One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One and Recover an Illegal Firearm in Dorchester

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At about 6:27pm, on Saturday, April 26, 2014, officers, who were on patrol in the area of Bowdoin & Hancock Streets in Dorchester as a result of an earlier incident where shots were fired, observed a blue Suzuki motor vehicle operating minus the required registration sticker displayed on the rear license plate. As a result, officers activated their emergency equipment (lights & sirens) and conducted a motor vehicle stop at the corner of Hancock and Bowdoin Streets. After approaching the vehicle, officers immediately recognized all three occupants of the car as individuals they had encountered and dealt with on previous occasions.

While discussing the issue of the missing registration sticker with the operator of the car, officers noted that the rear passenger appeared to be excessively or extremely nervous. Specifically, officers noted that the suspect’s breathing pace appeared to be heightened and heavy. Moreover, the suspect was moving in a fidgety or nervous manner. In light of these observations coupled with the prior encounters shared with these individuals, officers asked all three occupants to exit the vehicle. While in the process of removing the rear passenger, officers felt a hard object believed to be the handle of a firearm in the suspect’s waistband.  A further search of the suspect enabled officers to locate and recover a loaded firearm with 44 live rounds, 8 of which were Smith & Wesson hollow point rounds.

Aaron A. Almeida, 20, of Dorchester was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. He is expected to appear in Dorchester District Court on Monday.  The driver was issued a Massachusetts Citation for Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle, Registration Sticker Not Displayed and Excessive Tint on Windows of Motor Vehicle.