Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Thwart Armed Carjacking, Recover a .357 Magnum While Simultaneously Arresting a Suspect Wanted in Connection to Several Store Robberies in Dorchester
At about 6:45pm, on Friday, 2/16/18, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force, working hand-in-hand with detectives from District C-11 (Dorchester), were on patrol in the area of Glenrose Road and Adams Street conducting surveillance on a person of interest believed to have been involved in several store armed robberies in Dorchester. Additionally, the suspect was also wanted on several outstanding warrants including identity theft and fraudulent use of a credit card. While surveilling the individual’s residence, officers observed the suspect exit his dwelling and enter the passenger side of a motor vehicle that had just pulled up in front of his home. In short time, officers watched the operator of the vehicle quickly and frantically exit the car and sprint away from the vehicle. When the suspect, now in the driver’s side of the vehicle, attempted to drive off at a high rate of speed, officers moved in and blocked his effort to escape the area. Officers immediately instructed the operator to exit the vehicle. After the suspect was placed in handcuffs, a search of the car enabled officers to locate and confiscate a long-barreled firearm with a brown handle (see photo) found resting on the passenger side floor. It should be noted that the hammer of the firearm, described as a Taurus .357 Magnum 1NT, was in the cocked position. When asked if the gun belonged to him, the suspect stated, “Yes.”
Officers arrested Trevor Clarke, 24, of Boston and charged him with Carjacking, Armed Robbery, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way. Mr. Clarke is scheduled to be arraigned at Dorchester District Court on Tuesday, February 19, 2018.
It should be noted at this time that the suspect is being charged with the Armed Robbery of a Convenience Store, a 7-Eleven Store located at 1886 Dorchester Ave, on January 11, 2018 but additional charges may be forthcoming pending the completion of the investigation.
Said Commissioner William Evans, “Taking a dangerous individual like this and the threat he represented given the firearm he possessed off the streets of our community most certainly makes our city a safer place. I like to think and know it’s only a matter of time before my investigators catch up to those who think it’s okay to instill fear in our community and, again, my officers proved me right by putting in the work, hours and effort needed to track down and put a dangerous felon behind bars.”