One Less Gun: BPD YVSF Officers Arrest 3, Recover 2 Firearms During 2 Incidents Within 4 Hours In Dorchester

Incident #1:  At about 8:30 PM on Friday, June 19, 2015, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made a firearm arrest at Bowdoin and Draper Streets in Dorchester.  Officers were on directed patrol in the area as part of an ongoing investigation when they observed a person of interest, later identified as Henry Samuels, 42, of Dorchester, attempt to evade them by darting into the Cesaria restaurant located 266 Bowdoin Street.  Officers set up surveillance of the area and waited for the suspect to exit the building moments later when they stopped him across the street.  Officers immediately performed a pat frisk of the suspect and recovered a handgun from his front left pocket.  The suspect tried to tell the officers that the weapon was merely a toy, but it was determined to be a loaded .22 caliber Jennings Firearm by Bryco.  Samuels was placed in custody and will appear at Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (Subsequent Offense after Prior Guilty Conviction), and Armed Career Criminal (Level 3).

Incident #2:  At about 12:30 AM on Saturday, June 20, 2015, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made two arrests and recovered drugs and a firearm in the area of 52 Everton Street in Dorchester.  Officers had responded to the area for a report of shots fired when they came upon a suspect, later identified as Darell Couch, 26, of Dorchester, crouched and attempting to hide in the rear of the address.  Officers located and recovered a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver nearby that the suspect had discarded as they approached him.  It was later determined that the firearm had been reported stolen out of Hueytown, Alabama in 2006. The suspect was placed in custody without incident.

As officers were preparing to leave the area they observed a motor vehicle parked with the engine running across the street from the address and approached the operator to inquire if he had seen or heard anything relative to the shots fired call.  When officers arrived at the driver’s side window they observed a large bag of a white powdered substance believed to be cocaine in plain sight inside the vehicle.  Officers removed the operator, later identified as Hector Rosario, 25, of Boston, and then also observed two bags of a brown substance believed to be heroine.  The drugs were recovered and the suspect was placed in custody.

Both suspects will appear in Dorchester District Court.  Couch will be charged with Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Trespassing and Receiving Stolen Goods. 

Rosario will be charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B.