BPD in The Community: Commissioner Gross Gives Keynote at Downtown Boston Business Improvement District Meeting

On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District held a meeting and invited Commissioner Gross to be the keynote speaker. Commissioner Gross discussed public safety initiatives and answered questions from community members on topics such as police training and community involvement in crime prevention. The Commissioner recognized the hard work of current and former officers assigned to District A-1, which covers downtown Boston, Beacon Hill, Chinatown and the North End.

The Downtown Boston Business Improvement District creates a clean, safe and vibrant environment for everyone who spends time in the area. It’s mission is to transform downtown through programs and supplemental services targeting area needs.

 

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Confiscate Firearm After Chasing Down Man With A Gun In Area Of Downtown Crossing

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ONE LESS GUN: At about 10:40am, on Monday, November 19, 2018, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for a person with a gun in the area of Temple Place and Tremont Street. Officers further learned that the suspect was seen threatening another individual with the firearm. On arrival, officers observed an individual fitting the description of the suspect. Upon seeing the approaching officers, the suspect took off running. While bravely running behind the suspect, officers noted that the individual was displaying behavior indicative of a person in possession of a firearm. Specifically, officers noted that the suspect was running with his left arm pinned to the front of his body in such a way as if to suggest he was holding a firearm.

Officers then observed the suspect toss an object over a fence in the area of Music Hall Place. A search of the area after the suspect was taken into custody enabled officers to find and confiscate a firearm (see photo).

Officers chased the suspect into the Corner Mall Food Court where he was later apprehended while hiding in a bathroom stall on the 1st floor of the mall. A search of the suspect also enabled officers to recover over 20 small plastic bags of a Class D Drug (Marijuana). Officers arrested Junior Louis, 20, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class D Drug.      

The firearm was later identified as a Ruger 22SR.

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Detective George J. Holmes Killed in the Line Duty 55 Years Ago

The Boston Police Department Remembers Service and Sacrifice of BPD Detective George J. Holmes Killed in the Line Duty 55 Years Ago: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Detective George J. Holmes who was killed in the line of duty on November 6, 1963. On that day 55 years ago, Detective Holmes was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend two armed felons who had just robbed a jewelry store in the area of Downtown Crossing. One of the suspects, 21-year-old Robert Ramoska, was caught moments after the crime while the second suspect and the individual believed to have been the shooter, 21-year-old Nicholas R. Yasaian, was found deceased five days later in a Somerville rail yard with the cause of death ruled an overdose.

Holmes, a 14-year veteran of the department, was 41-years-old at the time of his death. Making his death ever more heartbreaking was the fact that he was survived by his wife and four children.  

In the days following his death, Massachusetts Governor Endicott Peabody said of Detective Holmes, “In the long and valorous roster of Boston Police Officers, Detective Holmes earned a distinguished place of honor.” Additionally, Boston Police Commissioner Edmund L. McNamara mourned the loss of his fallen officer, “It is with the deepest regret and sorrow that it becomes my sad duty to officially record the death of a dedicated and devoted police officer. In the highest traditions of police service, he has now given up his life in the service of his community. I wish to extend my personal expression of sorrow and the sincere condolences of all the members of the Boston Police Department to his wife and family at this time of their great loss. It is not alone, our less.”

Detective Holmes is buried at the Mount Benedict Cemetery in West Roxbury and his name which was added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial can be found at: Panel 50, West Line 4.

In Boston, a Hero Sign (see photo) is posted in his memory at the intersection of Washington and Winter Streets marking the place where Detective Holmes lost his life protecting and serving the people of Boston. Should you find yourself in that area, please keep an eye out for Detective Holmes’ Hero Sign. And, should time allow, please take a moment to say a prayer thanking and acknowledging a brave man for his service and sacrifice to a grateful city while also acknowledging the hurt, heartache and pain felt by a family forced to come to grips with the loss of a husband, father and friend.  

