UPDATE: Less than two months after the stabbing death of Jocelin Nordeus, the man responsible for his death is in police custody. Earlier today, on Friday, July 20, 2018, members of the BPD Fugitive Unit and Homicide Unit located and arrested Kenton Thomas, 32, of Hyde Park, in the area of 1608 River Street in Hyde Park. The suspect, who will be charged with Murder, is expected to be arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on Monday, July 23, 2018.
Said Commissioner William Evans, “To my Homicide Unit detectives, I want to thank and acknowledge their hard work, long hours and never-ending commitment to justice that led to the arrest of the suspect in this case. This is a unit that never stops searching until the suspect is found. And, I gratefully acknowledge and appreciate that this is the second 2018 homicide case cleared in the last two days which means the men and women of the Homicide Unit have been able to secure justice in over half of the 29 homicides that have occurred this year. Additionally, my thoughts are with the victim's family and I sincerely hope that news of this arrest brings some small level of comfort and closure to the friends and loved ones of Jocelin Nordeus."
The facts and circumstances surrounding the original incident are as follows: At about 2:50 AM on Friday, June 1, 2018, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for a person stabbed in the area of 535 River Street. Upon arrival, officers observed Boston EMTs tending to a male victim who was suffering from stab wounds. The victim was transported by EMS to Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim was later identified as 58-year-old Jocelin Nordeus of Mattapan.
The Boston Police Department continues to investigate 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.