Some Crimes on the Rise in Eastie

August 25, 2014
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District & Community Officer Dan Simons goes over police statistics at Monday night’s Orient Heights Neighborhood Council.

District & Community Officer Dan Simons goes over police statistics
at Monday night’s Orient Heights Neighborhood Council.

While overall Part One crime is down in East Boston three percent, homicides, rape or attempted rape, robbery or attempted robbery, and burglary or attempted burglary are up when compared to same time period last year.

District 7’s Community Officer Dan Simons was at Monday night’s Orient Heights Neighborhood Council to report on crime stats.

Simons said that from January 1 to July 27 2014 there have been 18 less incidents of Part One crime when compared to last year.

However, a look at the stats show that some crimes have increased.

There were no homicides during this time period in 2013. However, Eastie has already experienced three homicides. There have been nine rapes or attempted rapes compared to seven last year. Robbery or attempted robbery was up from 56 to 65 and there were four more burglaries or attempted burglaries when compared to last year.

While there was a slight uptick in these crimes, aggravated assaults, larceny and vehicle thefts are down.

Aggravated assaults were down from 91 to 85, larceny was down 272 to 252 and vehicle thefts are down 58 to 48.

Overall there were 547 Part One crimes, down from 565 which reflects the 3 percent decrease.

At Monday’s OHNC meeting Simons said District 7 has arrested three suspects that may have been responsible for the recent uptick in robberies.

Over the weekend officers from District 7 responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of 63 Maverick Street in East Boston.

Officers were informed by witnesses that three males in the area had been causing a disturbance in the residential neighborhood. Officers spoke to individuals in the area who provided descriptions of the males and informed officers that one of them had been in possession of a revolver.

As officers arrived on scene, they observed an unknown black male, matching the description of one of the suspects, running on Havre Street towards Sumner Street. The male had been sweating profusely and appeared to be out of breath. Officers then observed two other black males, also matching the description of the suspects in the rear of 18 London Street.

After a search of the area in which the suspects had been officers to located a FIE Corp Titanic .32 Long Caliber five shot revolver loaded with two live rounds of ammunition in the rear of 55 Maverick Street.

Officers arrested two 17-year-old juvenile males from Eastie and 20-year-old Remi Jones of Cambridge. All three suspects were charged with Disturbing the Peace.

Jones faces an additional charge of Trespassing while one of the juveniles is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

“Our District 7 officers are committed to preventing crime, addressing issues affecting the quality of life, and ensuring public safety seven days a week and twenty four hours a day,” said Captain Kelley McCormick. “These goals cannot be achieved without the many partnerships that we have formed within the community. Our partners in East Boston include the business community, homeowners, landlords, property managers, public and private schools, as well as the long list of active citizens groups that assist us in our efforts. We are all a part of a commitment to keep East Boston a safe, welcoming, and vibrant community for all segments of what is the most diverse neighborhood in Boston.”

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District & Community Officer Dan Simons goes over police statistics at Monday night’s Orient Heights Neighborhood Council.

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