The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Ezekiel W. Hodsdon 162 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Officer Ezekiel W. Hodsdon who was killed in the line of duty 162 years ago today. On Sunday, October 18, 1857, Officer Hodsdon was shot and killed by a suspect as he attempted to arrest a second suspect in the area of Havre Street and Maverick Street in East Boston. Both suspects were later identified and arrested.  

Officer Hodsdon was the first Boston Police Officer killed in the line of duty. He was 25 years old at the time of his death and had served with the Boston Police Department for one year. Officer Hodson was survived by his wife and their son, who was just 10 days old at the time of his death.

Officer Hodsdon is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, MA. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, panel 50, west line 26, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial at the State House.

A Hero Sign and Memorial have been placed in his honor at the corner of Maverick Street and Havre Street in East Boston.

 

Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Gross Break Ground at Site of New District Station in East Boston

Earlier this morning, on Wednesday October 16, 2019, Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Gross joined local civic leaders and officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston) to break ground for a new district station on East Eagle Street. The state-of-the-art facility will replace the aging building on Paris Street that Boston Police Officers assigned to East Boston have been calling their home base for 160 years. The new 27,505 square-foot building will feature temporary holding facilities, fitness and locker area for police personnel, a vehicle maintenance bay and parking for police vehicles as well as a large community room and permanent art featured prominently both in and around the facility. The building is intended to welcome the community while also holding a civic presence.

 

BPD in the Community: Officers Assigned to District A-7 (East Boston) Host Hockey Clinic

On Thursday, September 26, 2109, Police Officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston), hosted a hockey skills clinic for local kids at the Porrazzo Memorial Rink in East Boston. Having fun is one of the top priorities, but we also take the time to talk to the kids about the importance of being on a team, being a good teammate and being a good listener while focusing on player development. Plus, our officers get the chance to engage with residents in the community.

Suspect in Custody After BPD Officers Respond to Reported Stabbing Near District Station in East Boston

 

Suspect in Custody After BPD Officers Respond to Reported Stabbing Near District Station in East Boston: At about 11:24 AM, on Friday, September 27, 2019, officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston) made an onsite arrest of suspect wanted in connection to a non-fatal stabbing which occurred just across the street from the District A-7 police station at 69 Paris Street in East Boston. The officers, who were standing in front of the station, were approached by a concerned citizen who stated that an adult male had just been stabbed inside the food mart of the Shell Gas Station across the street and that the suspect had fled on foot down Paris Street towards Maverick Street. The officers immediately ran to the store where they were met by a store clerk who began yelling and pointing in the direction of the suspect who was attempting to walk away from the scene. The officers immediately approached the suspect and placed him into custody without incident. A pat frisk of the suspect enabled officers to locate and confiscate a Swiss Army knife found on his person.

When officers returned to the store to better understand the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident, the store clerk informed them that the suspect tried to make a purchase using a counterfeit bill. According to the clerk, when he refused to accept the counterfeit bill or return it to the suspect, the suspect became enraged and lunged at the clerk, reaching over the counter and striking him with his clenched fist. The clerk, however, was able to defend himself and stop the suspect's attack. The suspect then turned his attention on a second store employee who he stabbed before fleeing the store. The second store employee received treatment for minor lacerations on scene by Boston EMS but refused further medical attention and was not transported from the scene.

The suspect, Eric Vargas, 32, of East Boston, is scheduled to appear in East Boston District Court on charges of Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and Possession of Counterfeit Notes or Bank Bills.

 

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Albert Motroni 95 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer Albert Motroni who was killed in the line of duty 95 years ago today. On Monday, September 22, 1924, Officer Albert Motroni was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire with a suspect who was wanted for auto theft.

Officer Motroni was 31-years-old at the time of his death and had served with the Boston Police Department for five years. Making his passing all the more tragic is the fact that he was survived by his wife and 5-year-old daughter.

Officer Motroni is buried at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden, MA. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, panel 48, west line 10, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial located at the Massachusetts State House.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor at the intersection of Liverpool Street and Summer Street in District A-7 (East Boston).

 

Investigation Update: Arrest Made in Connection to Homicide Investigation in the area of 36 West Eagle Street in East Boston

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Investigation Update: At about 7:55 PM on Friday September 20, 2019, officers assigned to the Boston Police Homicide Unit and Fugitive Apprehension Unit, in coordination with members of the Chelsea Police Department, arrested Raul Gutierrez-Rosales, 22, of Chelsea, at his residence in Chelsea. At the time of his arrest, the suspect was wanted on a straight warrant issued out of East Boston District Court for Murder. He is scheduled for arraignment on Monday September 23, 2019.

