One Less Gun: Three Arrested and Three Firearms Recovered During Early-Morning Traffic Stop in Roxbury

At about 1:00 AM on Saturday, April 18, 2015, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of 2044 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury in District E-13 (Jamaica Plain).

While on patrol in the above area, officers observed a motor vehicle with a broken tail light fail to come to a complete stop at a red light. Officers activated the emergency equipment (blue lights and siren) on their unmarked Boston police cruiser and affected the traffic stop of the vehicle containing three occupants.

As one officer requested the operator’s license and registration, a second officer observed that neither passenger was wearing a seat belt. The officer requested identification from both passengers, and as he did, his partner observed a semi-automatic firearm with laser sights on the rear passenger floor near the back passenger’s foot. This firearm was later determined to be a loaded Sig Sauer Mosquito semi-automatic pistol with laser sights and obliterated serial number. The officers ordered the rear passenger out of the vehicle, and after some initial resistance, he complied. For their safety, officers also ordered the two remaining occupants out of the vehicle. A pat frisk of the front passenger revealed a black semi-automatic firearm (later determined to be a loaded Advantage Arms pistol) in his waistband. A search of the vehicle also revealed a loaded black Browning Arms Buck Mark semi-automatic pistol with obliterated serial number between the driver’s seat and the center console where the operator had been sitting and several bags of what appeared to be marijuana from the front passenger side door console.

Officers were aware that all three individuals were 19 years old and too young to legally hold a license to carry a firearm.

The operator Ronald Watts of Quincy, the front passenger Jordan Creech of Mattapan, and the rear passenger Jabree Daugherty of Stoughton were arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. Watts and Creech were additionally charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs.