Hyde Park Woman Arrested on Local Cemetery Vandalism Charges

At about 4:45 PM, on Thursday, April 18, 2019, officers assigned to District E-18 (Hyde Park), while in the area of 19 Millstone Street, observed Deborah Gideon, 53, of Hyde Park, toss what appeared to be red powder in the air and into the street.  Further surveillance of Gideon led officers to the area of Mount Hope Cemetery where they observed her exit her motor vehicle, approach some headstones and make a tossing motion with her hand.  Gideon got back into her motor vehicle and drove further into the cemetery where officers initiated a traffic stop. As officers approached the motor vehicle, they observed a spray bottle in the front passenger side, a gallon of a reddish liquid, containers of various colored salt, powered juice mixes, and olive oil. 

 Ms. Gideon was placed under arrest and charged with, Attempt to Commit a Crime to wit:  Vandalism of a Gravestone and Malicious Destruction of Property Over $1200. Ms. Gideon will be arraigned in West Roxbury District Court.

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Arrest Three Suspects in Connection to Shots Fired Incident in Roxbury

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Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Arrest Three Suspects in Connection to Shots Fired Incident in Roxbury: At about 7:33PM, on Saturday, April 13, 2019, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) were on patrol in the area of 30 St. James Street in Roxbury when they observed a motor vehicle wanted in connection to an earlier call in which the operator of the vehicle is believed to have brandished a firearm during a heated confrontation with another individual in the area of 464 Tremont Street in the South End. In light of the earlier incident, officers knew who the vehicle was registered to. In fact, after exiting their marked police cruiser, officers soon observed and located the individual in the presence of a small group of males in the rear of 24 St. James Street. Fearing the presence of a firearm and, as always, acting in the best interest of officer safety, officers promptly conducted a pat frisk of the individual for weapons. When no weapons were discovered, officers began questioning the individual about his possible involvement with the earlier incident. However, the individual quickly became argumentative and began to verbally disparage the officers. In short time, tensions heightened and more individuals began to join the confrontation. As such, officers called for additional officers to respond to the scene. With back-up officers on scene, officers, while working hard to establish the peace, heard the sound of gunshots in the immediate area. After taking cover and quickly making certain that no one had been injured, officers established a perimeter and began searching for suspects and ballistic evidence. Officers soon located 5 rounds of ballistic evidence in the rear of 22 Akron Street and ballistic damage to a 2nd floor window in the rear of 24 St. James Street. Additionally, a discarded firearm, described as a Bersa .40 caliber pistol, was located and recovered between two vehicles in a vacant lot at the intersection of Akron Street and Regent Street. Although several individuals were interviewed at the scene, no one was arrested or charged. However, over the course of the next several days, investigators from District B-2 (Roxbury), after reviewing facts and circumstances surrounding the call, were able to establish the names of the individuals wanted in connection to the shots fired incident  

After securing arrest warrants for the individuals in question, officers arrested Kevin Graham, 18, of Boston, Shaquille Watford, 25, of Brockton and James Morale, 22, of Boston and charged all three with:

  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

  • Unlawful Possession of Ammunition

  • Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way

  • Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Building

  • Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon To Wit Firearm.

BPD in the Community: We Belong - Youth Through Leadership Program Visits Washington D.C.

BPD in the Community: On Wednesday April 17, 2019, members of the BPD boarded a bus bound for Washington D.C. with a group of thirteen area youths to begin a four-day trip focused on civic engagement. The trip was planned as part of the We Belong: Empowering Youth Through Leadership Program which was established to help young people succeed by connecting them with civic leaders, nonprofit and business executives and elected officials. For their first group activity, they went to enjoy a Washington Nationals game which was played in honor of Black Heritage Day at Nationals Park. We look forward to seeing what adventures await as their week goes along. Enjoy your time in our nation’s capital and be safe!

 

One in Custody After BPD Officers Respond to Lansdowne Street Entertainment Venue

 

At about 8:20 PM on Wednesday April 17, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for a sexual assault at the House of Blues located at 15 Lansdowne Street in Boston. Officers arrived on scene and observed a large group of approximately 200 people waiting outside the venue. Officers entered the building where they encountered approximately 800 people inside who appeared to be growing restless while awaiting the start of the scheduled performance. After an exhaustive search, officers were able to locate the victim and escorted the party outside to a waiting ambulance for treatment and evaluation. While the officers continued to attend to the victim, the crowd both outside and inside the venue grew unruly upon learning that the headline performer of the show would not be appearing. Officers called for additional responding units to assist with crowd control and dispersal. Through their coordinated efforts, officers, supervisors and command staff members were able to restore order and clear the area after about thirty minutes. There were no reported injuries on scene.

Officers arrested, Samuel Simmons, 20, of Newton after a brief struggle after observing him push and punch members of the House of Blues security staff while attempting to regain entry through an emergency exit door. The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Assault and Battery, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest and Trespassing.

A Licensed Premises Violation was issued to the House of Blues for both the sexual assault and the altercation involving the patron and staff member.

The investigation into the initial sexual assault is deemed classified and remains active and ongoing at this time.

 

Great Work Recognized: Civilian Tyler Bovitch Honored for Contributions and Support During BPD Investigations

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Great Work Recognized: Earlier today, on Thursday April 18, 2019, Commissioner Gross presented a commendation to Boston Police civilian Tyler Bovitch, assigned to the BPD Forensic Group. Mr. Bovitch was recognized for his contributions to a number of investigations conducted by the BPD Homicide Unit’s Fatal Collision Investigative Team.  For his professionalism and continued support, he is hereby awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, April 18, 2019

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 5

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.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 3

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.

Update: Victims Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 12 Violet Street in Mattapan

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UPDATE: At about 11:10 PM, on Saturday, April 13, 2019, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 12 Violet Street in Mattapan. On arrival, officers located two male victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to local area hospitals where they were pronounced deceased. The victims have since been identified as Michael Dukes, 53-years-old of Hyde Park, and Kevin Boyd, 53-years-old, of Roxbury.

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.

 

Boston 96: Holiday Weekend Update and Public Journal

Data includes 96 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 2
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 24

Residential Break-ins: 9
Commercial Break-ins: 5

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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.

Suspect in Custody on Drug Related Charges One Day After BPD Investigation in Charlestown

 

At about 6:31 PM on Sunday April 14, 2019, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) recovered a plastic bag containing 96 oxycodone pills from inside a motor vehicle during an investigation in the area of 275 Medford Street. Officers were originally called to the area after a call for shots fired which resulted in an adult male victim self-applying to an area hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Officers later determined and confirmed that the evidence recovered belonged to Jonathan Libbey, 32, of Charlestown, who was not on scene at the time of the investigation. At about 7:35 PM on Monday April 15, 2019, officers located and arrested the suspect without incident in the area of Commercial Street and Charter Street in the North End. The suspect will appear in Charlestown District Court on charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs.

 

One Boston Day: BPD Remembers the Lives Lost Six Years Ago 

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As the men and women of the Boston Police Department prepare for the 123rd Running of the Boston Marathon, we take a moment to remember the lives lost six years ago and their legacy which lives on today.  In memory of Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu, Krystle Campbell, Officer Sean Collier, and Sergeant Dennis Simmonds, we remain Boston Strong as we honor those who are gone but not forgotten.   

 

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One, Recover Loaded Firearm, Drugs, and Cash After Traffic Stop in Roxbury

 

One Less Gun: At about 8:30 PM on Saturday, April 13, 2019, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted a motor vehicle in the area of Mount Pleasant Avenue and Vine Street in Roxbury, resulting in the arrest of one and the recovery of a loaded firearm. While in the area due to a call for shots fired, officers observed a motor vehicle idling on the road, facing the wrong direction, matching the description of a motor vehicle in area during a prior call for shots fired. Officers approached the vehicle and spoke to the operator after a query revealed the motor vehicle did not have a valid inspection sticker. While speaking with the operator, officers observed two additional occupants inside of the vehicle. Due to the recent call for shots fired and the motor vehicle matching the description of that which had been circling the area during the shots fired call, officers removed the occupants from the vehicle. Officers recovered a Ruger LC .380 semi-automatic firearm loaded with six rounds of live ammunition located in the area under the dashboard on the driver’s side. Further investigation of the firearm revealed it to have been reported stolen out of New Hampshire. Additionally, officers seized a large bag of marijuana and a digital scale from the vehicle. An undisclosed amount of US Currency was seized from the suspect during the booking process.

