Bicyclist Arrested with Firearm

Around 3:00AM this morning, officers from the Youth Violence Task Force (Gang Unit)  arrested suspect, Kashawn Stephen, 19 of Dorchester and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

Officers were on patrol in the Norfolk St. and Talbot Ave. area when they first observed the suspect riding a bicycle in circles in the middle of the street.  Officers continued to observe the suspect as they traveled down the street and noticed that the suspect was still in the middle of the street. Officers reversed directions and approached the suspect engaging him in conversation. The suspect was asked for his identifying information and he provided it to officers.  Officers next asked the suspect if he had anything on him at which point he immediately tensed up, gripped his bicycle and started looking back and forth as if looking for an escape route. Based on the suspect’s reaction, officers then exited their cruiser and performed a pat frisk of the suspect. While performing a pat frisk of the suspect, officers immediately observed and detected what felt like a gun. The gun was taken from the suspect and discovered to be loaded with one in the chamber.

The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with the above offense.