Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Cadet Gives Ride to Nun Waiting Along Cancelled Bus Route

Boston Police Cadet Joe Houtmeyers and Sister Mary Henrietta Domingo of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus came to meet by complete happenstance (or maybe in a case of divine intervention!) this past Sunday, May 21, 2017, courtesy of the 17th Annual Haitian-American Unity Parade and cancelled bus service along the parade route.

While driving the lead car in the parade, Cadet Houtmeyers noticed Sister Mary sitting at a bus stop. Knowing the bus service had been cancelled due to the parade, Cadet Houtmeyers informed Sister Mary that if she needed a ride but wasn't in a hurry, he could get her to her destination or the closest available bus stop at the end of the parade. As you can see by the photo, Sister Mary was more than happy to take Cadet Houtmeyers up on his offer, and according to Joe, she thoroughly enjoyed her front seat ride inside a Boston Police cruiser. Of course, as we all know, there’s a special place in Heaven for police officers everywhere, and given the kindness shown to Sister Mary, it would appear Cadet Houtmeyers has already started laying the groundwork.

Come have "Coffee with a Cop!" No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood!

Yesterday, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, members of the BPD command staff, Neighborhood Watch Unit, and officers from District A-7 (East Boston) were joined by the Eastie community at Angela’s for “Coffee with a Cop.” Our photographer caught up with the BPD Neighborhood Watch Unit’s director Kerry Ryan, who was happy to introduce herself and tell us a little about the Coffee with a Cop program, which is in its fourth year and a great way to connect neighborhood residents to the Boston police officers that serve them.

Join us for the next Coffee with a Cop on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the Villa Victoria in the South End. All are welcome, coffee’s on us--see you there!

Boston 24: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 2
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 11
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 2
Commercial Break-ins: 0

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Boston 24: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Monday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 3
Commercial Break-ins: 0

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

BPD Fugitive Unit Arrest Lawrence Murder Suspect in Mattapan

 

At about 11:50 PM on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, members of the BPD Fugitive Unit and BPD SWAT Team in a coordinated effort with the Massachusetts State Police and the Lawrence Police Department arrested Justin Hollingsworth, 25, of Mattapan, in the area of 67 Woolson Street in Mattapan, by virtue of a murder warrant issued out of Lawrence District Court. The suspect was wanted in connection to an incident that occurred in February on Avon Street in Lawrence. The suspect has been booked in Boston and will be arraigned later today in Lawrence District Court.

Boston Police Department Releases Latest Field Interrogation Observation Data

In keeping with his commitment to transparency, Commissioner Evans has released the latest Field Interrogation/Observation (FIO) data, which includes FIO information from June 2015 to December 2016. The release of this data follows the January 2016 release of similar data for FIO reports completed from 2011 through April 2015.  Dr. Anthony Braga of Northeastern University, Dr. Jeffrey Fagan of Columbia University School of Law, and Professor John MacDonald of University of Pennsylvania are currently studying the FIO data from 2011 through 2016, and the Department expects  the study’s findings will be publically available later this year.

Like the prior study, the study of the 2016 data will examine how BPD officers are utilizing the FIO program. While the study is being completed, the Department cautions against the use of simple benchmark comparisonsof the racial distribution of Boston residents relative to the racial distribution of FIO subjects for purposes of determining racial disparities in BPD FIO practices. There are many other complicated factors, such as neighborhood crime, police deployments, and neighborhood social disadvantage, as well individual factors such as criminal history and known gang membership that are correlated with the racial distribution of FIO subjects. Determining racial disparities in BPD FIO practices requires complex statistical analyses before any firm conclusions can, or should, be drawn.

2016 FIO Data Summary:

In 2016, BPD officers submitted 9,101 FIO reports involving 14,593 individuals.

The total number of individual subjects in BPD FIO reports DECREASED by nearly 57% from 34,531 individuals in 2014 to 14,953 in 2016.

Additionally, since the high of 55,684 individuals subjected to FIO reports in 2008, the number of individual subjects in BPD FIO reports DECREASED by over 73% through 2016.  See Table 1 below.

When reviewing this data, it is important to note that subjects of FIO reports are not always stopped. Specifically in 2016, 14.8% of the completed FIOs were mere observations.  See Table 3 below.

Table 1.

 

The following tables highlight additional components and circumstances of BPD’s 2016 FIO program.

 

Table 2. Circumstances of the FIO Encounter

                                    N=Subject       Percent

Stopped                       5,689               62.5

Encountered                2,068               22.7

Observed                     1,344               14.8

Total                            9,101               100.0

 

Table 3. Basis of the FIO Encounter

                                    N                     Percent

Probable cause            3,959               43.5

Reasonable suspicion2,000               22.0

Encounter                    1,940               21.3

Intel                             1,202               13.2

Total                            9,101               100.0

 

Table 4. Did the FIO Encounter involve at least one subject being frisked?                       

                                    N                     Percent

Yes                              2,676               29.4

No                               6,425               70.6

Total                            9,101               100.0              

 

Table 5. Did the FIO Encounter involve at least one subject being searched?

                                    N                     Percent

Yes                              1,179               13.0

No                               7,922               87.0

Total                            9,101               100.0  

 

Table 6. Stop Duration

                                                N                     Percent

Five to ten minutes                 3,604               39.6

Less than five minutes            1,730               19.0

Ten to fifteen minutes             1,328               14.6

Fifteen to twenty minutes       874                  9.6

Other durations                       807                  8.9

Missing                                    758                  8.3

Total                                        9,101               100.0

 

Table 7. FIO Subject Age

                                    N                     Percent

17 & younger              1,239               8.3

18 – 24                        4,681               31.3

25 – 34                        5,167               34.6

35 – 44                        1,623               10.9

45 & older                   1,896             12.6

Missing                        347                  2.3

Total                            14,953             100.0

 

Race and Ethnicity

With the implementation of the new RMS system, different Race and Ethnicity categories were used. The old RMS system limited BPD officers to a mutually exclusive selection of the FIO subject’s race and ethnicity (White, black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American / Hawaiian / Alaskan / Pacific Islander, or other).  The new RMS designates Hispanic subjects in a separate ethnicity variable that is no longer mutually exclusive to other specific race categories. While this improvement allows the BPD to better document the race and ethnicity of FIO subjects, it makes comparing FIO subject race trends between the two systems more difficult. For example:

 

Table 8. Adjusted 2016 FIO Subject Race Using Old RMS Designations

                                                N=Subject       Percent

White                                      2,544               17.0%

Black                                       9,514               63.6%

Hispanic                                  2,215               14.8%

Asian / PI / Other                    140                  0.1%

Unknown / Missing                 540                  3.6%

Total                                        14,953             100.0%

 

While the 2016 FIO data shows an increase in the percentage of black FIO subjects between 2014 and 2016, a majority of the increase may be attributable to the ability for officers to include both race and ethnicity.

 

Table 9. 2016 FIO Subject Race

                                                                        N = Subject     Percent

Black                                                               10,369             69.4

White                                                              3,640               24.3

Missing / Unknown                                         793                  5.3

Asian                                                               120                  0.8

Native American / Alaskan / Hawaiian / PI    31                    0.2

Total                                                                14,953             100.0

 

Table 10. 2016 FIO Subject Ethnicity

                                                            N                     Percent         

Hispanic Origin                                   2,215               14.8                

Not of Hispanic Origin                       6,666               44.6

Missing / Unknown                             6,072               40.6

Total                                                    14,953             100.0

 

For all current publically released FIO data, please click on the link below:

https://data.boston.gov/dataset/boston-police-department-fio

For additional information on BPD’s FIO program and past analysis please visit the links below:

http://bpdnews.com/news/2014/10/8/boston-police-commissioner-announces-field-interrogation-and-observation-fio-study-results?rq=fio%20dATA

http://bpdnews.com/news/2016/1/7/commissioner-evans-continues-efforts-to-increase-transparency-and-accountability-of-policing-activities-to-the-public?rq=fio%20dATA

Community Alert: BPD Seek Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Two People of Interest in Connection to Death Investigation in the area of 180 Ruggles Street in Roxbury

The Boston Police Department is releasing two images (see enclosed) and requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the individuals pictured in relation to an ongoing homicide investigation in the area of 180 Ruggles Street in Roxbury which occurred on April 21, 2017. The information being requested is for identification purposes only.

At about 8:53pm, on Friday, April 21, 2017, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 180 Ruggles Street in Roxbury. On arrival, officers located a male in his late teens suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, later identified as 17-year-old Yanuel Viloria, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Eight days after the incident, on April 29, 2017, BPD Homicide Detectives arrested and charged two individuals, a 19-year-old male from Boston and a 18-year-old male from Waltham, for Murder in the shooting death of Yanuel Viloria. Both were arraigned in Roxbury District Court on Monday, May 1, 2017.

Despite the arrests, the Boston Police Department continues to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information relative to the identities of the individuals pictured is asked to call the Boston Police Homicide Unit 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

Community Alert: BPD Seeking the Public’s Help in Identifying Two People of Interest in Relation to Ongoing Investigation

The Boston Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the above pictured individuals in relation to an ongoing investigation. This information is requested for investigative purposes only.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call District C-11 Detectives at (617) 343-4330.

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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

 

Media Availability: Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Evans Meet with Local Clergy and Community Leaders to Discuss Summer Outlook

WHO:             Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans

WHAT:           Meeting with local clergy and community leaders to discuss strategies and outlook for Boston youth and communities in the upcoming summer months.

WHEN:           Tuesday May 23, 2017, at about 2:30 PM following the conclusion of the 1:45 PM meeting.

WHERE:         Boston Police Headquarters – Main Lobby, First Floor.

CONTACT:     Boston Police Media Relations (617) 343-4520 for media inquiries.

 

Community Advisory: BPD Confirms Explosion at Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester, England

BPD’s Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) has received information confirming an explosion with fatalities at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. The Boston Police Department is closely monitoring the situation with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners. While there are no specific threats in Boston, BPD has increased patrols at concert venues in and around the city and is asking community members to exercise added levels of vigilance while the cause of the explosion is being investigated.

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Place Suspect in Custody After Recovering Loaded Firearm During Traffic Stop in Roxbury

At about 10:26 PM on Sunday, May 21, 2017, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest after conducting a traffic stop in the area of Tremont Street and Ruggles Street in District B-2 (Roxbury), near Boston Police Headquarters. The officers had stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction when they began to observe both the driver and the passenger behaving in a nervous and suspicious manner while moving around inside the car. The officers removed the passenger, later identified as Carlos Garcia-Parejo, 19, of Cambridge, after he repeatedly provided false information regarding his name and date of birth. The officers then performed a pat frisk which led to the recovery of a loaded .380 caliber Davis Arms model P380 semi-automatic handgun from inside the vehicle along with evidence that linked the weapon to the suspect. The suspect was placed in custody without incident and will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm. The operator was issued a motor vehicle citation and released from the scene. 

Boston 72: Weekend Update

Data includes 72 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 3
Nonfatal Stabbings: 5

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 3
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 2

Vehicle Thefts: 13
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 21

Residential Break-ins: 15
Commercial Break-ins: 2

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

One Less Gun: Investigation Leads YVSF to Arrest Juvenile with Two Illegal Firearms

At about 10:10 PM on Friday, May 19, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested a 17-year-old juvenile for firearm related charges in the area 158 Walnut Avenue in District B-2 (Roxbury).

During an ongoing investigation, officers received information that indicated a particular 17-year-old male known to them may be in possession of a firearm. The officers were able to locate that suspect in the area of the above address. Found in the possession of the suspect were two firearms—one Ruger .45 caliber firearm and one Taurus 9mm firearm. Officers arrested the 17-year-old suspect from Dorchester and charged him with Delinquent to wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent Offense), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device, and Trespassing.

Missing Person Alert: Jalen Isaiah Smith

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in efforts to locate 11-year-old Jalen Isaiah Smith who was reported missing on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 5:12 PM. He was last seen in the area of Beacon Street and Park Drive, Boston, getting off a school bus. Jalen was last seen wearing red pants, a grey shirt, grey and white sneakers, and a black backpack. He has been known to frequent areas of Roxbury and New Hampshire. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jalen is advised to contact 911 or District C-11 (Dorchester) Detectives at 617-343-4335. 

One Less Gun: Officers Seize Illegal Firearm from Napping Felon

At about 4:50 AM on Friday, May 19, 2017, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a breaking and entering to a motor vehicle in the area of Abbotsford and Harold Streets.

Upon arrival, officers observed a vehicle parked near the above address with the passenger side door ajar. As officers approached the car, they observed a male who appeared to be sleeping in the driver’s seat. Next to the male, on top of the center console, officers observed a black firearm resting in such a position that would suggest the male had placed it down with his right hand. One officer reached inside the vehicle to secure the firearm when the male simultaneously woke up. The officer shouted, “Don’t move!” as the male startled and reached for the firearm. The officer was able to move quickly to secure the loaded Sig Sauer  P250 firearm before the suspect could get a firm grip on it.

