Friday, November 30, 2012

Graffiti Vandal Identified

Transit Police/Wright's tag
Each year graffiti and other forms of vandalism committed on MBTA property costs an estimated 1 million dollars to remove and/or fix. To fight back against these criminal and costly acts the Transit Police dedicate resources for identifying, prosecuting and in some instances obtaining court ordered restitution from individuals responsible for such behavior against the MBTA. Lieutenant Detective Nancy O'Loughlin, a 30 year veteran of the Transit Police Department, is recognized throughout the United States as an expert in conducting graffiti investigations and for her ability to interpret the "tagging" signs left behind by vandals.  LT.Det. O'Loughlin has been identifying and bringing those responsible for defacing MBTA property into the criminal justice system since 1984. She has recouped thousands of dollars in restitution for the MBTA over the years. ( read story here )

Transit Police/Wright's tag
Transit Police/Wright's tag
Most recently LT.Det. O'Loughlin has identified an individual who has been defacing not only MBTA property but properties located within Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Newton and Somerville for the past two years. On November 9th, 2012 investigators lead by LT.Det. O'Loughlin executed a search warrant on a residence located in Somerville. As a result, criminal charges will be sought against Spencer Wright, 21 of Somerville, MA., for multiple counts of felony Defacing Property and multiple counts felony Vandalism. Wright will have to appear in the following courts, Boston Municipal Court, Brookline, Cambridge, Newton and Somerville in the near future.

Superintendent -in-Chief Joseph O'Connor commended the work of LT. O'Loughlin, " the identification and subsequent charges in this case are another example of the great police work that she has done over the last 30 years to identify individuals who vandalize property throughout the Commonwealth and the nation ". 

LT. Det. O'Loughlin recently announced that she would be retiring. LT.Det. O'Loughlin began her career in 1983 and held various positions within the department. LT Det. O'Loughlin is highly respected in the law enforcement community for her unique ability to identify and successfully assist in the prosecution of graffiti vandals throughout the world. LT.Det O'Loughlin received numerous commendations throughout her career. In 2000 LT.Det. O'Loughlin saved the life of a victim who had been stabbed at the Downtown Crossing MBTA station.  For her heroic actions she was presented with the Medal of Valor by Governor Paul Cellucci at the annual Trooper George L. Hanna  Memorial Awards Ceremony. 

We wish LT.Det. O'Loughlin a long, happy and healthy retirement ! Congratulations Nancy !


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

TPD investigating Indecent Assault & Battery

On Tuesday November 27th, 2012 a female reported at approximately 12:30PM she was indecently assaulted while entering the MBTA JFK/UMASS station, located in Dorchester. The assault is reported to have occurred in the parking area, adjacent to Sydney Street, while walking towards the station entrance.

  The suspect is described as follows: White male, mid 20's, 5'10" in height, heavy build, clear complexion, scruffy brown beard, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt (NO LOGO), light blue jeans and sneakers.

Transit Police detectives are actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident. Witnesses or anyone with information are encouraged to contact the Criminal Investigation Unit at 617-222-1050. If you wish to assist in this investigation anonymously, or any other matter involving the MBTA, you can do so via our SeeSay app or by simply texting your tip to 873873.

Remember to always be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious persons or items on the MBTA. In a emergency situation you can always to speak with a police officer immediately by calling 617-222-1212.


Monday, November 26, 2012

TPD Activity Nov.25th

On November 25th, 2012 at approximately 10:15am Transit Police officers assigned to Area 1 were on patrol at MBTA's Chinatown station, outbound platform, when their attention was drawn to two males, later identified as Jose Correano, 30 of Boston,MA. and Luis Quiles, 41 also of Boston,MA. Correano and Quiles were huddled together in what appeared to be an attempt to hide something from passersby. The officers walked in their direction and observed both males holding several wrist watches with the "price tags" still affixed. Upon noticing the officers Correano and Quiles attempted to stuff the watches into their pockets and began to walk away from the officers. The officers caught up to both subjects and engaged them in conversation. It was determined the watches, 13 in total, had recently been stolen from Macy's department store located a short distance away. Quiles confirmed he was just inside Macy's and ultimately admitted to stealing the mechandise. Both Quiles and Correano were placed into custody for Receiving Stolen property and transported to Transit Police HQ for the booking process. The watches were confiscated as evidence and an employee from Macy's loss prevention team confirmed, via the SKU number, the watches were from Macy's. Both subjects will appear in Boston Municipal Court sometime today.

On November 25th, 2012 at approximately 3:30pm Transit Police officers assigned to Area 2 received a radio call to respond to MBTA Lechmere station for a report of a male party who was running in front of the oncoming trolley's. Upon arrival officers spoke with an MBTA employee who witnessed and pointed to the male, later identified as Alzy Bello, 27 of Boston,MA. ,  who was "darting" in front of the trolleys. Officers approached Bello to ascertain what his reasoning was and to explain the dangers associated with crossing over the tracks in the presence of oncoming trolleys. Bello replied by stating he had a "right to remain silent". He certainly did, turns out Bello had an outstanding warrant for his arrest issued from Brookline District Court for motor vehicle violations. Bello was placed into custody for the warrant and transported to Transit Police HQ for the booking process. Bello will appear in Brookline D.C.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

DC Green completes specialized training

Deputy Chief Ken Green

Man bites cab driver @Wonderland Station

On November 20th, 2012 at approximately 1:30am Transit Police officers along with Revere Police officers received a radio call to respond to Wonderland MBTA station busway for a report of an affray in progress. Upon arrival officers observed multiple individuals, some sporting injuries, who appeared to have been engaged in conflict. Officers calmed the situation and separated subjects involved. Witnesses and victims present informed the officers of the following: two males, later identified as Ivan Hernandez, 22 of Dorchester, MA. and Jevaun Jacques, 21 of Mattapan, MA. approached an MBTA employee claiming to be T employees and demanded a ride. The MBTA employee refused, in response Hernandez and Jacques kicked the real MBTA employee's vehicle. Hernandez and Jacques then approached a cab driver parked within the cab stand at Wonderland station and requested to be driven to Blue Hill Avenue for "twenty dollars". The cab driver refused and explained the fare to Blue Hill Avenue would be 50 dollars. At this time Jacques began to punch the cab driver about the head and face with a closed fist through the open window causing a laceration to the victim's forehead.

A fellow cab driver witnessing the brutal attack came to the victim's aid and attempted to pull Jacques away from him. As he was attempting to pull Jacques away from the victim/fellow cab driver Hernandez set upon him punching him in the head, it was at this time Jacques bit him on the hand puncturing the skin. Jacques and Hernandez then threw the 2nd victim to the ground and proceeded to punch and kick him. Several other cab drivers witnessing the assault came to his aid and were able to cease the assault until police arrived. Jacques was placed under arrest for the following charges, Assault&Battery on a person over 60, A&B w/Dangerous Weapon-shod foot, Aggravated A&B w/injuries and A&B. Hernandez was placed under arrest for the following charges, A&B on a person over 60, A&B w/Dangerous Weapon-shod foot and A&B.

While placing Jacques into the arrest transport vehicle he kicked a Transit Police officer, striking him in the hip area. Jacques will be additionally charged with A&B on a Police Officer. Jacques and Hernandez were transported to Transit Police HQ for the booking process and will appear in Chelsea DC sometime today.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Woman arrested for Cruelty to Animal

On November 15th, 2012 at approximately 7:45 am Transit Police officers assigned to Area 1 were on patrol at MBTA's South Station Commuter Rail lobby when they were approached by a concerned citizen who informed them a woman was badly abusing a small dog (believed to be a Yorkshire terrier) inside the women's restroom. The citizen stated the suspect, later identified as Ana Prado, 26 of Henderson, Nevada, suspended the dog in the air by its leash, essentially hanging the dog. Additionally, officers were notified,  Prado punched the dog at least three times and also kicked the dog. A second witness coroborated the original witness statement. A female Transit Police officer entered the Women's restroom and escorted Prado outside where she was placed under arrest for Cruelty to Animals. Prado stated to the officers at the time of her arrest she was in Boston to attend Suffolk Superior Court for a charge of drug trafficking. Prado was transported to Transit Police HQ for booking and appeared in Boston Municipal Court the same day.

The dog, named "Dolce", was turned over to the City of Boston's Animal Control Division and was evaluated by a veterinarian for any injuries.

Transit Police- "Dolce"
Transit Police-"Dolce'

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Identification sought

On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, the male subject depicted within fraudulently used stolen credit cards at MBTA Copley, Back Bay and North Stations.

 The subject is described as follows:

 ·      A black male, medium build, 50-55 years of age, approximately 6’00” in height, wearing a grey sweater with two (2) black horizontal lines, grey pants, brown shoes and carrying a black backpack.
If you know the indentity or whereabouts of this person please contact the Transit Police Criminal Investigations Unit at 617-222-1050 or the Intelligence Unit at 617-222-1170. You may also assist our investigators anonymously by sending your tip via our SeeSay app or by simply texting us at 873873  (our text tip line is 100% anonymous)
Transit Police
Transit Police



Transit Police

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Man arrested for Indecent assault

On June 19th, 2012  at approximately 4:30 pm a female was indecently assaulted while at Park Street MBTA station (Green Line) as she was walking up the stairway that leads to the Boston Common. The victim contacted Transit Police and reported the incident.  Transit Police detectives conducted an investigation, as a result of their investigation Daniel Ruffini, 50 of Dorchester, MA. , was arrested for Indecent Assault & Battery on November 7th, 2012. Ruffini was processed at Transit Police HQ and appeared in Boston Municipal Court the same day.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

MBTA Information

The MBTA is the fifth largest public transportation agency in the country, transporting 1.35 million passengers on a daily basis. The MBTA and the MBTA Transit Police are committed to ensuring a safe and efficient system for our riding public. To that end, we have assembled a list of contact numbers to assist you should you need to contact the MBTA. If you need to contact the Transit Police, you may do so 24 hours a day 7 days a week. In cases of emergency please call 617-222-1212 or use MBTA SeeSay app for iPhone and Android. For all NON-emergency business with Transit Police please dial 617-222-1000. If you have information regarding criminal activity on the MBTA or wish to assist our detectives with an investigation you can do so anonymously by simply texting your message to 873873. 

Useful MBTA contact numbers:

MBTA Customer service number: 617-222-3200
For travel information, schedules, comments, or complaints
Toll Free: 1-800-392-6100 (Monday thru Friday 6:30am to 8pm, Sat/Sun 7:30am to 6pm )
Deaf or Hard of Hearing: TTY (617) 222-5146
Main Switchboard: (617) 222-5000

MBTA Corporate Program: (888) 844-0353
MBTA Internet & Phone Sales: (888) 844-0355
Semester Pass Program: Harriet Babb (617) 222-2556
Lost & Found:
Subway/Bus, Lost & Found: (617) 222-3200
(8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Mon-Fri)

Commuter Rail:

North Station, Lost & Found: (617) 222-3600
(7:00 AM - 7:00 PM Mon-Fri)
South Station, Lost & Found: (617) 222-8120
(7:00 AM - 7:00 PM Mon-Fri)


Quincy/Hull/Logan/Boston Commuter Ferry: (617) 222-6999
Hingham Commuter Ferry: (781) 749-8009
Inner Harbor Ferry: (617) 227-4321

Senior Citizens/Transportation Access Passes: (617) 222-5976

Deaf or Hard of Hearing: TTY (617)-222-5854

Elevator Update Line: (617) 222-2828

The Ride Program: (617) 222-5123, (617) 222-5415 TT

Accessibility Hotline

Elevator/Escalator/Lift Updates

Mailing address:

10 Park Plaza, Suite 3910
Boston, MA. 02116


  Protecting your Rights

Friday, November 2, 2012

Transit Police log

On November 1st, 2012 at approximately 5PM Transit Police officers assigned to Area 1 were on patrol at MBTA Park Street station when they observed a male, later identified as William Lahme, 55 of Boston,MA., enter into the station without paying. Officers approached Lahme for purposes of issuing him a citation. While the officers were obtaining the necessary information Lahme suddenly fled the platform area and exited through the fare gates running up the stairs which lead outside the station. Officers pursued Lahme and were able to grabbed hold of him, Lahme however held onto the railing and refused to let go. Ultimately officers were able to bring Lahme under control, Lahme was attempting to flee for good reason; there were two outstanding default warrants for his arrest issued from Ayer District Court for OUI Liquor 2nd Offence and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle. The 2nd warrant also from Ayer D.C. was for Breaking &Entering and Malicious Destruction of Property. Lahme was placed into custody, transported to Transit Police HQ for processing and issued a citation for fare evasion. Lahme will eventually appear back in Ayer D.C.

On Thursday November 1st, 2012 at approximately 6PM Transit Police detectives were at Downtown Crossing MBTA station on a follow up investigation when they recognized two individuals, Angela Blomquist, 32 of Hyde Park, MA., and Keith Grace, 20 also of Hyde Park,MA.,  whom they believed had outstanding warrants for their arrest. Detectives confirmed the existence of the warrants and placed both subjects into custody; Blomquist had an outstanding warrant issued from Boston Municipal Court for Uttering and Grace had several warrants issued from Brookline District Court for Assault &Battery on a Child with Injuries, Reckless Endangerment of a Child, Assault & Battery and Intimdation. Blomquist and Grace were transported to Transit Police HQ for processing and will appear in the respective courts sometime today.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Urban Shield: 24 hour exercise

Urban Shield

Fare Evasion update

On October 31st, 2012 at approximately 6:40PM Transit Police officers assigned to Area 1 were at Copley Sq. MBTA station conducting fare evasion enforcement. While there they had occasion to observe a male, later identified as Derek Ramsey, 26 of South Boston, MA., "piggyback" in behind a paying customer and enter into the paid area of the station. Officers approached Ramsey for purposes of issuing him a citation, during the course of obtaining his information officers discovered there was an outstanding default warrant for Ramsey's arrest. The warrant issued by Chelsea District Court was for Operating to Endanger and Leaving the Scene of an Accident w/property Damage. Ramsey was placed into custody and transported to Transit Police HQ for processing.

*** Fare Evasion Update Nov 1st, 2012
thus far this year Transit Police officers have issued 4,135 fare evasion citations, compared to this time last year there were 2,554 fare evasion citations issued. The Transit Police will continue to enforce fare evasion throughout the system by utilizing both plainclothe and uniform officers. Superintendent-in-Chief Joseph O'Connor stated, " oftentimes individuals who are stopped for fare evasion are wanted for other crimes. By utilizing our Point of Entry policing strategy, we believe stopping individuals for fare evasion will result in a safer system for all our riders ".