BOSTON POLICE RID AND REMOVE CITY STREETS OF THREE GUNSINCIDENT #1 At about 2:18 am, on Saturday, January 17, 2009, officers from Area B-2 (Roxbury) were patrol in the area of Harrow and Groom Streets when they observed two individuals walking in the middle of the street. Upon seeing the officers, one of the individuals walked behind a parked car and bent down in such a way as if to suggest he was discarding or hiding an object. Thinking the discarded object could be a firearm, officers approached the suspect. With the suspect detained, officers conducted a search of the area in and around the car. As a result of the search, officers were able to locate and take possession of a firearm. When asked to provide a license to carry a firearm, the suspect stated, “I don’t have one.” Officers arrested Edson Silva, 22, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of Firearm & Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way. INCIDENT #2 At about 8:46pm, on Friday, January 16, 2009, officers from Area B-3 (Mattapan) were on patrol in the area of Ripley Road and Vassar Street when they observed two black males walking down Ripley Road. Officers immediately recognized one of the suspects. In fact, given the time of day, officers had reason to believe that one of the individuals was in violation of his probationary terms. When officers approached, the individual in question accelerated his pace. In short time, officers were able to draw near to and detain the suspect. While talking to the suspect, officers noted that the suspect appeared to be nervous and anxious. Given the suspect’s nervousness, officers conducted a pat frisk of the suspect for the presence of a weapon. While conducting the frisk, officers were able to locate and take possession of a black firearm. When asked to produce a license to carry a firearm, the suspect stated, “I don’t have a license.” Officers arrested Kendall Lodge, 17, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm & Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way. INCIDENT #3 At about 3:25pm, on Friday, January 16, 2009, an officer performing a paid detail at the Dorchester Education Complex at 9 Peacevale Road was stationed at the front entrance of the location when an individual carrying a backpack set off the metal detector. As a result, the officer asked the individual to hand over his back pack before passing through the metal detector a 2nd time. When the individual passed through a 2nd time, the metal detector did not sound off. As a result, officers requested and received permission to search the backpack. Upon searching the suspect’s backpack, officers were able to locate and take possession of a firearm. Officers arrested a 15 year-old male from Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.