One Less Gun: Officers Recover Illegal Firearm in South End, Arrest Two

At about 5:55 PM on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force effected an arrest for firearm related charges in the area of San Juan and West Brookline Streets.

While on patrol, officers observed a group of males known to police congregating near the playground at San Juan and West Newton Streets. Due to numerous recent firearm-related incidents in the above area (including a firearm arrest on May 6 and two people shot on May 17), officers paused in their cruiser to further observe the group. At the sight of police presence, two males immediately broke away from the larger group, one making several hand movements to his waistband as if checking the security of a firearm. Officers exited their cruiser and walked over to speak with the two males. Due to their observations and their knowledge of the area and the subjects, officers performed a pat frisk for their safety. The officer felt what he knew to be a firearm in the waistband of one of the males and recovered an unloaded revolver without markings indicating its make or model.

Officers placed the 16-year-old juvenile from Hyde Park under arrest for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, as well as an outstanding warrant out of Suffolk County Juvenile Court.

As the officers made the arrest, the second male became belligerent, yelling at the officers and making a scene causing a large crowd of onlookers to gather in the street. After being warned several times to cease this behavior, 25-year-old Mwase H. Potts of Boston was placed under arrest and charged with Disorderly Conduct.