Detectives Seeking Information in Regards to Several Incidents of Vandalism at Catholic Churches Across the City

 

At about 7:20 PM on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a vandalism in the area of 2223 Dorchester Avenue (Saint Gregory’s Church) in Dorchester. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that an unknown individual had defaced the religious statue on the church’s property, covering the statue in an unknown red substance. The victim stated this is the fourth incident in which the statue had been vandalized in the past month with the same red substance being poured on the statue. Officers searched the area for a suspect to no avail. 

At about 8:30 AM on Monday, March 11, 2019, officers assigned to District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a radio call for a vandalism in the area of 25 Maple Street (Most Precious Blood Church) in Hyde Park. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated he observed an unknown red substance on a statue on the church’s property. The victim further stated that he observed the same red substance on a bench in front of 90 West Milton Street in Hyde Park (Saint Anne’s). Officers searched the area for a suspect to no avail. 

At about 8:25 AM on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, officers assigned to District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a radio call for a vandalism in the area of 90 West Milton Street (Saint Anne’s Church) in Hyde Park. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that he observed an unknown red substance on a statue in front of the church, similar to the substance he had previously located on a bench in front of the church as well as on the side of Most Precious Blood on March 11, 2019. The victim further stated a parishioner notified him of a prior, unreported incident in which an unknown black female entered Most Precious Blood Church during closing and attempted to spray an unknown substance on the statues inside of the church. The unknown female, when confronted, stated that she was just praying before exiting the church and leaving the scene in a white sedan.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact the Boston Police Civil Rights Unit at (617) 343-4527.

Community members wishing to assist this search 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.

 

Investigation Update: Suspect Arrested for 2018 Homicide in Dorchester

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Investigation Update: On Monday, April 8, 2019 detectives assigned to the Boston Police Homicide Unit assisted by members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Canton Police, arrested Gregory Simmons, 26-years-old, of Dorchester on an active warrant out of Dorchester District Court for charges of Murder, Attempted Armed Robbery while Masked, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Simmons also has multiple active warrants out of Stoughton District Court on charges of Armed Robbery.

The facts and circumstances surrounding the original incident are as follows: At about 11:35 PM on Saturday October 6, 2018, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to the sound of gunfire while on patrol in the area of 528 Washington Street in Dorchester. Officers located Jose Williams, 67-years-old, of Dorchester suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim, suffering life threatening injuries, was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased

 

Recent Promotions: Commissioner Gross Promotes One New Captain and Two New Lieutenants 

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Recent Promotions: Congratulations to Leighton Facey on his promotion from the rank of Lieutenant Detective to Captain, as well as, Mary Ann O’Neill and Sean Smith on their respective promotions from the rank of Sergeant to Lieutenant. During a ceremony held at Boston Police Headquarters earlier today, Friday, April 5, 2019, Commissioner Gross congratulated and presented the promotees with their new badges. The men and women of the BPD would like to wish Captain Facey, Lieutenant O’Neill and Lieutenant Smith nothing but the best of safety and success in their new leadership roles within the Boston Police Department.

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Search Warrant Yields Discovery of Firearms and Drugs in Dorchester

 

At about 11:16 PM on Friday, March 15, 2019, detectives assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) executed a search warrant in the area of 472 Washington Street in Dorchester.  As a result of the search warrant, officers recovered the following items: a Bryco Jennings 9mm Firearm loaded with eleven rounds of live ammunition, a Colt MK IV Series 70 Firearm loaded with four rounds of live ammunition, six small plastic bags containing a substance believed to be heroin, three small plastic bags containing a substance believed to be Fentanyl, and three small plastic bags containing a substance believed to be crack.  

Officers arrested Dequell Golson, 26-years-old, of Dorchester. Golson is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on multiple charges including two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Improper Storage of a Firearm, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Drugs, two counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs, Possession of Class A Drugs, and two counts of Possession of Class B Drugs.

 

Keeping Boston Safe: One Under Arrest After Execution of Search Warrant Yields Recovery of Loaded Firearms, Drugs, and Cash in Dorchester

Keeping Boston Safe: At about 6:30 PM on Monday, February 25, 2019, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force, District C-11 (Dorchester) Drug Control Unit, and agents assigned to the ATF executed a search warrant in the area of 5 Salisbury Park in Dorchester and 1 Aspinwall Road in Dorchester. As a result of the search warrant, officers recovered a silver Taurus .38 Special Revolver loaded with five rounds of live ammunition, a black Smith and Wesson Revolver loaded with five rounds of live ammunition, approximately 17 grams of Fentanyl, 4 grams of cocaine, and an undisclosed amount of US Currency. 

Officers arrested Raymond Clary, 29-years-old, of Dorchester. Clary is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Subsequent Offense, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Trafficking Fentanyl over 10 Grams, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine. 

 

Officers Arrest One and Recover Firearm, Ammunition as Part of Ongoing Firearm Investigation in Dorchester

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At about 2:09 PM on Friday, February 15, 2019 members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of 8 Kenwood Street in Dorchester. As part of an ongoing firearm investigation, officers arrested Allan Parrish, 26-years-old, of Dorchester and recovered a Colt Detective Special Revolver loaded with six rounds of live ammunition from a jacket he had been wearing. Parrish is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Second and Subsequent Offense, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition Second and Subsequent Offense, and Armed Career Criminal.

 

BPD in the Community: BPD Officers Invited to Story Time at Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy in Lower Mills

BPD IN THE COMMUNITY: On Monday, January 28, 2019, members of the Boston Police Department including Superintendent Baston, Deputy Dahill, and Deputy Chin, spent time reading books to the students of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy in Lower Mills. The officers had a blast hanging out with the kids while sharing some of their favorite books!

The Boston Police Department would also like to extend a special thank you to the staff at St. John Paul II's for their invitation!

 

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.