The original facts and circumstances of the incident are as follows: At about 11:24 PM, on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston), responded to a radio call for a person stabbed in the area of 36 West Eagle Street in East Boston. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from what appeared to be multiple stab wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The victim was later identified as Carlos Ramos, 22, of East Boston.

The Boston Police Department continues to review 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 search 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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.

To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma

 

Investigation Update: Victim Identified in Homicide Investigation in the area of 36 West Eagle Street in East Boston

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UPDATE: At about 11:24 PM, on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston), responded to a radio call for a person stabbed in the area of 36 West Eagle Street in East Boston. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from what appeared to be multiple stab wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as Carlos Ramos, 22-years-old, of East Boston.

The Boston Police Department continues to review 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 search 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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. 

To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma

 

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Alfred M. Sturdivant 115 Years Ago Today

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BPD REMEMBERS: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer Alfred Sturdivant who was killed in the line of duty 115 years ago today. On Sunday, September 4, 1904, Officer Alfred Sturdivant was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance at a home on Falcon Street in East Boston.

Officer Sturdivant was 47-years-old at the time of his death and had been with the Boston Police Department for 15 years. Making his death of more tragic is the fact that he left behind and was survived by his wife and mother.

Officer Sturdivant is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, MA. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 11, East Line 13, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial located at the State House in Downtown Boston.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor in the area of Falcon Street and Putnam Street in East Boston.

 

Death Investigation in area of 36 West Eagle Street in East Boston

 

DEATH INVESTIGATION: At about 11:24 PM, on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston), responded to a radio call for a person stabbed in the area of 36 West Eagle Street in East Boston. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from what appeared to be multiple stab wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased..

The Boston Police Department continues to review 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 search 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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. 

To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.

Officers Arrest Armed Suspect and Recover Loaded Firearm in Jamaica Plain 

 

One Less Gun: At about 7:30 PM, on Friday, August 23, 2019, members of the District A-7 (East Boston) Drug Control Unit made an onsite arrest and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of 130 Heath Street in Jamaica Plain. While on directed patrol in the Bromley Heath Development, officers observed a male on a bicycle riding in the area. Upon seeing officers, the male abruptly turned around on his bicycle and fled in the opposite direction while constantly looking back at the officers. The male, who appeared nervous, continued to pedal away from officers with his right hand rigidly affixed to an apparent object in his pocket. Officers continued their surveillance of the male who retreated to the area of 130 Heath Street. Officers followed the male, still with his hand inside of his pocket. The male attempted to evade officers, switching directions numerous times, before officers approached him. The male quickly reached into his right jacket pocket as officers approached. The male then turned away from officers and positioned himself against a fence. The male was commanded to remove his hands from his pockets to which he refused. Officers eventually secured the male’s arms and located a Kel-Tec .380 firearm loaded with five rounds of live ammunition.  The male was taken into custody.

Officers arrested Jerry Matos, 21-years-old, of Jamaica Plain. Matos is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on charges of Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. 

 

4th Annual Bike Ride For Peace Held in East Boston

Thank you to everyone who came out yesterday to participate in our 4th Annual Bike Ride For Peace at the East Boston Memorial Park and Greenway in East Boston. Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Gross welcomed cyclists of all ages as they got the chance to ride alongside some of Boston’s Finest as well as officers from the Chelsea Police Department. When we come together, we make our neighborhoods and our communities safer.  

 

BPD in the Community: East Boston Community Service Officers Kick Off Hockey Skills Sessions at the Porazzo Skating Rink in East Boston

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On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, BPD Community Service Officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston) kicked off a skills session for local residents in preparation of the upcoming hockey season. Scheduled for twice a week from now until November, Officers Marino, Russo, and Dimarzo, with support from the Police Activities League and FMC Ice Sports, neighborhood kids are invited to hone their hockey skills while focusing on player development and our officers get the chance to engage residents in the community they selflessly serve. 

For information on how to register for the upcoming skills sessions, please contact the District A-7 (East Boston) Community Service Office at (617) 343-4752.

 

Three Arrested and Firearm Recovered After Violent Struggle in East Boston

 

At about 1:00 PM on Sunday, July 14, 2019, members of the District A-7 (East Boston) Drug Control Unit made three onsite arrests and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of Saratoga Street and Swift Street in East Boston. While on patrol in the area of the aforementioned location, officers observed an apparent drug transaction involving two white males and a Hispanic male. Officers approached the individuals, one of whom was on foot walking towards Swift Street. Upon approach, the male pushed one of the officers with both hands in an attempt to flee. Officers eventually secured the male in the area of 591 Saratoga Street, and subsequently located a Smith and Wesson M&P .380 Body Guard firearm loaded with six rounds of live ammunition from the suspect who was then taken into custody. 

Officers then focused their attention on the Hispanic male and white male, who had fled the area inside of a motor vehicle towards the Route 1A ramp. Officers observed the operator fail to use his turn signal then immediately pulled to the side of the road with both males simultaneously placing their heads toward their lap as if they were examining an item. Officers activated their emergency equipment (lights and sirens) in an effort to conduct a traffic stop. The Hispanic male operator abruptly placed his car in drive and attempted to flee the scene. The suspect switched gears between drive and reverse, striking a parked car and a police cruiser occupied by officers. Officers exited their vehicle and approached the suspect who was still actively trying to flee the scene in his motor vehicle, at one point accelerating towards officers. A violent struggle took place both inside and outside of the suspect’s motor vehicle. Eventually, the operator was subdued and taken into custody. The male passenger was also removed from the vehicle without incident and placed under arrest. Officers located a folding knife on the operator’s person. Officers additionally recovered a plastic bag containing a substance believed to be cocaine from inside of the vehicle along with an undisclosed amount of US Currency. 

Officers arrested Nicholas Boyd, 18-years-old, of Everett, Brendan Boyd, 22-years-old, of Everett, and Angelo Ramos, 22-years-old, of Winthrop. Nicholas Boyd is expected to be arraigned in East Boston District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number, Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, Resisting Arrest, and Assault and Battery on a Police Officer. Ramos is expected to be arraigned in East Boston District Court on charges of Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon, Assault by means of a Dangerous Weapon, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Malicious Destruction of a Motor Vehicle, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs. Brendan Boyd was discovered to have an active out of Malden District Court for Violation of a Restraining Order.

 

Officers Arrest One Male on Gun Charges in East Boston

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At about 12:21 PM on Thursday, June 13, 2019, officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 191 Sumner Street., East Boston. 

Officers received a description of the suspect, later identified as Erick Soto, 29, of East Boston.  As officers approached Soto, he fled on foot. Officers observed a bright orange handled knife protruding from Soto’s pants pocket but he refused to stop.  

Once officers apprehended Soto, they attempted to perform a pat frisk for their safety but Soto continued to be uncooperative. After complying with officers, a spring-loaded knife was recovered from Soto’s pocket as well as a loaded Smith and Wesson .38 Revolver from Soto’s pant leg. 

Erick Soto will be arraigned in East Boston District Court on the following charges; Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Discharging a Firearm 500 Ft of a Dwelling.

BPD in the Community: BPD Officer Chambers and Local Students Volunteer at the Our Savior Lutheran Church

On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, local students, assisted by Boston Police Officer Chambers —assigned to the School Police Unit, volunteered to serve dinner to homeless veterans and residents at the Our Savior Lutheran Church in A-7 (East Boston).

During his time with the School Police Unit, Officer Chambers has cultivated meaningful relationships with students from all around the city who want to be active in their communities. When asked about his work in the school system, Officer Chambers reflected:

“These students have been an absolute delight to work with as they have exceeded the level of hard work that I require of them. I feel like we are on the cusp of a profound moment in their lives.”

Coffee with a Cop Stops by La Sultana Bakery in East Boston! 

Coffee with a Cop Stops by La Sultana Bakery in East Boston: Thanks to everyone who stopped by Coffee with a Cop early this morning at La Sultana Bakery located at 40 Maverick Square in East Boston. Captain McCormick and officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston) shared a cup of coffee, donated by the owner of La Sultana, and conversation with community members about public safety issues and concerns in a relaxed, informal setting. Those who attended welcomed the opportunity to meet and greet the officers patrolling their neighborhood. If you are interested in learning more about attending or starting a Neighborhood Watch Group or a future Coffee with a Cop event, please call (617) 343-4345.