BPD Community Alert: What To Do If a Phone Scammer Calls You

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Yesterday, on Wednesday May 22, 2019, officers assigned to District D-14 (Brighton) took a report from an adult victim who was scammed out of several thousand dollars after receiving a phone call from from an unknown person claiming to be with the “Social Security Bureau.” The scammer called from a number which was disguised to appear as a legitimate Boston Police Department phone number and requested that the victim send money via an electronic transaction to which the victim complied.

The Boston Police Department is issuing a community alert in hopes of protecting, educating and informing community members on the appropriate steps to take if a phone scammer targets or calls them.

HERE’S WHAT TO DO IF A PHONE SCAMMER CALLS YOU:

  • You control the call. If you sense you’re being scammed, hang up the phone.

  • If any monetary demands are made, especially ones where the scammer requests funds be sent via MoneyGram or Western Union, it is a tell-tale sign of a fraud.  

  • Note the phone number where the call or text originated and report the incident to the Boston Police Department immediately.

In addition to filing a report with the Boston Police Department, victims are also encouraged to report any Phone/Internet Fraud Scams to the Federal Trade Commission. Please call the FTC at 1(877) FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or TTY 1-866-653-4261 or visit their website at: www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts

 

BPD Community Alert: The Boston Police Department Warns Residents of Fraudulent Phone Calls with Scammers Claiming to be from Law Enforcement Agencies

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BPD Community Alert: The Boston Police Department has received another recent report of an incident where a victim was contacted by a phone number which appeared to be that of a legitimate law enforcement agency. During this most recent phone call, the victim was informed that they were the subject of an investigation by a party claiming to be a police officer. The victim was unfortunately scammed out of a large sum of money after agreeing to purchase several digital gift cards and sharing the relevant information via a mobile phone application. The investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Please note, the Boston Police Department will never call to request sensitive information or funds of any kind. If you believe you have been the target of such a call, please note the phone number where the call originated and report the incident to the Boston Police Department immediately.

In addition to filing a report with the Boston Police Department, victims are also encouraged to report any Phone/Internet Fraud Scams to the Federal Trade Commission. Please call the FTC at 1(877) FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or TTY 1-866-653-4261 or visit their website at: www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts

 

Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Effort to ID Suspect Wanted for Attempted Sexual Assault in the South End

 
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COMMUNITY ALERT: At about 12:28 PM, on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for an attempted sexual assault in the area of East Canton and Albany Streets in the South End. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that a male suspect approached and attempted to sexually assault her. The victim further states that she was able to fend off the suspect. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his early twenties, about 5’6” to 5’8” tall, with a medium build. Suspect was wearing a blue 3/4 length jacket with while lettering on the back, a shirt with the number 24 displayed on the front, blue jeans, black shoes and a baseball cap. The suspect was last seen fleeing the area on foot through a nearby alleyway.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is encouraging anyone with information about the suspect to come forward and contact the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400.

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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.

If you’re a victim of a sexual assault that either has or has not been reported to police and would feel more comfortable seeking confidential advice from a non-law enforcement agency or representative, the Boston Police Department encourages you to call the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) at 1 (800) 841-8371. BARCC provides free and confidential counseling, case management, legal and medical advocacy services to survivors in the greater Boston area. To learn more about BARCC, please click on the enclosed link: www.barcc.org.

 

BPD Community Alert: The Boston Police Crimes Against Children Unit Seeks the Public’s Help to Locate Wanted Suspect

BPD Community Alert: The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help to locate Edwin Fantauzzi, 30, of Lawrence, who is wanted on charges of Assault with Intent to Rape a Child Under 16, Aggravating Kidnapping, Enticement of a Child and Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under 14 in relation to an incident that occurred on Saturday November 3, 2018, in the area of 10 Hammond Street in Lower Roxbury. Investigators believe that the suspect may be utilizing an alias of Roberto Santiago.

Anyone with information relative to Edwin Fantauzzi (AKA: Robert Santiago) and his whereabouts is urged to contact 911 or the Boston Police Crimes Against Children Unit at (617) 343-6183.

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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.

 

Community Alert: Boston Police Detectives Seeking the Public’s Assistance in Identifying a Suspect in Relation to a Sexual Assault in the South End.

COMMUNITY ALERT: At about 6:46 PM, on Saturday, November 3, 2018 Officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a report of a sexual assault, at an inside common hallway of a premise, in the area of Hammond Street in the South End.

On arrival officers located and spoke with a female juvenile victim.  Detectives are seeking to identity a suspect described as a white Hispanic male in his 20’s, about 5’7”, slim build, wearing a grey sweat suit in connection with the reported sexual assault of a child.

Detectives from the Sexual Assault Unit have released the accompanying photos of the suspect in relation to this incident and request the public’s help in identifying the individual pictured.

Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Sexual Assault detectives at 617-343-4400 Community members who wish to assist this investigation anonymously may call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS.  You may also text the word “TIP” to CRIME (27463).  The Boston Police Department stringently protects the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous.

UPDATE: BPD Continues Efforts to Identify Person of Interest in Connection to the Non-fatal Shooting of a 15-year-old Female in the area of 998 Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan

UPDATE: The Boston Police Department continues to seek help from the public in an effort to identify a person of interest (see photo) wanted in connection to the non-fatal shooting of a 15-year-old female which occurred a little more than two months ago.

The facts and circumstances surrounding the original incident are as follows: At about 11:34am, on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, officers responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 998 Blue Hill Ave in Mattapan. During the incident, an individual described as a black male, about 5'7" tall, wearing a white t-shirt (pictured) was seen entering the store and requesting the bathroom key. Witnesses heard a noise best described as a "bang" in the bathroom and saw the 15-year-old female victim on the floor. The individual was seen leaving the store slowly and then running down Blue Hill Ave towards Callender Street. The victim, who was treated for a non-life-threatening injury, was transported to an area hospital.

Investigators are seeking to identify the individual pictured. The images being released are for identification purposes ONLY. This person is NOT wanted at this time.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact B-3 Detectives at (617) 343-4712.

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. 

BPD Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help to Identify Two Suspects Wanted in Connection to a Sexual Assault in Brighton

 

COMMUNITY ALERT: The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in an effort to identify two individuals wanted in connection to a sexual assault in Brighton. Between the hours of 2:45 AM and 3:15 AM on Friday, September 14, 2018, an adult female victim was approached by two male suspects, one armed with a knife, in the area of Commonwealth Avenue and Linden Street in Brighton. The suspects forced the victim into a nearby alley in the area of Reedsdale and Linden Streets at which time both suspects sexually assaulted the victim before fleeing on foot in an unknown direction.

Suspect #1 is described as a white-Hispanic male, about 5’5” in height, 180lbs., approximately 23-25 years of age, with a medium build, closely trimmed beard, an earring in one ear (possibly a stud), wearing a short-sleeved shirt while armed with a knife.

Suspect #2 is described as a white-Hispanic male, about 5’6” to 5’8” in height, 190lbs., approximately 23-25 years of age, with a broad build, clean shaven, wearing a blue Red Sox hat with a red letter ‘B’, red short-sleeved shirt and dark shorts. The two suspects spoke both English and Spanish.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is encouraging anyone who may have been victimized by these suspects to come forward and contact the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400.

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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. 

If you’re a victim of a sexual assault that either has or has not been reported to police and would feel more comfortable seeking confidential advice from a non-law enforcement agency or representative, the Boston Police Department encourages you to call the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) at 1 (800) 841-8371. BARCC provides free and confidential counseling, case management, legal and medical advocacy services to survivors in the greater Boston area. To learn more about BARCC, please click on the enclosed link: www.barcc.org.

TIPS FOR ENSURING YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY: The BPD encourages individuals to review the following safety tips with the understanding that, while these tips are designed to decrease and diminish the likelihood of an attack, no victim is ever to blame for the actions of an attacker.   

  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and, when possible, try to avoid poorly lit or isolated areas.

  • When possible, always walk with friends and people you know especially late at night.

