BPD Community Alert: BPD Investigates Indecent Assault of Juvenile Female in Hyde Park

 

At about 7:30 AM on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, officers from District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a radio call for an indecent assault in the area of Glenwood Avenue and Hyde Park Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with a juvenile female who reported she had been indecently assaulted near the footbridge between Truman Parkway and Glenwood Avenue. The suspect is described as a white male, 25 to 35 years old, approximately 5’7” tall with a chubby build and a mustache. The suspect was described as wearing a black North Face type jacket, black jeans, and black sneakers. The suspect fled on foot over the bridge toward Truman Highway.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information is asked to call detectives directly 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously. If you are a victim of a sexual assault that has or has not been reported to police and would feel more comfortable seeking confidential advice from a non-law enforcement agency, 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, 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, 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: BPD Warns Fans About Counterfeit Patriots Tickets in the Secondary Market

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At about 2:10 PM on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, a victim walked into the District D-4 (South End) police station to report that he had been sold counterfeit tickets for the AFC Championship Game scheduled for this Sunday at Gillette Stadium (Foxboro). The victim reported that he purchased what he believed to be legitimate tickets to the game through a connection he made on Craigslist. After making the online connection, the victim met the suspect at a Back Bay location and exchanged money for the tickets. The victim learned a short time later that the tickets were counterfeit. The suspect had identified himself as a resident of New York. 

The Boston Police would like to take this opportunity to remind fans to be wary of counterfeits when purchasing tickets. The BPD encourages fans to only buy tickets from authorized ticket agencies. Fans who purchase tickets from a secondary source are taking a chance and do so at the buyer’s own risk. Officers want to proactively curb such activity and encourage buyers to only purchase from official vendors. Purchasing via other means creates the potential for possessing an invalid and/or counterfeit ticket.

If any community members have information about the selling of counterfeit tickets, you are urged to contact Boston Police. Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously may do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously are reminded that the Boston Police Department is only interested in the information you provide, not who you are.

BPD In The Community: Officers Bring 15 Young Basketball Players to the Boston Garden to Meet Celtic’s Head Coach Brad Stevens

Last week, several local kids from the G3 Boston – Shooting Touch basketball program got the opportunity to attend a Boston Celtic’s game and meet head coach Brad Stevens.  The young athletes were escorted by several Boston Police Officers who participate in the G3 program which focuses on Getting Girls in the Game while building meaningful relationships centered on trust and communication.  The coach spoke to the group about the importance of hard work and dedication, both on and off the court, and was all smiles when he stopped to pose for a couple pictures.  Thank you to our officers for always going the extra mile to connect with members of the communities we serve and thanks to Coach Stevens for taking the time to say hello to these special young ball players.  

 

One Less Gun: Drug Investigation Leads to Recovery of Illegal Firearm

At about 6:45 PM on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, members of the District B-2 (Roxbury) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit conducted an investigation in the Grove Hall area of Boston.

While on patrol, the officers’ attention was drawn to a Chevy minivan with out-of-state plates that was idling on Georgia Street. Due to previous drug incidents in the area, officers set up surveillance on the vehicle. Shortly after doing so, officers observed a second vehicle approach and park nearby. The operator of the second vehicle entered the front passenger seat of the minivan. Officers observed what they believed to be a drug transaction, and the passenger exited the minivan less than a minute later, returned to his car, and drove away. Officers were able to stop the car and the operator a short distance away. Further investigation led officers to recover a loaded Sterling .22 caliber L.R. firearm from the operator’s coat pocket. The operator, a 22-year-old male from Dorchester, did not possess a license to carry; therefore, officers arrested him and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. A search of the vehicle revealed five plastic bags of a white rock substance believed to be crack cocaine, approximately $540 in US currency, and several pieces of paraphernalia consistent with the illegal sale of narcotics. The suspect was additionally charged with Trafficking 18-36 Grams of Class B Drugs and Possession of a Firearm while in the Commission of a Felony. 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, January 19, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 7
Commercial Break-ins: 7

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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.

The Boston Police Department Announces the Passing of Active Duty K9 Bronson

The Boston Police Department is saddened to announce the passing of active duty K9 Bronson. K9 Bronson was the first dual purpose Patrol and Explosive Detection K9 in the Boston Police Department's K9 Unit. His success and example has since led to the addition of 12 more dual purpose dogs to the unit over the past 6 years. Bronson passed away at home with his partner and head trainer of the K9 Unit, Officer Troy Caisey who stated, “On Sunday, January 15, 2017, I lost my K9 Partner of 8 years. Boston Police K9 Bronson passed away at home after a sudden illness.  I raised him as a puppy from 12 weeks old and he was by my side until he passed away at the age of 9. Bronson was what I love to see in a Police Dog - high energy level, always ready to work, confident, good temperament and a bit of a punk. He rode along side of me for countless shifts patrolling the City of Boston and I always knew that he was ready for anything we encountered. On what would end up being our final night together, when I knew he was slipping away and he wouldn't last much longer, I spent time with him sitting in my yard with his head in my lap - just talking to him. I can't possibly explain all that he meant to me or how much he will be missed.  So as you go about your busy day and your dog is staring at you for a little attention or play time - take a few minutes for them. All they want to do is please you and spend a little time with you. They won’t be here for long.”  Rest in peace Bronson.

BPD In The Community: Twelfth Baptist Church Honors Chief Gross with the MLK Speaker Award

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Last week, on Sunday, January 8, 2017, Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross was welcomed by Pastor Arthur Gerald and members of the Twelfth Baptist Church in Boston for their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation. Chief Gross was humbled and honored to be presented with the Convocation Speaker Award after speaking and reflecting on the memory and legacy of one of history’s most impactful voices for peace. 

Great Work Recognized: Officers Awarded Commissioner's Commendations After Arresting Armed Suspect in the Boston Common

Last week, during a ceremony at Boston Police Headquarters Police Officers Micah Chapman and Jonathan O’Brien of District A-1 (Downtown) were awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation for their actions in the line of duty.

On Thursday September 1, 2016, while responding to a disturbance call in the Boston Common the officers observed two adult males seated on a bench smoking marijuana and approached to speak to them.  Officers observed a black backpack on the ground in between the two men.  When the two suspects made eye contact with the officers, they quickly stood up and walked away from them at a rapid pace, with one of the men slinging the backpack over his shoulder.  The officers followed the two suspects and stopped them at which time the individual carrying the backpack began to repeatedly yell at passing pedestrians “Someone film this!” causing an alarmed crowd to gather.  As the officers were speaking to the suspects, they observed that individual with the backpack was keeping his body turned away from the officer while pinning his right arm to the right side of his body, leading the officers to believe he may be armed.  The officers attempted to perform a pat frisk but the suspect repeatedly pulled away at which time he was placed in handcuffs for officer safety.  The officers then recovered a loaded 9mm Walther PPS handgun from the suspect’s waistband area.  A search of the backpack revealed 626 Xanax pills, nine bags of marijuana, four bags of cocaine packaged for sale along with other drug paraphernalia at which time the second suspect was placed in custody without incident.  Officers later recovered over $2000 in cash from the men in addition to two counterfeit bills.

For their dedication to duty and courage, they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

 

Great Work Recognized: Several Officers Honored with Commissioner's Commendations After Large Drug Bust in East Boston

Last week, during a ceremony at Boston Police Headquarters, Sergeant Michael Charbonnier and Police Officers Jason Albanese, Thomas Domenico, Kevin Lockhead and Richard Slamin of District A-7 (East Boston) were each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation for their actions in the line of duty.  

On December 15, 2016, the officers responded to a call for a person with a gun in the area of 217 Bennington Street.  Officers Slamin and Lockhead were previously aware of possible gang activity at this address.  Officer Slamin engaged the resident of the second floor of the address, who matched the suspect’s description.  A pat frisk and protective sweep of the apartment was requested and allowed.  During the sweep, potential drug packaging materials and contraband were clearly observed which led the officers to believe this was a potentially a drug stash house.  Sergeant Charbonnier immediately informed all officers to complete the protective sweep and exit the apartment, which was now frozen pending a search warrant.  

As a result, 4 large capacity firearms, 6 large capacity feeding devices, 162 rounds of ammunition, over 200 grams each of cocaine and crystal methamphetamine, over 47 grams of heroin, over 100 grams of Oxycodone and $182,819 in cash were recovered.

For their efforts, they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

 

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 2 Dearborn Street in Roxbury

 

At about 7:27 PM on Monday, January 9, 2017, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 2 Dearborn Street in Roxbury. On arrival, officers located a 19 year old male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as Keyshawn Desaurieux, 19, of Roxbury.

The Boston Police Homicide Unit continues to actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Boston Police Homicide Detectives directly 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.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 4
Commercial Break-ins: 2

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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: BPD Officers Recover Two Loaded Firearms During Two Separate Traffic Stops within Minutes of Each Other in Dorchester and Roxbury

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INCIDENT #1:  At about 6:30 PM on Monday January 16, 2017, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest after performing a traffic stop in the area of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Walnut Avenue in Roxbury.  The officers were on directed patrol in the area in response to numerous recent incidents involving gang and gun related violence when they stopped a car for a traffic infraction.  Officers learned that the operator, Khalil Yusuf, 25, Roxbury, had an expired driver’s license and asked him to exit the vehicle.  As the driver began to get out of the car, the officers observed a firearm fall from his lap and onto the floor of the car.  At this time, the officers immediately took the suspect to the ground, placing him in custody and recovering the loaded firearm which was later determined to be a .45 caliber Springfield Armory ACP handgun which had been previously reported stolen in Decatur, Georgia.  The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Armed Career Criminal, Receiving Stolen Property and Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License.

INCIDENT #2:  At about 6:37 PM on Monday January, 16, 2017, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) made an onsite firearm arrest after performing a traffic stop in the area of Monadnock Street and Bird Street in Dorchester.  The officers were on routine patrol when they stopped a motor vehicle for an equipment violation.  When the car pulled over, the front seat passenger, a 17 year old male from Dorchester, who was known to the officers through previous interactions, opened his door and attempted to exit the vehicle.  The officers quickly closed the door and instructed the juvenile to remain in the vehicle as they engaged the operator.  As the officers continued their conversations with both the driver and the passenger, they could see that the juvenile male appeared nervous and gave several conflicting answers to simple questions.  At this time, the officers removed the passenger to conduct a pat frisk which resulted in the recovery of a loaded .25 caliber Bronco 1918 Model handgun from inside his jacket pocket.  As one of the officers removing the firearm, the suspect stated, “Okay, you got me, you got me.” The suspect was placed in custody without incident and will appear in Dorchester Juvenile Court on charges of Delinquent to Wit:  Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.  The driver was issued a motor vehicle citation for the equipment violation and released from the scene.

Boston 96: Weekend Update and Public Journal

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 6

Street Robberies: 10
Commercial Robberies: 6
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 3

Vehicle Thefts: 21
Vehicle Recoveries: 9
Vehicle Breaks: 25

Residential Break-ins: 11
Commercial Break-ins: 7

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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: Officers Recover Two Firearms in Two Separate Incidents around High Noon on Saturday

 

INCIDENT #1: At about 10:40 AM on Saturday, January 14, 2017, an officer from District B-2 (Roxbury) on-sited a fight between three males in the parking lot near 115 Warren Street adjacent to Roxbury District Court and the Boys and Girls Club.

The officer observed a male victim on the ground while two suspects kicked the victim about the head and chest. The officer quickly apprehended one of the suspects while the second suspect fled on foot and made good his escape. Further investigation revealed that the suspect and the victim were known to each other and had become involved in an altercation. Both the victim and the suspect denied that a third party was involved. The victim and suspect suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the altercation and were evaluated by EMS, but declined transport to a hospital. The suspect, 31-year-old Jason White of Roxbury, was arrested and charged with Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Shod Foot).

Approximately one hour later, officers received a second radio call for a found firearm in the same proximity as the above altercation. Officer responded to recover and secure the weapon, and both incidents remain under investigation.

