Police surround Dorchester home of assault suspect
Police set up surveillance outside a Dorchester home yesterday and ordered the evacuation of several neighbors after a report of a sexual assault and a barricaded suspect in a residence, authorities said.
Boston police Officer James Kenneally said police responded to 24 Mayfield St. about 3:40 p.m. after a woman told officers she had been assaulted there.
He said a SWAT team responded because the initial report was that the suspect, whom Kenneally did not identify, may have been armed inside the house.
He said police quickly determined that the suspect was not barricaded.
Kenneally said the man was believed to be inside the home late last night. Police at the scene were going around the back of the home and shining flashlights into the windows throughout the evening.
Kenneally said police were trying to secure a search warrant last night for the home and described the suspect as a person of interest in the alleged assault.
Teddy Jurczuk, 38, of Miami, said last night at the scene that the suspect was his older brother, LJ Jurczuk, who is in his late 40s. Teddy entered the home with a police officer last night and was heard calling out to his brother, but he received no response.
Teddy said police told him that a woman had accused his brother of sexual assault and that they wanted to talk to him.
Teddy also said his brother had been in trouble in the past for fighting, but he did not think he was capable of sexual assault.
“He’s just a good-hearted person,’’ he said, adding that LJ donated money a couple of years ago to a Catholic school in Dorchester that he attended as a child.
He said his brother lives alone in the house, in which he and his six siblings grew up.
Next-door neighbor John Doherty, 67, said police told him about 5:30 p.m. to evacuate his home.
Another neighbor, who declined to give her name, said a detective told her that a woman reported being assaulted in the home at knifepoint.
Neighbor Max Alfaro, 53, who lives across the street, said the street is usually quiet. “I never see police in any house around here,’’ Alfaro said.
Other neighbors said that LJ Jurczuk lives in the house with one or two roommates and that police have visited the home in the past for minor issues, such as noise complaints.
Neighbors also said that during the incident yesterday, the city’s animal control unit took two pit bull dogs from the home.
Teddy Jurczuk’s fiancee, Katie Nowakowska, 34, said at the scene that LJ is single but has three grown children.
She said he runs a family-owned food market in Dorchester that his parents started with his sister, and she described him as “pretty social, normal.’’
Globe correspondent L. Finch contributed to this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.