BPD in the Community: Coffee with a Cop Comes to City Table at the Lenox Hotel

COFFEE WITH A COP: Thank you to all of those who stopped by Coffee with a Cop at City Table at the Lenox Hotel in District D-4 (Back Bay). Our officers had a fantastic time making new friends. If you are interested in learning about starting a Neighborhood Watch Group or interested in attending a future Coffee with a Cop event, please call (617) 343-4345.

 

Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Effort to ID Suspect Wanted for Attempted Sexual Assault in the South End

 
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COMMUNITY ALERT: At about 12:28 PM, on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for an attempted sexual assault in the area of East Canton and Albany Streets in the South End. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that a male suspect approached and attempted to sexually assault her. The victim further states that she was able to fend off the suspect. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his early twenties, about 5’6” to 5’8” tall, with a medium build. Suspect was wearing a blue 3/4 length jacket with while lettering on the back, a shirt with the number 24 displayed on the front, blue jeans, black shoes and a baseball cap. The suspect was last seen fleeing the area on foot through a nearby alleyway.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is encouraging anyone with information about the suspect to come forward and contact the Boston Police 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 either 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 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.

 

Investigation Update: Wanted Suspect Located and Arrested in New Jersey

 

Investigation Update: Edwin Fantauzzi, 30, of Lawrence, who was wanted on numerous charges stemming from an incident that occurred on Saturday November 3, 2018, in the area of 10 Hammond Street in Lower Roxbury, has been located and arrested. Members of the BPD Fugitive Unit received information indicating that the suspect may be in the area of Bayonne, New Jersey. Investigators then coordinated with officers from the Bayonne Police Department who were able to locate the suspect and place him in custody without incident. At the time of his arrest, the suspect was utilizing the alias of Roberto Santiago. The suspect is currently being held at the Hudson County Correctional Facility as a Fugitive from Justice while awaiting extradition based on the Roxbury District Court warrant charging him with Assault with Intent to Rape a Child Under 16, Aggravating Kidnapping, Enticement of a Child and Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under 14.

The Boston Police Department would like to thank everyone who assisted in this investigation as well as our law enforcement partners at the Bayonne Police Department for apprehending this wanted fugitive.

 

BPD Community Alert: The Boston Police Crimes Against Children Unit Seeks the Public’s Help to Locate Wanted Suspect

BPD Community Alert: The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help to locate Edwin Fantauzzi, 30, of Lawrence, who is wanted on charges of Assault with Intent to Rape a Child Under 16, Aggravating Kidnapping, Enticement of a Child and Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under 14 in relation to an incident that occurred on Saturday November 3, 2018, in the area of 10 Hammond Street in Lower Roxbury. Investigators believe that the suspect may be utilizing an alias of Roberto Santiago.

Anyone with information relative to Edwin Fantauzzi (AKA: Robert Santiago) and his whereabouts is urged to contact 911 or the Boston Police Crimes Against Children Unit at (617) 343-6183.

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.

 

BPD in the Community: Commissioner Gross Speaks at Back Bay Association Business Breakfast

WORKING TOGETHER: Earlier today on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, Commissioner William Gross spoke at the Back-Bay Association Business Breakfast hosted by the Colonnade Hotel. Commissioner Gross spoke to the group regarding community policing and the importance of working together to solve crimes.  All in attendance were pleased with his efforts and resources he has put forth to combat crime in the city of Boston.  “When you see something, say something!”

 

Suspect Arrested in Connection to Two Breaking and Entering Incidents at the Prudential Center in the Back Bay

 

KEEPING BOSTON SAFE: At about 2:11 AM on Wednesday November 7, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) located and arrested Cheval Holmes, 48, of Dorchester, on breaking and entering charges in the area of 53 Huntington Avenue in the Back Bay. Officers were aware that the suspect was wanted in connection to two recent breaking and entering incidents involving a kiosk inside the Prudential Center Mall during which a total of 30 watches were stolen. The two incidents occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday October 27th and Wednesday October 31st. Officers placed the suspect in custody without incident while recovering a screwdriver from inside his coat pocket. The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Breaking and Entering (2 Counts), Larceny and Possession of Burglarious Tools.

 

One Less Gun: Male Arrested, Firearm and Ballistics Recovered Following Call for Shots Fired in the South End

 

ONE LESS GUN: At about 8:08 AM, on Saturday, November 3, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) onsited shots fired in the area of Emerald Court and Shawmut Avenue in the South End. Officers responded to the above area and were able to locate a male suspect at Ringgold Park. The male suspect was wearing a dry, white undershirt which was unusual due to the inclement weather conditions at the time of the incident. Further investigation led to officers discovering the male suspect’s sweatshirt underneath an orange traffic drum as well as a firearm in the lock back position indicating the rounds it contained had been fired. Ballistic evidence was located in the area of Emerald Court and Shawmut Avenue.

