One Less Gun: Wild Incident in Dorchester Leads to the Recovery of Four Loaded Guns, Five Arrests as Angry Crowd Interferes and Taunts Officers

At about 6:33 PM on Wednesday May 11, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force recovered four loaded firearms and arrested five suspects in the area of Fernald Terrace in Dorchester.  Officers were on patrol when they observed a large group gathered in the street that appeared to be filming a video of some sort.  Upon seeing the officers, two men, later identified as David Stewart, 21, of Dorchester, and Taylor Nelson, 23, of Hyde Park, immediately separated from the group and began running in different directions while clutching at the waist band area of their pants.  The officers split up and pursued the two suspects.  Stewart ran through several backyards, jumping over fences while holding a firearm in his hand as officers pursued him.  Additional responding officers were able to cut off the suspect’s path of flight and order him to the ground at which time he was placed in custody without further incident.  Officers then recovered a loaded .40 caliber Sig Sauer P226 handgun which the suspect had been carrying during the pursuit.  The second suspect, Nelson, ran into a nearby apartment and forced his way inside.  Officers were able to stop him as he attempted to flee through the same door he had entered through.  Officers quickly recovered a loaded firearm from inside the apartment which the suspect had discarded.  When the officers attempted to place the suspect in custody, he violently resisted and attempted to escape custody.  As this was happening, an unruly crowd began to gather out front of the address.  Officers were eventually able to place the combative suspect in custody but were blocked by the crowd as they attempted to walk him to the waiting transport vehicle.  At this point, numerous officers from around the city responded to help control the large group which had continued to grow in numbers.  One of the individuals, Robert Wheeler, 21 of Dorchester, was placed in custody after officers observed him inciting the crowd. 

As officers were on scene clearing the area, they observed a motor vehicle which had been at the center of the video shoot and approached to speak with the occupants.  After conducting a pat frisk of the passenger compartment, officers recovered a loaded GUN from underneath a garment of clothing.  As a result, the operator, Fritznel Vilsaint, 28, of Malden, and the passenger Andria Rowlands, 21, of Brockton, were both placed in custody after both denied ownership of the weapon. 

As responding officers continued their efforts to disperse the crowd, officers attention was drawn to Nickhlas Simpson, 22 of Dorchester, who was screaming profanities while pointing his finger in the faces of a group of officers.  The suspect refused to leave the area and then, shoved one of the officers.  When the officers approached the suspect to place him in custody, they observed a firearm in the waistband of his pants.  Officers were able to place the suspect in custody after a brief struggle and recovered a loaded .45 caliber High Point handgun.  The suspect then stated to the officers, “You’re lucky I didn’t pull that out.”  Officers later recovered several pills believed Xanax from the suspect’s shorts and discovered he was wanted on a default warrant out of Brighton District Court for Disturbing the Peace and Threats to Commit a Crime. 

All six of the arrested parties will appear in Dorchester District Court. 

David Stewart will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Trespassing.

Taylor Nelson will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Home Invasion and Resisting Arrest.

Robert Wheeler will be charged with Disturbing the Peace and Disorderly Conduct.

Fritznel Vilsaint and Andria Rowlands will both be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Nickhlas Simpson will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest and Possession of Class C Drugs.

Commissioner Evans praised the work of his officers and thanked the members of the community that assisted them when the crowd turned against them, “The officers in this incident showed enormous restraint when faced with several armed individuals.  They quickly calmed the crowd and worked with neighbors to ensure the safety of children and disperse the large crowd.  Their quick response and actions removed four guns from the neighborhood.  I commend their work and skills reducing tension and de-escalating a volatile situation.”