The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer John J. Earle 103 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Officer John J. Earle 103 years ago today. On Saturday, October 21, 1916, John Earle succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when he was injured by a trolley car at the intersection of Boylston Street and Washington Street in Downtown Boston.

Officer Earle was 34 years old at the time of his death and had served with the Boston Police Department for four years.

Officer Earle is buried at the New Calvary Cemetery in Mattapan. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, panel 34, west line 15, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial at the State House.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor at the intersection of Boylston Street and Washington Street in Downtown Boston.

 

Diligent Investigation Enables Detectives to Identify and Arrest Male Wanted in Connection to Chinatown Shooting

 

SAFER BOSTON: At about 9:30 PM, on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, detectives assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) and officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) arrested John McGee, 37, of Quincy. Following a lengthy investigation, McGee was taken into custody in the area of 75 Centre Street in Dorchester. McGee is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Subsequent Offense, Discharging a Firearm within 500 feet of a Building, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition Subsequent Offense, and seven counts of Assault by means of a Dangerous Weapon. 

The facts and circumstances surrounding the original incident are as follows:

At about 3:33 AM, on Saturday, September 21, 2019, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) heard multiple shots being fired in the area of Chinatown Gateway Park between Hudson and Beach Streets. Officers responded to the area of 19 Edinboro Street and observed a group of individuals taking cover behind a parked motor vehicle, none of whom were injured. Officers searched the area for the suspect to no avail. 

 

Suspect in Custody After BPD Officers Respond to Breaking and Entering in Downtown Boston

 

SIGNIFICANT ARREST: At about 1:52 AM, on Thursday, September 19, 2019, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) arrested Jordi DeJesus, 24, of East Boston, on numerous charges after responding to a call for a breaking and entering in progress in the area of 40-B Bromfield Street in Downtown Boston. On arrival, officers observed the suspect crouching in front of the shattered glass front door of a business, attempting to gain entry. Upon seeing the officers, the suspect immediately stood up while dropping a metal object on the ground and took off running towards Tremont Street. The officers pursued the suspect on foot while calling for additional units. As the officers turned onto Park Street, they observed the suspect enter the rear passenger seat of a motor vehicle which was parked and running with a driver and a front seat passenger inside. It was later determined that neither occupant knew the suspect. As the officers approached the vehicle, the suspect quickly exited the vehicle and ran across the street where he jumped over a large iron fence and into the Boston Common with the officers in continued pursuit. With the assistance of additional responding units, the suspect was placed in custody after attempting to hide from the officers behind a tree.

The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Attempted Breaking and Entering, Malicious Destruction of Property, Possession of Burglarious Tools, Resisting Arrest.

 

Missing Person Alert Issued for 67-Year-Old Kim Doan 

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MISSING PERSON ALERT: The Boston Police Department is issuing a missing person alert and asking for the public’s help in an effort to locate 67-year-old Kim Doan (pictured) who was last seen in the area of 1 Central Wharf at the New England Aquarium’s IMAX theater at about 4:05 PM, on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Doan, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, is 5’4” in height and weighs approximately 120 lbs. She was last seen wearing a purple Northface windbreaker, black pants, eye glasses, and a baseball cap with FLORIDA on the front. Doan lives in Connecticut.   

Anyone who sees Kim Doan is asked to call District A-1 Detectives at (617) 343-4248 or 911.

Community members wishing to assist the 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 help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

 

The Men and Women of the Boston Police Department Will Never Forget Those Lost on 9/11

DAY OF REMEMBRANCE: Earlier today, at about 1:00 pm on September, 11, 2019, The Massachusetts 9/11 Fund commemorated the 9/11 victims during a Wreath Laying Ceremony that took place in the Boston Public Garden. Some of those in attendance were Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor of Boston, Martin J. Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross.

Family members of 9/11 victims were invited to lay the wreath in place while everyone joined in a 30 second moment of silence. To all lost on that fateful day eighteen years ago, we promise to forever remember and never forget your service, sacrifice and heroism.

BPD Traffic Advisory: Straight Pride Parade, MR8K, Labor Day March, and BC Football

Special events taking place from Saturday, August 31, through Monday, September 2, will impact traffic and parking in Boston and require the implementation of temporary restrictions.  People coming into Boston to attend are encouraged not to drive their personal vehicles.  Information on Bluebikes, the regional bike share service, may be found at http://bluebikes.com and information on the MBTA may be found at www.mbta.com.  For a faster return trip, the MBTA advises riders to purchase a round-trip rather than a one-way ticket.  Walking is also a great way to move around Boston.  

Saturday, August 31 

The Straight Pride Parade is scheduled to begin at 12 PM on Boylston Street between Dartmouth and Clarendon Streets.  Marchers will proceed on Boylston Street, turn left on Tremont Street, continue onto Cambridge Street to City Hall Plaza.  Streets along the route will be closed for the duration of the event, and ”No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Saturday” parking restrictions will be in effect as follows. 