One Less Gun: Suspect in Custody and Loaded Firearm Recovered After Officers Respond to Apparent Road Rage Incident in Downtown Boston

ONE LESS GUN: At about 7:02 PM on Thursday November 1, 2018, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown Boston) arrested Daniel Allder, 33, of Atlanta, Georgia, after responding to a call for a person with a gun in the area of Beacon Street and Park Street. Officers were informed that the suspect had displayed a firearm in a threatening manner during an apparent road rage incident. The officers were on directed patrol in the area of Downtown Crossing when they observed and stopped the suspect vehicle in the area of 131 Tremont Street. Officers removed the suspect and recovered a loaded .40 caliber Ruger SR-40 handgun from underneath the driver’s seat. The suspect was placed in custody without incident after being positively identified by two victims who stated that the suspect had pointed the firearm at them while they were driving on Beacon Street. During the course of their investigation, the officers learned that the suspect possessed a valid license to carry a firearm in both Massachusetts and Georgia which have now been turned over to the Licensing Unit. Officers later learned that the suspect’s Massachusetts driver’s license had been suspended. The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (2 Counts) and Operating a Motor Vehicle After Revocation or Suspension.

 

One Under Arrest for Destruction of Property Following Red Sox World Series Win

 

At about 12:15 AM on Monday, October 29, 2018, officers assigned to the Citywide Bicycle Unit made an onsite arrest following the Boston Red Sox World Series victory in the area of 75 Boylston Street in Boston. While monitoring the celebratory crowds, officers observed a male climbing a light pole inside of Boston Common. Officers further observed the male punch the light fixture multiple times, causing the plastic lens to shatter. Officers instructed the male to climb back down the light pole, to which he complied. The male was subsequently placed under arrest. 

The male, identified as Shawn Lindsay, 22-years-old, of Connecticut was charged with Malicious Destruction of Property and is expected to arraigned in Boston Municipal Court. 

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Four Following Unarmed Robbery Downtown

 

At about 8:31 PM on Sunday, October 28, 2018, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a fight inside of the Roche Bros Supermarket at 8 Summer Street, Downtown. Upon arrival, officers observed staff members and security following a small group of males and females attempting to flee the store. Officers assisted the staff and spoke to the four individuals. While speaking with the uncooperative members of the group, who had made multiple attempts to flee the area, officers learned that a victim had remained on scene.

Officers spoke to the victim who stated she had been robbed of her cell phone by the group earlier in the day and then subsequently attacked again by the group while inside of Roche Bros. The victim stated the suspects had assaulted her before one of the members stole her wallet and fled. Officers placed four individuals under arrest. Shantez Cole, 20-years-old, of Dorchester, James Isaac, 22-years-old, of Chelsea, Aleigha Fernandes, 24-years-old, of Chelsea, and Kaylee Rock, 21-years-old, of West Roxbury.

Cole and Fernandes are both charged with Unarmed Robbery, Assault and Battery, Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon, Isaac is charged with Unarmed Robbery and Assault and Battery, and Rock is charged with Disorderly Conduct and Receiving Stolen Goods. All are expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court. 

 

Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer John Earle Killed in the Line of Duty 102 Years Ago

The Boston Police Department Remembers Service and Sacrifice of Officer John Earle Killed in the Line of Duty 102 Years Ago: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer John J. Earle who died in the line of duty on this very day 102 years ago. On October 21, 1916, Officer Earle was directing traffic in the area of Boylston and Washington Streets when a trolley car jumped the track and trapped Earle between another trolley car travelling in the opposite direction. The collision left Earle with serious internal injuries that would ultimately claim his life later on that same day.

Earle, who was a four year veteran of the department, was 34-years-old at the time of his death.

Earle is buried at New Cavalry Cemetery in Mattapan and his name which was added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial can be found at: Panel 34, West Line 15.

In Boston, a Hero Sign (see photo) is posted in honor and memory of Officer Earle at the corner of Boylston and Washington Streets on District A-1 (Downtown). Should you find yourself in that area, please keep an eye out for Earle’s Hero Sign and, if time allows, take a second to say a prayer and acknowledge the service and sacrifice of a brave soul who died protecting and serving our city while also recognizing the hurt, heartache and hardship endured by those he left behind.    

