Recent Peace Walk in Dorchester Features Commissioner’s Commendations for Local Community Members

Earlier this week, Commissioner Gross joined with members of the BPD Command Staff and officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) for an evening Peace Walk with friends and neighbors in Dorchester. The night began with a gathering prayer at Saint Peter’s before heading down for a special visit at Elier’s Barbershop where the Commissioner presented several employees with commendations for their service to the community. Be on the lookout for an upcoming Peace Walks across the city and please be sure to come out and join us.

 

Investigation Update: Fatally Wounded Suspect in Officer Involved Shooting Identified

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UPDATE: At about 5:15 PM on Monday, June 24, 2019, officers responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 506 Geneva Avenue (Town Field) in Dorchester. On arrival, officers observed two black male suspects fleeing from the scene. Officers continued their pursuit of the suspects, one of whom fled up Mather Street while the other male, suspect #1, who was observed carrying a firearm, fled to the area of 10 Penhallow Street in Dorchester. Suspect #1 fired at the officers who returned fire. Suspect #1, who has since been identified as Jaymil Ellerbe, 19-years old, of Dorchester, was fatally wounded while the second suspect, made good on his escape from officers. Officers continued to search the area for suspect #2 to no avail.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact the Boston Police Firearm Discharge Investigations Team 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.

 

Suspect Arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Following Shooting on Penhallow Street in Dorchester

 

SIGNIFICANT ARREST: At about 10:24 PM on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, members of the Boston Police Fugitive Unit located and arrested Ernest Watkins, 21-years-old, of Dorchester in the area of Melville Avenue and Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester. Watkins is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of Assault by means of a Dangerous Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.  

The facts of the initial incident are as follows: At about 5:15 PM on Monday, June 24, 2019, officers responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 506 Geneva Avenue (Town Field) in Dorchester. On arrival, officers observed two black male suspects fleeing from the scene. Officers continued their pursuit of the suspects, one of whom fled up Mather Street while the other male, suspect #1, who was observed carrying a firearm, fled to the area of 10 Penhallow Street in Dorchester. Suspect #1 fired at the officers who returned fire. Suspect #1 was fatally wounded while the second suspect, who was later identified as Ernest Watkins, made good on his escape from officers. Officers continued to search the area for Watkins to no avail.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact the Boston Police Firearm Discharge Investigations Team 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 in the Community: BPD District C-11 Hosts Senior Appreciation Boat Cruise

On Thursday, June 20, 2018, the 4th Annual Dorchester Senior Appreciation Cruise embarked on a three-hour tour around Boston Harbor. The cruise was hosted by the District C-11 (Dorchester) Community Service Office and was co-sponsored by the combined resources of District C-11, the Bay State Cruise Company and PAL. It was the district’s way of honoring the senior citizens of Dorchester with music, dancing, lunch and raffle items donated by Dorchester's generous merchants. The Boston Police Department would like to thank all the smiling seniors who came out to enjoy a rainy day on the water and express our gratitude to everyone who worked hard to make this voyage a success.

 

BPD in the Community: BPD Partners with the Bruin’s BFit Program for a Presentation at Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy in Dorchester

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019 members of the Bureau of Community Engagement and recruits from Class 58-18 made a visit to the Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy in Dorchester for a presentation on the negative effects of bullying in the community. Partnered with the Boston Bruin’s BFit Program, which focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle through maintaining a proper nutrition and participating in physical activities, a joint presentation emphasized the importance of healthier living for school aged students.

 

Suspect in Custody and Loaded Firearm Recovered After BPD Officers Respond to a Call for a Person with a Gun in Dorchester

 

ONE LESS GUN: At about 9:38 PM, on Monday, June 10, 2019, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) arrested Derek Lima, 27, of Randolph, on firearm-related charges after responding to a call for a person with a gun in the area of 31 Draper Street in Dorchester. On approach, officers observed a person matching the given description of the suspect standing with a group of males in front of 96 Draper Street. Officers performed a pat frisk of the suspect for weapons and immediately recovered a loaded 9mm Smith & Wesson MP handgun from the waistband area of the suspect’s pants. The suspect was then placed in custody without incident. While in the rear of the cruiser, the suspect attempted to kick an officer and spit in his face. The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (3rd and Subsequent), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number and Assault and Battery on a Police Officer.

 

One Under Arrest on Multiple Warrants and Firearm Recovered in Dorchester

 

At approximately 8:20 PM on Friday, June 7, 2019, members of the District B-3 (Mattapan) Drug Control Unit made an onsite arrest and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of Columbia Road and Ceylon Street in Dorchester. As part of an ongoing drug investigation, officers were on patrol when they observed a motor vehicle parked at the intersection of Wayland Street and Howard Avenue. Officers identified the rear passenger, as an individual known to them to have multiple warrants and to possibly be in possession of a firearm. Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop in order to take the male into custody, but the female operator refused to yield to police. The operator fled from police before coming to a stop in a parking lot at the intersection of Columbia Road and Washington Street. Officers continued their attempt to stop the vehicle when the rear door suddenly opened and the rear passenger jumped out in an effort to flee from officers. A brief foot pursuit occurred before officers successfully apprehended the suspect in the area of 24 Bishop Joe L. Smith Way. Officers subsequently recovered a TCP Taurus firearm loaded with four rounds of live ammunition and five small plastic bags containing crack cocaine from the suspect. The female operator, who was later discovered to have been operating the motor vehicle with a revoked license, was issued a citation, a summons, and was released from the scene along with the front passenger.  

Officers arrested Donell Phillips, 31-years-old, of Lynn. Phillips is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm Second Offense, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.  Additionally, Phillips has multiple active warrants including a warrant out of Lawrence District Court for charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License Subsequent Offense and Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License, a warrant out of Roxbury District Court for Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, a warrant out of Roxbury District Court for charges of Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and two counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs, and a warrant out of South Boston District Court for charges of Operating Under the Possession of Alcohol, and Possession of Class B Drugs. 


The Boston Police Department Will Begin Implementing Body Worn Cameras on Monday June 3, 2019

On Monday, June 3, 2019, the Boston Police Department will begin to initiate the implementation of body worn cameras to our officers in various neighborhoods in the city. This new technology is an opportunity to showcase and enhance the department’s commitment to transparency while further strengthening the level of trust that exists between the men and women of the Boston Police Department and our community.

Program Information:

Deployment to officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston), District C-11 (Dorchester) and the Youth Violence Strike Force.

193 officers will be expected to wear cameras as the BPD begins the roll out.

The vendor that has been chosen is Axon.

A new policy will be issued department-wide today, Friday May 31, 2019, ahead of Monday’s anticipated roll out. Please click here to view BPD Rule 405 - Body Worn Camera Policy.

Expected Use of Cameras:

The intention for use of the BWC’s is for all:

  • Vehicle Stops;

  • Investigative person stops: consensual, or articulable reasonable suspicion stops pursuant to Rule 323 (FIOE Report), or stops supported by probable cause;

  • All dispatched calls for service involving contact with civilians;

  • Initial responses by patrol officers, including on-site detentions, investigations pursuant to an arrest, arrests, and initial suspect interviews on-scene;

  • Transport of prisoners;

  • Pat frisks and searches of persons incident to arrest (if not already activated);

  • Incidents of Emergency Driving;

  • Incidents of Pursuit Driving;

  • When an officer reasonably believes a crowd control incident may result in unlawful activity;

  • Any contact that becomes adversarial, including a Use of Force incident, when the officer has not already activated the BWC; or Any other civilian contact or official duty that the officer reasonably believes should be recorded to enhance policing transparency, increase public trust and police-community relations, or preserve factual representations of officer-civilian interactions.

While there will be specific circumstances around recording, officers will be given discretion to turn their camera on during any citizen contact or official duty circumstance. Additionally, they will also be allowed the discretion to turn the cameras off in order to protect sensitive information, privacy of individuals or due to confidentiality concerns.

Equipped officers have been ordered to wear cameras during their assigned tour of duty. Although, the community should be aware that there are circumstances during which uniformed officers will not be wearing cameras as this roll out begins. These circumstances are based off camera battery life and roles of department personnel. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervisors or Detectives on their assigned shifts.

  • Officers not currently assigned to C-6, C-11 or the Youth Violence Strike Force.

  • Officers performing a paid detail or working overtime.

  • Detectives performing a uniformed paid detail or working overtime.

 

Officers Arrest One Male Suspect on Gun Charges in Dorchester

 

At about 9:45 a.m., on Thursday, May 23, 2019, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) were patrolling the area of Freeman Street and Charles Street when they observed a male travelling on a moped in the wrong direction on Charles Street.

The individual —who was not wearing a helmet, sped down Charles Street, and began operating the moped on the sidewalk of the MBTA (Fields Corner) bus terminal.  

A short time later officers observed the suspect, later identified as Sharrone Baskin, 20, of Boston, jump off of the moped and flee on foot in the area of 5 Topliff Street.  

