weapon) was conducted and enabled officers to locate and take possession of a loaded firearm.

  

Officers arrested Mitchell Flint, 38, of Utah and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.