One Less Gun: Motor Vehicle Stop on Beacon Street Enables BPD Officers to Arrest One on Gun-Related Charges while Recovering a Firearm

ONE LESS GUN: At about 7:05PM, on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) were on patrol in the area of Beacon and Spruce Streets when officers observed a motor vehicle fail to yield for a pedestrian who was crossing Beacon Street while in the crosswalk. In light of the violation, officers activated their lights and sirens and stopped the vehicle. Upon approaching the car, officers observed that the vehicle had four occupants. While talking to the operator, officers promptly noted that the occupants of vehicle appeared to be nervous. In particular, the front seat passenger looked to be extremely anxious as officers noted the individual to have a wide-eyed, anxious expression on his face while breathing heavily. 

In the best interest of officer safety while sensing that the front seat occupant may be armed, officers instructed all of the occupants to exit the car. While conducting a pat frisk on the front seat passenger, the officers immediately felt a hard object consistent with the handle of a firearm (see photo). The officers quickly took possession of a silver-colored firearm found in the suspect’s waist area and secured the firearm.  

Officers arrested Owen Harding, 25, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Large Capacity Feeding Device, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Large Capacity Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Large Capacity Firearm Inside a Vehicle.  

The other three occupants of the vehicle were later released.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Seven Arrested for Trespassing Downtown  

 

At about 9:26 PM on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) made an on-site trespassing arrest of seven males in the area of 40 Winter Street, Downtown. Due to recent incidents of fights, armed robberies, and reports of a large group dealing drugs, officers were on directed patrol in the area. Officers observed a group of males crowding the doorway of a retail shop, ignoring posted signs for loitering. When officers approached, several of the males attempted to flee the area. Officers notified the males that they were under arrest for trespassing. At this time, two of the males became aggressive and began to fight with officers. Officers were eventually able to place all of the individuals under arrest. 

Officers arrested Amable Cedeno, 23-years-old of Dorchester, Jonathan Lauriston, 19-years-old of Boston, Sanders Volcy, 23-years-old of Boston, Angello Vernet, 28-years-old of Randolph, Kervins Baptiste, 23-years-old of Lynn, Alex Philogene, 22-years-old of Boston, Makerven Lynch, 29-years-old of Medford. All are charged with Trespassing, while Baptiste and Philogene face an additional charge of Resisting Arrest and Lynch is additionally charged with Possession with intent to Distribute Class D and Class B Drugs.

 

Suspect in Custody After Victim Struck with a Firearm During Incident in Downtown Crossing

 

At about 7:57 PM on Monday October 1, 2018, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown Boston) responded to a call for a person with a gun in the area of 17 Winter Street in Downtown Crossing. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim with a head injury. The victim stated that he had been approached by a male suspect who struck him with a silver revolver before fleeing on foot. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. District Detectives conducted an investigation which led to the identification of Adelson Lovensky, 20, of Dorchester, as the suspect wanted in connection to this incident.

At about 10:20 PM, officers located and arrested the suspect in the area of 128 Tremont Street at which time they recovered a camouflaged knife, an undisclosed amount of cash along with a large bag of marijuana and packaging materials consistent with the selling of illegal drugs.

The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun), Carrying a Dangerous Weapon (Knife) and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs.

 

District A-1 (Downtown) Detectives Release Images in Effort to ID Persons of Interest in Connection to an Assault & Battery Resulting in Serious Injury in the area of Milk & India Streets

District A-1 (Downtown) Detectives Release Image in Effort to ID Persons of Interest in Connection to an Assault & Battery Resulting in Serious Injury in the area of Milk & India Streets: Investigators assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) are asking for the public’s help in effort to locate three persons of interest (see photo) wanted in connection to an assault & battery that resulted in serious injury that occurred earlier this month in the area of Milk & India Streets in downtown Boston. The facts and circumstances surrounding the original incident are as follows: At about 2:36am, on Sunday, September 9, 2018, officers responded to a call for a man down on the ground in the area of Milk & India Streets. On arrival, officers spoke to EMT’s who were in the process of treating the victim. The victim, a 35-year-old white male, was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for severe head trauma. The individuals pictured are persons of interest who detectives are hoping to identify for informational purposes.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact District A-1 (Downtown) Detectives at (617) 343-4248.

