Last night, Boston police officers took four illegal firearms off the streets and made six arrests in four separate incidents that occurred in the span of just over twelve hours. These incidents have added to the hundreds of firearm related arrests made in 2016 (445 arrests as of December 4, 2016, up 34 from this time last year). In addition, these incidents bring the total number of firearms recovered in Boston to 726 year-to-date. The facts of the incidents are as follows:
INCIDENT #1: At about 3:00 PM on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, members of the District B-3 Neighborhood Drug Control Unit made an onsite arrest for firearm related charges in the area of Gladeside and Arborcrest Terraces.
While conducting surveillance on a location known for illicit drug activity, officers observed a gray Acura Integra bearing plates officers knew to be registered to a gray Volvo S40 often seen engaging in drug sales. Officers conducted a stop of the motor vehicle with attached plates, and upon speaking with the operator, found that he was operating without a valid driver’s license. Officers asked the operator to exit the vehicle and, after placing him in custody, recovered a loaded black Kel Tec 9mm firearm and a clear plastic bag containing 12 smaller plastic bags of a white rock-like substance believed to be crack cocaine from the operator’s pants. The firearm was found to be reported stolen approximately one year ago out of Gwinnett County, GA.
The operator, 27-year-old Jerry L. Burnett of Dorchester, was arrested and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs, Receiving Stolen Property, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm (2nd and Subsequent Offense).
INCIDENT #2: At about 6:40 PM on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) made an onsite arrest for firearm related charges in the area of 80 Annunciation Road.
While on directed patrol of the above area, officers observed two individuals, 18-year-old Willie Barnes of Dorchester and 19-year-old Kalongie Bradley of Allston, inside a hallway of one of the Boston Housing Authority residential buildings. Officers were aware that these individuals were previously trespassed from all BHA property and were known for carrying firearms. When officers approached and attempted to pat frisk the backpack of Willie Barnes a violent struggle ensued, during which Bradley grabbed at the jackets and hands of the officers attempting to place Barnes into custody, physically interfering with the arrest. Eventually, Bradley took control of Barnes’ backpack and fled the scene on foot with one of the officers in pursuit. During the pursuit, an unidentified civilian pushed Bradley into a bush causing him to fall briefly and lose control of the backpack. Bradley abandoned the backpack and continued to flee, only to be apprehended nearby by another responding officer. Inside the backpack, officers recovered a loaded silver Jennings 1380 firearm.
Both Bradley and Barnes were arrested and charged with numerous firearm offenses.
INCIDENT #3: At about 8:30 PM on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest for firearm related charges in the area of Blue Hill Avenue and Vesta Road.
Officers were performing surveillance on a particular car in an ongoing firearm investigation, when they observed the suspect vehicle commit several traffic violations on Blue Hill Avenue. Officers conducted a stop of the vehicle and attempted to speak with the operator, 25-year-old Devin Fuller of Dorchester. The officers were met with verbal resistance from Fuller, and he initially refused to comply with their requests for his driver’s license and registration and to remove the keys from the ignition. When officers requested Fuller to exit the vehicle, Fuller attempted to place the keys back in the ignition. When officers ultimately removed Fuller from the car, and after much physical resistance, officers uncovered a loaded Smith & Wesson MP9 firearm from Fuller’s waistband, as well as one plastic bag of marijuana and over $600 in currency.
Fuller was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs.
INCIDENT #4: At about 4:40 AM on Thursday, December 8, 2016, members of the City Wide and District C-11 (Dorchester) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit executed several search warrants in relation to an ongoing investigation in the area of 109 Welles Avenue.
Upon execution of the warrant, officers recovered a loaded InterArms Model M971 .357 revolver, numerous bags of marijuana, over $6700 in US currency, additional ammunition, and assorted pills. Officers arrested the target of the investigation, 23-year-old Dimitri Sylvester of Dorchester, and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs. A second occupant of the residence was arrested on an unrelated outstanding warrant.