Officers arrested Jamaal Gross-Christie, 20-years-old, of Roxbury. Gross-Christie is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Firearm Discharged within 500 Feet of a Dwelling, and Assault with Intent to Murder. Gross-Christie is expected to arraigned in Boston Municipal Court. 

 

Community Alert: Boston Police Detectives Seeking the Public’s Assistance in Identifying a Suspect in Relation to a Sexual Assault in the South End.

COMMUNITY ALERT: At about 6:46 PM, on Saturday, November 3, 2018 Officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a report of a sexual assault, at an inside common hallway of a premise, in the area of Hammond Street in the South End.

On arrival officers located and spoke with a female juvenile victim.  Detectives are seeking to identity a suspect described as a white Hispanic male in his 20’s, about 5’7”, slim build, wearing a grey sweat suit in connection with the reported sexual assault of a child.

Detectives from the Sexual Assault Unit have released the accompanying photos of the suspect in relation to this incident and request the public’s help in identifying the individual pictured.

Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Sexual Assault detectives at 617-343-4400 Community members who wish to assist this investigation anonymously may call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS.  You may also text the word “TIP” to CRIME (27463).  The Boston Police Department stringently protects the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous.

Red Sox Bullpen Cop Steve Horgan Throws the First Pitch Before His Retirement

On Saturday, October 6, 2018, Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan, joined by Mayor Walsh, friends, family, and coworkers, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees ALDS Game 2 at Fenway Park. In honor of Officer Horgan’s final season with the Red Sox, he was awarded with an “Officer Horgan Way” commemorative street sign and memories to last him a lifetime. The men and women of the BPD, along with all of Red Sox Nation, wish Officer Horgan the best in his retirement!

 

BPD in the Community: National Coffee with a Cop Day Celebrated in the Back Bay  

COFFEE WITH A COP: On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, the Coffee with a Cop crew stopped by Peet’s Coffee at the Capitol One Café in the Back Bay for the National Coffee with a Cop Day. Members of the community and Boston Police Officers from District D-4 came together for a friendly conversation over a cup of coffee. Commissioner Gross stopped by to hand out patches and pins to attendees. Special thanks to the welcoming staff at Peet’s, their attentiveness and friendliness made for a fantastic time had by all!

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Arrest Five Suspects, Including Three Juveniles, During Two Separate Robbery Incidents

INCIDENT #1: At about 6:00 PM, on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, officer assigned to Area A-7 (East Boston) were flagged down for a robbery that occurred in the area of Condor Street and Glendon Street, East Boston. Four males were observed physically assaulting and robbing a 13-year-old male victim at knife point, stealing his glasses and shoes. All four suspects were positively identified and the victim’s glasses and shoes were returned to him. Two knives were recovered from the suspects. Monte Davis, 19 of Dorchester, and three juvenile males, all from Boston, were place under arrest and charged with Armed Robbery and Carrying a Dangerous Weapon. All four suspects will be arraigned in East Boston District Court.

INCIDENT #2: At about 7:39 PM on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to assist Berklee College Police in the area of 31 Hemenway Street, Boston. Upon arrival, officers spoke with Berklee officers who stated that they had identified an armed robbery suspect from an incident that took place earlier that day in the area 1140 Boylston Street, Boston.

Circumstances surrounding the original incident are as followed:

At about 12:19 AM, on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call that a male had pulled a knife on two victims in the area of 1140 Boylston Street and demanded cigarettes. The suspect was described as a white male wearing ragged clothing, a blue sweatshirt with white lettering and jeans. Berklee officers observed a male fitting that description in the area of 31 Hemenway Street and immediately contacted the Boston Police. Officers from District D-4 soon arrived on scene and arrested Ryan Buckles, 33, of Boston, charging him with Intent to Rob While Armed. He will be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.

 

Two Males Arrested in Connection to Boston Police Officer Shot in the South End

 

Following an investigation into an incident which occurred at 1:53 PM on Sunday, September 23, 2018 in the area of 91 West Springfield Street in the South End, officers placed two males under arrest. During the incident, an officer assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force, suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and was transported to a local hospital. The two males, identified as Raquon Martin, 21-years-old of Boston and Antoine Mack, 35-years-old, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island were placed under arrest.  

