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‘Snitches’ key to BPD hotline

The Operation Division of the BPD receives some 600,000 calls yearly from residents with information regarding criminal activity or calls for services - that is equivalent to 16,044 calls a day. If you are a parent with teenagers and they hear you telling the police about your displeasure with the activity on the street or in the neighborhood, your teenager will probably say to you, “don’t be a snitch.”

According to the dictionary, a snitch is a person who gives information. Did you know that “911” is sometimes called “The Snitches Hotline.” But that is all right because the police love snitches. They have good information. Law abiding citizens love snitches too. Snitches know who is breaking into homes, stealing cars, vandalizing property, selling drugs and shooting up the neighborhood. Hopefully these menaces to society are punished, rehabilitated and reintegrated back into society as changed individuals; the latter has not happened recently but we are hopeful.

There are a few things that get a snitch to activate the hotline: If you are young, good looking, driving a fancy car, getting lots of attention from the ladies and you are involved in criminal activity, watch your back, because your friend will be calling the snitches hotline on you. The woman that you think you are playing, the one that you hold tight at night whispering sweet words in her ears, don’t make her angry and please don’t come home late smelling like you just came from a perfume-testing seminar because the snitches hotline will be getting a call and your criminal secrets will be revealed.

The police will know where the guns, drugs and stolen property are located. The police encourage you to keep calling 911. All your calls will be answered. You are the chief cornerstone to making a safer neighborhood.

July 10, 7:05 p.m.

After receiving numerous complaints of drug activity in the area of Walk Hill Street/Hyde Park Avenue, District E-13 Drug Control Unit conducted a surveillance of the area. Officers noticed a pedestrian constantly looking into passing vehicles while calling someone on his cell phone. Moments later a gray Infiniti stopped and picked the pedestrian up, took him to a convenience store and returned him to the same location. The pedestrian was stopped.

Before the officers could explain to him why they wanted to speak with him, he told them that he had a $150 worth of crack cocaine in his sock, and that he got it from the guy in the gray Infiniti. He was so helpful he even gave the officers the drug dealer’s cell phone number. Officers stopped the Infiniti on York Street in Mattapan. Seized from the operator was $2,503.00, and he was arrested for distribution of Class “B”. At the booking desk the dealer told officers that he was a music promoter and the buyer stated that he was a painter.

July 11, 2:15 p.m.

Officers were dispatched to Floyd Street for a person with a gun. Upon arrival, the officers noticed a male grab his waist; his mouth was open, eyes popped, and he immediately ran into the first floor apartment. According to the Incident Report, the officers knew that he was the person of interest because both officers had been trained by ATF in the characteristics of an armed gunman. Of course, they followed the person of interest into the apartment.

As the officers entered the room, the person of interest came walking out of the living room and attempted to walk pass the officers. He was stopped and handcuffed for the officers’ safety. Officers then noticed that the person of interest was sweating profusely and staring at the couch. Apparently this is another characteristic of an armed gunman; one of the officers went back into the living room and lifted the couch and discovered a Smith and Wesson .357, Marcas Registradas fully loaded. The suspect was arrested.

Thirty minutes later, officers were called back to the same location on Floyd Street for a disorderly person. The sister of the arrested suspect decided to beat up the neighbors for being snitches. She was also arrested. At approximately 4:30 p.m., officers responded a third time to that location on Floyd Street for a stabbing. The 37 year old female told officers that her boyfriend was helping her move out of her apartment when four men began beating him with sticks and one of the men stabbed her. A witness to the incident told officers that the stabbing victim’s boyfriend started the fight by attacking the four men with a large knife and upon police arrival, the knife was given to an unidentified female. The victim of the stabbing was transported to Carney Hospital for treatment.

July 11, 12:02 a.m.

Eighteen-year old male was shot in the left buttock while taking a shortcut to his grandmother’s house. The young man told the police that he got off the trolley in the area of Central Ave. and decided to take a short cut in the area near Cedar Street that led to the back entrance of the Gallivan Housing Development. He stated that while taking the short cut he heard a loud “bang.” Shortly afterward he felt a sharp pain and realized that he had been shot.

When he got to his grandmother’s house on Woodruff Way, he asked her to take him to the hospital. The grandmother did not know that her grandson had been shot. Officers conducted a search of the areas the victim mentioned that he passed through, but they were unable to locate a crime scene or ballistic evidence.

July 11, 2:38 p.m.

It is not a good idea to let an angry cook in the kitchen. Officers responded to Flames Restaurant on Morton Street for an ABDW/Knife. Upon arrival, officers discovered that a 55-year old cook had stabbed a 60-year old cook. The victim was transported to Boston Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition. He suffered a laceration to the left abdomen.

Officers spoke with two witnesses. Witness #1 stated that she was in the front of the restaurant when the suspect entered the establishment, went into the kitchen and started an argument with the victim. She also went into the kitchen to find out what was going on. Both men stopped talking upon her entrance. Moments later the suspect came around the corner with a knife in his hand and stabbed the victim in the stomach. The witness further stated that when the suspect stabbed the victim she exited the premises and called 911. Witness #2 stated that she heard the argument and when she went to the back she saw the suspect stab the victim. The suspect was transported to District B-3 where he was booked in the usual manner and charged with Assault and Battery with a dangerous weapon.