Friday, March 22, 2019

Identification sought re: Lewd & Lascivious Conduct


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

The subject depicted within is wanted for questioning relative to Lewd & Lascivious Conduct onboard a Red Line train on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at approximately 4:32 PM.


 

Monday, March 18, 2019

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2019 Transit Police related activity.

March 17, 2019 Saint Patrick's Day Parade related incidents:


11AM: TPD officers while riding on a Forge Park train to monitor the large crowd enroute to the parade observed the following individuals intentionally punching out overhead lights on board causing over 7,000 dollars worth of damage: A 17 year old female juvenile from North Attelboro and Brendan McHugh, 18, of Attleboro Falls. Officers had the train stopped at Norwood Depot and placed both subjects into custody for Malicious Destruction to Property.


3:30PM: While TPD officers were speaking with an intoxicated male at Broadway Station a 23 year old male, later identified as George Sawchuck of Cumberland Center, Maine, climbed over a barricade and closed fisted struck the other male in the face and then fled. TPD officers pursued Sawchuck and apprehended him.


4:15PM: While Parade goers were boarding a Providence train at South Station officers attention was drawn to two males, later identified as Othane Chabane, 20, of Bristol, Rhode Island, and Evan Thornton, 20, of Swansea, violently pushing through the crowd so they could cut the line and enter the train. Officers intercepted the duo. One of our officers, a female, who Chabane and Thorton immediately referred to as a word that begins with a B and word that begins with a C  was forcefully pushed her aside by the offending males. The officer stood her ground and was assisted by additional TPD officers. Both subjects were placed into custody.


5PM: Officers observed another impatient parade goer, later identified as Alexander Simolari, 20, of Franklin, forcefully pushing his way through the crowd at South Station. While officers were attempting to catch up to Simolari he drove his shoulder into another male, later identified as Ian Hikel, 23, of Clinton knocking him to the side. The two exchanged words.  Hikel charged and tackled Simolari to the ground and the two began fighting one another. Officers separated he combatants and placed both into custody.


5PM: While at North Station commuter rail monitoring the large crowds TPD officers observed a male, later identified as Keenan Parlin, 21, of Billerica on top of a male victim,  later identified as a 19 year of male from Massachusetts, and forcefully shaking the victim's body causing his head to batter into the ground. Officers immediately intervened and prevented further harm. Parlin will be charged with Assault & Battery Dangerous Weapon.


TPD officers also intercepted dozens of parade goers who choose to ignore the warning relative to consuming alcohol while on the MBTA.


Happy Saint Patrick's Day.


media inquiries should be directed to Superintendent Richard Sullivan at rsullivan@mbta.com

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Trespasser struck: Beverly

On March 16, 2019 at approximately 5:30 PM Transit Police officers assigned to the North District received a radio call for a person possibly struck by a Commuter Rail train near Montserrat Station in Beverly. Multiple TPD units responded along with Beverly Fire and EMS. TPD personnel on scene report the following preliminary information: A male, age unknown, while trespassing on the right of way, in the vicinity of 248 Essex Street, was struck by an inbound train on the Gloucester Line. The male was pronounced deceased as a result of injuries sustained.


Transit Police detectives and the Essex County District Attorney's Office is investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident. Foul play is NOT suspected. NO further updates.

Media inquiries should be directed to Superintendent Richard Sullivan at rsullivan@mbta.com

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Triple play: Warrants, possession of stolen merchandise and fare evasion.

Cesar Valentin
On March 13, 2019 at approximately 5:30PM members of the Crime Suppression Team were at MBTA Andrew Sq. station conducting Point of Entry Policing. While there they observed a male, later identified as Cesar Valentin, 33, of Chelsea, fare evade. Officers approached Valentin for the purposes of issuing a citation and subsequently discovered there was a warrant for Valentin's arrest issued from Boston Municipal Court for Assault & Battery and Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon. As officers were placing Valentin into custody they observed Valentin was in possession of a brand new "Tommy Hilfiger" shirt with the Anti-Theft device still attached.


Valentin was transported to TPD HQ for the arrest booking process.


Friday, March 8, 2019

Great police work by TPD nets Allston man targeting teenage females.

Graham-Smith
From January 2019 through March 6, 2019 Transit Police detectives were actively investigating reports of an adult male committing lewd acts directed at teenage females on MBTA buses and subway stations in the Dorchester area. Subsequent to that investigation TPD Detectives identified Keith Graham-Smith, 23, of Allston as the offending male. An arrest warrant was obtained for Graham-Smith's arrest.  