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 Will Forever Remember Those Lost on 9/11

At about 1:00 pm on September, 11, 2018, The Massachusetts 9/11 Fund commemorated the 9/11 victims during a Wreath Laying Ceremony that took place in the Boston Public Garden. Some of those in attendance were Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor of Boston, Martin J. Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross.

Family members of 9/11 victims were invited to lay the wreath in place while everyone joined in a 30 second moment of silence. To all lost on that fateful day seventeen years ago, we promise to forever remember and never forget your service, sacrifice and heroism.

Suspect in Custody After Attempted Kidnapping Near Faneuil Hall in Downtown Boston

 

At about 4:41 PM on Sunday September 9, 2018, officers assigned to District A-1 responded to a call for an attempted kidnapping in the area of North Street and Congress Street near Faneuil Hall in Downtown Boston. While on approach to the call, the officers were informed that a male suspect, had approached a 13-year-old girl and offered her parents cash to ‘buy’ their daughter. The suspect then grabbed the young girl by her arm and attempted to drag her away. The child’s father intervened and the suspect fled on foot. Officers quickly located the suspect in the area of 260 Washington Street and placed him in custody without incident after he was positively identified by the victim and her parents. During the booking process, the suspect provided officers with the name Max Roads Patterson, 20, of Raymond, NH. The Boston Police Identification Unit received information that this person had an outstanding out of state warrant under a different name. The Boston Police Department is currently investigating the true identity of the suspect.

 

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.

 

Great Work Recognized: Several Officers Awarded Commissioner’s Commendations for Outstanding Police Work

Earlier today, on Thursday September 6, 2018, several members of the Boston Police Department were awarded Commissioner's Commendations during a ceremony held at Boston Police Headquarters.

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Commendation #1: At about 6:52AM on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, Officers Kenny Joseph, William Flores and Timothy Mills responded to a call for an armed home invasion in Charlestown. Officers immediately observed and stopped a suspect matching the given description and placed him in custody after being positively identified. Officers continued their investigation and later determined that the suspect had also broken into two motor vehicles and a shed prior to his arrest.

Due to the quick response of Officers Mills, Flores and Joseph the suspect was charged with home invasion, two counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, and breaking and entering to the shed. Their combined efforts and hard work resulted in the removal of a violent criminal from the streets of Boston. 

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

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Commendation #2: Senior Intelligence Analyst Hailey McCall from the Boston Regional Intelligence Center conducted a multi-jurisdictional investigation into a string of ATM breaks in the Boston area, surrounding communities and neighboring states. Analyst McCall developed bulletins and worked to bring awareness to several jurisdictions while connecting the appropriate agency investigators on the local, state and federal level as leads came in during the investigation.

As a result, 176 indictments were returned by an Essex County Grand Jury charging 4 individuals with numerous offenses, including habitual offender sentencing enhancements requiring a maximum sentence of 15-20 years if convicted.  

Analyst McCall’s work showcases what is possible with high quality analytic support to a complex multi-jurisdictional investigation.

For her efforts she is hereby awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

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Commendation #3: Earlier this year, a resident of East Boston came into District A-7 (East Boston) to report that her 14-year-old daughter had been missing for 12 days. Detectives Richard Casallas and Miguel Montesino began an extensive search in East Boston for any friends or associates who may have information about the missing girl. The detectives learned that the missing girl was travelling with two adults and was currently in Miami, Florida. Detectives contacted Special Agent Lina Awad from the Department of Homeland Security who coordinated with Special Agents Rafael Albuernes and Kelly Hughes in the Miami area who were able to safely locate the missing teen. The missing girl was assisted and eventually transported back to Boston and reunited with her mother.

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

One Less Gun: Traffic Stop Leads to Recovery of Firearm and Two Under Arrest in Charlestown

 

One Less Gun: At about 7:35 PM on Monday, September 3, 2018, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) conducted a traffic stop resulting in the recovery of a firearm and two arrests. While on directed patrol in the area of Medford Street and Decatur Street in Charlestown, officers observed a motor vehicle with excessive window tints. An additional traffic infraction allowed officers to conduct a traffic stop. An exit order was issued due to the actions of the operator who appeared to be extremely nervous of the officers’ presence. Upon exiting the vehicle, officers observed the operator to be in possession of a firearm, located in his waistband. Officers recovered a loaded Walther P99 .40 caliber firearm and ten rounds of live ammunition. The operator, later identified as Lukasz Zajkowski, 33-years-old of Dorchester was taken into custody. A passenger identified as Darien Everett, 36-years-old of Hyde Park, was also placed under arrest.

Zajkowski is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Larceny of a Firearm. Everett, on a court issued GPS monitoring device, is charged with a probation violation.

Both suspects are expected to be arraigned in Charlestown District Court.

 

The Martin Richard Foundation Holds First Annual MR8-K at the TD Garden in Downtown Boston

Earlier today, on Monday September 3, 2018, over 1,500 runners came out in support of the MR8 Foundation at their inaugural MR8-K, A Run for Gratitude, 5-mile road race in Downtown Boston. The run began on Legends Way in the shadows of the TD Garden before winding through the city and concluding as the first ever road race to use the Bruins center ice as the finish line. The event was put together in partnership with the TD Garden, the Boston Bruins Foundation and Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises to honor first responders by raising funds for the LEADER Program at McLean Hospital. The program was created in 2013 to help members of law enforcement, fire and EMS deal with any issues or struggles they may be facing as a result of the challenges of their work. Commissioner Gross was on hand to greet the runners as they finished and thanked each of them for their support for first responders in our city and across the Commonwealth.

“The Martin Richard Foundation – Choose Kindness. Build Bridges. Do More.”

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Fugitive Unit Arrests Suspect Wanted for Assault to Murder Downtown

 

Keeping Boston Safe: At about 8:15 AM on August 23, 2018, officers assigned to the Boston Police Fugitive Unit were able to locate and arrest a 47-year-old male suspect from Dorchester, in the area of 179 Tremont Street, Downtown. The arrest comes as a result of an investigation into an assault and battery incident that occurred at about 7:26 PM on July 26, 2018 in the area of 261 Dartmouth Street in the Back Bay.  Detectives were able to identify the suspect and obtained a warrant out of Boston Municipal Court on charges including Assault and Battery and Assault to Murder.

The suspect was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.

 

Arrest Made in Connection to Non-Fatal Stabbing in Downtown Boston

 

At about 1:40 AM on Sunday August 19, 2018, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for a person stabbed in the area of 69 Bromfield Street in Downtown Boston. On arrival, an adult male victim was quickly located and transported by EMS to an area hospital for treatment of a serious stab wound. The victim remains hospitalized at this time while continuing to recover from his injuries but is expected to survive. Detectives conducted a thorough investigation which has now led to the arrest of Joseph Porter, 47, of Boston, in connection to this incident. The suspect will be charged with Assault with Intent to Murder in Boston Municipal Court.

 

BPD in the Community: Good Will and Great Smiles in High Supply at Final Night of National Night Out!!!

BPD IN THE COMMUNITY: National Night Out concluded successfully on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Enjoy additional photos from night 2, of the two day event, that was created to acknowledge and celebrate the partnerships that exist between the community and the Boston Police Department. Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Police Commissioner William G. Gross traveled to East Boston, Chinatown, South End, North End, South Boston and Dorchester. The Crime Watch award was presented to a group of dog owners in the North End — and their dogs! The final stop of the night concluded with gifts of T-shirts to the mothers of Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Gross from the "Older and Bolder" drumming group in Dorchester.

We wholeheartedly thank community members and Neighborhood Watch Groups for their continued help and support of the men and women of the Boston Police Department, it is greatly appreciated. Together we make our community safer!!!