In the span of eight hours, BPD officers used their superior observation skills, training, and relentless perseverance to locate and recover three firearms in three separate incidents in Boston last night. In addition, officers were able to identify and arrest all perpetrators involved in these cases in order to make Boston a safer city. The facts and circumstances of the incidents are as follows:
INCIDENT #1: At about 8:40 PM on Thursday, June 11, 2015, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on directed patrol in the area of Sparrow Playground located between West Newton Street and West Rutland Square in District D-4 (South End).
Officers observed a group of males whom police know to be associated with a particular street gang and approached to engage them in conversation. While most of the group willingly spoke casually with officers, officers noticed that one particular individual attempted to separate himself from any interaction. Armed with previous knowledge of this individual, officers approached the male and conducted a pat frisk of his body and a backpack he was carrying. Officers felt what they knew to be the shape of a firearm inside the bottom of the backpack. Further investigation revealed loaded gray and brown Browning Arms 9mm firearm inside the bag.
Officers arrested 23-year-old Marcus Perry of Boston and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.
INCIDENT #2: At about 1:30 AM on Friday, June 12, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of Ruggles and Cabot Streets in Roxbury.
As officers responded to the area, the 911 dispatcher advised officers that the caller had witnessed two black males with guns in a black Nissan Maxima. Officers observed a vehicle and suspects fitting this description in the area of 31 Whittier Street. As officers stopped and approached the vehicle on foot, they observed the operator quickly reach below his seat and hide his hands. Due to the nature of the call and the operator’s sudden movements, officers ordered the two occupants of the vehicle to show their hands and exit the car. The occupants complied, and a pat frisk of the operator and the immediate area within his reach revealed a silver and black Browning Arms 9mm under the operator’s seat.
Officers arrested 29-year-old Jimmy Hester of Dorchester and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Numbers, and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.
INCIDENT #3: At about 3:25 AM on Friday, June 12, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a report of shots fired and a “shot spotter” activation in the area of 21 Dacia Street.
As officers responded, they too heard sounds that they believed to be gunshots in the area of Dacia and Woodcliff Streets. Officers then caught a glimpse of a male attempting to rack a black firearm as he fled the scene. Officers set up a perimeter and conducted an extensive search for this suspect. As officers canvassed the area, one officer observed the suspect standing on a porch and pointing the firearm in the officer’s direction. The officers sought cover, drew their department issued firearms, and ordered the suspect to drop his weapon. The suspect complied with officers’ orders and was subsequently arrested without further incident. Officers recovered a loaded black KelTec 9mm Lugar from the porch where they had found the suspect.
Officers arrested 30-year-old Dairy Santos of Dorchester and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling, and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon on a Police Officer.