One Less Gun: Keen Observations By Detectives Lead To Recovered Firearm After Lengthy Foot Pursuit In Hyde Park

At about 5:17 PM on Thursday May 29, 2015, detectives assigned to District E-18 (Hyde Park) recovered a loaded firearm from a motor vehicle on Fairmount Avenue and arrested two suspects who fled after an exhaustive search of a widespread area.

The detectives observed the vehicle and were aware that the driver, Pauliasky Jean Francois, 28, of Boston, was operating with a revoked Massachusetts driver’s license.  When the vehicle came to a stop on Fairmount Avenue, the rear seat passenger, Molija Burey, 23, of Boston, exited the vehicle and started walking towards the officers cruiser while yelling at them and gesturing aggressively with his hands.  As this was happening, the driver (Francois) and the front seat passenger, later identified as Irvin Rodriguez, 22, of Hyde Park, suddenly jumped out of the car, running down Fairmount Avenue towards Logan Square.  The two suspects continued onto Davison Street then split up, with the passenger (Rodriguez) cutting left through several back yards towards River Street and the driver (Francois) turning right and disappearing into the driveway of a house on Davison Street.  Additional units responded to the area and soon located Rodriguez in the rear of 1138 River Street, out of breath and sweating with his clothes tattered and torn.  He was placed in custody without incident.

Boston Police K-9 Units arrived and quickly picked up the trail of Francois, following it over to Pierce Street, crossing the street and  through back yards towards Walter Street.  The suspect was eventually flushed out with the pursuit crossing the train tracks which briefly interrupted MBTA rail service to ensure the safety of the officers.  The suspect (Francois) was taken into custody on Fairmount Court.

With both men captured, officers turned their attention back to the motor vehicle and located a Colt 1911 .45 caliber handgun on the front passenger side floor hidden beneath a Dunkin’ Donuts bag.  The safety was off, the hammer was down and the magazine had six live rounds in it.

Pauliasky Jean Francois is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Operating After Revocation and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

Irvin Rodriguez is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Both men will appear in West Roxbury District Court.

Further investigation will be done to determine what charges, if any will be brought against Molijah Burey.