Making a Difference: Officers Play Floor Hockey with the "Bow Tie Club"

Yesterday, Thursday, December 8, 2016, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) were invited to participate in a floor hockey game with the Bow Tie Club at the Saint John Paul II school in Neponset. The principal of the school, Nick Cuomo, organized the club to teach young men leadership skills, and these officers jumped at the chance to not only be a positive role model for the kids, but to have a little fun playing floor hockey with them, too!

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Stolen Vehicle and Multiple Firearms, Arrest 3 Suspects in Southie

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At about 4:15 PM on Thursday, December 8, 2016, members of the District C-6 (South Boston) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit effected three arrests in a firearm related incident in the area of B Street and Crowley Rogers Way.

While on patrol, officers observed a stolen vehicle occupied by four males in the above area. When officers attempted to conduct a stop of the vehicle, all four suspects fled the car on foot. Officers pursued the suspects and were able to apprehend three of the individuals, while the fourth was able to make good his escape. During the chase, the operator of the vehicle pushed an officer to the ground prior to the officer detaining him. Officers secured the stolen vehicle and an inventory of its contents revealed a loaded Walther P22 semi-automatic handgun reported stolen out of Boston and a loaded Dan Wesson .357 Magnum revolver.

Officers arrested the operator, 19-year-old Eugene E. Parrish of Dorchester, and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device, Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle, Receiving Stolen Property over $250, and Assault and Battery on a Police Officer. Also arrested were 25-year-old Stephen M. Bullock of Roxbury and 18-year-old Sergei Tyrell of South Boston.  They were both charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device, and Receiving Stolen Property over $250.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, December 9, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 7
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 4

Residential Break-ins: 4
Commercial Break-ins: 2

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Recover 4 Guns in 4 Separate Incidents, Adding to Over 700 Firearms Taken off the Streets in 2016

Last night, Boston police officers took four illegal firearms off the streets and made six arrests in four separate incidents that occurred in the span of just over twelve hours. These incidents have added to the hundreds of firearm related arrests made in 2016 (445 arrests as of December 4, 2016, up 34 from this time last year). In addition, these incidents bring the total number of firearms recovered in Boston to 726 year-to-date. The facts of the incidents are as follows:

INCIDENT #1: At about 3:00 PM on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, members of the District B-3 Neighborhood Drug Control Unit made an onsite arrest for firearm related charges in the area of Gladeside and Arborcrest Terraces.

While conducting surveillance on a location known for illicit drug activity, officers observed a gray Acura Integra bearing plates officers knew to be registered to a gray Volvo S40 often seen engaging in drug sales. Officers conducted a stop of the motor vehicle with attached plates, and upon speaking with the operator, found that he was operating without a valid driver’s license. Officers asked the operator to exit the vehicle and, after placing him in custody, recovered a loaded black Kel Tec 9mm firearm and a clear plastic bag containing 12 smaller plastic bags of a white rock-like substance believed to be crack cocaine from the operator’s pants. The firearm was found to be reported stolen approximately one year ago out of Gwinnett County, GA.

The operator, 27-year-old Jerry L. Burnett of Dorchester, was arrested and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs, Receiving Stolen Property, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm (2nd and Subsequent Offense).

INCIDENT #2: At about 6:40 PM on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) made an onsite arrest for firearm related charges in the area of 80 Annunciation Road.

While on directed patrol of the above area, officers observed two individuals, 18-year-old Willie Barnes of Dorchester and 19-year-old Kalongie Bradley of Allston, inside a hallway of one of the Boston Housing Authority residential buildings. Officers were aware that these individuals were previously trespassed from all BHA property and were known for carrying firearms. When officers approached and attempted to pat frisk the backpack of Willie Barnes a violent struggle ensued, during which Bradley grabbed at the jackets and hands of the officers attempting to place Barnes into custody, physically interfering with the arrest. Eventually, Bradley took control of Barnes’ backpack and fled the scene on foot with one of the officers in pursuit. During the pursuit, an unidentified civilian pushed Bradley into a bush causing him to fall briefly and lose control of the backpack. Bradley abandoned the backpack and continued to flee, only to be apprehended nearby by another responding officer. Inside the backpack, officers recovered a loaded silver Jennings 1380 firearm.

Both Bradley and Barnes were arrested and charged with numerous firearm offenses.

Firearm from Incident #2

Firearm from Incident #2

INCIDENT #3: At about 8:30 PM on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest for firearm related charges in the area of Blue Hill Avenue and Vesta Road.