As officers caught up with Baskin they observed him leaning over a porch with his right arm extended under the steps. Officers were able to place Baskin in handcuffs without incident; while observing the handle of a firearm protruding from the aforementioned steps where Baskin had been reaching. The firearm was a High Standard R-100 revolver .22 caliber and was loaded with 9 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition. 

Baskin was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Carrying a Loaded Firearm. He will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

Two Arrested for Armed Robbery by Knife in Dorchester

 

At about 7:44 PM on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest of two individuals in the area of Geneva Avenue and Columbia Road in Dorchester. While on patrol in the area of the aforementioned location, officers were approached by a male victim who stated he had just been robbed of his cell phone. The victim provided a description of the two male suspects and the motor vehicle in which they were operating. The victim further stated he was approached by the two males, one of whom held a knife to the victim while the other male went through the victim’s pockets and removed his cell phone. The suspects fled the area in a red motor vehicle toward Wayland Street. Officers searched the area for the vehicle which they were able to locate in traffic near the intersection of Columbia Road and Geneva Avenue in Dorchester.  Both the operator and passenger were identified as the suspects who had robbed the victim. Officers located the victim’s cell phone which had been discarded on Ceylon Street. 

Officers arrested Jikhalil Smith, 24-years-old, of Dorchester and Gus Braggs Jr., 22-years-old, of Roxbury. Both are expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court. Smith and Braggs are both charged with Armed Robbery while Braggs faces an additional charge of Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

 

Investigation Update: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 32 Windermere Road in Dorchester

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Investigation Update: At about 6:26 PM on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 32 Windermere Road in Dorchester. On arrival, officers observed four adult male victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Three of the males were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. One male victim was pronounced deceased on scene. The victim has since been identified as Kevin Brewington, 33-years-old, of Allston.

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.

Suspect in Custody on Firearm and Drug Related Charges After BPD Investigation in Dorchester

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At about 11:18 AM on Tuesday April 30, 2019, officers assigned to the District D-4 (South End) and District C-11 (Dorchester) drug units arrested Antoine Seymour, 28, of Somerville, on drug related charges during an investigation in the area of Washington Street and Mora Street in Dorchester. 

Officers stopped a motor vehicle that the suspect was travelling in after observing him conduct a street level drug transaction. As they approached, the suspect quickly exited the vehicle and fled on foot towards Stockton Street. Officers pursued the suspect on foot and placed him in custody without further incident in the area of 15 Rockwell Street. At the time of his arrest, the suspect was charged with Trafficking Class A Drugs.

At about 12:03 PM, the officers continued their investigation and executed a search warrant with the assistance of the BPD SWAT Team at the suspect’s residence on Dawson Street in Dorchester. Officers made entry and safely recovered a loaded 9mm Glock 17 (Gen5) handgun, a loaded .38 special Taurus revolver, a loaded .38 special Smith & Wesson revolver, $615 in U.S. Currency along with several plastic bags containing various illegal narcotics including crack cocaine and fentanyl.

The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on the initial charge of Trafficking Class A Drugs, as well as additional numerous charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (3 Counts), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device (2 Counts), Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Trafficking Class B Drugs and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B and E Drugs.

 

Two in Custody and Loaded Firearm Recovered After BPD Officers Respond to Motor Vehicle Accident in Dorchester

 

SAFER BOSTON: At about 2:58 AM on Tuesday April 30, 2019, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) arrested two individuals on firearm related charges after responding to a motor vehicle accident in the area of 317 Geneva Avenue in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a damaged vehicle resting against a fence and observed a female, later identified as Melinda Lopes, 23, of Dorchester, seated in the driver’s seat. Officers made contact with the female party who immediately became argumentative and uncooperative while stating on several occasions that she had not been operating the vehicle at the time of the accident. When the officers requested further information, she exited the vehicle in an agitated state and pushed one of the officers at which time she was placed in custody without incident.

While the officers were securing the female suspect, a male, later identified as Jason Monteiro, 22, of Roxbury, approached the damaged vehicle and attempted to open the driver’s side door. As officers directed the male away from the car, a witness approached and informed them that the male party had been operating the motor vehicle at the time of the accident before switching seats with the female suspect who had been a passenger before the collision. Officers continued their investigation at which time they located and recovered a loaded 9mm Diamondback handgun from inside the vehicle. Officers then placed the male suspect in custody without incident.

Both parties will appear in Dorchester District Court for arraignment. Jason Monteiro was issued a motor vehicle citation as a result of the accident and will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Melinda Lopes will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Assault and Battery on a Police Officer.

 

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.