One Less Gun: Officers Recover Two Illegal Firearms in Two Separate Incidents Over the Weekend

Firearm recovered in incident #2

INCIDENT #1: At about 5:38 PM on Saturday, November 14, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person stabbed in the area of 55 Lawrence Avenue, Dorchester.

While canvassing the area on foot, officers observed a vehicle idling on Fernboro Street. As officers approached the vehicle, they observed a male drooling and slumped over in the passenger seat with his eyes closed. Officers could also see a half empty bottle of beer in the passenger’s hand. Concerned for the wellbeing of the male, officers attempted to knock on the windows of the car but could not rouse the male. Officers feared that the male may be in need of medical attention, so they opened the car door. Officers immediately noticed a loaded black Glock 19 semi-automatic firearm between the male’s feet on the floor mat and were able to place the now-conscious male into custody without incident.

When the male could not produce a license to carry, officers arrested 37-year-old Brandon Howard from Boston and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Armed Career Criminal (Level 1). Further investigation revealed that the firearm was reported stolen, therefore, Howard was additionally charged with Receiving Stolen Property.

INCIDENT #2: At about 2:15 PM on Sunday, November 15, 2015, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a person in custody at Macy’s department store in the area of 450 Washington Street.

Upon arrival, officers were informed by the store’s loss prevention personnel that 40-year-old Dwayne Mincey from Dorchester had been apprehended for trespassing and shoplifting, and he was being held in the department store office. During their investigation, the loss prevention personnel had recovered a loaded silver Smith & Wesson .38 Specail revolver and two small bags containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana from Mincey’s person. At that time, BPD officers took custody of Mincey. He was charged with Shoplifting $50 to $200, Trespassing, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. During the booking process, 16 additional bags of a green leafy substance and a scale were also seized. Mincey was additionally charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs (Marijuana).