  • Boylston Street, both sides, from Exeter Street to Tremont Street; and odd side, from Hereford Street to Gloucester Street 

  • Dartmouth Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street 

  • Clarendon Street, both sides, from Newbury Street to Saint James Avenue 

  • Berkeley Street, both sides, from Saint James Avenue to Newbury Street 

  • Providence Street, both sides, from Arlington Street to Berkeley Street 

  • Arlington Street, both sides, from Newbury Street to Saint James Avenue 

  • Charles Street South, both sides, from Park Plaza to Boylston Street 

  • Charles Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Beacon Street 

  • Tremont Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Cambridge Street 

  • West Street, both sides, from Washington Street to Tremont Street 

  • Temple Place, both sides, from Washington Street to Tremont Street 

  • Bromfield Street, both sides, from Washington Street to Tremont Street 

  • Park Street, both sides, from Tremont Street to Beacon Street 

  • Cambridge Street, both sides, from Tremont Street to New Chardon Street 

  • Beacon Street, both sides, from Somerset Street to Tremont Street 

  • School Street, both sides, from Tremont Street to Province Street 

  • Court Street, both sides, from Washington Street to Cambridge Street 

  • New Chardon Street, both sides, from Cambridge Street to Merrimac Street/Congress Street 

  • Union Street, both sides, from North Street to Hanover Street 

  • Hanover Street, both sides, from Surface Road to Congress Street

 A Boston College football game is scheduled for 4 PM.  Neighborhood residents who do not already have an Allston/Brighton Resident Parking Permit are encouraged to obtain a one day resident parking pass at the Boston Transportation Department vehicle that will be parked at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and St. Thomas More Road.   Passes will be available on Friday, August 30, from 4-8 PM, and on Saturday, August 31, from 12-4 PM.  Residents must present a proof of residency from their Brighton address to receive the one day parking pass. 

Monday, September 2, 2019 

The MR8K will begin at 9 AM on Guest Street in Brighton at the Warriors Arena.  An estimated 2,000 runners will proceed from Guest Street, to Life Street, left on North Beacon Street, right on Gordon Street, right on Cambridge Street, right on Washington Street, left on Foster Street, right on Commonwealth Avenue westbound, right on Lake Street, left on Washington Street, right on Bigelow Street, right on Faneuil Street, left on Market Street, right on North Beacon Street, left on Life Street, right on Guest Street.  The run is expected to be completed by 11 AM. 

The Labor Day March is scheduled to begin at Copley Square at 12:15 PM.  An estimated 500 people will proceed on Boylston Street to the Boston Common.  The event is expected to be completed by 1:15 PM. 

*Please note that the above temporary traffic and parking restrictions are in addition to those implemented this weekend to assist with move-in activity for Boston’s college students.  Please see: https://www.boston.gov/news/student-move

 

BPD Community Advisory: Straight Pride Parade Scheduled for Saturday, August 31, 2019 on Copley Square

Community Advisory: On Saturday, August 31, 2019, the Boston Police Department anticipates large crowds to gather in response to a planned event which is scheduled from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM in Boston. Event participants will be gathering at Copley Square and marching along a planned route down Boylston Street, to Tremont Street and concluding on City Hall Plaza. The Department has been and continues to be in contact with event organizers and is working with them to ensure a safe and peaceful day. 

The Department has a comprehensive operational plan in place. While details of this plan are not for public release, those in attendance at the event can expect a large police presence of both uniformed and undercover officers. The Department will be deploying fixed video cameras and mobile video support teams to assist with keeping the event safe for all who attend. 

Parking in and around Copley Square, City Hall Plaza and along the parade route will be prohibited. Signs will be posted, “No Stopping Boston Police Special Event” on effected roadways. 

Due to increased public safety concerns, those who plan on visiting the areas impacted by this event on Saturday August 31, 2019, are strongly urged to not bring backpacks, large bags or strollers. For those who choose to bring these items, please be advised that they may be subject to search, and there will be no storage area designated to leave these belongings.

In order to provide a safe and peaceful environment, the Boston Police Department has determined certain items to be prohibited from the Copley Square and City Hall areas as well as along the entire parade route. Please see the list of prohibited items below:

  •  Firearms, knives, weapons, sharp objects, shields or fireworks 

  • Pop up tents or canopies 

  • Cans, glass containers, pre-mixed beverages or alcoholic beverages 

  • Wagons or pull carts 

  • Coolers 

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), commonly referred to as ‘drones’ 

  • Pets (excluding certified service animals) 

  • Grills, propane tanks or open flames 

  • Bicycles 

  • Flag poles, bats, clubs, sticks (including signs attached to sticks)  

  • Any athletic equipment or other item which could be used as a weapon

     

Security Checkpoints will be set up in and around City Hall Plaza where magnetometers will be utilized in addition to mandatory bag checks. 

