One Less Gun: Officers Recover Loaded Shotgun After Chasing Bike Riding B&E Suspect in Roxbury

At about 7:10 PM on Sunday August 21, 2016, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a breaking and entering in the area of 60 Wait Street in Mission Hill.  During that incident, a suspect had entered an apartment and stolen several items, including a laptop, before fleeing the area on a blue bicycle.  Officers were given a detailed suspect description and observed Andre Hopkins, 47, of Roxbury, a short time later riding a bicycle at a high rate of speed near Shawmut Avenue and Dudley Street.  The officers followed the suspect for several blocks and were finally able to stop him when a winter jacket he was holding got caught in the rear wheel of the bike, causing it to come to a sudden stop.  Officers observed what appeared to be a long shotgun underneath the jacket which had fallen to the ground when the bike stopped.  Officers were able to place the suspect in custody after a brief struggle as the suspect repeatedly yelled, “What did I do?  What did I do?”  The officers were then able to recover a loaded Mossberg shotgun along with the stolen laptop and several other items that did not belong to the suspect.  The suspect was positively identified for the breaking and entering and was transported from the scene without further incident.  While at the booking desk, the suspect stated, “You ain’t gonna charge me with that gun are you?  I found that.  I took the other stuff but that gun wasn’t mine.”  The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Carrying a Rifle or Shotgun on a Public Way, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Breaking and Entering, Resisting Arrest and Trespassing.