Earlier today, on Saturday July 14, 2018, Captain Steven Sweeney, Commander of District D-4 (South End) was delighted to meet a young BPD fan from Winthrop who had come to town to see the Red Sox take on the Blue Jays at Fenway Park. After a thrilling walk-off win by the home town team, both were all smiles as they posed for a quick picture.
At about 12:14AM on Thursday, July 12, 2018, Officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to call for shots fired in the area of 112 Jersey Street, Boston. Officers received information from the 911 dispatcher that the suspect, described as a black male in his 20's, wearing a black hat, black tank top and white shorts, fled the scene in what appeared to be a green Chevrolet. Officers responding to the scene observed a green Chevrolet at the corner of Tremont Street and Ruggles Street, being operated by a black male wearing a black shirt.
Upon activating their lights and sirens, officers observed the operator duck down, reach toward the passenger seat and quickly accelerated onto Ruggles Street. Officers observed the suspect’s vehicle drive through multiple stop signs on Ruggles Street and Shawmut Avenue, but while attempting to turn onto Washington Street at a high rate of speed, the suspect crashed through a fence and struck a tree forcing it to come to an abrupt stop. The suspect got out of the motor vehicle, fled on foot through numerous yards and jumped over fences in the Orchard Park area. When officers caught up to the suspect, later identified as, Shawn Tyler, 29, of Boston, he began to physically assault the officers on scene.
Back at the scene of the crash, officers recovered a silver Ruger 357 Magnum New Model Blackhawk with one live cartridge and four spent shell casings, recovered from the front passenger side of the suspects motor vehicle. Shawn Tyler was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, and numerous violations of the auto laws. He will be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.
On Monday July 2, 2018, officers assigned to various Boston Police Drug Control Squads throughout the city conducted an operation which resulted in 13 arrests. During the far-reaching sweep, officers executed search warrants at multiple locations which led to the recovery of 395 grams of fentanyl, 137 grams of heroin, 27 grams of cocaine, 15 bags of crack cocaine, 6 bags of marijuana and $6,801 in cash. Officers also seized a 2013 Ford Focus along with 368 grams of an unknown powder which will be processed and identified.
Please see below for named suspects followed by their respective charges and scheduled court of arraignment:
Eddie Watkins, 41, of Boston, Distribution of Class B – Boston Municipal Court
Sean Seith, 31, of Boston, Distribution of Class E – Boston Municipal Court
Jason Martinez, 24, of Dorchester, Trafficking Class A & B Drugs, Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle and Possession of Burglarious Tools – Dorchester Court
Meiko Foreman, 30, of Dorchester, Warrant Arrest: Breaking & Entering, Larceny from a Building and Larceny – Dorchester Court
Sheldon Bethune, 45, of Roxbury, Warrant Arrest: Distribution of Class B Drugs
Kayla Yeje, 28, of New Bedford, Distribution of Class B Drugs – Roxbury District Court
Nicholas Smith, 32, of Plymouth, Warrant Arrest: Possession of Class A Drugs and Resisting Arrest – Roxbury District Court
David Carrasquillo, 22, of Brighton, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs – Brighton District Court
Orlando Laboy, 39, of Brighton, Possession of Class B Drugs – Brighton District Court
Jonathan Vilarino, 30, of Roslindale, Warrant Arrest: Distribution of Class B Drugs – West Roxbury District Court
Michael Vilarino, 26, of Ashland, Warrant Arrest: Distribution of Class B Drugs - West Roxbury District Court
Jose Cambero, 62, of Mattapan, Trafficking Class B Drugs and Distribution of Class A Drugs - West Roxbury District Court
Jesus Diaz-Rivera, 34, of Dorchester, Distribution of Class A Drugs – West Roxbury District Court
At about 9:30 PM on Sunday, June 24, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) arrested Mark Mazzone, 30, of Winthrop, after responding to a call for an armed robbery in the rear of 29 East Springfield Street. During the incident, Mazzone brandished a hypodermic needle and threatened to stab an adult male victim while demanding money. Mazzone fled the area on foot after the victim handed him cash from his wallet. A short time later, responding officers stopped Mazzone, who matched the description given by the victim, in the area of 90 Southampton Street and placed him in custody after he was positively identified. Officers then recovered the hypodermic needle from the Mazzone’s right pants pocket along with the stolen currency. Mazzone will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Armed Robbery, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and Threats.
