ONE LESS GUN: Officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force Arrest One and Recover Two Guns

At about 12:20am, on Thursday, June 12, 2014, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Columbus Ave & Cedar Street when officers observed a motor vehicle with excessive window tint. In light of their observations, officers activated their emergency equipment (lights & sirens) and stopped the car. As officers approached the car on foot, officers were unable to see into the vehicle because the window tint was excessively dark.  When officers arrived at the driver’s side window, officers were able to see into the car and note the presence of two occupants.  When asked to produce a driver’s license, the operator stated that his license to drive was suspended. Upon learning this, officers asked both the operator and passenger to exit the vehicle. An inventory search of the vehicle enabled officers to note a discrepancy in the carpet covering the center console nearest the driver’s side of the vehicle. After moving the carpet, officers discovered two firearms. When the operator of the vehicle was asked to produce a License to Carry a Firearm, he could not.     

Officers arrested Dane Mitchell, 22, of Mattapan and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm with a Defaced/Obliterated Serial Number.  Additionally, Mr. Mitchell was issued a citation for Excessive Window Tint.