Concerted Effort to Curb Gun Violence Enables BPD Officers to Seize Six Illegal Firearms in Less Than 10 Hours

Concerted Effort to Curb Gun Violence Enables BPD Officers to Seize Six Illegal Firearms in Less Than 10 Hours:  In the BPD's ongoing efforts to combat gun violence and target those who knowingly carry and possess illegal firearms in our community, BPD officers arrested six suspects and confiscated six illegal guns (see enclosed photos) in six separate incidents within a 10 hour period.

Said Commissioner William Evans, “I continue to be impressed with the work being done by the men and women of the Boston Police Department. Thanks to their commitment and courage, we were able to take six guns off our streets and out of our neighborhoods in less than ten hours. And, hopefully, six fewer guns translates into six fewer tragedies or crimes.”

The facts and circumstances of the incidents are as follows: 

INCIDENT #1: At about 1:30pm, on Thursday, October 16, 2014, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) took a report from a victim stating that an individual known to him – a fellow classmate - attempted to rob him at gunpoint in the area of 53 Annunciation Road. One day later, on Friday, October 17, 2014, at about 8:15pm, officers located the suspect, a 16 year-old juvenile male from Boston, and charged him with Armed Robbery and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon. A search of the suspect’s residence enabled officers to recover the firearm used in the crime. 

INCIDENT #2: At about 6:30pm, on Friday, October 17, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call to investigate a motor vehicle in the area of 7 Paisley Park in which the occupants were seen possibly drinking and doing drugs in the car. On arrival, officers confirmed that the occupants of the car were smoking marijuana. A search of the car enabled officers to locate and seize a loaded black firearm. When neither occupant was able to produce a license to carry, officers arrested Desean Clare, 24, of Dorchester and Dequell Golson, 22 of Dorchester and charged both with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Dangerous Weapon Unlawfully Carried and Possession of Class D Drugs.

INCIDENT #3: At about 12:30am, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest for firearm and drug related offenses as a result of a traffic stop in the area of Dale & Wakullah Streets in Roxbury. As a result of the stop, officers recovered a loaded Walther PK 380 firearm and several small individually wrapped bags of what officers believed to be heroin and marijuana. Officers arrested Lamar Tillery, 23, of Hyde Park and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Firearm 2nd Subsequent Offense, Possession w/Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs (marijuana) and Possession w/Intent to Distribute Class A Drug (heroin). 

INCIDENT #4: At about 12:44am, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force responded to a call for a loud party and group gathered in the area of 67 Walnut Park which is an abandoned property. As officers approached the party, the group began to quickly disperse in the direction of Walnut Park. A search of the area and the abandoned property enabled officers to see and take possession of a stainless steel Ruger .357 Magnum revolver found lying at the base of a bush in the yard. Although several individuals were questioned at the party, no arrests were made.  

INCIDENT #5: At about 12:55am, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, after observing a motor vehicle with an improperly illuminated license plate, members of the Citywide Drug Control Unit conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of Morton and Norfolk Streets in Dorchester. During the stop, officers allowed the operator to exit the vehicle in an effort retrieve his license from the trunk of the vehicle. At this time, officers noted that the front passenger was attempting to conceal something. When asked if he was in possession of a gun, the passenger confirmed that he was. Officers arrested the suspect and confiscated a loaded Highpoint semi-automatic firearm. Paul Cabrera, 19, of Mattapan was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition  and Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Numbers. 

INCIDENT #6: At about 1:55am, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested an individual for the unlawful possession of a firearm in the area of 7 Ronald Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers observed a white motor vehicle with three occupants and one individual standing outside of the car. The male standing outside of the car told officers that somebody had punched and pushed him to the ground. Officers noted the individual’s clothes appeared to be muddy and wet. While inspecting the area where the suspect stated he had fallen, officers observed the suspect’s sweatshirt. Upon retrieving the sweatshirt, officer recovered a black firearm (see photo) with a magazine inside the sweatshirt.  Trevis Catron, 19, of Dorchester was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm: 2nd Subsequent Offense.

 *** Noteworthy Stats: In the calendar year 2014, the men and women of the Boston Police Department have taken 543 illegal crime guns off the streets of Boston. A crime gun is defined as an illegal firearm used in the commission of a crime or confiscated in the course of an arrest. In addition to the above, 391 guns have been voluntarily turned in by community members taking advantage of the Boston Gun Buyback Program. All told, there are 934 fewer guns in circulation as a result of the above efforts. For perspective purposes, the BPD seized a total of 667 guns for the year in 2013. To learn more about the Boston Gun Buyback Program, visit: bpdnews.com/bgb