 

INCIDENT #2: At about 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 14, 2017, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a group of males fighting in the area of Saint James Street and Trinity Place.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with a loss prevention employee from Lord & Taylor, who reported a male suspect was stopped for shoplifting merchandise valued at about $400 from the store. Officers placed the suspect under arrest and transported him to the station to be booked. During the booking process, officers recovered a silver Smith & Wesson .38 Special revolver from the suspect’s backpack. The suspect, 25-year-old Tommy Germain Gedeus of Brookline, was charged with Shoplifting ($200 and Over), as well as Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Firearms from Juvenile and Nightclub Patron in Two Separate Incidents Last Evening

INCIDENT #1: At about 8:40 PM on Friday, January 13, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted a firearm investigation in the area of 716 Washington Street in District C-11 (Dorchester).

During the investigation, officers observed three males known to them enter a store and then almost immediately exit. When officers approached the males, one attempted to flee back into the store. Officers were able to stop him and conduct a pat frisk. During the frisk, officers recovered a loaded FN Browning BDA-380 firearm from the male’s waistband. Officers arrested the 16-year-old juvenile male from Dorchester and charged him with Delinquent to wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device. The two other males were identified and released.

INCIDENT #2: At about 12:30 AM on Saturday, January 14, 2017, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call to recover a firearm in the area of 96 Warrenton Street, ICON Night Club.

Upon arrival, the officer spoke with club security, who reported that while conducting a pat frisk of one of the patrons entering the establishment he found a firearm in the small of the patron’s back. The bouncer removed the firearm from the patron. The patron reported he had a license to carry, but when asked, could not produce it. The bouncer secured the firearm at the club and notified the police. Club security told the responding officers that the patron had remained at the front door for several minutes before walking away, leaving his driver’s license and firearm at the club. The officers seized and secured the loaded Glock 19. The 24-year-old male from Pelham, NH will be summoned to Boston Municipal Court for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.

Commissioner Evans Announces Next Steps on Acquisition of Social Media Technology

Since receiving responses to the request for proposals for social media analytic technology at the end of October, the Department’s review committee has carefully considered whether the products available meet the needs of the BRIC.  This week, per the recommendation of Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald, Commander of the BRIC, Commissioner Evans has decided to forgo contracting with any of the vendors at this time, and is sending his team back to consider re-drafting the request for proposals to ensure that the Department acquires the appropriate level of technology, while also protecting the privacy of the public.

Additionally, the Commissioner has asked City Councilor Andrea Campbell, Chair of the Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice, to initiate a public process to solicit feedback from the public on key policy issues related to the use of the technology and to provide the public with information on the Department’s intended use of the technology, as well as provide instances where the technology is necessary to effectively protect the public.

"After reviewing the submitted proposals I felt that the technology that was presented exceeds the needs of the department. I met with Mayor Walsh and with his support we have decided not to enter into a contract at this time. Our plan from the beginning was to use this process to learn and examine the capabilities of the technology and use that information to make informed decisions," said Commissioner Evans. "Moving forward, we will continue the process of inspecting what is available and ensuring that it meets the needs of the department while protecting the privacy of the public."

Publicly Released Documents Available below:

Superintendent Fitzgerald memo to Commissioner Evans

BPD Request for Proposals

Dataminr Proposal

Uncharted Proposal

Verint Technologies Cover Letter

Verint Technologies Proposal

One Less Gun: Two Arrested and Two Firearms Recovered in Two Separate Incidents in Mattapan

INCIDENT #1: At about 10:45 AM on Thursday, January 12, 2017, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) were flagged down for a robbery in progress in the area of Blue Hill Avenue and River Street.

While on patrol in Mattapan Square, an officer was approached by an unknown witness who stated a woman had been robbed of her purse. The witness pointed to the suspect who was seen fleeing on foot toward the Mattapan MBTA Station. A responding K-9 officer observed the suspect concealing something on his right side with a long coat. The officer gave lawful orders for the suspect to show his hands or the officer would release his K-9. The suspect dropped his coat which had been concealing a woman’s purse and immediately complied with the officer. The officer placed the suspect in custody and recovered the victim’s property. During a search of the suspect, the officer also recovered “Derringer” style handgun and ammunition from the suspect. Officers arrested 46-year-old Milton Sessoms of Hyde Park and charged him with Armed Robbery, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Threats to Commit a Crime, and Armed Career Criminal (Level 2).

INCIDENT #2: At about 2:35 PM on Thursday, January 12, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted an investigation in the area of Darlington Street in District B-3 (Mattapan) after recent incidents of shots fired.

After receiving information that a particular suspect, 23-year-old female Asuasha Griffith of Malden, was in possession of a firearm, officers stopped her and three males sitting in a vehicle in the above area. Due to Griffith’s nervous statements and actions, along with the information officers had obtained earlier, officers requested Griffith exit the vehicle for their safety. Officers conducted a pat frisk of Griffith and the immediate area of the vehicle within her reach and recovered a loaded Smith & Wesson 38 Special CTG revolver, a survival knife, and a plastic bag of what appeared to be marijuana from a toiletry bag on the floor near her seat.

Officers arrested Griffith and charged her with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, January 13, 2017

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 6
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 6

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

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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: Drug Investigation Leads to Arrest After Recovery of Loaded Firearm, Drugs and Cash During Traffic Stop in South Boston

At about 8:30 PM on Wednesday January 11, 2017, officers assigned to the District C-6 (South Boston) Drug Control Unit made an onsite firearm and drug related arrest after performing a traffic stop in the area of Southampton Street and Frontage Road in South Boston.  The officers had stopped the vehicle to speak with the passenger, Bryan Owens, 32, of South Boston, who was wanted in relation to an active and ongoing investigation.  When the officers removed the suspect to perform a pat frisk, they recovered a fully loaded black revolver as well as several bags of cocaine packaged for sale and one bag of heroin.  Officers later recovered $509.00 in U.S. Currency which was seized.  The suspect will appear in South Boston Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A and Class B Drugs.

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Recover Two Loaded Firearms Within Eight Hours While Placing Two Suspects in Custody After Foot Pursuits During Two Separate Incidents

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INCIDENT #1:  At about 2:22 PM on Wednesday January 11, 2017, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest after a foot pursuit which ended in the area of 78 Ruthven Street in Dorchester.  Officers were aware that Kelvin Thames, 21, of Dorchester, who was known to them through previous interactions, was possibly armed with a firearm.  The officers located the suspect walking on Homestead Street near Humboldt Avenue and approached to speak with him.  Upon seeing the officers, the suspect immediately clutched the right side of his pants and began to run.  The officers pursued the suspect and observed him take a firearm out of his pants which he then threw to the ground.  The officers chased the suspect through several backyards and were finally able to place him in custody in the rear of 78 Ruthven Street.  Officers then recovered a .380 caliber Cobra handgun and a loaded magazine which the suspect had discarded as he fled.  The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Firearm Seized During Incident #2

INCIDENT #2:  At about 9:59 PM on Wednesday January 11, 2017, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest after chasing and fighting a combative suspect in the area of Southern Avenue and Elmhurst Street in Dorchester.  The officers were on directed patrol in the area after responding to a call for shots fired earlier in the night at about 6:36 PM.  During that incident, ballistic evidence was recovered but there were no reported injuries or damage to personal property.  The officers observed an improperly registered motor vehicle stopped on Southern Avenue with the engine running and three occupants inside.  When the officers pulled behind the vehicle and turned on their lights and siren, one of the passengers, later identified as Guarionex Joaquin, 23, of Dorchester, immediately exited the vehicle and took off running while clutching at the waistband of his pants.  Believing the suspect could be armed with a weapon, the officers gave chase.  As the suspect turned onto Elmhurst Street, he suddenly turned back towards the officers and pulled out a silver handgun, which he then pointed at the officers who were now in close proximity to the suspect.  One officer drew his department issued firearm while the other officer pushed the armed suspect to the ground.  As the suspect hit the pavement, he briefly dropped his handgun, but was able to quickly pick it up and again point it at the officers.  At this time, a third officer on scene,  believing that the suspect was about to shoot his brother officers, charged the suspect, throwing himself on him, causing the suspect’s gun to fall onto the sidewalk within arm's reach.  The officers struggled to place the suspect in custody while he made several attempts to grab the firearm a third time.  The officers were finally able to secure the suspect at which time they safely recovered a loaded 32 caliber Clerke 1st Smith & Wesson revolver.  The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Resisting Arrest.