One Less Gun: Officers’ Keen Observations Lead to Arrest of Armed Robber and Recovery of Illegal Firearm

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At about 1:45 AM on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, an officer from District A-15 (Charlestown) was flagged down by a victim of an armed robbery in the area of 17 Corey Street. The officer was informed that the victim had arranged to sell his red iPhone 7 Plus but when he met with three individuals in a black Acura to complete the transaction, a passenger of the car grabbed the iPhone box and lifted up his hoodie as if to indicate he had a weapon in his waistband. The vehicle then took off toward I-93 South. The officer broadcast the description of the vehicle, including plate number, over several BPD radio channels.

About 25 minutes later, officers in District B-2 (Roxbury) observed a vehicle matching the description and plate number of the suspect car in the area of Blue Hill Ave and Columbia Road. Officers conducted a stop of the suspect vehicle, and due to the nature of the original call and reports that there may be a firearm in the vehicle, officers ordered the two occupants out of the car and conducted a pat frisk of the occupants and the passenger compartment. During the frisk, officers observed that the passenger, 27-year-old Jeffrey S. Jones of Dorchester, was wearing a GPS monitoring bracelet. Also during the frisk officers observed victim’s red iPhone in plain view and a loaded Jimenez Arms .380 Auto firearm in the center console. Both the operator, 22-year-old Brian K. Joyce of Providence, RI, and Jones were identified as the suspects in the robbery. Both were arrested and charged with Armed Robbery, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. The officers matched the serial numbers on the recovered iPhone to a picture of the iPhone box taken by the victim, and the phone was returned to the victim.