BPD Officers Grateful to Help Two Suicidal Males During Two Separate Incidents with Assistance from Concerned Community Members

INCIDENT #1: At about 11:27 PM, on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call for an adult male threatening suicide in the area of 99 Boston Street in South Boston. On arrival, officers observed the victim attempting to jump from the overpass. The victim was on the outside of the fence line while a good Samaritan was desperately clutching onto his sweatshirt through the metal chain links. One officer immediately reached through the fence in an attempt to secure the victim while a second officer climbed over the fence. That officer was able to reach the male party and hold him in place until members of the Boston Fire Department arrived on scene, at which time, they were able to cut through the fence and pull both the victim and the officer to safety. The victim was then transported by Boston EMS to an area hospital for treatment and evaluation.

INCIDENT #2: Several days prior, at about 6:56 AM, on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, officers assigned to District E-5 (West Roxbury) responded to a call for an adult male threatening suicide in the area of Fairview and Mendum Streets in Roslindale. On arrival, the officers learned that the male party had fled on foot towards the Arboretum with the intention of harming himself. While searching the area for the victim, a concerned community member informed the officers that they had observed a person hiding behind some sort of box in close proximity to the commuter rail train tracks with a train slowly approaching. The officers immediately keyed their police radios to notify and ask their dispatcher to halt all train service on the tracks as they approached and secured the victim on scene without further incident. The victim then informed and confirmed the relieved officers that he had indeed intended to end his life by jumping in front of the moving train. The victim was then transported by Boston EMS to an area hospital for medical attention and treatment.

In both these instances, a community member made a choice that directly assisted the lifesaving efforts and actions of some of Boston’s Finest and our first-responder partners. While we would never ask anyone to put themselves in harm’s way or endanger themselves in any way whatsoever, we are grateful for the assistance provided during these two incidents when every second truly mattered.

If you ever find yourself in crisis and thinking about suicide, or are worried about a friend or loved one and in need of emotional support, please contact the Good Samaritan Helpline at (877) 870-4673. You can call or text any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The services are free, confidential and completely anonymous.

 

BPD Stops by Starbucks in South Boston to Celebrate National Coffee with a Cop Day

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, was National Coffee with a Cop Day and BPD stopped by Starbucks on East Broadway in South Boston. Mayor Martin Walsh, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross, members of his command staff, and officers assigned to District C-6, greeted customers and enjoyed a cup of coffee to get the day started.  No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood. Thanks to everyone who came out to say hello.

Officers in South Boston Arrest One Suspect After Recovering a Firearm

At about 5:09 PM on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston), responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of 220 Dorchester Avenue in South Boston.

Upon arrival, officers observed two motor vehicles parked in the middle of Dorchester Avenue with their doors open. The motor vehicles appeared to have been in an accident and the suspect, later identified as Danh Nguyen, 29, of Dorchester, was standing next to one of the motor vehicles. Due to the nature of the call, officers immediately conducted a pat-frisked and recovered an unloaded 9mm Sig Sauer P320 Pistol inside of a fanny pack, along with two fully loaded ten round magazines.

After further investigation it was revealed that after the motor vehicle accident and before police arrival, Mr. Nguyen was observed exiting his motor vehicle with the Sig Sauer Pistol in his hand as he approached the driver's side window of the victim’s motor vehicle.

Danh Nguyen was arrested and charged with; Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon to wit Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Nguyen will be arraigned in South Boston District Court. 

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Arrest Two, Recover Two Firearms After a Traffic Stop

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SAFER BOSTON: At about 2:00 PM, on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, Officers assigned to District C-6 Drug Unit (South Boston), conducted a traffic stop in the area of Egleston Square, after receiving information of a person with a gun.

As officers approached the motor vehicle, they observed the female suspect, later identified as Asuasha Griffiths, 26, of Mattapan, in the back seat. Once safely removed from the motor vehicle, a Polymer 80 9MM semiautomatic firearm was recovered in a fanny pack from the area where Griffiths was seated. Also, inside the fanny pack were two magazines separate from the handgun. One had a ten round capacity the other seventeen-round capacity magazine contained eight live rounds.

Officers further conducted a pat frisk of the vehicle and removed the front passenger, later identified as, Joseph Vilburn, 20, of Dorchester. A backpack containing a Colt .38 Special revolver with four live rounds inside the cylinder was recovered from the area where Vilburn was seated.

Griffiths was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Large Capacity Feeding Device, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Vilburn was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Both are expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.

 

 

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Louis H. Metaxas 30 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Louis H. Metaxas Who Died in the Line of Duty on this Day 30 Years Ago:

On Sunday, August 27, 1989, Officer Louis Metaxas died after falling from a rooftop while searching for a burglary suspect in the area of 55 Old Colony Avenue in South Boston.

Officer Metaxas, a Vietnam Army veteran, was 41-years-old at the time of his death and had served with the Boston Police Department for nine years.

Officer Metaxas is buried at the Arms Cemetery in Shelburne Falls, MA. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 61, West Line 3, 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 on Old Colony Avenue in South Boston (District C-6).

 

Children at the Condon Community Center Receive New Backpacks Stocked with School Supplies

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On Thursday, August 22, 2019, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) Community Service Office, sponsored a Back-to-School event at the Condon Community Center in South Boston.  Thanks to the generosity of the Stone Family Charitable Foundation and Target Corporation as 50 children were provided with new backpacks stocked with school supplies.  

BPD in the Community: Coffee with a Cop Stops by The Foley Apartments in South Boston

Thanks to all those who stopped by Coffee with a Cop at the Foley Apartments located at 199 H Street in South Boston. Those who attended welcomed the opportunity to meet and greet the officers patrolling their neighborhood.Our officers had a wonderful time making new friends. If you are interested in learning about starting a Neighborhood Watch Group or interested in attending a future Coffee with a Cop event, please call (617) 343-4345.

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 Bravely Confiscate Loaded Firearm During the Arrest of Armed Suspect in Dorchester

BPD Officers Bravely Confiscate Loaded Firearm During the Arrest of Armed Suspect in Dorchester: At about 6:30pm, on Monday, August 13, 2019, members of the District C-6 (South Boston) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit were on directed patrol in the area of Columbia Road and Buttonwood Street in Dorchester after receiving information relative to an individual believed to be in possession of a firearm. The individual was described as a black male wearing a black t-shirt, gray shorts and black-and-white sneakers. In short time, officers observed an individual fitting the description of the person believed to be in possession of the gun. Upon closer inspection, officers noted that the individual was walking in such a way as if to suggest he was in possession of a firearm as he continued to look around nervously while frequently clutching at an object in his waist area. Moreover, officers specifically noted an easily discernable bulge in the suspect’s right hip area and, the fact that, he was wearing a GPS bracelet on his ankle. While surveilling the suspect, officers observed the suspect enter a motor vehicle. At this point, officers activated their lights and sirens and stopped the car in the area of Columbia Road and Buttonwood Street. While approaching the car, officers observed the suspect hastily bend over in such a way as if to suggest he was trying to hide something. After ordering the suspect to show his hands, officers quickly pat frisked the suspect whereupon a loaded firearm (see photo) was found tucked inside the suspect’s right waist area.  

Officers arrested Arndray Love, 29, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.  The suspect is expected to be arraigned in South Boston District Court. 

The recovered firearm is described as a 9MM Ruger P89DC.

Ongoing Investigation Leads to Gun Arrest of a Missouri Man at South Bay Mall

At about 3:45 PM, on Monday, August 05, 2019, officers assigned to the Boston Police Special Investigation Unit, along with DEA Task Force and Postal Inspectors arrested Andrew Carter, 31, of West Plains, MO in the area of 7 Allstate Road (South Bay Mall)  

After an ongoing investigation, officers recovered a loaded P. Beretta 9MM with 15 rounds in a high capacity magazine, 2 additional high capacity magazines both of which were loaded with 17 rounds each. Officers additionally recovered a clear plastic bag containing a crystal rock like substance believed to be Methamphetamine.

Andrew Carter was charged with; Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a High Capacity Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession of Class B, Drugs (Methamphetamine).

Andrew Carter will be arraigned in South Boston District Court.

BPD Arrests Sixteen Individuals in the area of Massachusetts Avenue and Southampton Street

 

The BPD’s ongoing efforts to address general public safety issues in the area of Massachusetts Avenue and Southampton Street resulted in sixteen arrests on Friday, August 2, 2019. In a collaborative effort involving officers assigned to various districts and units, the BPD deployed resources to focus on enhancing safety in the general area.

Officers arrested the following individuals:

Robert Sullivan, 36, of Foxborough - active default warrant for Possession of Class A Drugs, Resisting Arrest, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer

Ronald Leclair, 38, of West Roxbury – active default warrant for Distribution of Class A Drugs, active default warrant for Shoplifting, and Assault and Battery. Leclair is also charged with Possession of Class B Drugs.

Rashad Blount, 32, of Trenton, NJ – active default warrant fir Trespassing, Disorderly Conduct, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, and Shoplifting, active default warrant for Possession of Class A Drugs, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, and Resisting Arrest, and active default warrant for Breaking and Entering of a Building and Receiving Stolen Property.

Andre Walker, 60, of Mattapan – charged with Distribution of Class A Drugs, Distribution of Class B Drugs, Distribution of Class B Drugs Subsequent Offense.  

Daniel Rossetti, 27, of Medford – active default warrant for Assault and Battery, active default warrant for Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs, Possession of Class C Drugs, Marked Lane Violation, active default warrant for Armed Assault to Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Building, and Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon.

Jamal Smith, 31, of Roxbury – active default warrant for Possession with intent to Distribute Class D Drugs. Smith is also charged with Distribution of Class A Drugs, Distribution of Class B Drugs, and Distribution of Class B Drugs Subsequent Offense.

Michael Clancy, 35, of Plymouth – charged with Possession of Class A Drugs and Possession of Class B Drugs.

William Dewolfe, 44, of South Boston – charged with Possession of Class A Drugs.

Amanda Torres, 30, of New Bedford – charged with Trafficking Class A Drugs, Possession with intent to Distribute Class B Drugs, and Possession with intent to Distribute Class B Drugs Subsequent Offense.

Jeffrey Andrews, 34, of Norton – active default warrant for Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, active default warrant for Assault and Battery on a Family/Household Member, and active straight warrant for Assault and Battery on a Family/Household Member Subsequent Offense.

Sydney Currier, 31, of Manchester, NH – active straight warrant for Trespassing.

Taff Bishop, 32, of Bronx, NY – active straight warrant for Disorderly Conduct and Trespassing, active default warrant for Assault and Battery on a Family/Household Member, active default warrant for Assault and Battery and Disorderly Conduct, and active straight warrant for Possession of Class B Drugs.

Nicole Martin, 25, of East Boston – active default warrant for Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle, Possession of Class A Drugs, and Receiving Stolen Property, active straight warrant for Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle, and active default warrant for Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Class B Drugs, Possession of Class C Drugs, and Operating Under the Influence of Drugs.

Devin Newbery, 27, of Pittsfield – active straight warrant for Receiving Stolen Credit Card, Credit Card Fraud, Conspiracy, Possession of Class B Drugs, and Uttering.

Terry Byner, 57, of Dorchester – active straight warrant for Assault and Battery and active straight warrant for Possession of Class A Drugs. Byner is also charged with Possession with intent to Distribute Class A Drugs.

Ronald Rodgers, 56, of Jamaica Plain – Distribution of Class B Drugs.

All suspects are expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court. 

 

UPDATE: BPD Officers Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection to Assault and Battery of a Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Correction Officer

UPDATE: One day after a Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Correction Officer was assaulted in the area of Atkinson Street, an arrest has been made in connection to the attack. Yesterday, at about 7:56am, on Thursday, August 1, 2019, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for an assault and battery in the area of 112 Southampton Street. On arrival, officers learned that the victim, an employee of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, had been transported from the scene to an area hospital where he would receive treatment for non-life threatening injuries. Officers later spoke to the victim who stated that he was driving along Atkinson Street when an unknown male yelled out to him. Consequently, the victim rolled down his window and, upon doing so, was assaulted by the unknown male who struck the victim in the face with a closed fist. When the victim exited his vehicle to confront the unknown suspect, he was surrounded by approximately five individuals who proceeded to assault him.  

In the hours after the attack, BPD investigators were able to ascertain and establish the identity of one of the suspects seen attacking the victim. Earlier today, Friday, August 2, 2019, officers arrested Sean Stuart, 51, of Boston and charged him with Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Shod Foot).

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact District C-6 Detectives at (617) 343-4742.  

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.

Officers Arrest Male for Attempted Larceny of a Motor Vehicle in Roxbury

 

At about 7:56 AM on Thursday, August 1, 2019, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call for an assault and battery in the area of 112 Southampton Street in Roxbury. On arrival, officers were met by a witness who stated at about 7:28 AM, she was notified of a fight outside of the shelter. The witness stated she observed approximately five males assaulting an adult male victim. The witness stated she observed the male being struck repeatedly by a metal object. The witness stated she ran toward the group, who immediately dispersed, to tend to the victim. The victim was transported to a local hospital by Boston EMS. Officers searched the area for the suspects to no avail.  

Additional units arrived at the hospital where the victim was being treated. The victim stated he was operating his motor vehicle on Atkinson Street when an unknown male yelled out to him. The victim stated he rolled his window down when the unknown male approached him and struck him in the face with an open fist. The victim stated he exited his vehicle and engaged the unknown male suspect in a physical fight. The victim stated about five individuals joined the fight and began to assault the victim. The victim stated that during the altercation, he was struck multiple times with a metal pipe. The victim further stated his watch, glasses and cell phone were stolen.  

Officers received additional information that an individual in the area had entered the victim’s motor vehicle and unsuccessfully attempted to flee the scene. Officers were able to locate and apprehend the male in the area of Southampton Street and Atkinson Street. 

Officers arrested Torie Jenkins, 45-years-old, of Boston. Jenkins is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on charges of Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle and Attempted Larceny of a Motor Vehicle. Additionally, Jenkins was discovered to have four active warrants: Roxbury District Court warrant for Distribution of Class A Drugs, Roxbury District Court for Distribution of Class B Drugs, Possession of Class B Drugs, Boston Municipal Court for Assault and Battery on a Public Employee, Disturbing a Correctional Institution, and Disorderly Conduct, and Roxbury District Court for Distribution of Class A.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact District C-6 (South Boston) Detectives at (617) 343-4742.

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.

 

Quick Thinking by an Off-Duty Boston Police Officer Leads to Gun Arrest

 

At about 12:08 AM on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) made an on-site firearm arrest, after a traffic stop, in the area of 492 West Broadway Street in South Boston.

An off-duty Boston Police officer observed a motor vehicle of interest, involved in a shooting that took place on Tuesday, July 22, 2019, at approximately 2:22 PM, in the area of Mount Pleasant Street and Vine Street in Roxbury. The officer immediately contacted District B-2 Detectives (Roxbury), and kept a visual on the motor vehicle as it parked in front of 429 West Broadway. A few moments later, the motor vehicle pulled back out into traffic, and on duty-officers arriving on scene activated their emergency lights and sirens in attempt to conducted a traffic stop of the motor vehicle.

During the traffic stop, officers recovered a Black High Point, Model C9, 9MM Luger Firearm with 1 round in the chamber and 7 rounds in the magazine from the suspect, later identified as, Aaron Powell, 29, of Brockton.

Mr. Powell was placed under arrest and charged with the following; Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way. He will be arraigned in South Boston District Court.