Officers were performing surveillance on a particular car in an ongoing firearm investigation, when they observed the suspect vehicle commit several traffic violations on Blue Hill Avenue. Officers conducted a stop of the vehicle and attempted to speak with the operator, 25-year-old Devin Fuller of Dorchester. The officers were met with verbal resistance from Fuller, and he initially refused to comply with their requests for his driver’s license and registration and to remove the keys from the ignition. When officers requested Fuller to exit the vehicle, Fuller attempted to place the keys back in the ignition. When officers ultimately removed Fuller from the car, and after much physical resistance, officers uncovered a loaded Smith & Wesson MP9 firearm from Fuller’s waistband, as well as one plastic bag of marijuana and over $600 in currency.

Fuller was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs.

INCIDENT #4: At about 4:40 AM on Thursday, December 8, 2016, members of the City Wide and District C-11 (Dorchester) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit executed several search warrants in relation to an ongoing investigation in the area of 109 Welles Avenue.

Upon execution of the warrant, officers recovered a loaded InterArms Model M971 .357 revolver, numerous bags of marijuana, over $6700 in US currency, additional ammunition, and assorted pills. Officers arrested the target of the investigation, 23-year-old Dimitri Sylvester of Dorchester, and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs. A second occupant of the residence was arrested on an unrelated outstanding warrant.

Firearm and Evidence from Incident #4

Firearm and Evidence from Incident #4

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, December 8, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 5
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 8
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 8
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest 18-Year-Old Career Criminal Carrying Illegal Firearm

At about 6:40 PM on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) made an onsite arrest for firearm related charges in the area of 80 Annunciation Road.

While on directed patrol of the above area, officers observed two individuals, 18-year-old Willie Barnes of Dorchester and 19-year-old Kalongie Bradley of Allston, inside a hallway of one of the Boston Housing Authority residential buildings. Officers were aware that these individuals were previously trespassed from all BHA property and were known for carrying firearms. When officers approached and attempted to pat frisk the backpack of Willie Barnes a violent struggle ensued, during which Bradley grabbed at the jackets and hands of the officers attempting to place Barnes into custody, physically interfering with the arrest. Eventually, Bradley took control of Barnes’ backpack and fled the scene on foot with one of the officers in pursuit. During the pursuit, an unidentified good Samaritan pushed Bradley into a bush causing him to fall briefly and lose control of the backpack. Bradley abandoned the backpack and continued to flee, only to be apprehended nearby by another responding officer. Inside the backpack, officers recovered a loaded silver Jennings T380 firearm.

Barnes was placed under arrest and charged with Trespassing, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (3rd Offense), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition (2nd Offense), Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm (3rd Offense), Armed Career Criminal Level I, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, and Resisting Arrest. During the booking process, Barnes spit on one of the officers, and a small plastic bag of a white powder substance believed to be cocaine was found in Barnes’ wallet. He was additionally charged with Possession of Class B Drugs.

Bradley was placed under arrest and charged with Trespassing, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd Offense), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition (2nd Offense), Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm (2nd Offense), Leaving a Firearm Unattended, Carrying a Dangerous Weapon on School Grounds, Resisting Arrest, and Assault and Battery on a Police Officer.

Violent Crime Down 13% in Boston Over the Past Three Years

The Boston Police Department is pleased to report that violent crime is down again this year, with a 4% reduction while overall part one crime is down 6%.  This is the third year in row where both violent crime and property crime have seen decreases, making Boston one of the safest major cities of its size in the country.  

Violent crime, which includes Homicide, Rape, Attempted Rape, Robbery and Aggravated Assault, has dropped 13% since 2014.  The City recorded a 6% reduction in violent crime in 2014, followed by a 3% reduction in 2015 and a 4% reduction so far in 2016. 

Overall part one crime, which includes violent crime and property crimes such as Burglary, Larceny and Auto Theft, saw a combined decrease of nearly 20% over the past three years.  

Boston has seen a 3% increase (seven total incidents) of Rape or Attempted Rape over last year.  This follows a 22% reduction in such crimes last year (fifty-seven fewer incidents in 2015 compared to 2014). 

Homicides are up slightly this year over last. This comes after Boston recorded a ten year low thirty-eight homicides in 2015 compared to forty-one so far in 2016 and well below the ten year average of fifty-seven.

Non-fatal shooting incidents are also down this year compared to last year, with 8 fewer incidents in 2016 over 2015 and 9 fewer incidents than the 5 year average of 192. Remarkably these decreases were achieved while the total number of arrests in the city dropped 26% during this period.