Traffic is expected to be impacted along the route and surrounding areas. Travelers are encouraged to leave extra time, seek alternate routes or utilize public transportation.  

The Boston Police Department expects all who will be attending events to act respectfully and responsibly. The Department intends to provide a safe and peaceful opportunity for people to exercise their Constitutional rights. Violence or property damage of any kind will not be tolerated. Anyone engaging in illegal behavior is subject to arrest and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.

 

Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team Flies Over Boston as part of the Red Arrows Tour

Earlier today, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team embarked on their biggest-ever tour of North America, including their first-ever aerial performance over Downtown Boston. Our BPD Graphic Arts Unit was on hand in the Boston Harbor area and captured the enclosed photos of the Red Arrows Tour flyover!

BPD Community Advisory: The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team to Perform Flyover of the Boston Harbor and Waterfront Today!

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COMMUNITY ADVISORY: Today, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team embarked on their biggest-ever tour of North America, including their first-ever aerial performance over Downtown Boston. The Red Arrows will perform an aerial flyover along the Boston waterfront and over Boston Harbor in the late morning on Monday August 19, 2019 (see attached route map below).

The Red Arrows departed for Canada and the United States on August 5, 2019, and will visit more than 25 North American cities during their 11-week deployment. While in Boston, the Red Arrows will also take part in events promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

The British Consulate-General, Boston will be hosting a social media contest with prizes awarded for best photo of the flyover shared with the hashtag #RedArrowsTour. The winner will be chosen by the Arrows themselves, so keep your eyes to the skies and have your camera ready this Monday morning! 

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BPD Community Advisory: The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team to Perform Flyover of the Boston Harbor and Waterfront on Monday August 19, 2019

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COMMUNITY ADVISORY: This week, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team embarked on their biggest-ever tour of North America, including their first-ever aerial performance over Downtown Boston. The Red Arrows will perform an aerial flyover along the Boston waterfront and over Boston Harbor in the late morning on Monday August 19, 2019 (see attached route map below).

The Red Arrows departed for Canada and the United States on August 5, 2019, and will visit more than 25 North American cities during their 11-week deployment. While in Boston, the Red Arrows will also take part in events promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

The British Consulate-General, Boston will be hosting a social media contest with prizes awarded for best photo of the flyover shared with the hashtag #RedArrowsTour. The winner will be chosen by the Arrows themselves, so keep your eyes to the skies and have your camera ready this Monday morning! 

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BPD Officers Place Suspect in Custody After Recovering Loaded Firearm During Traffic Stop in Downtown Boston

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At about 8:58 PM on Friday August 9, 2019, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) made an onsite firearm arrest during a traffic stop in the area of 170 Tremont Street in Downtown Boston. The officers were on routine patrol when the stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic violation. While speaking to the operator, later identified as Christopher Rodriguez, 28, of Hyde Park, officers observed and recovered a loaded 9mm Springfield Armory XD9 Subcompact handgun from inside the vehicle. It was later determined that the firearm had been previously reported stolen in Georgia. The suspect was placed in custody on scene without incident and will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Receiving Stolen Property.

 

Missing Person Alert Issued for 69-Year-Old Susan Roscillo

MISSING PERSON ALERT: The Boston Police Department is issuing a missing person alert and asking for the public’s help in an effort to locate 69-year-old Susan Roscillo (pictured) who was last seen in the area of the Boston Common at about 5:30pm, on Sunday, August 4, 2019. Roscillo, who suffers from dementia, is 5’6” tall and weighs approximately 90 lbs. She was last seen wearing a black vest with flowers and cut-up blue jeans. Roscillo, who lives in Florida, was in town visiting family.  

Anyone who sees Susan Roscillo is asked to call District A-1 Detectives at (617) 343-4248.  

Community members wishing to assist the 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 help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

Officers Recover Loaded Firearm from Suicidal Male Downtown  

 

At about 9:50 AM on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) were notified by a law enforcement partner of an emotionally disturbed person who may be in possession of a firearm in the area of Boylston Street and Charles Street South in Boston. While in the area, officers received additional information that the individual had expressed suicidal ideations which he would act on if approached by law enforcement.

Additional officers from neighboring District D-4 (South End) arrived on scene as numerous resources were dedicated in an effort to locate the male in a timely manner. Officers continued their search and eventually located the male’s vehicle parked on Charles Street next to the Public Gardens. Officers were able to locate the male inside of the park at Beacon Street and Charles Street. The male was secured and officers were directed again to the male’s vehicle where a Ruger 9mm firearm loaded with two rounds of live ammunition was discovered. Officers secured the firearm and ammunition as well as the male’s License to Carry.

