One Less Gun: Officers Arrest 14-year-old Boy in Possession of Firearm in Roxbury

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At about 12:35 AM on Saturday, July 30, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) made an onsite firearm-related arrest in the area of 144 Ruthven Street.

While on directed patrol in the area of Humboldt Avenue due to recent firearm-related incidents, officers observed two males walking with sweatshirts on with the hoods up tight around their faces. The two males stared long and hard at the officers, looking back at them several times as they went by in their cruiser. One of the males also appeared to be holding an object in his waistband. Given the nearly 80 degree temperatures and extreme humidity of the evening, officers believed the males may be concealing weapons with their bulky sweatshirts. Officers attempted to approach the males and immediately the male who appeared to be holding his waistband fled the officers on foot. One officer followed him and, after pursuing him through several yards, caught up with him as he fell to the ground in the rear of 144 Ruthven Street. As the male fell, the officer observed a thud sound and saw the leaves and grass move about 5 feet from the male. The officer apprehended the male, and further inspection of the area revealed a black loaded semi-automatic Star Firestar .45 caliber firearm that the suspect had discarded.

The officers placed the 14-year-old juvenile from Hyde Park under arrest and charged him with Delinquent to Wit; Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm.