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One Less Gun: Investigation Leads YVSF to Arrest Juvenile with Two Illegal Firearms

At about 10:10 PM on Friday, May 19, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested a 17-year-old juvenile for firearm related charges in the area 158 Walnut Avenue in District B-2 (Roxbury).

During an ongoing investigation, officers received information that indicated a particular 17-year-old male known to them may be in possession of a firearm. The officers were able to locate that suspect in the area of the above address. Found in the possession of the suspect were two firearms—one Ruger .45 caliber firearm and one Taurus 9mm firearm. Officers arrested the 17-year-old suspect from Dorchester and charged him with Delinquent to wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent Offense), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device, and Trespassing.

UPDATE to Missing Person Alert: Jalen Isaiah Smith

Jalen Isaiah Smith has been located and returned home safely. Thanks to all for their assistance.

Missing Person Alert: Jalen Isaiah Smith

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in efforts to locate 11-year-old Jalen Isaiah Smith who was reported missing on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 5:12 PM. He was last seen in the area of Beacon Street and Park Drive, Boston, getting off a school bus. Jalen was last seen wearing red pants, a grey shirt, grey and white sneakers, and a black backpack. He has been known to frequent areas of Roxbury and New Hampshire. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jalen is advised to contact 911 or District C-11 (Dorchester) Detectives at 617-343-4335.

One Less Gun: Officers Seize Illegal Firearm from Napping Felon

At about 4:50 AM on Friday, May 19, 2017, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a breaking and entering to a motor vehicle in the area of Abbotsford and Harold Streets.

Upon arrival, officers observed a vehicle parked near the above address with the passenger side door ajar. As officers approached the car, they observed a male who appeared to be sleeping in the driver’s seat. Next to the male, on top of the center console, officers observed a black firearm resting in such a position that would suggest the male had placed it down with his right hand. One officer reached inside the vehicle to secure the firearm when the male simultaneously woke up. The officer shouted, “Don’t move!” as the male startled and reached for the firearm. The officer was able to move quickly to secure the loaded Sig Sauer P250 firearm before the suspect could get a firm grip on it.

The male was then removed from the vehicle and apprehended. When he could not produce a License to Carry, officers arrested the suspect, identified as 34-year-old Alex Cherizard of Charlestown. Cherizard was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Receiving Stolen Property over $250, and Armed Career Criminal.

Remember Viggo? He’s growing up fast!

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Photo by Dawn Rabinowitz

Boston Police Department K-9 Viggo is all grown up and was recently photographed for the May/June edition of Working Dog Magazine with BPD head trainer, Officer Troy Caisey. We first introduced you to Viggo two years ago when he was a puppy in need of a name and, with the help of the community’s hundreds of entries, Officer Caisey chose the valiant name Viggo. Since then, Viggo has trained diligently for the BPD as a dual purpose Explosive Ordinance Detection and Patrol K-9. He was most recently certified by the BPD for bomb and firearm detection, as well as earning ATF certification for explosive detection. Viggo was also at the Boston Marathon finish line this year, keeping spectators and runners safe before and during the race. When he turns two years old this June, he will go for his National Patrol Dog certification with handler Caisey at the helm. Keep up the great work, Viggo, and stay safe!

Officers Arrest Fugitive Murder Suspect in Dominican Republic for 2010 Shooting Death of Luis Montanez

At about 12:25 AM on Friday, May 19, 2017, members of the BPD Fugitive Apprehension Unit successfully extradited murder suspect, 31-year-old Charlie Brea, from the Dominican Republic to Boston. Brea was wanted on a Roxbury Court warrant, as a well as a Suffolk County Superior Court indictment warrant for Murder, and was arrested at Logan Airport with the assistance of the HIDTA Task Force and the United States Marshals.

The warrants stem from the 2010 shooting death of 25-year-old Luis Montanez of Boston in the area of 151 Blue Hill Avenue in District B-2 (Roxbury). After a lengthy joint Homicide/Fugitive investigation involving the BPD Homicide Unit, BPD Fugitive Apprehension Unit, and Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Brea was captured in the Dominican Republic roughly seven years after he shot and killed Montanez in the early morning hours of October 23, 2010 outside the Breezeway Bar in Roxbury.

“My detectives never consider any case ‘cold,’” said Commissioner William Evans, “and they’ll leave no stone unturned in order to find a suspect who is attempting to avoid capture. This arrest is the culmination of seven years of incredible diligence and dedication on the part of the Boston Police Department, and we intend to bring the suspect to justice for the victim’s family.”

Great Work Recognized: Eight Boston Patrolmen Awarded Nation’s Top Police Honor

This week, thousands of police officers converged on the nation’s capital for Police Week. Among them were several Boston police officers who traveled to Washington D.C. to receive the nation’s highest police award, the TOP COPS Award.

Since 1994, NAPO has presented the TOP COPS Award as a means to educate the American public about America’s heroes and to pay tribute to law enforcement officers in federal, state, county, and local agencies across the country for actions during the preceding year that rise above and beyond the call of duty. The Boston Police Department is proud to have eight recipients of the award this year. They are:

Patrolman Eric Thomas Schmidt
Patrolman Richard Cintolo
Patrolman Matthew J. Morris
Patrolman Clifton Singletary
Patrolman Lenin Ortiz
Patrolman Joseph H. McSorley
Patrolman Joseph Greco
Sergeant Norberto Perez

To these officers, and all of this year’s recipients, we say congratulations on this top honor!

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers in Hyde Park Arrest Suspect After Armed Robbery in Cleary Square

At about 6:19 PM on Wednesday May 17. 2017, officers assigned to District E-18 (Hyde Park) made an onsite arrest after an armed robbery in the area of 1266 River Street in Hyde Park. Officers responded to a report of a robbery by a suspect armed with a taser at the Metro PCS Wireless store which is located approximately 300 feet away from the district police station. Shortly the incident, an officers observed a suspect matching the given description, later identified as Julian Daniels, 62, of Boston, operating a motor scooter and attempted to perform a traffic stop. The suspect failed to stop for the officer and continued riding until he lost control of the scooter in the area of Rosewood Street at which time additional units arrived on scene and placed the suspect in custody after a brief struggle. Officers then safely recovered a functioning taser from the suspect as well as cash which was taken during the robbery. The suspect has since been arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Armed Robbery, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (to wit: Taser -2 Counts), Failure to Stop for a Police Officer and Operating After Revocation or Suspension.

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 10 Nottingham Street in Dorhcester

At about 10:56 PM on Saturday, May 13, 2017, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 10 Nottingham Street. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds who was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim has since been identified as Mark Edwards, 22, of Dorchester.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating 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.

Arrest Made in Connection to Mother’s Day Shooting in Dorchester

At about 3:45 PM on Wednesday May 17, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force in a coordinated effort with the Framingham Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police arrested Rumel Santana, 20, of Dorchester, in connection with a non-fatal shooting that occurred on Mother’s Day. At about 1:19 PM on Sunday May 14, 2017, officers responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 28 Downer Avenue in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located an adult female victim suffering from an apparent non-life threatening gunshot wound. The victim, who is eight months pregnant, was transported to an area hospital where she was treated and later released. During the course of the investigation, the suspect was identified, located and placed in custody without incident. The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on numerous charges including Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (to wit: Gun), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling.

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