Keeping Boston Safe: Two Suspects in Custody as Human Trafficking Investigation Leads to the Recovery of Loaded Firearm in Dorchester

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, officers assigned to the Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit arrested two suspects and recovered a loaded firearm as part of an active investigation in the area of 204 Norfolk Street in Mattapan. At about 7:45 PM, a female subject who was part of the investigation exited the residence and was escorted safely out of the area to be interviewed by detectives. At about 9:20 PM, officers observed the target of their investigation, Jose Martinez, 25, of Dorchester, exit the residence in the company of a second male they believed to be armed with a firearm, later identified as Rashid Parham, 18, of Roslindale. The two men then got into the rear seat of a waiting motor vehicle which was operating as a ride sharing service at the time. Officers followed the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop in the area of Morton Street and Blue Hill Avenue with the assistance of additional responding units from District B-3 (Mattapan) at which time Jose Martinez was removed and in placed custody without incident. As the officers were simultaneously removing Rashid Parham, he attempted to push past the officers and flee on foot at which time he was taken to the ground and placed in custody after a brief struggle. Officers then located and recovered a loaded .40 caliber Highpoint Model JCP firearm inside the vehicle in the area where Parham had been seated. 

Both suspects will appear in Dorchester District Court for arraignment.  Jose Martinez will be charged with Sex Trafficking and Kidnapping.  Rashid Parham will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.