BPD in the Community: Boston Police and Boston Bruins Team Up to Discuss Fitness and Anti-Bullying with Children at St. Brendan's School in Dorchester

Last week the Boston Police Department, along with the Boston Bruins, and the Boston Athletic League discussed fitness and anti-bullying prevention at St. Brendan’s School in Dorchester. The kids were excited to see Blades, the Bruins Mascot; who gave them hi-fives and hugs. A few members from the Massachusetts State Police were present to support the program and talked about the importance of partnership and friendship. Fun was had by all.

Search Warrant Leads to the Recovery of a Loaded Firearm While Officers Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection to Recent Incident in Dorchester

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ONE LESS GUN: At about 7:00 AM on Thursday January 10, 2019, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) executed a search warrant with the assistance of the Boston Police SWAT Team in the area of 6 Brook Avenue in Dorchester. Officers were able to recover a loaded .380 caliber Colt handgun while arresting the target of their investigation, Luis Pina-Baptista, 44, of Dorchester.

The warrant was sought in connection to an incident that occurred at about 10:40 PM on Thursday January 3, 2019, in the area of Upham Avenue in Dorchester during which an adult female victim was confronted by the suspect who was later identified by investigators. During the confrontation, the suspect pointed a handgun at the victim during an apparent ‘road rage’ incident.

The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon

 

BPD Officers Recover Two Loaded Firearms While Arresting Suspect Wanted in Connection to Non-Fatal Shooting in Dorchester

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At about 9:05 PM on Wednesday January 9, 2019, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester), with assistance from officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston), Boston Housing Police and the BPD K-9 Unit, arrested Yusuf Mohamed, 19, of South Boston, on firearm related charges in the area of 4 Orton Marotta Way in South Boston. The arrest comes as a result of an investigation into a non-fatal shooting of an adult male victim that occurred at about 2:15 PM on Monday December 31, 2018, in the area of 1439 Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester. Officers executed a search warrant which led to the recovery of a 5.7 caliber FN Herstal handgun as well as a loaded .380 caliber Ruger LCP handgun with a laser sight. The suspect was placed in custody on scene without incident and will appear in Dorchester District Court on numerous charges including Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2 Counts) and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.


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Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Four Suspects Under Arrest After Armed Robbery in Dorchester

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: At about 12:57 AM on Saturday December 29, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) arrested four suspects after responding to a call for an armed robbery in the area of 14 Trull Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim who stated that he had been robbed by four individuals, two armed with knives, who took his cellphone and tablet before fleeing the area in a vehicle. Additional responding officers soon located and stopped a vehicle matching the given description in the area of Adams Street and Winter Street. As the suspect vehicle was slowing to a stop, officers observed the front passenger side door open slightly as an object was discarded on the ground. The item was later recovered and determined to be the victim’s tablet. Officers removed all four occupants from the vehicle and placed them in custody without incident after they were positively identified. Victor Torres, 41, of Dorchester, Angel Torres, 36, of Mattapan, John Santa, 29, of Dorchester and Sandro Rosa, 31, of Boston, will be charged with Armed Robbery in Dorchester District Court.

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Search Warrant Enables Members of the District C-11 Drug Control Unit to Arrest Two Suspects Following the Seizure of Crack Cocaine, Counterfeit Cash and a Gun in Dorchester

KEEPING BOSTON SAFE: At about 10:48 AM on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, members of the District C-11 Drug Control Unit executed a search warrant in the area of the 500 block of Talbot Ave in Dorchester. As a result of the search, officers were able to seize 2 plastic bags containing a Class B Drug (Crack Cocaine), a loaded Glock 22 firearm, a ballistic bullet resistant vest, over 100 rounds of live ammunition and over $700 in counterfeit US Currency. Additionally, officers arrested Matthew Lyden, 40, of Dorchester, who had an outstanding default warrant out of Woburn District Court for Possession of a Class B Drug and Unlicensed Operation of Motor Vehicle, and charged him with Possession of a Class B Drug (Crack Cocaine). Officers also arrested Edwin Powell, 45, of Dorchester and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Drug (Crack Cocaine).  

Keeping Boston Safe: Two Suspects in Custody After Search Warrant Leads to the Recovery of Loaded Gun, Drugs and Cash in Dorchester

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Keeping Boston Safe: At about 11:32 AM on Wednesday December 12, 2018, members of the District C-11 (Dorchester) Drug Control Unit recovered a loaded firearm, drugs and cash after executing a search warrant as part of an investigation in the area of 27 Gayland Street in Dorchester. As a result of their search, officers located and seized a loaded .25 caliber Raven handgun, 2 large rocks of crack cocaine with an approximate weight of 12 grams, 2 small bags of crack cocaine, 1 medium bag of crack cocaine, 1 medium bag of heroin and $10,729.00 in U.S. Currency. Officers then arrested the target of their investigation, Luis Otero, 28, of Dorchester, without incident on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A and B Drugs. While on scene, officers also arrested Alex Archambault, 34, of Leominster on charges of Possession of Class B Drugs. Both suspects will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

 

Death Investigation in the area of 26 Torrey Street in Dorchester

 

At about 11:27 PM on Wednesday on August 1, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person down in the area of 26 Torrey Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim laying on the ground behind the address suffering from a head injury. The victim was pronounced deceased on scene.

This week, the Medical Examiner’s Office ruled victim’s cause of death to be a gunshot wound and his manner of death to be homicide. The victim has since been identified as Trevis Catron, 23, of Dorchester.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing 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.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.

 

BPD Remembers The Service And Sacrifice Of Officer Frederick W. Bartlett Killed In The Line Of Duty On This Day 88 Years Ago

BPD Remembers The Service And Sacrifice Of Officer Frederick W. Bartlett Killed In The Line Of Duty On This Day 88 Years Ago: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer Frederick W. Bartlett who was killed in the line of duty on this very day 88 years ago. On December 9, 1930, Officer Bartlett was injured when he was struck by a motor vehicle while directing traffic at the scene of a fire in the area of Gallivan Boulevard and Washington Street in Dorchester. Officer Bartlett later succumbed to his injuries on December 10, 1930.

Bartlett, who was an 11-year veteran of the department, was 42-years-old at the time of his death. Making his passing ever more tragic is the fact that he left behind a grieving wife and one child.

Officer Bartlett was laid to rest at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in West Roxbury and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 62, West Line 12.

In Boston, a Hero Sign (see photo) is posted to honor his life and service in the area of Gallivan Boulevard and Washington Street in Dorchester. If you’re passing through the area, please keep an eye out for his Hero Sign and kindly take a moment, not only to honor his sacrifice, but to remember the loved ones left in mourning after his tragic passing so many years ago.

 

BPD In The Community: Bruins and Boston's Finest Team Up to Teach Kids in Dorchester about Physical Fitness

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#BPDinTheCommunity: In keeping with their ongoing commitment to promote physical fitness, healthy living and nutrition, representatives of the Boston Bruins with help from Boston’s Finest stopped by Girls & Boys Club of Dorchester to spread the good word and virtues of health, wellness and exercise to the kids at the club. After a lengthy discussion about the importance of healthy eating, our officers and the kids squared off in a high scoring, fun-filled game of street hockey. Special thanks to the Bruins and Boston Police Foundation for sponsoring this wonderful community event. Additionally, the Girls & Boys Club received a generous donation of a full and complete set of Franklin Sports Street Hockey equipment that will help the kids grow and develop both their hockey skills and love of the game.

BPD Photo of the Day: Officer Making New Friends on His First Day in a New District

BPD Photo of the Day: It’s always nice to see our officers making positive connections with young people in the neighborhoods we serve. Some connections and relationships take time to build while others are much more immediate. Last night, at the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony in Lower Mills, Officer Leroy Fernandes was busy making happy memories for a couple of young Saint John Paul Academy students on his very first day on duty at his new assignment in District C-11. The boys loved their time trying on a traditional eight-point hat, holding a real police radio and playing inside the cruiser. Nice job by Officer Fernandes demonstrating community policing in action.

 

BPD in the Community: Thanksgiving Comes Early for Some Grateful Seniors in Dorchester Courtesy of the Unity Sports & Cultural Association

#BPDinTheCommunity: BPD Deputy Superintendent Felipe Colon had a delightful time giving thanks, sharing stories and enjoying the company of some of our more treasured community members at the Thanksgiving Luncheon for Seniors at the Unity Sports & Cultural Association in Dorchester earlier today, Sunday, November 18, 2018. Thanks to everybody who made this event the special occasion that it was.

Officers Arrest One for Assault to Murder After Striking Officers with Stolen Motor Vehicle in South Boston

 

At about 11:27 AM on Saturday, November 10, 2018, an officer working a paid detail in the area of 1436 Columbia Road was notified that a truck had been stolen from the construction site. The detail officer broadcast a description of the suspect and the vehicle. Another officer working a paid detail in the area observed the stolen motor vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. With his emergency equipment activated (lights and sirens) the officer followed the suspect vehicle into Dorchester. Multiple attempts to stop the suspect were unsuccessful. The suspect struck several parked motor vehicles before backing into the officer’s cruiser. Additional units arrived on scene and continued their attempts to stop the vehicle. As an officer exited his cruiser, the suspect drove towards the officer and struck him with the stolen truck. Officers were able to stop the suspect in the area of 192 Boston Street in Dorchester. Both officers were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers arrested Robert Bjorkman, 49-years-old, of Middleboro. Bjorkman is expected to be arraigned in South Boston District Court on charges of Assault to Murder, Malicious Destruction of Property, Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Failure to Stop for Police, Leaving the Scene Personal Injury, Leaving the Scene Property Damage, and Resisting Arrest. 

