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!!!

 

BPD Photos of the Day: BPD Officers Organize a Volleyball Match with Kids from the Boston Asian Youth Essential Service Group

BPD Photos of the Day: On Wednesday, August 1, 2018, District A-1 (Downtown) officers served the first ball to a team of skilled kids from the Boston Asian Youth Essential Service Group. A great time was had by all. There were drinks, pizza, and the BPD ice cream truck too! For more information on the Boston Asian Youth Essential Group, visit: http://www.bostonasianyes.org

With the North End Feasts Set to Begin, District A-1 Commander Encourages All Attending To Do So in a Responsible and Respectful Manner

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With the celebration of the North End Feasts set to begin, District A-1 (Downtown) Captain Kenneth Fong is releasing the enclosed statement and kindly reminding all those attending to do so in a respectful and responsible manner:

“Each and every year, the North End of Boston proudly hosts and celebrates an honored tradition of feasts which are family-oriented and always celebrated in a positive way. In years past, however, there were a few isolated incidents where disruptive behavior by individuals visiting the area adversely impacted the feast-going experience. In an effort to minimize and discourage similar unruly behavior this year, the Boston Police Department is kindly reminding all attending the feasts and those visiting the City of Boston to celebrate responsibly. As most feast-goers already know, certain disruptive behavior, such as public drinking and fighting, will not be tolerated and community members who witness such behavior are encouraged to call 9-1-1. Additionally, those attending the feasts should expect to see a healthy police presence with officers highly visible and available to address any issues, concerns or complaints impacting the feasts or surrounding area. Again, the feasts are a long-adored staple in the North End community and special to those who have celebrated these special events for decades. In closing, we hope and expect to continue this fine tradition and warmly welcome and invite all who plan to attend this year’s feasts to do so in a responsible, respectful manner.”

NOTE: The Saint Agrippina di Mineo Feast will open at 7:00 PM on Thursday August 2, 2018 on Hanover Street in Boston’s North End. The festivities will continue on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 12:00 PM and 11:00 PM.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Quick Response by BPD Officers Results in Two Arrests After Two Separate Incidents in Downtown Boston

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INCIDENT #1: At about 4:28PM on Monday, July 30, 2018, Officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown), were flagged down by a victim of a robbery at the intersection of Temple Place and Washington Street. The victim informed officers that four males approached him and began punching him in the face which knocked him to the ground. The suspects began kicking the victim, stole his purple cell phone, and fled the scene on foot. It should be noted that the victim stated he is mentally and physically disabled. The victim had a cast on his leg and was using a cane to assist with walking. One of the suspects was located in the area of Temple Place, and Washington Street but began running upon officers’ approach. Officers apprehended the suspect and immediately observed a purple cell phone sticking out of his front pocket. Norjay Bryan, 19 of Boston, was placed under arrest for Unarmed Robbery, Assault and Battery on a Disabled Person, and Receiving Stolen Property.  Bryan will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.

INCIDENT #2: At about 1:25AM on Tuesday July 31, 2018, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown, responded to an armed robbery call in the area of 177 State Street. Officers were approached by the victim who stated an unknown male attempted to rob him by knife point in the area of 160 State Street.  The suspect, later identified as Jamal Holder-Brisbon, 25 of Everett, MA, fled the scene but was apprehended by responding officers a short time later and positively identified.  Holder-Brisbon was in possession of a small silver Swiss army tool.  He was charged with Armed Robbery and will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.

 

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2018 COMING TO BOSTON! Monday, August 6, 2018 and Tuesday, August 7, 2018

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: The 35th Annual National Night Out Boston, a 2-day citywide celebration that will visit 12 individual neighborhoods across the City of Boston over a 48 hour period, kicks off tomorrow, Monday, August 6, 2018 and concludes Tuesday, August 7, 2018. For those not familiar with National Night Out, it's an acknowledgement and national celebration of the partnerships that exist between communities and police departments all across the country. As in year's past, Mayor Walsh will be travelling all over the city to thank community members and Neighborhood Watch Groups for their help and support of the men and women of the BPD.

A motorcade of officials led by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Commissioner William G. Gross will be visiting six designated sites per evening for community crime watch celebrations — one in each police district. Along every stop, awards will be presented to the Top Crime Watch Group in each neighborhood and the Crimefighter of the Year (an individual for their year-round efforts in assisting the Boston Police Department).

Residents of Boston and members of the Boston Police Department will enjoy free admission, food, games, and entertainment. Attendees are invited to visit sponsor tables including The Boston Police Foundation, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, Boston Centers for Youth & Families and a host of others, including local non-profits, who have worked so hard to make this event the special occasion it has become.