  • Avoid the distractions created when talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device. Avoid wearing ear buds or headphones in both ears.

  • If you believe someone is following you, change direction, cross the street, seek a populated location and call 911.

  • Remember descriptive information about the person following you to report to the police.

  • If confronted, believe in your ability to fight back and defend yourself. Creating distance and yelling words like: “fire”, “help” or “rape” are smart ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.  

  • Keep your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon to ward off an attack.

  • Trust your instincts and understand that anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Never assume: “It won’t ever happen to me.”

BPD Community Alert: The Boston Police Seek the Public’s Help to Identify Two Suspects Wanted for an Assault and Battery in Downtown Boston

The Boston Police Civil Rights Unit is seeking the public’s help to identify the above pictured suspects in connection to an assault and battery that occurred in Downtown Boston at about 10:44 PM on Saturday August 25, 2018. The incident began on Hanover Street and continued onto the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information that can assist the investigation or help to identify these suspects is asked to call detectives at (617) 343-4527.

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. The men and women of the Boston Police Department are on call 24/7/365.

 

Community Alert: BPD Releases Image of Murder Suspect Wanted in Connection to Death Investigation in area of 333 Massachusetts Ave

Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Effort to Locate Murder Suspect Wanted in Connection to Death Investigation in area of 333 Massachusetts Ave: The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in an effort to locate Alan Lewis, 32, of Brockton. Alan Lewis, who can be seen in the enclosed photo, is wanted in connection to the murder of 37-year-old Brent Stevenson. Alan Lewis is described as a black male, about 6’1” tall, weighing about 210 lbs.

The facts and circumstances surrounding the original incident are as follows: At about 8:05 PM, on Monday, November 6, 2017, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 333 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston. On arrival, officers located Brent Stevenson, suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds, sitting in the driver's seat of a disabled vehicle. Stevenson was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

The Boston Police Department continues to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information relative to Alan Lewis and his whereabouts is asked to call 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.

UPDATE: Boston Police Release New Image in Efforts to Identify Person of Interest Related to Non-fatal Shooting in the Area of 998 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan

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The Boston Police Department has released an additional photo (above) in addition to the photos released on July 18, 2018 (below) in efforts to identify a person of interest in connection to a shooting that occurred at about 11:34 AM on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in the area of 998 Blue Hill Ave in Mattapan. During the incident, an individual described as a black male, about 5'7" wearing a white t-shirt (pictured) was seen entering the store and requesting the bathroom key. Witnesses heard a "bang" in the bathroom and saw the 15-year-old female victim on the floor. The individual was seen leaving the store slowly and then running down Blue Hill Ave towards Callender Street. The victim sustained a non-life-threatening injury and was transported to an area hospital.

Boston police detectives are seeking to identify the above pictured individual. These images are being released for identification purposes ONLY. This person is NOT wanted at this time.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact B-3 Detectives at (617) 343-4712.

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. 

BPD Community Alert: Boston Police Detectives Seek the Public’s Help in Connection to Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident in South Boston

 

At about 3:38 PM on Thursday July 25, 2018, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for a motor vehicle accident in the area of L Street and East Sixth Street. During the incident, two young children were struck and seriously injured. One of the children was later pronounced deceased while the second child remains hospitalized at this time.

The Boston Police Department is seeking assistance from anyone who was in the area at the time of this incident. Specifically, detectives are seeking to obtain any witness photos or cell phone video taken before, during and/or after the collision that may assist with the investigation. Anyone with images or videos is asked to email them directly to Sergeant Detective Thomas Barrett at thomas.barrett@pd.boston.gov

 

BPD Community Alert: The BPD Seeks the Public’s Help to Locate and Identify Motor Vehicle and Individuals in Relation to Ongoing Investigation in Dorchester

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance to identify and locate the motor vehicle and individuals in the images above in relation to a motor vehicle homicide that occurred at about 1:23 AM on Sunday July 8, 2018 in the area of 141 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester. Detectives believe the parties may be able to assist with their ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police 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.

