The Boston Police Department continues our efforts to take illegal firearms off of the streets and out of the communities we serve. Members of the Youth Violence Strike Force have recovered more than ten firearms this holiday weekend alone. During the following three incidents, officers were able to recover three guns in twelve hours during three separate incidents in Roxbury.
INCIDENT #1: At about 2:00 PM on Sunday, July 3, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest in the area of Ziegler Street and Wheatley Way in Roxbury. Officers were on patrol in the area of Orchard Gardens when they observed a group of five males, some of whom were known to them, sitting on the stair case in front of 25 Bethune Way and approached to speak with them. As the officers were speaking with the group, one of the men, Marcus Younge, 19, of Roxbury, suddenly stood up and ran while clutching at the waist band area of his pants, leading them to believe that he may be armed with some sort of weapon. The officers gave chase, pursuing the suspect for a couple of blocks before another officer was able to cut off his path of flight and place him in custody without further incident. The officers then recovered an unloaded Hopkins & Allen Arms revolver from inside a small playground at the corner of Eustis Street and Wheatley Way where the suspect had discarded it as he fled. It was later revealed that the gun had been reported stolen in 1979. The suspect will appear will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in Roxbury District Court.
INCIDENT #2: At about 1:30 AM on Monday, July 4, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted a traffic stop which resulted in an onsite firearm arrest in the area of Eustis Street and Harrison Avenue in Roxbury. Officers were on patrol when they pulled over a vehicle for an equipment violation and discovered that the operator, Dimitri Duvinard, 22 of Roxbury, did not have a valid driver’s license. After the suspect was placed in custody without incident, the officers recovered a loaded .380 caliber Smith & Wesson firearm with an obliterated serial number from inside the car. The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number and Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
INCIDENT #3: At about 2:00 AM on Monday, July 4, 2016, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) made an onsite firearm arrest after responding to a radio call for a person with a gun traveling in a blue minivan in the area of Dabney Street in Roxbury. Officers observed a vehicle matching the given description fleeing the area and performed a traffic stop to identify the occupants. As the officers were approaching the vehicle, they observed James Alves, 19, of Dorchester, who matched the description as the person who had been seen with a gun, sitting in the passenger seat with his hands out of sight inside a backpack on his lap. The officers quickly removed the suspect and recovered a loaded Taurus .38 caliber revolver from inside the bag. The suspect was then placed in custody without incident. The driver of the vehicle was interviewed and released. The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.