EVERY BOSTON RESIDENT IS URGED TO SWITCH ON THEIR OUTSIDE LIGHTS FOR THE EVENINGS TO DEMONSTRATE OUR UNITED COMMUNITY EFFORT AGAINST CRIME.

Event locations are as follows along with the estimated time of arrival of the cavalcade:

MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2018, locations:

  • 3:00pm Cavalcade will depart Boston Police Headquarters at One Schroeder Plaza
  • 3:15 - 4:00 PM   Brighton (D-14) - Brighton Commons (Academy Hill Rd/Chestnut Hill Avenue)
  • 4:30 - 5:00 PM   Hyde Park (E-18) – Iacona Field (Readville Street & Milton Street) 
  • 5:15 - 5:45 PM   Roslindale (E-5) – Adams Park (Washington Street & Cummins Highway)
  • 6:00 - 6:40 PM   Jamaica Plain (E-13) – Mildred Hailey Apartments (90 Bickford Street)
  • 6:50 - 7:30 PM   Mattapan (B-3) – Almont Park (40 Almont Street)  
  • 7:45 - 8:30 PM   Roxbury (B-2) – Marcella Playground (235 Marcella Street)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018:

  • 3:00pm Cavalcade will depart Boston Police Headquarters at One Schroeder Plaza
  • 3:15 - 3:45 PM   East Boston (A-7) – Lopresti Park (33 Sumner Street)
  • 4:15 - 4:45 PM   Chinatown (A-1) - Tai Tung Village, Chinatown
  • 5:00 - 5:30 PM   South End (D-4) – Castle Square (Tremont Street)
  • 6:00 - 6:30 PM   North End (A-1)  – DeFillipo Park (Prince Street)
  • 6:45 - 7:15 PM   South Boston (C-6) - Moakley Park (Columbia Road)
  • 7:30 - 8:00 PM   Dorchester (C-11) - Town field Park (Dorchester Avenue & Park)

BPD In The Community: Young Officers from the BPD Junior Police Academy Visit ‘The Hall’ at Patriot’s Place in Foxborough

JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY: Earlier this week, members of the BPD Junior Police Academy accompanied Community Service Officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) and District D-4 (South End) on a special trip to Patriot’s Place in Foxborough. The young officers in training got the opportunity to tour ‘The Hall’ where they got an up close and personal look at all sorts of Patriot’s history, equipment and memorabilia. Thank you to the Boston Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) for their continued support of our Junior Police Academy and for making memorable days like the one these kids had at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough possible.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Suspect in Custody After BPD Officers Recover Drugs and Cash During Investigation in Downtown Boston

DAILY DOSE OF GREAT POLICE WORK: On Friday, July 20, 2018, officers assigned to the District A-1 (Downtown) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit arrested Florentino Figueroa-Barragan, 36, of Revere, on drug related charges in the area of 26 North Street in Boston. At about 11:50AM, the officers were in the area conducting an investigation when they observed the suspect engage in what appeared to be a street level drug transaction behind a dumpster on Blackstone Street near Surface Road. In light of their observations, officers followed the suspect to the Haymarket outdoor market and observed him enter a produce tent where he appeared to be employed. At about 12:45PM, while the officers continued their surveillance of the suspect, a second individual approached and appeared to take part in another drug transaction with the suspect while standing next to the produce tent. Officers approached the suspect and placed him in custody without incident at which time they conducted a search which led to the recovery of 43 bags of heroin weighing approximately 20 grams along with 14 bags of cocaine and $638.00 in U.S. Currency. The suspect will be charged with Distribution of Class A Drugs in Boston Municipal Court.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Breaking and Entering Suspect in Custody After BPD Officers Scale Fire Escape to Make Arrest in Downtown Boston

 

At about 3:05 AM on Sunday, July 15, 2018, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a person climbing on a fire escape in the area of 25 Fleet Street.

While en route, officers were informed that multiple calls were coming in to 911 that a person had smashed an apartment window while on a fire escape near the above address. When officers arrived on scene, they were informed by a victim that a suspect had just kicked through their apartment window. Officers entered the building and proceeded to the victims’ apartment but did not locate the suspect. Officers then heard the sound of glass breaking and made their way out to the alley behind the building adjacent to Moon Street. As they made their way down the alley, they could hear glass breaking and observed it falling from a fifth-floor apartment. The officers made their way up the fire escape and gained entry through the broken window. As they cleared the residence, they observed the suspect asleep in a bed. Officers announced their presence and woke the suspect. The suspect told the officers that he lived there but could not provide proof of residence, nor could the officers find any mail with the suspect’s name on it. Officers asked if the suspect was staying here with a friend but the suspect refused to answer.

Officers arrested the suspect, identified as 20-year-old Kevin Dean of Bolton, CT, and charged him with Breaking and Entering in the Nighttime, Malicious Destruction of Property, and Disturbing the Peace. Dean will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.