The male was then removed from the vehicle and apprehended. When he could not produce a License to Carry, officers arrested the suspect, identified as 34-year-old Alex Cherizard of Charlestown. Cherizard was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Receiving Stolen Property over $250, and Armed Career Criminal.

Remember Viggo? He's growing up fast!

Photo by Dawn Rabinowitz

 

Boston Police Department K-9 Viggo is all grown up and was recently photographed for the May/June edition of Working Dog Magazine with BPD head trainer, Officer Troy Caisey. We first introduced you to Viggo two years ago when he was a puppy in need of a name and, with the help of the community's hundreds of entries, Officer Caisey chose the valiant name Viggo. Since then, Viggo has trained diligently for the BPD as a dual purpose Explosive Ordinance Detection and Patrol K-9. He was most recently certified by the BPD for bomb and firearm detection, as well as earning ATF certification for explosive detection. Viggo was also at the Boston Marathon finish line this year, keeping spectators and runners safe before and during the race. When he turns two years old this June, he will go for his National Patrol Dog certification with handler Caisey at the helm. Keep up the great work, Viggo, and stay safe!

Officers Arrest Fugitive Murder Suspect in Dominican Republic for 2010 Shooting Death of Luis Montanez

At about 12:25 AM on Friday, May 19, 2017, members of the BPD Fugitive Apprehension Unit successfully extradited murder suspect, 31-year-old Charlie Brea, from the Dominican Republic to Boston. Brea was wanted on a Roxbury Court warrant, as a well as a Suffolk County Superior Court indictment warrant for Murder, and was arrested at Logan Airport with the assistance of the HIDTA Task Force and the United States Marshals.

The warrants stem from the 2010 shooting death of 25-year-old Luis Montanez of Boston in the area of 151 Blue Hill Avenue in District B-2 (Roxbury). After a lengthy joint Homicide/Fugitive investigation involving the BPD Homicide Unit, BPD Fugitive Apprehension Unit, and Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Brea was captured in the Dominican Republic roughly seven years after he shot and killed Montanez in the early morning hours of October 23, 2010 outside the Breezeway Bar in Roxbury.

“My detectives never consider any case ‘cold,’” said Commissioner William Evans, “and they’ll leave no stone unturned in order to find a suspect who is attempting to avoid capture. This arrest is the culmination of seven years of incredible diligence and dedication on the part of the Boston Police Department, and we intend to bring the suspect to justice for the victim’s family.”

Great Work Recognized: Eight Boston Patrolmen Awarded Nation's Top Police Honor

This week, thousands of police officers converged on the nation’s capital for Police Week. Among them were several Boston police officers who traveled to Washington D.C. to receive the nation’s highest police award, the TOP COPS Award.

Since 1994, NAPO has presented the TOP COPS Award as a means to educate the American public about America’s heroes and to pay tribute to law enforcement officers in federal, state, county, and local agencies across the country for actions during the preceding year that rise above and beyond the call of duty. The Boston Police Department is proud to have eight recipients of the award this year. They are:

Patrolman Eric Thomas Schmidt
Patrolman Richard Cintolo
Patrolman Matthew J. Morris
Patrolman Clifton Singletary
Patrolman Lenin Ortiz
Patrolman Joseph H. McSorley
Patrolman Joseph Greco
Sergeant Norberto Perez

To these officers, and all of this year’s recipients, we say congratulations on this top honor!
 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers in Hyde Park Arrest Suspect After Armed Robbery in Cleary Square

 

At about 6:19 PM on Wednesday, May 17. 2017, officers assigned to District E-18 (Hyde Park) made an onsite arrest after an armed robbery in the area of 1266 River Street in Hyde Park. Officers responded to a report of a robbery by a suspect armed with a taser at the Metro PCS Wireless store which is located approximately 300 feet away from the district police station. Shortly the incident, an officers observed a suspect matching the given description, later identified as Julian Daniels, 62, of Boston, operating a motor scooter and attempted to perform a traffic stop. The suspect failed to stop for the officer and continued riding until he lost control of the scooter in the area of Rosewood Street at which time additional units arrived on scene and placed the suspect in custody after a brief struggle. Officers then safely recovered a functioning taser from the suspect as well as cash which was taken during the robbery. The suspect has since been arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Armed Robbery, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (to wit: Taser -2 Counts), Failure to Stop for a Police Officer and Operating After Revocation or Suspension.