On March 7, 2019 at approximately 2:30PM two eagle eyed TPD officers spotted Graham-Smith at the intersection of Woodbole Ave and Woodruff Way in Mattapan. As officers approached Graham Smith he fled and a foot pursuit ensued. Ultimately officers apprehended Graham-Smith and placed him into custody and transported him to TPD HQ for the arrest booking process. Graham-Smith to face Open & Gross Lewdness charges.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

TPD Officers Indicted by Suffolk County Grand Jury.


Suffolk DA, Transit Police Chief Charge Officer and Two Supervisors in

Beating, Civil Rights Violation, and Cover-up

 

BOSTON, March 6, 2019—Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins and MBTA Transit Police Chief Kenneth Green today announced indictments against a former police officer who allegedly beat a homeless man and two sergeants accused of assisting him in covering up the excessive and unlawful use of force.

“The conduct alleged in these indictments is unacceptable at every level,” District Attorney Rollins said. “The charges reflect an unprovoked armed assault by a uniformed officer on a vulnerable member of our community, followed by a joint venture with supervising officers to cover up that crime. Actions like these undermine the hard work of countless honest, professional police officers and seriously erode trust in law enforcement. Crimes against public integrity are some of the most important that my office can bring on behalf of victims and our community, and I take them extremely seriously.”

“Words cannot express the extreme disappointment I have in the officers who violated the victim and the public’s trust in such an egregious manner,” Chief Green said. “However I refuse to allow the corrupt actions of these individuals to tarnish the vast majority of the men and women of the Transit Police who day in and day out wear their badges and perform their duties with honor and integrity.”

Based on a lengthy investigation by Transit Police detectives and Suffolk County prosecutors, the Suffolk County Grand Jury today returned indictments charging former Transit Police Officer DORSTON BARTLETT, 65, of Lynn with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and violating a person’s civil rights for allegedly using his baton to strike a 32-year-old homeless man multiple times at Ashmont station in the early morning hours of July 27, 2018.

The indictments also charge Bartlett with misleading a police officer for allegedly giving false statements to two Boston Police officers who later responded to the scene, as well as assault and battery for allegedly grabbing and pushing the victim during the booking process that followed his arrest.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury returned additional indictments charging Bartlett, Sergeant DAVID FINNERTY, 43, of Rutland and Sergeant KENNY ORCEL, 55, of Chelmsford with making a false report as a public officer or employee, and additionally indicted Finnerty and Orcel as accessories after the fact to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. These charges stem from the alleged collusion among all three to create a false incident report on Bartlett’s encounter with the victim in the hours following the assault.

At the time of the offenses, Finnerty was the shift officer in charge and Orcel was the shift patrol supervisor; both were placed on leave – and Bartlett retired – last year in the course of the investigation.

The evidence suggests that Bartlett arrested the victim after the assault and attempted to charge him with assault and battery on a police officer. In support of that charge, Finnerty allegedly drafted a report that was submitted by Bartlett and ultimately approved by Orcel. Later the same morning, a member of the Transit Police command staff learned of Bartlett’s use of force and reviewed both a preliminary draft of that report and video from public safety cameras at Ashmont station. Based on his observations, he ordered the victim released from custody, charges did not issue, and the criminal investigation was launched.

Myriah Young is the DA’s victim-witness advocate assigned to the case. Bartlett, Finnerty, and Orcel are expected to appear for arraignment on March 27.

 
Media inquiries should be directed to Superintendent Richard Sullivan at rsullivan@mbta.com

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Dorchester man bites another passenger at North Station.

Edwin Melenciano
On February 28, 2019 at approximately 6:45AM Transit Police officers assigned to the Central District received a radio call to respond to the MBTA's North Station for a report of a disturbance. Upon arrival officers were met by the victim, a 30 year old male, who displayed a fresh human bite mark on his left arm that was bleeding. The victim pointed out a male, later identified as Edwin Melenciano, 34, of Dorchester and informed the officers Meleciano had just bitten him. The victim was at a loss as to why he was bitten and stated Melenciano had been harassing him on the platform.


Officers approached Melenciano and observed he had dried blood around his lower lip. Melenciano was uncooperative and boisterous towards the officers. Officers placed Melenciano into custody and transported him to TPDHQ for the arrest booking process. The victim was transported by Boston EMS for evaluation and treatment.