 At a time when crime rates are on the rise around the country, Boston continues to experience a steady decrease in violent crime and property crime. “Keeping Boston safe is my number one priority,” said Commissioner William Evans.  “An increase in any category is of concern and my officers will continue to strive to ensure the safety of all who work, live and visit the city. We will continue to build strong relationships in the community because we see the value and impact they can have on reducing crime and improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”

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Citizens Come to the Aid of BPD Officer Engaged in Violent Fight with Combative Suspect in Brighton

 

At about 6:30 PM on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, an officer assigned to District D-14 (Brighton) ended up in a vicious fight after responding to The Skating Club of Boston located at 1240 Soldiers Field Road for a report of a suspicious person. On arrival, the officer was informed by several witnesses that the suspect, later identified as Patrick Lowry, 45, of Belmont, was drinking an alcoholic beverage from an open container and had been seen urinating in plain view of several families who were coming and going from the skating rink. The officer approached the suspect, who appeared to be homeless, and offered him a ride to a nearby shelter. When the officer asked the suspect to empty the nearly full can of beer he was drinking from and throw it in the trash, he instead suddenly threw it at the officer, hitting him in the head above his left eye. The suspect then immediately lunged at the officer, grabbing him, causing both men to fall to the ground and causing the officer to strike his head as they fell onto the pavement. A violent struggle then ensued, with the suspect punching and kicking the officer several times.  During the fight, the suspect made several attempts to remove the officer’s gun from his holster. The officer was able to retain custody of his weapon but lost his radio as the two fought on the ground, rendering him unable to call for assistance. At this time, several witnesses stepped up and called 911, prompting an immediate response from additional units. Even more remarkably, two witnesses came to the aid of the officer, attempting to physically restrain the combative suspect until back up arrived. With the assistance of the additional responding units, the violent suspect was eventually placed in custody and then transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries he sustained as a result of his actions. He was later released and booked in the usual manner. The officer was also transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of head, neck and back injuries he sustained during the incident. He was later released and is recovering at this time. 

The suspect will appear in Brighton District Court on charges of Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (Shod Foot) on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Open & Gross Lewdness and Drinking an Alcoholic Beverage in Public.

The Boston Police Department would like to thank the members of the public who took action by calling 911 which enabled the necessary police response. All too often, we have seen people react to similar situations in a negative manner by choosing instead to taunt and yell at officers who are engaged in the difficult pursuit of their lawful duties. And while we do not encourage citizens putting themselves in harm’s way by getting physically involved in a violent situation, we realize that the two witnesses who engaged the suspect feared for the life of the officer and were compelled to risk their own personal safety to put a stop to this vicious attack. We are grateful they were not harmed during the incident and thank them for their selfless actions.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 3
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Community Alert: The Boston Police Department is Seeking the Public’s Help to Identify an Individual in Relation to an Ongoing Criminal Investigation

The Boston Police Department is looking to identify the individual pictured above in relation to an ongoing criminal investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at (617) 343-4826.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Monday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 3
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Community Alert: BPD Urges Caution After Breaking & Entering Reported in Boston's Bay Village Area

 

On Sunday, December 4, 2016, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) took a report for a breaking and entering that occurred in the area of Piedmont Street in Bay Village. The victims stated that an unknown person or persons entered their apartment at some point between 4:00 AM and 9:15 AM, taking several personal items before fleeing. Both victims, who were home sleeping at the time of the break in, did not hear anything and there were no signs of forced entry. It was not immediately clear if the front door had been locked prior to the incident. District A-1 Detectives are currently investigating.

The Boston Police Department would like to take this opportunity to advise residents to make sure their doors and windows are locked before leaving their homes or turning in for the night.  This also applies to your vehicle, be sure to double check that your car is secured and no valuables are in plain sight during this busy holiday shopping season.

Great Work Recognized: More than 50 Officers Honored at The 2016 Boston Police Relief Association Awards Ball

On Sunday, December 4, 2016, The Irish Social Club of Boston hosted the 145th Annual Boston Police Relief Association Awards Ball honoring more than 50 recipients for their valiant actions in the line of duty over the past year. Our thanks to everyone who made this special event possible and congratulations to all of our officers who were recognized for their great work.

PAL to Pals Soccer Game Decided in Shootout

On Friday, December 2, 2016, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) and the kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester met for the Boston Police Athletics/Activities League monthly sporting event as part of the PAL to Pals Initiative. This month's sport was soccer, and both teams played a great game that ended up being decided in a shootout. A fun time was had by all, and we give special thanks to Mike Joyce of the Boys and Girls Club and Bill Stoddard of PAL for making these events possible!

BPD Photo of the Day: Christmas Trolley Tour Brings Holiday Cheer and Smiles to the Faces of Boston Residents

On Friday, December 2, 2016, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans joined Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Santa Claus on the Christmas Trolley Tour around town. Along with several other members of the Boston Police Department and members of Santa's crew like Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, the tour visited the good little girls and boys from all the different neighborhoods of Boston. The Commissioner was even caught trying to persuade Frosty and Rudolph to have Santa bring more presents to the kids who have been extra well-behaved this year!

