One Less Gun: Officers Recover Two Illegal Firearms, Arrest Two in Two Separate Incidents in District B-3 (Mattapan)

INCIDENT #1: At about 5:25 PM on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an on-site arrest for firearm related offenses in the area of 2 Harlem Street in District B-3 (Mattapan).

While on patrol, officers observed a male walking on Glenway Street who appeared to be fumbling with an object concealed in his waistband. Officers observed the male make several “security checks” consistent with one who is carrying an unholstered firearm. As the officers maintained surveillance on this male, who was wearing his pants very low around his hips, they observed him struggle with the item in his right pant leg as if trying to move it back up to his waistband. Other pedestrians and customers at the nearby convenience store appeared to be alarmed as the male adjusted and groped for the object in his pants. Believing the male was in possession of a firearm, officers attempted to conduct an inquiry. As the officers approached, the male fled and officers pursued him on foot. After a brief chase, officers apprehended the male and recovered a loaded Colt 45 Government Model firearm on the ground next to him.

Officers arrested 21-year-old Terrell Harris of Roxbury and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent), Trespassing, and Disturbing the Peace.

INCIDENT #2: At about 4:30 AM on Thursday, November 26, 2015, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a breaking and entering in the area of 760 Cummins Highway.

Upon arrival, officers observed a suspect in the hallway near the rear entrance. Officers attempted to speak to the individual, but he quickly fled out of the back door into a parking lot. Officers gave chase on foot but lost sight of the male near 26 Favre Street. On the front lawn of that address, officers did recover a clear plastic bag containing a black glove; inside the glove was a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana broken into 8 separate bags.

A backup unit then located the suspect hiding on the back porch of 26 Favre Street. Further investigation revealed the matching black glove containing an additional 13 individually wrapped bags of what appeared to be marijuana. Officers also recovered a black .22 caliber Ruger firearm nearby.

Officers arrested 27-year-old Roosevelt Thornton of Dorchester and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs, and Trespassing.