One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Two Teens, Recover Firearm during Traffic Stop in Dorchester

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At about 10:00 PM on Thursday, November 16, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted a traffic stop for a red light violation in the area of 580 Blue Hill Avenue in District B-2 (Roxbury). 

Upon approaching the stopped vehicle and requesting the operator’s license and registration, officers were informed that the operator, who identified herself as 19-year-old Angelica Fernandez of Roxbury, was not in possession of those documents. Officers observed that the three passengers in the vehicle were not wearing seatbelts and requested identification from them as well. Further investigation revealed that no one in the vehicle was licensed to drive, and Fernandez had an outstanding straight warrant out of Roxbury District Court. Officers ordered Fernandez out of the car, as she was subject to arrest for the previously mentioned offenses, and the remaining occupants were ordered to exit so the vehicle may be towed. Upon exiting the vehicle, each individual was pat frisked for officer safety and, as a result, officers recovered a loaded Smith & Wesson .22 caliber revolver from the pants of one of the passengers.

Officers arrested Fernandez and charged her for Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License and the outstanding warrant. Officers arrested the 17-year-old juvenile male from Dorchester and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. The male was additionally charged with Possession of Class C Drugs after officers recovered a pill from his pocket in the booking area.