One Less Gun: Six Illegal Firearms Recovered over the Course of 9 Hours Yesterday

INCIDENT #1: At about 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made one arrest and recovered one firearm in the area of 27 Dunlap Street in District C-11 (Dorchester).

While on patrol, officers attempted to have a conversation with two young males on the street. The males made several nervous movements and displayed behavior indicating to the officers that the males may be armed with weapons before fleeing the area. Officers gave chase on foot, eventually apprehending both males. Along the path of flight of one of the males, officers recovered a loaded black Ruger 357 Magnum revolver from an empty trash can. The suspect, 25-year-old Kirk Lamont Parks, Jr. of Jamaica Plain, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent Offense). The second male was identified and released.

Firearm Recovered in Incident #2

INCIDENT #2: At about 1:25 PM on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a recovered firearm in the area of 513 Washington Street.

Upon arrival, officers spoke to a concerned citizen who stated he had found a firearm in a nearby trash can. Officers recovered a silver Smith & Wesson .38 Special revolver from where the citizen had placed it on a porch. Officers noted that the location of the firearm was along the path of flight of the second male involved in Incident #1.

Firearms Recovered in Incident #3

INCIDENT #3: At about 1:00 PM on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, members of the District E-5 (West Roxbury) Drug Control Unit effected and arrest for firearm related charges in the area of 4907 Washington Street.

As a result of an ongoing investigation and surveillance in the above vicinity, officers were able to stop 23-year-old Joel Damiani of Dedham while in possession of a black computer-style bag containing three loaded firearms—one 9mm HiPoint Model 9 Luger with obliterated serial number, one .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, and one .380 caliber Jennings Model 48 Auto. When Damiani could not produce a license to carry, officers arrested him and charged him with three counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, three counts of Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and one count of Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number.

INCIDENT #4: At about 7:20 PM on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 96 West Newton Street, a Boston Housing Authority Property.

Upon arrival, officers observed a male fitting the suspect’s description a short distance from the original address. Officers stopped the male and while speaking with him, a 9mm ammunition casing fell from his pocket. Simultaneously, officers canvassing the area for discarded evidence observed a loaded black 9mm Ruger P95DAO with a high capacity feeding device in a gap between a nearby building and porch. By virtue of a written trespass notice from the BHA to the suspect and the unlawful possession of the shell casing, officers arrested 19-year-old Isaac Almedarez of Roxbury for Trespassing and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Statements made freely by Almedarez in front of officers during the booking process lead officers to additionally charge him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, and Discharging a Firearm within 500 Ft. of a Dwelling.