 

BPD Community Alert: Boston Police Seek Public's Help in Identifying Person of Interest Related to Non-fatal Shooting in the Area of 998 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help to identify a person of interest in connection to a shooting that occurred at about 11:34 AM on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in the area of 998 Blue Hill Ave in Mattapan. During the incident, an individual described as a black male, about 5'7" wearing a white t-shirt (pictured above) was seen entering the store and requesting the bathroom key. Witnesses heard a "bang" in the bathroom and saw the victim on the floor. The individual was seen leaving the store slowly and then running down Blue Hill Ave towards Callender Street. The victim sustained a non-life-threatening injury and was transported to an area hospital.

Boston police detectives are seeking to identify the above pictured individual. These images are being released for identification purposes ONLY. This person is NOT wanted at this time.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact B-3 Detectives at (617) 343-4712.

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. 

UPDATE: BPD Investigators Release Images and Additional Info about Motor Vehicle Wanted in Connection to Fatal Motorcycle Accident in the area 141 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester

UPDATE: BPD Investigators Release Images of Motor Vehicle Wanted in Connection to Fatal Motorcycle Accident in the area 141 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester: Detectives assigned to the BPD’s Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision Team are releasing images of a motor vehicle wanted in connection to a motor vehicle collision that claimed the life of a motorcyclist in Dorchester. The vehicle pictured is a silver 2003, Lincoln LS Sedan with a moon roof, MA REG 6TJ698. Please note that the third photo in the above gallery is a file photo. The motor vehicle was last seen on Thursday, July 12, 2018, in the early morning hours in the area of Route 3A in Billerica, MA. On the night of the incident, at about 1:20am, on Sunday, July 8, 2108, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a motor vehicle accident in the in the area of 141 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a motorcyclist suffering from what appeared to be life threatening injuries. The victim, a 41-year-old male, was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Investigators assigned to the BPD’s Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision Team are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident and are asking for the public’s help in efforts to locate the motor vehicle seen in the released images. Anyone with information relative to the vehicle’s whereabouts 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.

BPD Community Alert: Boston Police Investigates House Break-Ins in the Dorchester Neighborhood

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating several reports of home break-ins that occurred in the area of St. Marks Parish and the Shawmut Train Station in District C-11 (Dorchester) this month. Officers have taken reports from at least four victims who stated their homes were broken into in the early morning hours while multiple residents were in the home. All victims have reported there was no property stolen from their homes. The suspect is described as a black male with a slim build, about 5'8"-5'10" tall, and wearing a black shirt and dark pants.

The BPD reminds all members of the community that although officers are actively and stringently patrolling these areas, the police encourage the community’s assistance in raising awareness and safe-guarding against victimization.

Anyone with information regarding the circumstances surrounding these incidents is strongly urged to contact Boston Police District C-11 Detectives at 617-343-4581.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

SAFETY TIPS:

  • Officers advise community members to make sure all windows and doors of the home are locked and secured at night,
  • If you return home and something looks questionable (e.g. a slit screen, broken window, or open door) do not go inside. Call 911 from a safe location.
  •  Be sure you have blinds or curtains on your windows to discourage people from looking into your home. Always keep your windows covered at night and leave lights on in a few rooms.
  • Turn outdoor lights on from dusk to dawn to make your property more visible. All entrances should be well lit.  

Community Alert: Boston Police Seeking the Public’s Help into Investigation of Fatal Hit and Run Motor Vehicle Crash in Brighton

 

At about 12:50 PM on Wednesday June 6, 2018, officers assigned to District D-14 (Brighton) responded to a call for a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle in the area of 1316 Commonwealth Avenue. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim in his eighties suffering from life threatening injuries who was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The operator of the vehicle involved in the incident did not stop or remain on scene. BPD officers have located the vehicle and are continuing their investigation at this time.

The Boston Police Department is actively seeking the help from any members of the community who were in the area at the time of this incident and may have seen or heard anything that may help with the investigation. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police 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.

