At about 10:00 PM on Thursday, July 20, 2017, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the Orchard Park area when they observed a group of males loitering in the rear of 256 Dudley Street in District B-2 (Roxbury). As officers approached the group, one male separated from the group and was observed clutching at an object in his waist area and crouching down as he entered a small alcove of the building. A search of the alcove enabled officers to see and recover a loaded .25 caliber Ravens Arms semi-automatic handgun in the area where the male suspect was seen crouching down. As a result officers arrested the individual, a 14-year-old juvenile from Boston, and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on Public Way.
Said Commissioner William Evans: “As proud as I am of my officers for their ongoing dedication and devotion to keeping our streets safe, everybody should be concerned when a 14-year-old kid is caught with a gun. Clearly, somewhere along the way this young teen thought it was okay to pick up a gun and it’s incumbent on everybody – not just my officers – to intercept and refocus these young people before they make a decision that will adversely impact the rest of their lives.”
NOTE: To date, the men and women of the Boston Police Department have taken over 370 guns off the streets of Boston in the year 2017.