Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Is this guy for real ?????????

Cory Deboer
On April 14, 2014 at approximately 9:55 pm detectives assigned to the Special Crimes Unit were at the MBTA's South Station Bus Terminal on an investigation. While there a detective was carrying a department owned backpack which contained various items/accessories to facilitate the detective's assignment. As the detective placed the backpack onto a bus parking space platform he was approached by a male, later identified as Cory Deboer 25 of Whitman. Deboer engaged the detective into conversation. (unaware of the detective's law enforcement status) During the conversation Doboer pointed to the detective's backpack and asked if it was his. The detective confirmed his ownership of the back pack.

As soon as the detective's back was turned Doboer grabbed the back pack and retreated into the Bus Terminal concourse area and began to rummage through the bag. Unfortunately for Deboer other detectives were observing him. Deboer was placed into custody for Larceny and transported to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process. It is expected Deboer will be arraigned sometime today in Boston Municipal Court-Central Division.

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The events listed above are allegations; All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Please help us ID this thief.

TPD Seeking to ID this person
Transit Police Detectives are seeking the identity of the individual  depicted within. If you know the whereabouts or identity of this individual please contact our Criminal Investigations Unit at 617-222-1050. If you would like to assist our investigators but wish to remain anonymous you can always text us your tip to 873873 or use the anonymous feature on our SeeSay app.

On Thursday, 03/27/14, at approximately 5:00 p.m., a female passenger dropped her wallet on a seat inside of a Red Line train between JFK/UMass and Broadway MBTA Stations.  When the female attempted to retrieve her wallet the subject depicted intentionally sat on her wallet to conceal it.  The subject fled with the wallet at Broadway MBTA Station.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Boston man sells drugs to the wrong "customer"

Kenneth Johnson
On April 9, 2014 at approximately 10:55 am Transit Police detectives assigned to the Special Crimes Unit were at the MBTA's South Station Bus Terminal to address concerns of increased drug activity in and around the entrance area. While there detectives did place Kenneth Johnson, 42 of Boston into custody after he sold crack cocaine to an undercover police detective. Johnson was transported to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process. It is expected Johnson will be arraigned sometime tomorrow in Boston Municipal Court-Central Division for Distribution of a Controlled CL B Substance.

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The events listed above are allegations; All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Press Release: Awareness campaign sexual harassment/assaults on MBTA



Press Release

April 7, 2014
STOP Sexual harassment/assaults on MBTA


The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Fenway Health, Hollaback! Boston and the MBTA announced participation in a transatlantic effort to call attention to, address, and effectively respond to sexual harassment that happens on public transit systems worldwide. Global Guardian expands on the Boston campaign that started in 2008 regarding sexual assault and harassment on the MBTA. In this first year of what is expected to be a growing annual effort; five police forces based in Boston, London, Vancouver and Washington, D.C. will participate in the operation. Press conference will be held on the South Station concourse at 1:30pm on Tuesday April 8, 2014.

According to Joseph O’Connor, Superintendent-in-Chief of the MBTA Transit Police, "The MBTA and the MBTA Transit Police take sexual harassment seriously and will identify, arrest, and assist in the prosecution of offenders. We want the community to feel comfortable letting us know what they are seeing and experiencing because with their help we can make a difference." Gina Scaramella from the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center pointed to the upskirting incident from a month ago as a great demonstration of how everyone has a role to play. "In that case, it was the riders who let the police know that they observed an offender taking upskirt photos of women on public transportation."

"We are glad that everyone involved in this initiative is supportive of addressing harassment and violence that is targeted specifically at LGBT people," said Cara Presley-Kimball of the Violence Recovery program at Fenway Health. "We recognize the need for victims and bystanders alike to be able to speak about their experiences to both law enforcement and with other members of the community, however they are most comfortable," said Kate Ziegler of Hollaback! Boston.

MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott, PhD said, "Strong community partnerships are an important part of our ongoing efforts to maintain a safe transit environment for all of our customers." Global Guardian aims to improve the levels of reporting and access to services among victims of sexual offences and to create an environment on public transport networks around the world which does not tolerate intimidation and sexual harassment.

Transit Police will be providing flyers to the riding public with information to download onto their phones and mobile devices on the MBTA this week during the Global Guardian week of awareness. Joseph O’Connor, Superintendent-in-Chief of the MBTA Transit Police added, "We are heartened to see transit systems around the globe following Boston’s lead."

