One Less Gun: BPD Officers Recover Two Loaded Firearms Within Eight Hours While Placing Two Suspects in Custody After Foot Pursuits During Two Separate Incidents

Firearm Seized During Incident #1

INCIDENT #1:  At about 2:22 PM on Wednesday January 11, 2017, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest after a foot pursuit which ended in the area of 78 Ruthven Street in Dorchester.  Officers were aware that Kelvin Thames, 21, of Dorchester, who was known to them through previous interactions, was possibly armed with a firearm.  The officers located the suspect walking on Homestead Street near Humboldt Avenue and approached to speak with him.  Upon seeing the officers, the suspect immediately clutched the right side of his pants and began to run.  The officers pursued the suspect and observed him take a firearm out of his pants which he then threw to the ground.  The officers chased the suspect through several backyards and were finally able to place him in custody in the rear of 78 Ruthven Street.  Officers then recovered a .380 caliber Cobra handgun and a loaded magazine which the suspect had discarded as he fled.  The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Firearm Seized During Incident #2

INCIDENT #2:  At about 9:59 PM on Wednesday January 11, 2017, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest after chasing and fighting a combative suspect in the area of Southern Avenue and Elmhurst Street in Dorchester.  The officers were on directed patrol in the area after responding to a call for shots fired earlier in the night at about 6:36 PM.  During that incident, ballistic evidence was recovered but there were no reported injuries or damage to personal property.  The officers observed an improperly registered motor vehicle stopped on Southern Avenue with the engine running and three occupants inside.  When the officers pulled behind the vehicle and turned on their lights and siren, one of the passengers, later identified as Guarionex Joaquin, 23, of Dorchester, immediately exited the vehicle and took off running while clutching at the waistband of his pants.  Believing the suspect could be armed with a weapon, the officers gave chase.  As the suspect turned onto Elmhurst Street, he suddenly turned back towards the officers and pulled out a silver handgun, which he then pointed at the officers who were now in close proximity to the suspect.  One officer drew his department issued firearm while the other officer pushed the armed suspect to the ground.  As the suspect hit the pavement, he briefly dropped his handgun, but was able to quickly pick it up and again point it at the officers.  At this time, a third officer on scene,  believing that the suspect was about to shoot his brother officers, charged the suspect, throwing himself on him, causing the suspect’s gun to fall onto the sidewalk within arm's reach.  The officers struggled to place the suspect in custody while he made several attempts to grab the firearm a third time.  The officers were finally able to secure the suspect at which time they safely recovered a loaded 32 caliber Clerke 1st Smith & Wesson revolver.  The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Resisting Arrest.