The male was transported to a local hospital by Boston EMS for further evaluation.

 

Investigation Update: The Boston Police Department is Cancelling the Community Alert Seeking to Identify a Motor Vehicle Relating to an Ongoing Fatal Hit and Run Investigation in Charlestown

Investigation Update: The Boston Police Department is cancelling the community alert which was posted in an effort to identify a motor vehicle relating to an ongoing fatal hit and run investigation in Charlestown.

The original facts and circumstances surrounding the incident are as follows: At about 11:24 PM on Thursday, July 25, 2019, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a radio call to assist Everett Police in the area of 99 Alford Street in Charlestown. This area is close to the line dividing Boston and Everett. On arrival, officers were notified by Boston EMS that the victim, an adult male, had suffered life-threatening injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

At the time of the incident, the suspect vehicle was observed travelling on Alford Street in the direction of Everett. The vehicle was later observed entering the rotary in the area of Broadway and Main Street in Everett.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone who may have been in the Alford Street area on the night of the incident is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470. Any detail, no matter how small it may seem, might make a difference to this ongoing investigation.

People who may have witnessed the incident may anonymously contact 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.

 

Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Assistance in Identifying a Vehicle of Interest in Connection to a Fatal Hit and Run in the Area of 99 Alford Street in Charlestown

Community Alert: The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in an effort to identify the motor vehicle in the above images as it relates to an ongoing fatal hit and run investigation.

The original facts and circumstances surrounding the incident are as follows: At about 11:24 PM on Thursday, July 25, 2019, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a radio call to assist Everett PD in the area of 99 Alford Street in Charlestown. This area is close to the line dividing Boston and Everett. On arrival, officers were notified by Boston EMS that the victim, an adult male, had suffered life-threatening injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

At the time of the incident, the above-pictured motor vehicle was observed travelling on Alford Street in the direction of Everett. The vehicle is described as a white colored Ford F150 pickup with plywood fencing on the truck bed. The motor vehicle may possible have damage to the front driver’s side bumper, grill, and headlight assembly.

The vehicle was last observed entering the rotary in the area of Broadway and Main Street in Everett.

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.

 

Drug Investigation Leads to Nine Arrests Downtown

As part of the Boston Police Department’s ongoing efforts to take drugs off of the streets, a collaborative effort involving various districts and units within the BPD made nine onsite warrant arrests in the Downtown area on July 25, 2019. Officers arrested the following individuals as part of Operation “Stay Away” across the city:

  • Jude Gabriel, 25-years-old, of Malden active warrant for Distribution of Class B Drugs and Distribution of Cocaine

  • Juninho Bonneau, 20-years-old, of Boston active warrant for Distribution of Class B Drugs and Distribution of Cocaine

  • Andrescion West, 23-years-old, of Randolph active warrant for Distribution of Class B Drugs

  • Dequan Mitchell, 21-years-old, of Boston active warrant for Distribution of Class B Drugs

  • Ramon Collazo, 32-years-old, of Boston active warrant for Distribution of Class B Drugs and Distribution of Class B Drugs Subsequent Offense

  • Perest Antoine, 33-years-old, of Dorchester active warrant for Distribution of Class B Drugs and Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws

  • Bryanna Noble, 37-years-old, of Malden active warrant for Distribution of Class B Drugs, and Possession of Class B Drugs

  • Thomas Cowans, 26-years-old, of Boston active warrant for Distribution of Class B Drugs, Conspiracy to Violate Drug Law, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm, and Firearm Violation with Prior Violent/Drug Crime

  • Roneca Hicks, 19-years-old, of Mattapan active warrant for Distribution of Cocaine 

Additionally, 14 individuals were arrested and taken into custody on charges of Distribution of Marijuana over the course of the past month and a half. 

 

BPD Seeks Public’s Assistance in an Effort to Identify Individuals in Connection to Arson in the North End

The Boston Police Department is releasing the above images in an effort to identify the individuals pictured in relation to an arson incident which occurred in the area of 241 Hanover Street in the North End. Detectives are looking to identify a White Hispanic male with multiple tattoos in his neck and shoulder area and white female.

The facts of the original incident are as follows: At approximately 5:01 AM on Saturday, July 20, 2019, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for an arson in the area of 241 Hanover Street. On arrival, officers spoke to witnesses in the area who stated they observed a gasoline ignited fire on Board Alley next to 241 Hanover Street. The fire was extinguished and officers searched the area for the suspects to no avail.  

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Fire Investigations Unit Detectives at (617) 343-3324.

Community members wishing to assist the investigation anonymously can call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800)494-TIPS or text TIP to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department stringently protects the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous.