BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Donald A. Brown Killed in the Line of Duty 45 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: Today the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Officer Donald A. Brown who was killed in the line of duty 45 years ago today. On Friday, May 24, 1974, Officer Donald Brown was shot and killed during a robbery at the American Legion Shopping Center at 630 American Legion Highway. Officer Brown was escorting a local store manager to a bank in the shopping center when they were confronted by four suspects. Officer Brown was shot as he attempted to draw his service revolver.

His death came one month prior to his planned retirement at the age of 64 after 29 years of service.

Officer Brown is buried at the Saint Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C., Panel 10, East Line 3, along with the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial at the State House in Downtown Boston.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor near the American Legion Shopping Center in Roslindale.

 

Officers Arrest Two Suspects on Drug Trafficking Charges in West Roxbury

 

DRUG ARREST: At about 6:40 PM, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 officers assigned to the District E-5 Drug Control Unit (West Roxbury), made a drug trafficking arrest in the area of 32 Shaw Street in West Roxbury. 

Officers observed the suspect, later identified as Marco Pedrazarosa, 35, of West Roxbury, exit a motor vehicle before entering a residence on Shaw Street. The suspect was then seen leaving the residence while carrying a tan-colored box. Before entering a second motor vehicle, different from the first, the suspect was observed nervously scanning the area while looking up and down the street.

Officers approached the second motor vehicle to speak with the driver, later identified as Fausto Luna, 48, of Roxbury, and observed the tan box now sitting on the front passenger seat. After further investigation, the officers observed clear plastic bags containing large white pieces of a substance, later determined to be cocaine. 

Fausto Luna and Marco Pedrazarosa were arrested and both charged with Trafficking Class B Drugs between 28-99 grams (Cocaine) and Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws..

Both suspects will be arraigned in West Roxbury District Court.

 

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Ward M. Bray Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 98 Years Ago 

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BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Ward M. Bray Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 98 Years Ago: On this day 98 years ago, April 14, 1921, Officer Ward M. Bray was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a commercial vehicle in the area of Centre Street and Walter Street in Jamaica Plain. Officer Bray was carried by a fellow officer to a doctor passing by who pronounced him deceased at the scene.

A United Stated Army Machinist in World War I, Officer Bray was a 2-year veteran of the department and 26-years-old at the time of his death. Making his line of duty death ever more tragic is the fact that he left behind a grieving wife, his mother, and his sister.

Officer Bray was laid to rest at Acorn Cemetery in Rockland, Maine and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial on Panel 27, West Line 10.

In Boston, a Hero Sign is posted at the intersection of Centre Street and Seaverns Avenue in Jamaica Plain to forever honor the memory of a man who gave his life in service to his city. If you’re in the area, keep an eye out for his Hero Sign and kindly take a moment, not only to honor his sacrifice, but to remember the loved ones left in mourning after his tragic passing so many years ago.

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Search Warrant Leads to One Under Arrest, Recovery of Firearm, Ammunition, Drugs, and Cash in Jamaica Plain

 

Keeping Boston Safe: At about 11:20 AM on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, members of the District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) and E-5 (West Roxbury) Drug Control Units assisted by the Drug Enforcement Agency executed a search warrant of an individual in the area of Lamartine Street and Cerina Road in Jamaica Plain. As a result of the search warrant, officers recovered approximately 2.2 grams of crack cocaine and approximately .7 grams of Fentanyl. Officers placed the suspect under arrest at this time.

Additionally, officers secured a second search warrant of the suspect’s residence on Greenley Place in Jamaica Plain. At approximately 4:43 PM, officers entered the residence and executed the search warrant. As a result of the search warrant, officers recovered the following items: a 9mm Springfield Armory xp9 semi-automatic firearm loaded with eight rounds of live ammunition, forty-five shotgun shells, twenty-eight rounds of .40 caliber live ammunition, an undisclosed amount of US Currency, approximately 58 grams of Fentanyl, and approximately 27 grams of crack cocaine in total. 

Officers arrested Apahlo Sullivan, 23-years-old, of Jamaica Plain. Sullivan is expected to be arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on charges including: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Trafficking Class A Drugs over 36 grams, Trafficking Class B Drugs Over 18 grams, multiple counts of Distribution of Class A Drugs and Distribution of Class B Drugs.

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Shotgun Recovered After Suspect Attempts to Run Down Police Officer in West Roxbury

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Shotgun Recovered After Suspect Attempts to Run Down Police Officer in West Roxbury: At about 1:30PM, on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, an officer performing a paid detail in front of the Roche Brothers Supermarket located at 1800 Centre Street in West Roxbury observed a motor vehicle illegally parked and blocking the front entrance to the market. In a show of good will, instead of issuing a written citation and towing the vehicle, the officer entered the store and asked store employees to use the in-store public address system to ask the owner of the car to move the vehicle. In short time, the owner exited the store and returned to his vehicle. When the officer approached the operator to make him aware of the fact that a citation could have been written, the operator ignored the officer, jumped into his vehicle and took off at a high rate of speed while almost striking the officer. The officer immediately broadcast a description of the car over the police radio. In short time, responding officers learned that the vehicle was last seen travelling on South Street towards Washington Street. While en route to that location, officers were informed that the suspect had struck several cars while fleeing the area. Officers were able to locate the suspect after he struck a vehicle and then a light pole in the area of Bexley Road in Roslindale. After a brief struggle, officers were able to take the suspect into custody. A search of the suspect’s vehicle enabled officers to locate and confiscate a loaded Browning 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun which was found lying on the front passenger seat of the vehicle.

Officers arrested Michael Robicheau, 57, of West Roxbury and charged him with Refusing to Stop for a Police Officer, Driving to Endanger, Operating on a Revoked/Suspended License, Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Car), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Leaving the Scene after Causing Property Damage and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

The suspect is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Wednesday, November 21, 2018, in West Roxbury District Court.  

Happy Halloween from the BPD!

Within the past week, officers from districts all over the city celebrated Halloween in their own unique way. From Trunk-or-Treat at the Peer Support Unit, to the Haunted Cell Blocks of B-3 (Mattapan), each of the districts put their own spin on Halloween. Here at the BPD we say “have a safe and happy Halloween!!”

 

BPDinTheCommunity: Fun Time Had by All at the Irish Social Club’s Halloween Party for Seniors in West Roxbury

BPDinTheCommunity: As evidenced by the terrific turnout at the Irish Social Club’s Halloween Party for Seniors in West Roxbury, you clearly are never too grown-up to enjoy the tricks, treats and costumes that have come to symbolize Halloween. As you can see in the photos, Mayor Walsh and our officers had a wonderful time interacting and having fun with our city’s seniors earlier today, Friday, October 26, 2018. The celebration presented our officers with yet another opportunity to further strengthen an already strong relationship with the citizens we protect and serve 24/7/365.    

Keeping Boston Safe: Search Warrant Enables Members of the BPD Drug Control Unit to Seize Over $60,000 in U.S. Currency During a Drug Arrest in Roslindale

KEEPING BOSTON SAFE: At about 9:02AM, on Friday, September 21, 2018, members of the District E-5 (West Roxbury) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit executed a search warrant as part of an investigation in the area of 133 Cornell Street in Roslindale. As a result of their efforts, officers were able to recover approximately 70 grams of cocaine and over $60,000 in U.S. Currency while arresting Peter Akara, 36, of Roslindale, without incident on scene. The suspect will appear in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Trafficking Class B Drugs (Cocaine).

 

BPD Officers Arrest Juvenile Wanted in Connection to Assault & Battery at the Washington Irving Middle School in Roslindale

 

BPD Officers Arrest Juvenile Suspect Wanted in Connection to Assault & Battery at the Washington Irving Middle School in Roslindale: At about 9:20am, on Thursday, September 13, 2018, officers assigned to the BPD’s School Police Unit responded to a call for a stabbing at the Washington Irving Middle School at 105 Cummins Hwy in Roslindale. On arrival, officers located and spoke to the victim, a 13-year-old male, who stated that he had been stabbed during an altercation with a fellow student. After being treated on scene by the school nurse, the victim was transported to an area hospital for further evaluation of his non-life threatening injuries. A search of the immediate area enabled officers to locate and apprehend the other juvenile involved in the altercation. Once located, officers arrested a 14-year-old juvenile male and charged him with Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Knife).

INVESTIGATION UPDATE: Homicide Detectives Arrest Murder Suspect Wanted in Connection to Death Investigation in the area of 34 Claybourne Street in Dorchester

 

Investigation Update: Monday, August 13, 2018, officers assigned to the Boston Police Homicide Unit and Fugitive Unit located Frederick O. Reynoso, 26 of Roslindale, in the area of Aldrich Street in Roslindale and placed him under arrest in the connection to an ongoing homicide investigation.  The suspect will be arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Murder and Armed Robbery.

The original facts surrounding the incident area as follows: At about 10:49 PM on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 34 Claybourne Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim in his twenties suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced deceased on scene.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating 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.

If you find yourself needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.

 

 

 

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2018 COMING TO BOSTON! Monday, August 6, 2018 and Tuesday, August 7, 2018

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: The 35th Annual National Night Out Boston, a 2-day citywide celebration that will visit 12 individual neighborhoods across the City of Boston over a 48 hour period, kicks off tomorrow, Monday, August 6, 2018 and concludes Tuesday, August 7, 2018. For those not familiar with National Night Out, it's an acknowledgement and national celebration of the partnerships that exist between communities and police departments all across the country. As in year's past, Mayor Walsh will be travelling all over the city to thank community members and Neighborhood Watch Groups for their help and support of the men and women of the BPD.

A motorcade of officials led by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Commissioner William G. Gross will be visiting six designated sites per evening for community crime watch celebrations — one in each police district. Along every stop, awards will be presented to the Top Crime Watch Group in each neighborhood and the Crimefighter of the Year (an individual for their year-round efforts in assisting the Boston Police Department).

Residents of Boston and members of the Boston Police Department will enjoy free admission, food, games, and entertainment. Attendees are invited to visit sponsor tables including The Boston Police Foundation, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, Boston Centers for Youth & Families and a host of others, including local non-profits, who have worked so hard to make this event the special occasion it has become.

EVERY BOSTON RESIDENT IS URGED TO SWITCH ON THEIR OUTSIDE LIGHTS FOR THE EVENINGS TO DEMONSTRATE OUR UNITED COMMUNITY EFFORT AGAINST CRIME.

Event locations are as follows along with the estimated time of arrival of the cavalcade:

MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2018, locations:

  • 3:00pm Cavalcade will depart Boston Police Headquarters at One Schroeder Plaza
  • 3:15 - 4:00 PM   Brighton (D-14) - Brighton Commons (Academy Hill Rd/Chestnut Hill Avenue)
  • 4:30 - 5:00 PM   Hyde Park (E-18) – Iacona Field (Readville Street & Milton Street) 
  • 5:15 - 5:45 PM   Roslindale (E-5) – Adams Park (Washington Street & Cummins Highway)
  • 6:00 - 6:40 PM   Jamaica Plain (E-13) – Mildred Hailey Apartments (90 Bickford Street)
  • 6:50 - 7:30 PM   Mattapan (B-3) – Almont Park (40 Almont Street)  
  • 7:45 - 8:30 PM   Roxbury (B-2) – Marcella Playground (235 Marcella Street)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018:

  • 3:00pm Cavalcade will depart Boston Police Headquarters at One Schroeder Plaza
  • 3:15 - 3:45 PM   East Boston (A-7) – Lopresti Park (33 Sumner Street)
  • 4:15 - 4:45 PM   Chinatown (A-1) - Tai Tung Village, Chinatown
  • 5:00 - 5:30 PM   South End (D-4) – Castle Square (Tremont Street)
  • 6:00 - 6:30 PM   North End (A-1)  – DeFillipo Park (Prince Street)
  • 6:45 - 7:15 PM   South Boston (C-6) - Moakley Park (Columbia Road)
  • 7:30 - 8:00 PM   Dorchester (C-11) - Town field Park (Dorchester Avenue & Park)

BPD in the Community: Kids from Junior Police Academy Stop by the BPD’s K-9 Unit

BPD in the Community: Kids from Junior Police Academy Stop by the BPD’s K-9 Unit: Earlier today, Friday, July 20, 2018, kids from Districts E-5 (West Roxbury/Roslindale) and E-18 (Hyde Park) attending the Boston Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) stopped by the BPD’s K-9 Unit to get an up close and personal look at how BPD K-9 Officers work with and train their trusted furry, four-legged partners. As you can see by the photos, the kids had a blast. And, Officers Ray Ramirez and Cornell Patterson tell us the kids asked a ton of interesting and intriguing questions and, when it came to behavior, our officers say the kids could not have been nicer or better behaved. As always, special thanks to Boston PAL for making the Junior Police Academy one of the best summer camps around while also providing our officers yet another opportunity to build trust and connect with our city’s young people.  

Multiple Suspects Under Arrest After BPD Drug Control Units Conduct Operation in Several Boston Neighborhoods

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On Monday July 2, 2018, officers assigned to various Boston Police Drug Control Squads throughout the city conducted an operation which resulted in 13 arrests. During the far-reaching sweep, officers executed search warrants at multiple locations which led to the recovery of 395 grams of fentanyl, 137 grams of heroin, 27 grams of cocaine, 15 bags of crack cocaine, 6 bags of marijuana and $6,801 in cash. Officers also seized a 2013 Ford Focus along with 368 grams of an unknown powder which will be processed and identified.

Please see below for named suspects followed by their respective charges and scheduled court of arraignment:

 Eddie Watkins, 41, of Boston, Distribution of Class B – Boston Municipal Court

Sean Seith, 31, of Boston, Distribution of Class E – Boston Municipal Court

Jason Martinez, 24, of Dorchester, Trafficking Class A & B Drugs, Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle and Possession of Burglarious Tools – Dorchester Court

Meiko Foreman, 30, of Dorchester, Warrant Arrest: Breaking & Entering, Larceny from a Building and Larceny – Dorchester Court

Sheldon Bethune, 45, of Roxbury, Warrant Arrest: Distribution of Class B Drugs

Kayla Yeje, 28, of New Bedford, Distribution of Class B Drugs – Roxbury District Court

Nicholas Smith, 32, of Plymouth, Warrant Arrest: Possession of Class A Drugs and Resisting Arrest – Roxbury District Court

David Carrasquillo, 22, of Brighton, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs – Brighton District Court

Orlando Laboy, 39, of Brighton, Possession of Class B Drugs – Brighton District Court

Jonathan Vilarino, 30, of Roslindale, Warrant Arrest: Distribution of Class B Drugs – West Roxbury District Court

Michael Vilarino, 26, of Ashland, Warrant Arrest: Distribution of Class B Drugs - West Roxbury District Court

Jose Cambero, 62, of Mattapan, Trafficking Class B Drugs and Distribution of Class A Drugs - West Roxbury District Court

Jesus Diaz-Rivera, 34, of Dorchester, Distribution of Class A Drugs – West Roxbury District Court

Thank You for Thanking Us: A grateful mom in W. Roxbury sent the following letter of appreciation to the Commissioner’s Office

ThankYouforThankingUs: The following letter of appreciation was recently sent and warmly received by the Commissioner’s Office. The letter from a grateful mother in West Roxbury reads as follows:

“On Monday, April 23, my 23-year-old daughter was cooking and the oil in the pan caught on fire and, as a result, caused 2nd degree burns to her arm. She was home alone at the time. She called the police and fire and both departments responded to her home. However, my daughter tells me that one officer, a female officer on the West Roxbury police force (assigned to District E-5), was one of the kindest individuals she has ever met. The officer stayed with my daughter then locked up the home for us. My daughter was transported by ambulance to Brigham & Women's Hospital. Not only did the officer stay with my daughter, she even returned the next day. I know this because when my daughter arrived home, there was a ‘Get Well’ balloon and a card from the officer. The card read, "Hope your recovery is swift with many well wishes. Officer Younger" Honestly, how many people do this? Kindness like this does not happen very often, and I would like to recommend that the officer receive some sort of recognition for going above and beyond the call of duty. My daughter is studying at Northeastern in the Graduate Nurse Practitioner program and the kindness shown by Officer Younger, not only set an amazing example, but it also showed my daughter that ‘kindness and caring’ is what it is always about. Many, many, many thanks to Officer Younger of District E-5 from a grateful mother and her daughter in West Roxbury.”

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Arrest B&E Suspect After Foot Chase Leads to K-9 Search in West Roxbury

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At about 10:15 AM on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, officers assigned to District E-5 (West Roxbury) placed a suspect in custody after responding to a call for a residential breaking and entering in the area of 55 Brown Avenue in Roslindale. While on approach to the scene, an officer observed a person matching the given suspect description, later identified as Marvin Dumay, 30, of Hyde Park, walking in the area of 75 Seymour Street. When the officer attempted to speak with the individual, he fled on foot while discarding several items on the ground. These items were later recovered and determined to be property stolen during the initial incident. The officer followed the suspect over a six-foot fence and through several backyards while broadcasting relevant information to additional responding units. The suspect then broke into the rear bulkhead of a home located at 61 Cliffmont Street at which time the officers set a perimeter and called for a BPD K-9 Unit. An officer soon arrived on scene with K-9 ‘Simeon’ who soon located the suspect hiding in the basement of the home at which time he was placed in custody without further incident. The suspect will appear in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Breaking and Entering (2 Counts).

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Arrest Juvenile Suspect After Bank Robbery in Roslindale

 

At about 2:22 PM on Thursday, March 29, 2018, officers assigned to District E-5 (West Roxbury) responded to a call for a bank robbery at the Cooperative Bank located at 40 Belgrade Avenue in Roslindale. On arrival, officers were informed that a masked suspect had stolen an undisclosed amount of currency and fled the area on foot. Additional responding units canvased the area and observed an individual fitting the suspect’s description running through neighborhood backyards. Officers stopped the male, and upon further investigation, located the stolen currency and other evidence which had been discarded nearby. Officers arrested the 17-year-old juvenile male from Roslindale and charged him with Unarmed Bank Robbery. The suspect will appear in West Roxbury Juvenile Court for arraignment.

Keeping Boston Safe: Alert Officers in West Roxbury Catch Breaking & Entering Suspect in the Act

 

At about 1:45 AM on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, officer from District E-5 (West Roxbury) were on directed patrol in the area of Centre and Spring Streets due to recent calls for incidents of breaking and entering at various convenience stores. As officers drove by 1906 Centre Street, Marino’s Market & Deli, they observed an unknown male facing the front door with a bag at his feet. It appeared to officers that he was using his body to shield his actions. When officers approached to investigate, the male took off running onto Parker Street where officers lost sight of him. Additional units responded to the area and set up a perimeter. With the assistance of BPD K-9 “Duke,” officers were able to track the suspect several blocks, where the dog and officers observed him sliding out from beneath a parked car. The K-9 also indicated on a crowbar, a tire iron, and a t-shirt while tracking the suspect. The suspect, identified as 37-year-old German Serrano of Roslindale, was arrested without incident and charged with Attempted Breaking and Entering into a Non-Residence (Night) and Possession of Burglarious Tools.

Below, K-9 "Duke" poses for a photo shortly after tracking the suspect. Well done, "Duke."  

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Missing Person Alert: Joseph Brancato

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in efforts to locate 21-year-old Joseph 'Joey' Brancato. Mr. Brancato, who has ties to Winthrop, was last seen by an acquaintance in the area of Mendelsohn Street in Roslindale on November 18, 2017. Mr. Brancato is described as a white male, about 5’08” tall and 200 lbs.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Joseph Brancato is advised to contact 911 or District E-5 detectives directly at (617) 343-4566.

Boston Police Arrest Suspect Relative to Death Investigation in the Area of 34 Temple Street, West Roxbury

 

At about 6:19 AM on Sunday, November 19, 2017, officers assigned to District E-5 (West Roxbury) responded to a call for a found body inside of 34 Temple Street in West Roxbury. Upon arrival, officers located a 40-year-old male victim suffering from undetermined traumatic injuries. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim has since been identified as 40-year-old Brian M. Sweeney of West Roxbury.

Only three days later, on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, detectives from the Boston Police Homicide Unit identified, located, and arrested 39-year-old Nathurlon Munnerlyn of West Roxbury for his role in the homicide of Mr. Sweeney. Munnerlyn will be charged with Murder and arraigned in West Roxbury District Court.

"I'm always concerned when there is a homicide in Boston; even one is too many," said Commissioner William Evans. "But when we do have an unfortunate untimely death in our city, I am confident that my officers and detectives will work around the clock until we apprehend the person responsible and bring him to justice for the victim and his family. Recently, my homicide detectives have been able to build strong cases and swiftly arrest the suspects in several cases, including this one. Although I realize nothing can bring these victims back, I hope, especially going into this holiday season, these arrests can bring some solace and peace to the victims' families."