MEDIA AVAILABILTY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: 145th Annual Boston Police Relief Association Awards Ball

WHO:            Expected to Attend: Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross, Executive Director of the Boston Police Foundation Richard Parry, the Boston Police Department Command Staff, Members of the Clergy, family members of Boston Police Officers killed in the line of duty, and family and friends of award recipients.
 
WHAT:          The Boston Police Relief Association is set to host their 145th Awards Ball. Social hour begins at 1:00 PM with Dinner at 2:00 PM followed by the Awards Ceremony. Approximately 52 recipients will receive medals and awards for their valiant actions in the line of duty over the past year.

WHEN:          Sunday, December 4, 2016 starting at 1:00 PM.

WHERE:       The Irish Social Club of Boston, 119 Park Street, West Roxbury.

CONTACT:    Boston Police Media Relations (617) 343-4520 for media inquiries.

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Suspect in Shooting Incident, Recover Firearm Used in Crime

At about 3:08 PM on Friday, December 2, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 6 Kenilworth Street, Roxbury.

Upon arrival, officers observed what appeared to be a bullet hole in a shattered front door. Officers quickly secured the scene, canvassed the area for witnesses and evidence, and secured possible video surveillance footage. After gathering evidence and speaking with the victim who had suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, officers were able to identify a suspect, 29-year-old Darell Burns of Roxbury.

Officers responded to Burns’ residence and placed him under arrest. Officers were also able to recover the pink and black SCCY CPX-1 firearm used in the crime. Burns was charged with Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun), Firearm Discharged within 500 Ft. of a Dwelling, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Death Investigation in the Area of Alpine and River Streets, Mattapan

 

At about 12:12 AM on Saturday, December 3, 2016, officers from District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a radio call for a motor vehicle accident in the area of Alpine and River Streets, Mattapan.

Upon arrival, officers observed that a vehicle had collided with a residence and the operator of the vehicle, a male in his twenties, was suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The male was pronounce deceased at the scene. Officers later determined that the original shooting incident occurred in the area of Tileston and Rosemont Streets.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Recover Three Firearms after Shots Fired in Roxbury

At about 1:30 AM on Friday, December 2, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 13 McGreevey Way.

On arrival, officers observed three males attempting to flee the scene in a motor vehicle. Upon seeing the approaching officers, two of the males fled on foot and the third took off in the SUV. A short distance away, the SUV collided with a responding Wentworth police cruiser before crashing into a parked car. The operator of the car continued to flee the scene on foot as officers pursued. After a brief chase, the operator was apprehended when officers found him hiding in a dumpster. Officers found that the operator, 20-year-old Trevon Bell of Brighton, had an outstanding arrest warrant for Assault with Intent to Murder. Bell was arrested and also charged with Assault by means of a Dangerous Weapon (Car), Failure to Stop for a Police Officer, Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Causing Personal Injury, and Resisting Arrest. Bell will be arraigned at Roxbury District Court. The two additional suspects made good their escape; they are both described as black males wearing black hooded sweatshirts.

After retracing the flight path of the suspect, officers recovered a black Glock 30 firearm, as well as several pieces of ballistic evidence from the scene of the shooting. The Wentworth police officer injured in the vehicle collision was transported to a Boston area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Approximately 8 hours later, at about 9:15 AM, officers received a second 911 call from a concerned citizen for a recovered firearm in the same area that the officers had pursued the suspect earlier that morning. Officers responded and were shown to the location of a discarded firearm. Officers canvassed the area for additional evidence and located yet a third firearm that also appeared to be discarded. Officers secured and processed both loaded firearms, one Colt Mustang and one Taurus PT99AF 9mm.

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One Less Gun: Neighborhood DCU Arrests Two, Recovers Illegal Firearm after Struggle with Suspect

At about 5:55 PM on Thursday, December 1, 2016, members of the District C-11 Neighborhood Drug Control Unit conducted an investigation resulting in a firearm arrest in the area of 515 Gallivan Boulevard.

While surveilling the area, officers observed a drug transaction between the occupants of a motor vehicle. Officer stopped the vehicle in the area of 630 Adams Street and placed 21-year-old Jamari Manning of Dorchester under arrest for Distribution of Class D Drugs and Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws. As the officers attempted to have the operator, 21-year-old Brandon L. Ruelas of Dorchester, exit the vehicle, he pushed the officers and attempted to flee. During a violent physical struggle, a loaded Smith & Wesson .40 caliber firearm fell from Ruelas’s shirt. Officers were ultimately able to apprehend Ruelas and secure the firearm. Ruelas was arrested and charged with Distribution of Class D Drugs, Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, and firearm related charges. Ruelas was also found to have an outstanding warrant out of Quincy District Court for Malicious Damage and Threats.