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Salem man arrested for Indecent Assault

Frentz Joseph
On April 4, 2014 at approximately 1:20pm a female reported the following to Transit Police; as she was travelling on an outbound Green Line trolley she was Indecently Assaulted by an unknown male as the train departed Copley MBTA station.

Subsequent to an investigation by Transit Police detectives Frentz Joseph, 32 of Salem was arrested on April 7, 2014 at approximately 7 pm at MBTA Park Street station. Joseph was transported to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process and is expected to be arraigned sometime today in Boston Municipal Court-Central Division for Indecent Assault & Battery.

media inquiries should be sent to tpdnews@mbta.com

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The events listed above are allegations; All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

If you have witnessed and/or been a victim of sexual harassment/assault while on the MBTA please contact our Criminal Investigations Unit at 617-222-1050. The Transit Police take these issues with the utmost seriousness and our detectives will work diligently to identify and hold those individuals, who engage in such behavior, accountable for their criminal acts.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Global Guardian


A transatlantic police operation will take place this week across England, Canada and the United States to crackdown on unwanted sexual behavior committed on public transport networks.




Global Guardian
 The operation, called Global Guardian, will run from Monday, April 7th to Friday, April 11th and will involve five police forces based in Boston, London, Vancouver and Washington, D.C.

 The organizations taking part include British Transport Police (BTP), Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), Transport for London (TfL), Metro Vancouver Transit Police, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Transit Police and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

 Global Guardian aims to improve the levels of reporting and access to services among victims of sexual offences and to create an environment on public transport networks around the world which does not tolerate intimidation and sexual harassment.

 
These types of offences often go unreported across the globe as victims either worry they won’t be taken seriously, think it’s not important enough, or believe it is just part and parcel of everyday life.

 
Global Guardian will involve an increased number of uniformed and plain clothes officers from the three different countries stepping up patrols on trains, buses, tubes and metro services.

 
They will be advising the travelling public about the initiative as well as identifying any suspicious behavior across the transport networks.

 
Throughout the week of action each police force will be using the hashtag #GlobalGuardian to raise awareness of the campaign and to encourage people to report incidents that have happened to them on the transport network.

 

Chief Paul MacMillan, of the MBTA Transit Police in Boston, said: “We are pleased to participate in this initiative and hope to raise awareness to what we know is a crime that often goes unreported.  Our passengers should know that we take these incidents seriously and they should not tolerate this type of behavior.”

 
Speaking on behalf of the partners in London, Chief Superintendent Paul Brogden, of British Transport Police, said: “BTP, MPS and TfL have been working together over the last year to increase awareness and confidence amongst the public to report unwanted sexual behaviour.

“We know that this problem isn’t unique to London and are eager to share our methods and findings with other forces. We’re keen to work with our partners in America and Canada, as we want all victims to know that they are not alone and will always be taken seriously when they report an incident. Together we are committed to stamping out this type of behaviour from transport networks around the world.”

 
Acting Superintendent Colin Carswell, MPS Safer Transport Command, added: “If someone has made you feel uncomfortable on your journey, however minor it may seem to you, reporting it to police can help us target the perpetrator and prevent it happening to another passenger.”

 
Chief Officer Neil Dubord, of the Transit Police in Vancouver, said: “Sexual offending on public transportation is a global issue and is something that the Metro Vancouver Transit Police take very seriously. We are pleased to be taking part in this international initiative and are committed to continuously working with all our partners both locally, and globally, to rid our system of this type of behavior.”

 Chief Ron Pavlik, of the Metro Transit Police in Washington DC, said: “Every customer has the right to expect a safe ride without fear of being sexually assaulted or harassed in any way.

 
"We are putting would-be harassers on notice that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated on DC's Metro system."


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Point of Entry Policing-JFK/UMass station

Sean Bennett
On April 6, 2014 at approximately 7:45 am a Transit Police officer working in Area 3 was conducting Point of Entry Policing at the MBTA's JFK/UMass station. While there they observed a male, later idnetified as Sean Bennett, 21 of Boston, fare evade by entering through the Emergency gate (exit only). The officer approached Bennett for the purpose of issuing a citation, Bennett furnished a false name and then fled out of the station. Another Transit Police officer, who was in the area, was able to apprehend Bennet a short distance away. Upon learning Bennett's true identity officers discovered there was a warrant in existence for his arrest issued out of Lynn District Court for Kidnapping, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Attempt to Commit a Crime.  Bennet was transported to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process. He was also issued a citation for fare evasion.

media inquiries should be sent to tpdnews@mbta.com

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The events listed above are allegations; All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.