Martin and Mack are both charged with Armed Assault to Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Discharging a Firearm within 500 feet of a Building, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon. Both men are expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.  

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Suspect Following Broken Bottle Slashing in Roxbury

 

DAILY DOSE OF GREAT POLICE WORK: At about 9:39 PM on Monday, September 17, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for two people stabbed in the area of Shawmut Avenue and Ball Street in Roxbury. Upon arrival, officers observed two male victims suffering from non-life-threatening lacerations. Uncooperative victims led officers to an unidentified witness who provided a description of the female suspect. Officers assigned to District B-2 located a female matching the description of the suspect in the area of 303 Dudley Street in Roxbury. Officers placed the suspect, Celia Simmons, 59, of Dorchester under arrest.

Simmons is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury Court for Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Arrest Two Suspects Caught Distributing Heroin in the South End

 

At about 12:15 PM on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, officers assigned to the Citywide Drug Control Unit arrested two males as part of an ongoing investigation in the area of Massachusetts Ave and Albany Street in the South End. As part of the continued efforts to reduce drugs on the streets of Boston, officers arrested Jhonny Gonzalez, 33-years-old, of Boston and Josue Cotto, 39-years-old, of Boston. Gonzalez is charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Drugs, Distribution of Class A Drugs, and Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws. Cotto is charged with Distribution of Class A Drugs and Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws. 

Further investigation revealed Gonzalez to have multiple warrants for charges including Trafficking 200 Grams of Class A Drugs, Trafficking Cocaine, and Distribution of Class A Drugs. 

Both suspects are expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.

 

Recent Promotions: Congratulations to Lieutenant Stephanie Curtis

The women and men of the Boston Police Department would like to congratulate Lt. Stephanie Curtis on her recent promotion from the rank of Sergeant to Lieutenant during a ceremony held at Boston Police Headquarters on Friday August 31, 2018. Commissioner Gross was all smiles as he presented Lt. Curtis with her new shield while informing her of her new assignment at District D-4 in the South End. We wish Lt. Curtis all the best as she begins a new chapter in her career with the department.

 

One Less Gun: Suspect in Custody After BPD Officers Recover Loaded Firearm During Investigation in the Back Bay

 

At about 8:34 PM on Thursday August 30, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) arrested Tarique Richardson, 22, of Roxbury, on firearm related charges during an investigation in the area of 399 Boylston Street in the Back Bay. Officers were informed that the suspect was in possession of a firearm and approached him to investigate. Officers performed a pat frisk which led to the safe recovery of a loaded .38 caliber Taurus revolver from the suspect’s waistband. The suspect was placed in custody without incident after officers confirmed that he did not possess a license to carry a firearm. During the booking process, officers recovered several counterfeit bills from the suspect’s wallet which were seized as evidence. The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number and Possession of Counterfeit Notes of Bank Bills.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Three Suspects in Custody After BPD Officers Respond to Two Separate Breaking and Entering Calls

INCIDENT #1: At about 10:00 AM on Monday August 27, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) placed two suspects in custody without incident after responding to a call for a breaking and entering in progress in the area of 379 Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay. Officers were advised that the suspects had gained entry by utilizing a stolen master set of keys while posing as maintenance workers employed by the building management company. On arrival, officers arrested one suspect, a 59-year-old male from Medford, as he exited the building and arrested the second suspect, a 30-year-old male from Cambridge, a short distance away near Charlesgate East. Both suspects have since been arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Breaking and Entering and Possession of Burglarious Tools.

INCIDENT #2: At about 4:52 PM on Monday August 27, 2018, officers assigned to District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) arrested John Davis, 27, of Roxbury, after responding to a call for a breaking and entering in progress in the area of 15 Armstrong Street in Jamaica Plain. While on approach to the scene, officers were advised that a male suspect had attempted to break into an apartment through a first-floor window but had fled the area on foot after being alarmed by a resident. Responding officers quickly located a suspect matching the given description on Chestnut Avenue and placed him in custody after he was positively identified by a witness. The suspect will appear in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Attempted Breaking and Entering, Attempt to Commit a Crime and Disturbing the Peace.

 

BPD Photo of the Day: Captain Discovers Young Recruit at Red Sox Game!

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At a recent Red Sox Game, this six-year-old met his hero off the field! On noticing Captain Connolly at the ballpark, he announced his hope to become a police officer just like the Captain —Captain Connolly insisted on capturing the moment. The young recruit's mother later contacted the Boston Police Department about the photo and wrote: "This made his day, maybe even his year! Thank you for making his trip to Fenway special!"