One Less Gun: YVSF Officers Make Two Firearm Arrests in Two Separate Incidents

Late yesterday evening, BPD Youth Violence Strike Force (YVSF) officers took two illegal firearms off the streets almost simultaneously in two separate incidents. The facts and circumstances of each incident are as follows:

INCIDENT #1: At about 10:30 PM on Monday, November 16, 2015, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an on-site arrest for firearm related offenses in the area of Harvard Street and Deering Road in District B-3 (Mattapan).

While on patrol in the above area, officers observed a parked motor vehicle that had been described in an earlier “BOLO” (Be On the Look Out) as occupied by three individuals, one of whom was in possession of a firearm. Officers set up surveillance of the vehicle, and shortly, observed a male enter the driver’s seat and pull away. Officers followed the vehicle and soon observed the vehicle stop while blocking a crosswalk, violating the Massachusetts auto laws. Officers conducted a stop of the motor vehicle, and due to the information provided in the BOLO, requested that the two occupants exit the car. Upon pat frisking the occupants and the passenger compartment of the vehicle, officers observed a fully loaded black Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 firearm in the center console.

Neither occupant could produce a License to Carry. Officers arrested 22-year-old Leon Blount from Dorchester and 28-year-old Dennis L. Jones from New Hampshire and charged them both with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

INCIDENT #2: At about 10:55 PM on Monday, November 16, 2015, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an on-site arrest for firearm and drug related offenses in the area of 11-13 Dixwell Street in District E-13 (Jamaica Plain).

While on patrol, officers observed two individuals smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol in the doorway of the above address. Officers approached them to inquire if they lived there, and one of the males immediately bladed his stance away from the officer. Fearing the presence of a firearm, the officer reached over to pat frisk the individual and felt what the officer knew to be the shape of a firearm in the male’s pocket. Without any prompting, the male stated he was in possession of a firearm and reported he did not have a License to Carry.

The officers recovered the loaded Taurus .22 Magnum revolver and placed 41-year-old Darryl Robertson of Jamaica Plain under arrest for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent Offense), Drinking in Public, Trespassing, and Armed Career Criminal (Level 3). During the booking process, officers recovered Class B crack cocaine and Class D marijuana from Robertson, and he was charged for possession of each.