At about 12:40 AM on Thursday, June 14, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for a breaking and entering in progress in the area of 48 East Springfield Street. Upon arrival, officers observed a white male, later identified as Michael McCole, 54 of Boston, emerge from a gated, fenced in patio area. Officers entered the fenced in area and observed a tan tool container that was ajar and the padlock/bent hasp appeared to have been forced open. Nearby video surveillance captured the suspect entering the rear patio area where he can be seen breaking into the tool storage container. McCole was placed under arrest and was charged with Breaking and Entering, Nighttime. Suspect McCole will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.
INCIDENT #1: At about 3:13 PM on Tuesday May 29, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for a found firearm in the area of 10 Lattimore Court in Lower Roxbury. On arrival, officers located and recovered a loaded 9mm Lorcin handgun which has since been handed over to the BPD Firearms Analysis Unit for processing.
INCIDENT #2: At about 7:31 PM on Tuesday May 29, 2018, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested James Witkowski-Owens, 23, of Randolph, on firearm related charges after recovering a loaded 9mm Smith & Wesson model SW9VE handgun during an investigation in the area of Washington and Williams Streets in Roxbury. The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.
INCIDENT #3: At about 11:48 PM on Tuesday May 29, 2018, officers assigned to the District B-2 (Roxbury) Drug Control Unit arrested Anthony Johnson, 34, of Dorchester, on firearm and drug related charges after recovering a loaded .40 caliber Taurus Millenium G2 PT140 handgun and several small bags of crack cocaine during an investigation in the area of 99 Wayland Street in Dorchester. The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs.
#ICYMI: Almost 5 years ago, BPD Officer Steve Horgan became a cherished part of @RedSox history when he struck a pose few will ever forget during Game 2 of the 2013 ALCS vs the Detroit Tigers. This year signals Steve's last in a Boston Police uniform and the Red Sox bullpen. Earlier tonight, he sat down with @WCVB @mariastephanos to talk retirement and the culinary quest the iconic #BPD Bullpen Cop hopes to pursue when his policing days are over.
To watch the full story as it appeared on WCVB Channel 5, please click on enclosed link:
Earlier today, on Thursday May 17, 2018, during a ceremony held at Boston Police Headquarters, Boston Police Cadet Jose Correia, currently assigned to the BPD Operations Division, was honored for his actions while assisting with an arrest of a larceny suspect in the Back Bay.
The facts surrounding the incident are as follows: On Thursday, April 12, 2018, Lieutenant Matthew Spillane and Cadet Jose Correia were in the area of Massachusetts Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue when a call came in for a larceny that had just occurred at 139 Newbury Street.
They observed a suspect fitting the description at which time Lt. Spillane stopped and exited his cruiser to conduct a threshold inquiry. The suspect immediately discarded a suitcase and fled on foot with Lieutenant Spillane and Cadet Correia in pursuit. Cadet Correia caught up to the suspect and detained him while Lieutenant Spillane placed the suspect under arrest. The suspect was brought back to Massachusetts Avenue and Newbury Street where the suitcase containing $1,195.00 in merchandise was recovered and returned to owner.
Thanks to his efforts, direction taken and quick response, Cadet Correia was able to pursue and stop the suspect. He is hereby awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.
Congratulations to newly promoted detective, Kevin Yalmokas, who received his gold shield yesterday, on Friday, May 11, 2018, during a ceremony held at Boston Police Headquarters. Detective Yalmokas, a long-time veteran of the BPD, will begin his new assignment working with the men and women of District D-4 in the South End. Best of luck to you, sir, as you embrace a new role within the department while continuing to proudly protect and serve the citizens of Boston.
At about 3:35 PM on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a breaking and entering in progress in the area of 4 Pelham Street in the South End. While officers were en-route to the location, BPD Operations provided officers with a suspect description and advised officers that the suspect was getting onto a Silver Line MBTA bus in the area of Washington Street and Union Park Street.
Officers canvassed the area in search of the suspect and were advised by a resident that he heard the sound of glass breaking in the rear of his residence and observed the suspect flee on foot. Officers were notified that there was video of the suspect on a nearby surveillance camera.
