One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest 9, Recover 3 Firearms As Nightclub Closes

At about 2:03 AM on Sunday May 17, 2015, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force while on random patrol observed a large gathering of known gang members in front of the Bijou Nightclub located at 51 Stuart Street.  Officers remained at a distance while performing low profile surveillance of the crowd when their attention was drawn to two men standing across the street who were later identified as Randall Mastin, 19, of Dorchester and a 16-year-old juvenile of Dorchester.  It appeared that the young men were also monitoring the crowd while attempting to remain unnoticed.  Officers observed both suspects clutching at their waist bands and believed them to be carrying a firearm. As officers approached they saw the demeanor of both men intensify as they quickly began to look back and forth while continuing to grab at their waistbands.  When officers got close, both of the suspects attempted to run and two violent struggles simultaneously broke out.  One officer was able to quickly subdue the juvenile male after a brief foot chase and bring him to the ground where after gaining control of him, the officer removed a loaded Kel Tec .380 ACP handgun from his waist band area.  As that was happening, Mastin was attempting to push past officers and pulled out a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun which fell to the ground during the struggle. Mastin proved to be a challenge for the officers as it took in excess of five minutes to place him in custody with three officers sustaining minor injuries. 

Randall Mastin is charged with Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Firearm (second and subsequent), Possession of Ammunition, Resisting Arrest, Disturbing the Peace and Assault and Battery on a Police Officer (Causing Injury).  Mastin is also charged with receiving stolen property after a check of the Taurus firearm revealed that it had been stolen from Union City Police in New Jersey.

The Juvenile male is charged with Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of Ammunition, Resisting Arrest and Disturbing the Peace.

At about 2:25 AM, a short time after the two males were taken into custody, officers from all across the city were called into action to monitor the area in an attempt to prevent the crowd which had gathered during the arrests of the two armed suspects, from turning violent.  While officers were on scene and plainly visible, a wild fight broke out in front of the Bijou Nightclub.  Motor vehicle traffic crawled to a standstill on Tremont Street as a large group of young men pushed, punched and kicked each other in a violent affray which spilled out from the sidewalk and onto the street.  Officers were able to quickly gain control of the volatile situation, placing six suspects in custody and dispersing the angry crowd that had continued to grow and gather around the combatants.  One officer sustained a minor injury during the chaos and was transported to a local hospital by ambulance for treatment. 

The suspects were later identified as: Luis Moran, 25, of Boston. Hassan Taft, 20, of Mattapan.  Melvin Jones, 32, of Roxbury.  Tyree Draughn, 23, of Roxbury.  Lance Gerald, 27, of Malden.  Anthony Haskins, 33, of Boston.  All are charged with Affray and Disturbing the Peace and will appear in Boston Municipal Court.

Then at about 2:42 AM as the crowd continued to disperse, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force observed several known gang members fleeing the area on foot and learned that one of the men, Mario Barros, 26 of Dorchester, may be armed with a gun.  Officers followed Barros to 830 Washington Street where they approached and attempted to pat frisk him.  When an officer felt a gun on the suspect, a struggle immediately ensued but officers were able to prevail, taking a .22 Caliber Smith & Wesson handgun out of the suspect’s waist band while placing him in custody.

Barros is charged with Unlawful Possession of Firearm and Armed Career Criminal (third subsequent) and will also appear in Boston Municipal Court.

In all, nine were arrested, three firearms were recovered and responding officers were able to contain and control what was a volatile and dangerous situation.