 

Boston Police Arrest Everett Man Wanted in Connection to Sexual Assault in Dorchester

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, members of the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit arrested Michael Squadrito, 40, of Everett for Rape. Squadrito’s arrest stems from an incident that occurred early on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  In the incident, the female victim was using a ride sharing service returning home from downtown Boston.  The driver of the service drove to a location in Dorchester where he sexually assaulted the victim.

Michael Squadrito will be arraigned today in the Dorchester District Court.  

In the interim, the men and women of the BPD continue to remind and urge anyone who has been a victim of a sexual assault and is in need of helpful resources to please contact the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center 24-hour hotline at 1-800-841-8371.

TIPS FOR ENSURING YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY:

• Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. When parking, walking or returning to your car, remain in well-lit and populated areas.
• Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.
• Be watchful and aware. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of passing vehicles. Don’t become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device.
• Avoid walking alone late at night. Walk with friends and people you know.
• Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use the whistle to signal residents that you need assistance. Yelling “Fire!” “Help!” and/or “Rape!” are ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.
• Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
• Carry a cell phone.
• Call ahead to your destination to alert them that you’re on your way. Make sure they expect you at a certain time, so that in the event you fail to show up, they’ll know enough to begin looking for you.
• Walk with confidence. Be assertive. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts. Know this: anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Don’t assume, “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”
• If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to scare, distract, or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.
• If you think that someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk toward an open store, restaurant or residence.


Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Arrest Two for Assault with Intent to Murder during Attempted Robbery in Dorchester

 

SIGNIFICANT ARREST: At about 12:06 AM, on Saturday, November 3, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for an armed robbery at 187 East Cottage Street (7-Eleven Convenience Store) in Dorchester. Upon arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated two male suspects had entered the store and demanded the cash from the register. When the victim refused, one the suspects threw a bottle of iced tea at the victim, striking him in the face. The victim stated the suspects then fled the store before re-entering and attempting to stab his co-worker. Officers spoke to the second victim who stated one of the suspects walked behind the counter and attempted to stab the victim multiple times. The victim stated he used a trash barrel to defend himself from the suspect’s knife strikes. Officers were able to locate the male suspects and placed them under arrest.  

Officers arrested Johenmie Garcia, 23-years-old of Jamaica Plain and a 14-year-old male juvenile of Dorchester. Garcia is charged with Assault with Intent to Murder, Unarmed Assault to Rob, Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon, and two counts of Assault and Battery on a Police Officer. The juvenile male is charged with Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and Attempted Armed Robbery. Both males are expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Search Warrant Leads to Male Arrested, Recovery of Loaded Firearms and Ammunition

At about 5:01 AM on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force, assisted by the C-11 (Dorchester) Drug Control Unit, and the ATF, executed a search warrant in the area of 250 Park Street in Dorchester. As a result of the search warrant, officers were able to recover a loaded black and silver Ruger SR45 .45 semi-automatic firearm, a loaded black SCCY CPX-2 9mm firearm, a loaded Interarms .22LR .22 caliber semi-automatic firearm, and multiple rounds of live ammunition. 

Officers arrested Sylvester King, 25-years-old, of Dorchester. King is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number.

 

UPDATE: Victim Identified, BPD Investigators Seeking Public’s Help in Effort to Solve Fatal Shooting in the area of 47 Charles Street in Dorchester

UPDATE: Victim Identified, BPD Investigators Seeking Public’s Help in Effort to Solve Fatal Shooting in the area of 47 Charles Street in Dorchester: In ongoing efforts to identify those responsible for the shooting death of a 24-year-old female in Dorchester, BPD Homicide Detectives are seeking additional help from the public. At about 9:36pm, on Monday, October 15, 2018, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to an outside scene for a person shot in the area of Charles and Ditson Streets in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a 24-year-old female victim suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, who was pronounced deceased at the scene, has since been identified as Alicia Restrepo, 24, of Boston

As investigators continue to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident, they are seeking help from residents and community members who may have been in the areas of Leroy Street, Ditson Street, Charles Street and Geneva Avenue at the time of incident. Anyone with information, regardless of how minor or small it may appear, is strongly encouraged to contact 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.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma. 

Death Investigation in the area of 47 Charles Street in Dorchester

 

Death Investigation in the area of 47 Charles Street in Dorchester: At about 9:36pm, on Monday, October 15, 2018, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to an outside scene for a person shot in the area of Charles and Ditson Streets in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a 24-year-old female victim suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly encouraged to contact 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.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma. 

Death Investigation in the area of Columbia Road and Geneva Ave in Dorchester

 

DEATH INVESTIGATION: At about 9:31 PM, on Friday, October 12, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of Columbia Road and Geneva Avenue in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim in his thirties suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing 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.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma. 


 

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation the area of 12 Vinson Street in Dorchester

VICTIM IDENTIFIED: At about 2:08 AM on Thursday, October 11, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the area of 12 Vinson Street in Dorchester. Officers located a male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim, suffering life threatening injuries, was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as Marlon Richardson, 19-years-old, of Dorchester.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing 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.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.