BPD Community Alert: Boston Police Seeking Public's Assistance in Identifying Person of Interest in Commercial Burglary

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Boston Police Department District C-11 (Dorchester) detectives are looking to identify the above pictured person of interest in relation to a commercial burglary that occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Sandy’s Variety Store located at 378 Washington Street, Dorchester. The suspect made entry into the store and stole an unknown amount of US currency. The individual pictured above was also wearing a white brace on his right ankle. 

This individual is NOT wanted at this time. This information is being provided for identification purposes ONLY.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact District C-11 Detectives at (617) 343-4335

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.

BPD Community Alert: BPD Officers Arrest Individual on Four Counts of Indecent Assault and Battery in East Boston

BPD Community Alert: BPD Officers Arrest Individual on Four Counts of Indecent Assault and Battery in East Boston

At about 4:30pm, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a call for a report of an indecent assault and battery at 343 Saratoga Street (Kennedy Elementary School) in East Boston. On arrival, officers arrested Nicholas Speller, 31, of Malden and charged him with four counts of Indecent Assault & Battery on a Child Under 14. Speller is scheduled to be arraigned in East Boston District Court on Thursday, May 17, 2018.   

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is encouraging anyone with information to contact the Boston Police Crimes Against Children Unit at (617) 343-6183.

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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. 

BPD Sexual Assault Unit Investigators Apprehend Suspect Wanted in Connection to Two Separate Rapes in Boston

BPD Sexual Assault Unit Investigators Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection to Two Separate Rapes in Boston: Today, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, detectives assigned to the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit, members of the BPD’s Fugitive Apprehension Team along with the assistance of both Peabody and Swampscott Police located and arrested Joseph Losano, 51, of Swampscott and charged him with 2 counts of Rape involving two different victims in two separate cases. Losano is scheduled to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The suspect is accused of taking victims into his vehicle and later sexually assaulting them at gunpoint.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is encouraging anyone who may have been victimized by this suspect to come forward and contact the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400.

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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. 

If you’re a victim of a sexual assault that either has or has not been reported to police and would feel more comfortable seeking confidential advice from a non-law enforcement agency or representative, the Boston Police Department encourages you to call the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) at 1 (800) 841-8371. BARCC provides free and confidential counseling, case management, legal and medical advocacy services to survivors in the greater Boston area. To learn more about BARCC, please click on the enclosed link: www.barcc.org.

TIPS FOR ENSURING YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY: The BPD encourages individuals to review the following safety tips with the understanding that, while these tips are designed to decrease and diminish the likelihood of an attack, no victim is ever to blame for the actions of an attacker.   

  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and, when possible, try to avoid poorly lit or isolated areas.
  • When possible, always walk with friends and people you know especially late at night.
  • Avoid the distractions created when talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device. Avoid wearing ear buds or headphones in both ears.
  • If you believe someone is following you, change direction, cross the street, seek a populated location and call 911.
  • Remember descriptive information about the person following you to report to the police.
  • If confronted, believe in your ability to fight back and defend yourself. Creating distance and yelling words like: “fire”, “help” or “rape” are smart ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.  
  • Keep your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon to ward off an attack.
  • Trust your instincts and understand that anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Never assume: “It won’t ever happen to me.”

BPD Community Alert: Boston Police Detectives Seeking the Public’s Help in Identifying Person of Interest in Relation to Convenience Store Robbery in Dorchester

At about 4:35 PM on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a robbery in progress at Maria’s Market in the area of 1760 Dorchester Avenue. Upon arrival, the officers were informed that a suspect had grabbed the entire register containing an unknown amount of cash and fled on foot on Santuit Street towards Roseland Street.

The suspect was described as a “younger” dark-skinned black male with a beard and wearing a black hat, a black T-shirt over a white T-shirt, and black pants.

District C-11 detectives have released the accompanying photos of a person of interest in relation to this incident and request the public’s help in identifying the individual pictured. These photos are provided for identification purposes only, and this person is NOT wanted at this time.

Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact District C-11 detectives at (617) 343-4335. Community members who wish to assist this investigation anonymously may call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-(800)-494-TIPS. You may also text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department stringently protects the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous.