Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, April 28, 2017

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 0
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 3
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 Place Suspect in Custody and Recover Loaded Firearm After Traffic Stop Leads to Foot Pursuit in Dorchester

At about 6:18 PM on Thursday April 27, 2017, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force placed a suspect in custody on firearm and drug related charges after a lengthy foot pursuit in Dorchester.  The officers were on routine patrol when they stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic infraction in the area of Whittemore Terrace.  As the officers were approaching the vehicle, the operator, later identified as Reynold Elie, 25, of Stoughton, quickly exited the vehicle and immediately took off running.  The officers pursued the suspect through multiple backyards while jumping over several fences and walls before finally placing him in custody after a violent struggle in the rear of 14 Trull Street.  The officers then recovered a loaded .22 caliber Sig Sauer handgun from inside the suspect's vehicle along with a small amount of heroin.  The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd Offense), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Armed Career Criminal (Level 3), Possession of Class A Drugs and Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

 

Death Investigation in the area of 55 Cedar Street in Mattapan

 

At about 9:57 PM on Thursday April 27, 2017, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 55 Cedar Street in Mattapan.  On arrival, officers located a 30 year old male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  He was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

The Boston Police Homicide Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.  Anyone with any information is asked to call 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

 

Cuz We Care: BPD Bike Unit Stops by Orchard Park to Play Ball with Kids in the Community

Cuz We Care: Great scene earlier tonight, Thursday, April 27, 2017, at Orchard Park in Roxbury. Members of the BPD Bike Unit were riding through the area when they spotted the Blue Jays playing ball. Well, as you can well imagine, one thing led to another and, before you knew it, our officers were batting balls and fielding grounders with the kids.  If you ever wondered what Community Policing looks like, well, look no further than the enclosed photo.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Who Needs an Elevator When You Can Take 30 Flights of Stairs???

BPD K-9 Duke 

BPD K-9 Duke 

Who Needs an Elevator When You Can Take 30 Flights of Stairs??? Although the purported perps may have gotten away, you can't fault the members of the BPD K-9 Unit for a lack of effort. In fact, after receiving information at about 1:00am, Thursday, April 27, 2017, indicating four suspects were seen breaking into the still-under-construction high rise at 200 Brookline Ave, K-9's Duke and Rush (that’s Duke on the 28th floor in the photo) along with their handlers searched the entire building top to bottom checking all thirty floors, yah, we did say thirty floors, before issuing the all clear. For you Fitbit fanatics, the officers covered approximately 7,000 steps during the top to bottom search. Yet another example of the men, women and – of course – dogs of the BPD going above and beyond the call of duty to keep Boston safe. To all of our officers – we say: “Thanks for making Boston one of the safest big cities in America.”

Inside the BPD: Crime Scene Response Unit Trains for Potential Hazmat Incidents

This week, the Boston Police Department Crime Scene Response Unit, Forensic Division, and various detectives attended a training course for Advanced Forensic Investigation in a Hazardous Environment. The course is intended to prepare officers to collect evidence and process a crime scene during a hazmat incident that may require them to wear a hazmat suit with several layers of rubber gloves and an SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus). This training is a necessity for our investigators to prepare for industrial incidents, chemical suicides or terrorist attacks, and incidents at Boston’s local radiological storage sites or biolabs. The BPD recognizes that it is more important than ever to be prepared for these events, not only for our patrol units, but also for our detectives who respond in the aftermath to process the scene and collect evidence.

BPD in the News: Boston Police Homicide Detectives Arrest Suspect in 1988 Cold Case

Thank you to Bob Ward of Boston25 for his coverage of the arrest of 52-year-old Carlton Henderson, a suspect in the 1988 double murder of William Medina and Antonio Dos Reis on Windsor Street in Boston. Henderson was arrested last weekend in St. Louis, MO, where Boston Police Homicide detectives have traveled for Henderson's rendition. For the full story, click HERE.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, April 27, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 3
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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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.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday April 26, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 3

Residential Break-ins: 2
Commercial Break-ins: 5

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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.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 0
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 6
Commercial Break-ins: 5

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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 Three Illegal Firearms, Arrest Three Suspects in Three Separate Incidents

Evidence from Incident #1

Evidence from Incident #1

INCIDENT #1: At about 1:00 PM on Monday, April 24, 2017, members of the Citywide Drug Control Unit executed two search warrants in the area of Greenock Street, Dorchester, in District B-3 (Mattapan). As a result of the warrants, officers seized the following:

  • One loaded black Glock 27 firearm with obliterated serial number
  • One extended magazine
  • Seventeen live rounds of ammunition
  • One large plastic bag (46 grams) of crack cocaine
  • Two plastic bags (8 grams) of powder cocaine
  • Approximately $860 in US currency

Officers arrested the target of the investigation, 21-year-old Kemron Roache of Dorchester, and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, and Trafficking Class B Drugs (Cocaine).

Firearm from Incident #2

Firearm from Incident #2

INCIDENT #2: At about 6:50 PM on Monday, April 24, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest for firearm related offenses in the area of 515 Blue Hill Avenue in District B-2 (Roxbury). During an extensive and ongoing investigation into firearm and street gang related activity, officers were able to conduct a traffic stop during which a pat frisk was conducted of 20-year-old Deondre Blanding of Roslindale. During the frisk, officers recovered a loaded 9mm Sig Sauer P229 firearm. Blanding could not produce a valid license to carry, therefore, officers seized the firearm. Officers arrested Blanding and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. During the booking process, officers also recovered a large amount of what appeared to be crack cocaine. Blanding was additionally charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs.

INCIDENT #3: At about 8:00 PM on Monday, April 24, 2017, members of the Citywide Drug Control Unit were on patrol in the area of Vaughan Avenue when they observed an individual wearing white pants and a black sweatshirt, later identified as 24-year-old Corey Stinson of Brockton, scale a 6-foot chain link fence on the even side of the street, then run across to the odd side, and then once again back to the even number side before entering the rear door of 169 Columbia Road. As officers monitored the unusual movements of this individual, they heard a radio transmission for shots fired in the area of Columbia Road and Devon Street. Believing Stinson may be a suspect, officers created a perimeter around 169 Columbia Road. As an officer ran to the front door of that address, he observed and confronted Stinson as Stinson ran out of the front entrance carrying a firearm in his hand. The officer immediately ordered Stinson to drop the weapon, but he did not initially comply. Eventually, Stinson laid the weapon on the ground and surrendered to the officer. Officers recovered the loaded Smith & Wesson 9mm semi-automatic firearm. 

Officers learned that two victims had suffered apparent non-life-threatening gunshot wounds during this incident and that the suspect, wearing white pants and a black sweatshirt, had fled the scene in a silver Toyota Rav4 with several distinctive features. Officers also located the vehicle and obtained video evidence of the incident corroborating these facts. Officers arrested Stinson and charged him with two counts of Assault with Intent to Murder, two counts of Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (3rd Offense), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Discharging a Firearm within 500 feet of a Dwelling.

BPD Missing Person Alert: Mary O’Shea

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating 55-year-old Mary O’Shea of Dorchester.  Mary is approximately 5’09”, with a medium build, strawberry blonde hair and blues eyes, believed to be wearing a maroon colored top, black yoga pants and sneakers.  She was last seen at about 10:00 AM on Sunday April 23, 2017, in the area of Minot Street in Dorchester operating a black Saturn Vue and may have been heading to Randolph. 

Anyone with information is urged to contact District C-11 detectives at 617-343-4581.

Boston 72: Weekend Update and Public Journal

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

Homicides: 2
Nonfatal Shootings: 4
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 8
Vehicle Recoveries: 5
Vehicle Breaks: 26

Residential Break-ins: 4
Commercial Break-ins: 5

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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.

Death Investigation in the Area of 22 Thane Street in Dorchester

 

At about 8:40 PM on Sunday April 23, 2017, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for two people shot in the area of 22 Thane Street in Dorchester.  On arrival, officers located two adult victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  Both victims were transported to an area hospital for treatment.    One of the victims, a female in her 30’s, sustained non-life threatening injuries while the second victim, a male in his late 20’s, was later pronounced deceased.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information 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.

