Suspect in Custody in Connection to Death Investigation in the Area of 66 Hartford Street in Dorchester


Today, on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, members of the Boston Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit and Boston Police Homicide Unit, in collaboration with the U.S. Marshals HIDTA Fugitive Task Force and the U.S. Marshals New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, located and arrested Desmond Tahatdil, 56, of Dorchester, in Brooklyn, New York on an outstanding warrant for Murder. The arrest comes after an extensive fifteen-month long homicide investigation into the stabbing death of Tahatdil's son in 2017. Tahitdil remains in custody in New York and will be extradited back to Boston by the BPD Fugitive Unit to face arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court.

“I can’t say enough about the dedication and great work of my officers and the officers of the U.S. Marshals,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. “This lengthy investigation spanned from Boston to four different states and three different countries. It is a great example of how the partnership between the Boston Police and the U.S. Marshal service allows these crucial arrests to be made almost a year and a half after the incident at a location three states away. The efforts, determination, and collaboration of these officers are the reason this dangerous individual is in custody.”

The facts and circumstances surrounding the original incident are as follows: At about 7:45 AM on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person stabbed in the area of 66 Hartford Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from an apparent stab wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim was later identified as 35-year-old Brendan Tahatdil of Dorchester.