One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest One and Seize an Illegal Firearm in Roxbury

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At about 5:50pm, on Monday, March 3, 2014, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force were on directed patrol in the area of Maple & Cheney Streets as a result of several complaints relative to shots fired and gun violence in the area. While traveling along Maple Street, officers observed two individuals acting in a suspicious manner while walking towards Wayne Street. Upon seeing the officers, officers noted and observed that both suspects appeared to become increasingly nervous and unsettled upon seeing them. Moreover, officers observed one of the suspects make a sudden move to his waist area in such a way as if to suggest he was in possession of a firearm. Upon seeing this, officers stopped their cruiser and engaged the suspects in conversation. 

While talking to the suspects, officers continued to monitor the individual they believed to be in possession of a firearm. When asked if everything was okay, the individual believed to be in possession of the firearm refused to make eye contact or answer the officer’s question. As officers got closer to the suspect, the suspect tensed up and looked around as if he were planning to make a run for it. Fearing the presence of a firearm, officers initiated a pat frisk of the suspect. After a brief struggle, officers were able to locate and take possession of a loaded firearm found on the suspect.    

Officers arrested Leo Janvier, 22, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number and Resisting Arrest.