One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Two Suspects, Recover Firearm after Armed Robbery and Shooting in Mattapan


At about 12:00 AM on Friday, September 15, 2017, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of Blue Hill Ave and Almont Street. Upon arrival, officers located a female victim suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The officers were informed that she had been robbed and shot by two males who fled on foot toward Mattapan Square. The victim was transported to Boston Medical Center by EMS.

Meanwhile, officers on scene were informed that the same suspects had been witnessed committing the shooting and an earlier robbery in the area of Blue Hill Ave and Woolson Street a short time before the shooting. Officers received a detailed description and direction of flight. Officers canvassed the area and located two males fitting that description in the area of River Street and Edgewater Drive. Upon approaching the suspects, one male fled while the other attempted to hide in a parked vehicle. Officers removed 21-year-old Wilkenson Charles of Hyde Park from the parked vehicle and recovered an unloaded Hi-Point C9 9mm pistol in his possession. Officers stopped 30-year-old Phillipe Walnes of Malden after a brief foot pursuit and violent struggle during which Walnes kicked the officers. When officers were able to apprehend Walnes, they discovered several items identified as stolen property in his possession. Both Charles and Walnes were identified as the suspects involved in the shooting and robbery. Officers arrested both suspects and charged them with Armed Assault with Intent to Murder, Discharging a Firearm within 500 ft. of a Dwelling, Armed Robbery, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. Walnes was additionally charged with Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon on a Police Officer (Shod Foot).