Officers arrested the operator, Andre Fielder, 22-years-old, of Mattapan. Fielder is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession with Intend to Distribute Class D Drugs, and Receiving Stolen Property. The occupants were identified and released from the scene. 

 

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Ward M. Bray Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 98 Years Ago 

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BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Ward M. Bray Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 98 Years Ago: On this day 98 years ago, April 14, 1921, Officer Ward M. Bray was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a commercial vehicle in the area of Centre Street and Walter Street in Jamaica Plain. Officer Bray was carried by a fellow officer to a doctor passing by who pronounced him deceased at the scene.

A United Stated Army Machinist in World War I, Officer Bray was a 2-year veteran of the department and 26-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, his mother, and his sister.

Officer Bray was laid to rest at Acorn Cemetery in Rockland, Maine and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial on Panel 27, West Line 10.

In Boston, a Hero Sign is posted at the intersection of Centre Street and Seaverns Avenue in Jamaica Plain 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.

 

Unruly Patron Arrested at TD Garden for Biting, Kicking and Spitting on Officers, EMTs and Staff

 

At about 8:50 PM on Saturday, officers working a paid detail in District A-1 (Downtown) at 100 Legends Way (TD Garden) assisted security with escorting a male and female patron from the premise. Officers assisted event security with removing the male patron with relative ease. When officers attempted to remove the female patron, they were met with violent resistance. The female began screaming at officers, threw herself to the ground and refused to leave the premise. The female became physically combative and kicked one of the officers. The female was told she would be placed under arrest for assaulting the officer. At this time, the female, still on the ground, rolled over and tucked her hands underneath her body while lying on her purse refusing to comply with officers’ commands. The female kicked at officers and spit on them before biting one of the officers on the arm. Eventually, the female was placed in handcuffs and escorted to an elevator in an attempt to avoid the stairs, due to her violent nature. 

While on the elevator, the female became combative once again kicking one of the officers with full force. The suspect was removed from the elevator and continued her assault in the stairwell, kicking officers, tying up their legs with hers, causing them to fall multiple times, and digging her nails into the skin of one of the officers. The female was eventually placed on a stretcher with the assistance of Boston EMS and event security. While on the stretcher, the female kicked the EMTs and spit on a staff member.  Officers placed a spit hood on the female and transported her to the district station where she refused booking after throwing a cup of water on the booking officer. 

The female, identified as Stephanie Lavoie, 32-years-old, of Waterbury Vermont, was eventually booked and is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court charges of Assault and Battery on EMS Personnel, Disorderly Conduct, Assault and Battery, Resisting Arrest, and six counts of Assault and Battery on a Police Officer.

 

Death Investigation in the area of 12 Violet Street in Mattapan

 

DEATH INVESTIGATION: At about 11:10 PM, on Saturday, April 13, 2019, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 12 Violet Street in Mattapan. On arrival, officers located two male victims approximately in their late 40’s, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to local area hospitals where they were pronounced deceased.

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.

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Arrest One After Recovering Drugs and a Gun While Executing a Search Warrant in Dorchester

Keeping Boston Safe: At about 7:30am, on Saturday, April 13, 2019, members of the District E-13 and District A-7 Neighborhood Drug Control Units executed a search warrant in the area of 91 Esmond Street in Dorchester. As a result of the search, officers were able to discover and recover a firearm, described as an army green-colored Taurus 9mm firearm (see photo), and illegal drugs. Additionally, officers arrested Anthony Kelley, 39, of Dorchester and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way and Possession With Intent to Distribute a Class B Drug (Crack Cocaine). Mr. Kelley is scheduled to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

BPD Remembers: 80 Years Ago Today, Patrolman Thomas A. Davis was Killed in the Line of Duty

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BPD Remembers: Today, the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Patrolman Thomas A. Davis who was killed in the line of duty 80 years ago today.

Patrolman Davis died as a result of injuries he sustained while making an arrest on Thursday April 13, 1939. Patrolman Davis was 49 years of age at the time of his death and had served with the department for 20 years.

Patrolman Davis was laid to rest at the New Calvary Cemetery in Mattapan. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 50, West Line 8. His name is also located on the Boston Police Department hero wall at Headquarters and the State House.

As you go about your day today, please remember the service and sacrifice of Patrolman Davis as well as the loss his family, friends and loved ones endured so many years ago.