At about 2:34 PM on Saturday, July 12, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of Brinsley Street and Washington Street in Dorchester.
While on patrol, officers observed a vehicle traveling on Erie Street with unusually loud music emanating from the vehicle. A check of the registration revealed that the vehicle was in need of an inspection sticker. Officers initiated a traffic stop and approached the motor vehicle. Upon speaking with the operator, officers noticed his hands shaking uncontrollably and he was breathing rapidly showing signs of nervousness. The operator was unable to produce a driver’s license, but informed officers that he was in fact licensed. Officers continued to observe the operator as he dropped his car keys several times. Due to the operator's nervous demeanor, he was asked to exit the vehicle. When he did not comply, he was asked again to exit the vehicle. Prior to exiting the vehicle, the operator made statements to officers that he was in possession of a gun. Officers secured the operator and recovered a black and silver Jimenez Arms Janine .9 MM firearm loaded with 8 rounds of ammunition. An investigation into the gun revealed it was stolen from Athens County, Georgia in February of 2013.
Officers arrested 20-year-old Christian Tapia of Hyde Park and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Receiving Stolen Property. A civil citation was issued to Mr. Tapia and the vehicle's owner for the inspection sticker violation.