Officers in the area observed MBTA Bus #1276 pulled to the side of the road, and once they boarded, observed an individual matching the specific description of the suspect provided by the caller and operations. The suspect, 23-year-old Joseph Oliveira of Brighton, was placed under arrest and charged with Breaking and Entering. During the booking process at District D-4 (South End), the suspect was found to be in possession of a Bank of America Visa Debit Card which belonged to the victim of a separate stolen wallet incident in the South End area. Oliveira was additionally charged with Receiving Stolen Property and will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.
Over the weekend on Saturday, May 5, 2018, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans stopped by Peters Park in the South End to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the season for the South End Baseball League. Commissioner Evans threw a perfect strike on a perfect day and encouraged all the players in attendance to try their best and to make the most of every inning of each game. From all of us at the BPD, we say best of luck to all the players, coaches, umpires and fans as you enter another exciting season - Play Ball!
At about 8:03 PM on Sunday, May 6, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for an armed robbery at the CVS store located at 400 Tremont Street in Boston. On arrival, officers met with an elderly female victim who stated that while shopping inside the store she had been approached from behind by a female suspect who pushed her to the ground and stole her purse. The suspect then fled the store on foot. A Good Samaritan was able to locate and recover the stolen purse a short distance away on the Arlington Street overpass bridge. Officers safely recovered a brown-handled knife which had been discarded by the suspect directly in front of the store.
A short time later, while officers and detectives were on scene continuing their investigation, the suspect returned to the scene of the crime in an attempt to locate her own cell phone which she had apparently dropped during the incident. The suspect, now identified as Mary Gallas, 37, of Boston, was placed in custody without incident. The suspect’s cell phone was located on scene by the officers. The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Armed Robbery (Victim Over 60 Years of Age) and Assault and Battery (Victim Over 60 Years of Age).
The men and women of District D-4 (South End) invite you to join us for the next Coffee with a Cop event on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Villa Victoria in the South End from 2:00 to 3:00pm. Come get to know the officers protecting and serving your community. Our officers can't wait to meet you. All are welcome, and the coffee is free!!! Not a bad deal. See you there!!!
Commissioner Evans Named Honorary Grand Marshall at this year’s Greek Independence Day Parade: The men and women of the BPD were once again honored to keep everybody safe during the 24th Annual Greek Independence Day Parade held earlier today, Sunday, April 22, 2018 in Boston. The parade commemorates Greece’s march to freedom which began close to 200 years ago on March 25, 1821. This year, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans was selected to be one of the parade’s Honorary Grand Marshals. In the enclosed photo, Commissioner Evans is seen marching with Mike Dukakis, former Governor of Massachusetts and, interestingly enough, just the second Greek-American governor in U.S. history. Said Commissioner Evans, “I was most certainly honored and humbled to be named an Honorary Grand Marshall at this year’s parade. We’re fortunate to have a strong, vibrant Greek community in our city and I was flattered to be included in today’s celebration.”
Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD K-9 Unit Helps Capture Suspect Seen Breaking into Buildings on Boylston Street
About 9:55AM, on Sunday, April 15, 2018, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for a breaking and entering in progress in the area of 400 Boylston Street. While en route to the call, officers learned that the suspect (described as a white male in his thirties, wearing a black winter hat, red bandana, tan sweatshirt and blue jeans) was seen trying to force his entry into an apartment in the rear of 410 Boylston Street.
On arrival, promptly observed an individual, who fit the description of the suspect, climbing onto the fire escape of 400 Boylston Street and entering the building through a 2nd floor window. At this time, officers requested the assistance of a BPD K-9 handler and his dog in order to conduct a search of the building for the suspect. On arrival, the officer and his trusty K-9 partner, Vader, entered the building and, in due time, were able to locate the suspect hiding inside a crawl space under a 1st floor stairwell. When the suspect refused to surrender himself and exit the building, Vader was sent in to influence him to do otherwise. In short time, the suspect was taken into custody.
Officers arrested Sam Hess, 28, of Boston and charged him with Breaking and Entering, Resisting Arrest and Trespassing.
INCIDENT #1: At about 6:30 PM on Saturday, April 7, 2018, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a robbery in progress at the Xpress Store in the area of 31 Winter Street. Upon arrival, officers were advised that a group of three males and a female had entered the store and stole an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects then became agitated and began to assault patrons in the store. One victim reported that the female suspect was armed with a taser and tased him while punching him. The fight spilled out of the store where unknown pedestrians attempted to intervene to no avail. The suspects eventually fled on foot into the Park Street MBTA station. The officers broadcast the suspect descriptions and one of the males and the female suspect were apprehended in the Downtown Crossing MBTA station by Transit Police and Boston Police officers. The suspects were identified and arrested. Officers charged a 15-year-old juvenile female and a 15-year-old juvenile male, both from Mattapan, with Delinquent to wit; Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Armed Robbery, Affray, and Disorderly Person. Both will be arraigned at Boston Municipal Juvenile Court.
The victims were treated on scene for minor injuries.
INCIDENT #2: At about 11:00 PM on Saturday, April 7, 2018, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for a robbery in progress in the area of East Concord Street. Officers were advised via 911 dispatcher that a male suspect had threatened to stab the victim with a needle before stealing the victim’s cell phone. The dispatcher broadcast the suspect description and that he fled on foot toward Harrison Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue. While en route, responding officers observed Boston Medical Center Security officers stopped on Massachusetts Avenue near Albany Street with a male fitting the suspect’s description. The BMC Security officers advised that they had heard the broadcast and saw the suspect, identified as 41-year-old Armando Cruz Jones of Boston, running across the BMC campus with a cell phone in his hand. Officers were able to positively identify Jones and recover the victim’s property. Jones was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery. Jones will be arraigned at Boston Municipal Court.
At about 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 26, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) arrested one suspect after responding to a call for a male on the roof breaking into a window at 561 Boylston Street in the Back Bay. When officers arrived on scene, the suspect was observed trying to escape by jumping from roof to roof. Officers climbed a fire escape and were able to corner the suspect where he subsequently surrendered.
Boston Fire Department arrived on scene and with their assistance, officers were able to bring the suspect safely to the ground. The suspect, identified as Steven Dale Thomas, 30, of Saugus, MA, was arrested and charged with Breaking and Entering. Officers also found that Thomas was wanted on an active warrant for parole violations. Thomas will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.
At about 9:05 PM on Sunday, March 25, 2018, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun at CVS pharmacy in the area of 285 Columbus Avenue. Responding officers were informed that a customer who appeared to be highly intoxicated was at the front counter of the store when a firearm fell from his pant leg onto the floor.
Upon arrival, officers observed the described suspect standing just inside the main doors. Officers were able to secure the suspect without incident, however, as they did so, he threatened that he could have shot the officers if he wanted. Officers conducted a pat frisk and recovered a loaded black Desert Eagle firearm from his waistband. The officers observed that the suspect appeared to be unsteady on his feet and slurring his words, leading officers to believe he was intoxicated. The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Christopher Baker of Dorchester, did not have a license to carry. Officers arrested Baker and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm, and Threats to do Bodily Harm. During the booking process, Baker reiterated his threats to “take down” the officers. Baker will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.
It's officially Spring (even if it doesn't feel like it with the impending Nor'easter)! So that means BPD Coffee with a Cop is back for the season. Join us for our first Coffee with a Cop of 2018 this morning, Wednesday, March 21 at 9 AM at Copley Mariott on the 5th Floor. See you there!
BPD Officers Arrest Rideshare Operator in Connection to Sexual Assault in the South End: At about 1:03 AM on Sunday, March 18, 2018, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for a sexual assault in the area of Hemenway Street in Boston. On arrival, officers spoke to Northeastern University police officers who had stopped an individual who identified himself as a ride-share operator and had been tasked with transporting a female passenger to her home. Observations made by the officers on the scene led them to believe that the female passenger, not only appeared to be in distress, but may have been the victim of a sexual assault. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Follow-up investigation by the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit enabled detectives to arrest and charge the operator. Officers arrested Ranjan Thapa, 26, of Everett and charged him with Rape. Thapa is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Monday, March 19, 2018 in Roxbury District Court.
The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit continues to review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information relative to this investigation is asked to contact detectives assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400.
Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.
If you’re a victim of a sexual assault that has or has not been reported to police and would feel more comfortable seeking confidential advice from a non-law enforcement agency or representative, the Boston Police Department advises and encourages you to call the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) at 1 (800) 841-8371. BARCC provides free and confidential counseling, case management, legal and medical advocacy services to survivors in the greater Boston area. To learn more about BARCC, please click on the enclosed link: www.barcc.org.