Somerville Police Department
220 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143
(In Union Square)

Emergency: Dial 9-1-1
Non-Emergency: 617-625-1600

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City of Somerville
Police Department
220 Washington Street
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 625-1600

Contact: Deputy Chief Paul Trant October 28, 2014
617 625-1600, ext.7203


SOMERVILLE – On Monday, October 27, 2014, at 7:50 p.m., the Somerville Police Department received 911 calls reporting gunshots heard in the vicinity of Otis St. and Cross St. Responding Officers were met by a 25-year-old male victim who appeared to have sustained a gunshot wound to his left arm. The victim’s injury appeared to be non-life threatening and he was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital via Cataldo Ambulance. Police searched the area to no avail for two male Hispanic suspects in their late 20s that fled the scene in an unknown direction. This incident is under investigation by the Somerville Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Ballistics Division. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact Detective Jonathon Thermidor of the Somerville Police Criminal Investigation Division at 617-625-1600, extension 7231.



The Somerville Police Department will once again join forces with the Somerville Auxiliary Police and School Crossing Guards on Friday, October 31, Halloween evening, to help make a safe and fun filled evening for Somerville Trick-or-Treaters.

In addition to the regular Somerville Police force, approximately 15 volunteer members of the Auxiliary Police and 40 School Crossing Guards will take up positions throughout the city, to assist residents of Somerville, particularly younger Trick-or-Treaters, cross our busy streets.

City buildings and schools will also be closely monitored to prevent any damage to public property.

Halloween Safety Tips

Please remember these important safety tips when Trick-or-Treating with friends or with young children.

Parents Should:

– Instruct their children not to open their candy until they return home.
– Inspect all candy for tampering before their children eat it.
– Make sure an adult accompanies children.
– Know what route their children will be taking.
– Have a set time limit for children to return home.
– Explain the difference between harmless “tricks,” and vandalism.

Residents Who Plan to Distribute Treats Should:

  • Turn on your porch light.
  • Move lit jack-o-lanterns off the porch where kids get bunched up if they are trick-or-treating in groups.
  • Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police.

Children Should:

  • Always be accompanied by an adult.
  • Be sure costumes, shoes, and treat bags are safe.
  • Make sure that any accessories, such as fake guns, knives, and other potentially dangerous items are not mistaken for the real thing.
  • Make sure all costumes are visible in the dark, and/or utilize safety equipment to make them visible to other pedestrians and motorists.
  • Stay in a group and communicate where you will be going.
  • Only go to homes with porch lights on.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
  • Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
  • Always walk. Never run across a street.
  • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks.
  • Never accept or consume food items or drinks.
  • No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.
  • Notify police or other authorities immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

Drivers Should:

– Drive in an extra cautious manner.
– Keep a keen eye open for children who forget safety rules.


  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible Adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
  • Try to apportion treats for the days following Halloween.
  • Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause choking (such as hard candies), are given only to those of an appropriate age.

PRESS RELEASE 10-10-2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                        October 9, 2014


Deputy Chief Trant

617-625-6600, ext. 7203

SOMERVILLE – On Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, during the early evening hours, the Somerville Police responded to a report of a sexual assault in progress on Central St. near Broadway in Winter Hill. The suspect was apprehended by Somerville Police, and then arraigned on Thursday at Somerville District Court on charges including sexual assault with intent to rape and assault with intent to murder. The suspect was remanded by the Court for a 20-day evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital. A Dangerousness Hearing has been scheduled for Somerville District Court on Oct., 29th. A dangerousness hearing is conducted to determine if the suspect will be held without bail while his criminal case is pending.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office (MDAO) is actively investigating this incident. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact the Somerville Police Criminal Investigation Division at 617-625-1600, extension 7230.

If you are a victim of a past sexual assault that has or has not been reported to the police for any reason, the Somerville Police Department strongly encourages contacting the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) at the Cambridge office at 617-492-8306, at the 24-hour hotline 800-841-8371, by (TTY) 617-492-6434. Si usted habla español, porfavor llamenos al 800-223-5001 ó TTY 888-887-7130.  If you want to learn more about the services BARCC has to offer victims of sexual violence you can visit their website at     

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