Police Briefs 11-22-2018


Five residents of Atlas Lofts on Gerrish Avenue were displaced during a two-alarm fire on Sunday, Nov. 18.

A 9-1-1 call came in around 9 p.m. for the report of smoke coming from the heating system at 88 Gerrish Ave., the Atlas Loft Apartments. On arrival, companies found a heavy smoke condition on floor two. As crews deployed hose lines to the 2nd and 3rd floor, additional crews began to evacuate the 53 residential units.

Deputy Chief Ed McGarry struck a 2nd alarm at 9:19 p.m. for additional manpower to assist with evacuations (Everett, Revere and Boston Fire responded). The fire was located in unit 209 in a utility room above the bathroom. Crews quickly knocked the fire down and opened up the ceiling and walls above the fire to make certain the fire did not extend to the floor above.

Five residents were displaced from the fire, and all other occupants were able to return to their apartments at 11 p.m. The fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Investigation Unit.



On Nov. 8, at 6:30 a.m., CPD officers responded to a call for two unwanted parties at 130 Broadway (Dunkin Donuts).

Upon arrival, officers were advised that one party had left and the other was a male party who was still in the store, his head down and sleeping on a table. After several attempts to wake the male up the officers attempted to lift him, in doing so, they removed a folding knife from his possession and placed him under arrest.

Robert Soroka, 44, of Revere, was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon and three warrants.


On Nov. 6, at 12:30 a.m., CPD officers were dispatched to 69 Fourth St. for an assault in progress. The officers were able to split both parties up to gather information. Officers, while attempting to gain the true identity of the male involved, recovered what was believed to be cocaine in a plastic bag that was taken from his pocket.

Nelson Crawford, 36, of Dorchester, was charged with assault and battery and possession of a Class B drug (subsequent offense).



On Sunday, Nov. 11, at 12:16 a.m., CPD officers were dispatched to the Acapulco Mexican Restaurant, located on 238 Everett Ave., for a fight with the security guards. One of the victims had a large laceration on his head. The victim stated that he and his brother were asked to leave by security. The victim reported they were then attacked with police-type nightsticks causing injuries to both men.

Joshua Baker, 27, of 194 Congress Ave., and Jhon Carlos Rios, 29, of 194 Congress Ave., were both charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and carrying a dangerous weapon.



On Nov. 7, at 1 a.m., a CPD officer in the area of 767 Broadway was flagged down by a male party. The male party told the officer that he left an item inside an apartment that he was drinking at.  He told the officer when he tried to retrieve it by knocking on the door, the male that is known to him attacked him by throwing bleach in his face.

Jeffrey Whitley, 55, of 767 Broadway, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (bleach) and assault and battery.

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