 

Death Investigation in the Area of 180 Ruggles Street in Roxbury

 

At about 8:53 PM 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 an 18-year-old male suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

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

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Arrest Suspect Responsible for Non-Fatal Shooting in Roxbury

 

Over six weeks ago, at about 3:53 PM on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, officers were dispatched to Boston Medical Center for a walk-in shooting victim. On arrival, officers were informed that the victim was in surgery. While on scene at the hospital, officers received information indicating that the incident may have occurred in the area of 200 Quincy Street in Disrtict C-11 (Dorchester). In light of this information, officers were dispatched to that location. Once there, officers were able to observe and collect evidence and information confirming that a shooting incident had occurred at the location. Specifically, officers discovered and recovered blood and ballistic evidence at the scene. Moreover, officers were able to ascertain and learn the identity of the suspect wanted in connection to the shooting. As such, BPD investigators secured an arrest warrant for Jonathan Whigham, 29, of Boston charging him with the shooting. In the days and weeks after the incident, the BPD Fugitive Apprehension Team developed and obtained information indicating the suspect was hiding out in Chicopee, MA. Armed with this information, members of the Fugitive Apprehension Unit, with help from US Marshals and Chicopee Police, located and arrested the suspect today, Friday, April 21, 2017, in the area of 597 Chicopee Street in Chicopee, MA. The suspect, Jonathan Whigham, to be charged with Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and the Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Great Work Recognized: BPD Cadet Plays Crucial Role in Arrest of Break-In Suspect 

At about noon on Friday, March 24, 2017, two suspects broke into the home of a woman in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. The pregnant woman was home alone and sleeping during the break-in. Jewelry, a laptop, and personal property was stolen, but the suspects were captured on surveillance video. District A-1 (Downtown) detectives responded and a wanted flyer was distributed in an attempt to identify the suspects.

One week later on March 31, Cadet Kamisha Green was assigned to the front desk at District A-1 when the suspect wanted from the break-in entered the station lobby to register as a Level 3 sex offender. Cadet Green immediately recognized the suspect from the wanted flyer and informed the District detectives that the suspect had just entered the station. The suspect was interviewed and identified by the detectives and, after viewing the surveillance video from the incident, gave a full confession to the break-in.

Cadet Kamisha Green is recognized for her keen observations and attention to detail which aided in the arrest of a dangerous felon, and is hereby awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.
 

BPD in the News: CNN’s “Beyond the Call of Duty” Highlights BPD and #WhyNotDevin

Today, Friday, April 21, 2017, CNN’s Jason Carroll highlighted the struggle of Devin Suau and his family as 6-year-old Devin battles an incurable form of brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). But even though Devin is fighting for his life, the “precocious” little boy maintains his love for heroes, especially Boston police officers like his cousin BPD Officer Justin Cremmins. Last month, the BPD named him honorary Police Commissioner, and in his hometown the Framingham PD named him honorary Chief. Said Boston Police Chief William Gross, "When we hear the fight of any kid facing a challenge of a debilitating disease, we step forward. You have to take care of the future and show parents that are going through this that they're not alone." For the full story and video, click HERE.

Checking in on BPD Academy Class 56-16

This month, BPD Academy Class 56-16 reached an important milestone in their training and education on their way to becoming police officers. On Friday, April 7, 2017, the Academy Staff replaced the recruits’ white Guideon flag with the blue one in a presentation on Fairmount Ave in Hyde Park. The blue Guideon has come to represent a breakthrough in the class’s training, symbolizing class unity and solidarity, and emblazoned with their class number. Congratulations, Class 56-16—you’re on your way!
 

Boston Police Special Operations Welcomes Boy Scouts of America Troop 48!

Today, Thursday, April 20, 2017, the BPD K-9 Unit, BPD Bomb Squad, and BPD SWAT welcomed Boy Scout Troop 48 from Rochester, New York for a demonstration. The young men from Troop 48 are visiting the area to learn more about the great City of Boston and its history, so naturally, they stopped by to see the First in the Nation, Boston’s Finest! The scouts were able to explore the SWAT Unit’s “bear cat” armored truck, try on the Bomb Squad’s equipment and control their cameras, and marvel at K-9 Loki’s agility and obedience. They even met the K-9 Unit's newest (and littlest) member--who has yet to be named!