One Less Gun: Identifying & Stopping a Stolen Motor Vehicle Leads to the Recovery of Two Firearms (Photos Enclosed) and the Arrest of Four Suspects on Gun Related Charges
At about 10:10pm, on Saturday, November 8, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Walnut Park & Walnut Ave when officers observed a black Honda Accord pass them while travelling at a high rate of speed. Due to the vehicle’s high rate of speed, officers conducted a query of the vehicle via their mobile data terminal and, in doing so, discovered that the vehicle had been reported stolen. In light of this information, officers activated their emergency equipment (lights & sirens) in an effort to stop the vehicle. However, instead of stopping, the operator of the vehicle ignored the officer’s efforts and attempted to drive off until he was forced to come to a stop after encountering traffic in the area of 90 Crawford Street. At this point, officers observed four occupants quickly exit the vehicle in an effort to flee the area and escape the scene. Officers promptly gave chase and were able to apprehend all four suspects.
Suspect #1: Front seat passenger, Umhari Bufford, 20, of Boston, ran from the vehicle and was apprehended, after a brief struggle, in the area of Humboldt Ave & Ruthven Street. Bufford is charged with Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of Firearm and Resisting Arrest. An officer involved in the foot pursuit was treated for and received medical attention for an injury suffered during the arrest.
Suspect #2: Operator of the vehicle, a 15 year-old male, was apprehended, after a brief struggle, as he attempted to flee the scene. During the struggle, officers observed and took possession of a black firearm (Gun #1) found on the front passenger seat of the car. The firearm - a loaded Sig Sauer P226 - was reported to be stolen out of Somerville. The 15 year-old male is charged with Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Resisting Arrest.
Suspect #3: Rear seat passenger, Robert Tejeda, 22, of Boston, ran from the vehicle and was apprehended as he ran along Crawford Street towards Humboldt Ave. As the suspect was attempting to make good his escape, officers observed the suspect reach into his waist band, pull out a firearm (Gun #2) and toss it as he was running. Officers immediately located and confiscated the discarded firearm – a loaded .32 Smith & Wesson - which was found lying on the ground in the area of 90 Crawford Street. Tejeda is charged with Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Firearm (2nd and Subsequent Offense).
Suspect #4: Rear driver's side passenger, Johan Avalo, 17, of Boston, ran from the vehicle and was apprehended as he attempted to flee the scene. A pat frisk of the suspect enabled officers to locate and take possession of several rounds of ammunition found on his person. Avalo was placed under arrest and charged with Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle and Unlawful Possession of Firearm.
*** Noteworthy Stats: In the calendar year 2014, the men and women of the Boston Police Department have taken 574 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, 396 guns have been voluntarily turned in by community members taking advantage of the Boston Gun Buyback Program. All told, there are 970 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