Ongoing Efforts to Curb Gun Violence Enable BPD Officers to Seize Five Illegal Firearms in Less Than 10 Hours

Said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans: “I want to commend my officers for their ongoing commitment to protect and serve the people of Boston. Thanks to their hard work, four arrests were made and five guns confiscated in less than 10 hours.”

INCIDENT #1: At about 12:39 am, on Saturday, September 20, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of the Ashmont MBTA Station when officers heard what sounded like shots fired. Upon hearing the shots, officers proceeded to the area of Fuller & Washington Streets. Once there, officers observed two individuals walking away from the scene. While monitoring and watching these individuals, officers observed one of the individuals, later identified as Johnnie Bonnie, clutch at his waist area in such a way as if to suggest he was in possession of a firearm. Believing that this individual was in possession of a firearm, officers approached the individual to further investigate their observations. A pat frisk of the suspect enabled officers to feel and confiscate a loaded firearm found inside the suspect’s waist area. Officers arrested Johnnie Bonnie, 22, of Boston and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.

INCIDENT #2: At about 10:26 pm, on Friday, September 19, 2014, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of Sterling Square. On arrival, officers learned that two individuals were seen fleeing the area shortly after the shots were fired. Officers also received information that the individuals were seen entering an apartment in the complex. A search of the apartment enabled officers to locate two individuals matching the descriptions of the suspects seen fleeing the area. A protective sweep of the apartment enabled officers to locate and seize three illegal firearms. A photo of one of the firearms is included in this post. Officers arrested Remus Roberson, 23, of Boston and Casie DaRosa, 23, of Boston and charged both with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

INCIDENT #3: At about 3:04 pm, on Friday, September 19, 2014, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Bowdoin Street and Geneva Ave when officers observed two individuals believed to have information in connection to firearm related incidents in the area. Upon seeing the officers, officers observed the individuals quickly separate from each other. When officers exited their cruiser in an effort to engage the individuals, one of the individuals promptly took off running. After a lengthy foot pursuit, officers were able to catch up to and apprehend the suspect. Prior to apprehending the suspect, officers observed the suspect toss a backpack over a fence in the area of 128 Hamilton Street. Upon retrieving the backpack, officers located and seized a silver and black firearm. Officers arrested Livingston Walker, 19, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.

*** Noteworthy Stats: In the calendar year 2014, the men and women of the Boston Police Department have taken 493 illegal crime guns off the streets of Boston. A crime gun is defined as an illegal firearm used in the commission of a crime or confiscated in the course of an arrest. In addition to the above, 385 guns have been voluntarily turned in by community members taking advantage of the Boston Gun Buyback Program. All told, there are 878 fewer guns in circulation as a result of the above efforts. For perspective purposes, the BPD seized a total of 667 guns for the year in 2013. To learn more about the Boston Gun Buyback Program, visit: bpdnews.com/bgb