One Less Gun: Officers Arrest 3 and Recover Two Illegal Firearms in Less than 2 Hours

As a result of great police work and ongoing investigations, the Boston Police Department was successful in taking two illegal firearms off the streets of Boston during two separate incidents in the past 24 hours. The recently seized firearms bring the total number of firearms seized by the BPD as a result of street incidents this year (2014) to 206. The total number of illegal firearms taken off city streets in 2013 was 667.

The facts and circumstances of the incidents are as follows:

Incident #1: At about 5:30 PM on Sunday, May 4, 2014, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest and recovered an illegal firearm in the area of Tremont Street and Aguadilla Street in the South End area.

While on patrol, officers observed a group of individuals, known to them as gang associates, on the corner of Tremont St. and Aguadilla St. Upon seeing officers, one of the individuals immediately fled the area. Following a brief foot chase, officers were able to apprehend the suspect. A pat frisk of the suspect allowed officers to locate and seize an illegal firearm from the suspect’s right pant leg.

Officers arrested Isaac Almendarez, 18, of Roxbury. Almendarez is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Incident #2: At about 7:00 PM on Sunday, May 4, 2014, officers assigned to the City Wide Drug Control Unit made two onsite arrests and recovered an illegal firearm during an ongoing drug investigation in the area of Eagle Hill in East Boston.

During their surveillance, officers observed a green Dodge Durango occupied by two males pull over in the area of Putnam St. A third individual entered the vehicle and the car left the area. Noting that this meeting was consistent with that of a possible drug deal, officers stopped the car to conduct a threshold inquiry of the individuals. At this time, the operator and the passenger became increasingly nervous which caused officers to ask them to step out of the vehicle. A pat frisk of the operator yielded the recovery of an illegal knife. A motor vehicle inventory search allowed officers to locate and seize an illegal firearm along with multiple prescription bottles containing narcotics and a digital scale typically used to weigh narcotics.

Officers arrested Richard Smith, 30, of Malden and John Smith, 31, of Chelsea. Richard is charged with Unlawful Possession of a firearm, Dangerous Weapons Unlawfully Carried and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. John Smith was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Larceny from a Person.