Monday, July 23, 2012
State Police say quick law enforcement response led to an attacker dropping his knife before he could inflict damage. Police say the incident is tied to the feud between the Boylston Street and Mozart Street Gangs.
If you saw or heard a helicopter buzzing the Southwest Corridor on Sunday evening, it was part of a search for a would-be stabber in the neighborhood's oldest gang rivalry. State Police say someone tried — and failed — to stab another person in Stony Brook Park, adjacent to the Stony Brook T. "It was revealed that the suspect was waving the knife in a slashing movement at the victim but did not make contact," David Procopio, spokesman for the State Police, wrote in an email to Patch. Procopio said the police response was so quick that the suspect wasn't able to injure the victim. He dropped the knife and fled. The incident took place as hundreds of people enjoyed Sunday's Convite Banilejo, an outdoor festival that celebrates Boston's ties …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Boston Herald columnist Peter Gelzinis has a column about Maria Guzman, 28, a Forest Hills street resident and little sister of alleged Boylston Street gang kingpin Juan Guzman.
Loyalty to family versus adherence to the law — it's a big theme in art and real life. Just think of Bill and Whitey Bulger or Bruce Springsteen's haunting "Highway Patrolman." In discussing Monday's huge news that alleged core members of the Boylston Street gang had been arrested, one human story that jumps out is that of Maria Guzman, the little sister of alleged coke kingpin Juan Guzman. Maria Guzman, 28, lives here in JP on Forest Hills Street and worked as a judicial secretary in Dorchester. She allegedly worked a second job as accountant for her brother's syndicate. Even phlegmatic Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley has compared the real story to the fictional Baltimore drug ring in "The Wire." Boston Herald columnist Peter …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
On Monday, the FBI and local officials rounded up 14 alleged members of the Boylston Street gang. These are people law enforcement says are at the heart of a murderous operation. How will the roundup change our neighborhood?
On Monday, federal and state officials say they arrested the core leadership of the Boylston Street gang. That Boylston Street crew had, over the years, grown into a multi-million dollar cocaine operation run recently from inside prison by reputed kingpin Juan "White Boy" Guzman, prosecutors say. What do these arrests mean for Jamaica Plain? Take the above poll or add your thoughts in the comments section.
Monday, July 9, 2012
The arrests Monday of several reputed members of the Boylston Street gang come after years of bloody strife, much of it with their rivals, the Mozart Street gang.
Monday's big Jamaica Plain news, that police and prosecutors had arrested much of the leadership of the Boylston Street gang, may come as a relief to neighbors who have lived in fear. Over the years, the Boylston associates often had bloody conflicts with their rival Mozart Street gang. Police stress that while the names of the groups come from two JP streets, the feuding gang members no longer live there. Here is a review of violent incidents police have linked to the conflict between Boylston and Mozart: According to the Gazette, police and prosecutors link many drug-related crimes to the rival groups. [Editor's note: This post has been updated with information from the Boston Herald.]
Prosecutors announced a wide-ranging take down of a drug network centered on the Boylston Street Gang. That group's feud with the Mozart Street Gang has been at the heart of much Jamaica Plain violence.
Prosecutors say JP's Boylston Street Gang had evolved into a high-level drug operation that was largely taken down Monday in a series of raids. Boston Police and FBI agents executed 16 search and seizure warrants in Boston, Milton and Canton on Monday morning. Fourteen arrests were made, and other charges may follow, prosecutors said in a statement. The raids, coming after 13 months of investigation, strike a blow at the Boylston Street gang. That group is perhaps best known in Jamaica Plain for its ongoing feud with the Mozart Street crew — bad blood that caused, among other violent incidents, the shootings and stabbings at Same Old Place in November 2010 that left three men dead. Here's how Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley put…
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Police say that despite the gangs carrying the names Mozart and Boylston, gang members no longer live on those exact streets.
A blood feud between groups from the same Dominican town caused the knife attack and shootings that left three men dead last week. That's the picture that emerged from police who spoke at a forum last night hosted by the JP Neighborhood Council. Members of the competing Mozart and Boylston gangs attacked each other in a crowded Centre Street pizzeria last Sunday. Winsizky Soto, 27, and Johnnel "Bo" Cruz, 20, of Jamaica Plain and Ariel Dume, 20, of Dorchester mortally wounded each other at Same Old Place restaurant. The forum drew more than 65 people to the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church. In addition to the three men killed, a stray bullet injured one woman. Not all wounds are physical, though. Forty people witnessed the shooting, …
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Some young people in JP report being fed up with the "back and forth" of gang violence.
The knife and gun fight that erupted inside a normally-peaceful pizza shop on Sunday night appears to be gang related, police say. All three of the young men believed to have started a fatal fight at Same Old Place, a beloved Centre Street pizzeria, died from the wounds they inflicted on each other. The three young men were all known to police as belonging to gangs, said Officer James Kenneally, a spokesman for the Boston Police Department. While police were careful not to link Sunday's shootings and stabbing with particular previous incidents, there is a widespread idea among JP residents that the violence is an ongoing gang feud. While police have not officially released the names of any of the dead, several media reports say one of …
Monday, November 22, 2010
Police confirmed a third victim has died, leaving no survivors among the three persons believed to have started the fight.
All three of the young men believed to have started a fatal knife and gun fight at a beloved JP pizzeria are dead, according to police. Same Old Place, a JP staple for 39 years, opened this morning despite being the scene of a deadly fight Sunday night. One of the combatants, a 21-year-old described by police as a white Hispanic, died from knife wounds. A second participant, approximately 21 years old and also described by police as a white Hispanic, died from multiple gunshot wounds. This afternoon, police announced that a third person involved in the fight, a 28-year-old white Hispanic man, also died. He had previously been in stable condition. Police said they were not releasing names of the dead men yet pending notification of …
Monday, October 25, 2010
Police continue to investigate while sidewalk vigil is maintained at the scene of Saturday shooting death.
While police continue to investigate, a makeshift memorial at 201 Boylston Street attracts mourners and family friends. Multiple sources, including a man on the scene who identified himself as a friend of the family, say that Luis "Tito" Torres is the city's most recent homicide victim. The friend reported that Torres' mother was also killed less than a year ago. According to the friend, Torres celebrated his 24th birthday on Sept. 28. According to police reports, two men were shot around 6:30 Saturday evening. Luis Torres was taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital where he died of his wounds today. The other man was taken to Boston Medical Center.