Two Boston police officers were arrested in separate domestic violence incidents about an hour apart, officials said Monday. Both Andrew Blake and Walter Suprey have been placed on administrative leave, and the Boston Police Department’s Anti-Corruption Unit has opened an investigation into both cases.
Blake, a BPD officer since 1998, was arrested at 3:55 a.m. Saturday by members of the Boston Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit. He was “involved in a domestic incident with a family member,” according to a statement. Blake was charged with assault and battery, The Boston Globe reported. He pleaded not guilty to an arraignment Monday in the Dorchester Division of Boston City Court. More information was not immediately available.
Suprey was arrested at 2:51 a.m. Saturday by officers from the Danvers Police Department. He has been a BPD officer since 2008, according to the BPD statement. Police were called to a residence in Beaver Park in Danvers by an au pair, The Salem News reported. The au pair told the dispatcher that she heard Suprey’s fiancée yelling at her to call the authorities.
When the police arrived, Suprey came out of the house and told the officers that his fiancée was cheating on him, the World reported. Suprey’s fiancée told police he became furious after talking about a “scary” experience with an Uber driver while driving home from Boston that evening. Suprey’s fiancée was in town to watch the Celtics game with a friend.
The Uber ride “took an extremely long time”, the New reported, and his phone died during the ride.
She said Suprey started calling her names when one of their children was nearby, the World reported. He then grabbed her wrist and yelled in her face, she told officers. Suprey’s fiancée pushed him away and threw an iPad at him, she added.
When his fiancée locked herself and their son in a bedroom, Suprey picked the lock and put his hand on the woman’s neck, the New reported. He said “they needed to talk,” she told police, adding that she believed Suprey was trying to move her to another room, not strangle her.
Suprey told police that his fiancee punched him 12 times, the New reported.
Suprey has been charged with assault and battery on a family member, officials said.
He was released, but will have to wear a GPS bracelet and will not be able to approach the woman’s home, the New reported. Suprey will also undergo a mental health assessment and return all firearms in his possession.
“The Boston Police Department takes all allegations of domestic violence by employees seriously,” Chief Superintendent Gregory Long, the department’s acting commissioner, said in the statement. “A thorough investigation of these matters will be conducted by the Boston Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards and Office of Investigative Services in conjunction with the Suffolk and Essex County District Attorney’s Offices.”
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