Thursday, September 2, 2021

To catch a predator.

 On August 31, 2021 at approximately 10:45PM Transit Police officers assigned to the North District received a radio call to respond to the MBTA's Orient Heights station for an unknown disturbance. Upon arrival officers were met by a male who informed the officers he produces an internet series in which he catches child predators. The reporting male party pointed out a male, later identified Jose Hernandez, 36, of Chelsea and informed the officers Hernandez was there to meet, who he (Hernandez) believed was a 14 year old boy to engage in sexual activity with. The reporting male party showed the officers numerous incriminating and explicit text messages exchanged between Hernandez and who he (Hernandez) believed was a minor child. The reporting male party also displayed explicit photo's allegedly sent by Hernandez to who he (Hernandez) believed was a minor child. 

After additional investigatory steps Officers placed Hernandez into custody for Enticement of a Minor Child Under Age 16 and transported him to TPD HQ for the arrest booking process. 

media inquiries should be directed to Superintendent Richard Sullivan at  the events listed above are allegations; All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt