One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest Suspect Armed with Loaded Firearm after Traffic Stop Leads to Violent Struggle in Roxbury

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At about 6:13 PM on Thursday, January 11, 2018, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest as part of an active and ongoing investigation in the area of 18 Hollander Street in Roxbury. The officers were aware that the target of their investigation, Richard Dilworth, 21, of Roxbury, was armed with a firearm and that he was the front seat passenger inside a motor vehicle which they had stopped in the rear parking lot of the address. Officers approached the vehicle and attempted to remove the suspect at which time a violent struggle ensued. Officers were eventually able to place the suspect in custody while safely recovering a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wesson MP40 semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine from the waistband area of the suspect’s pants. Officers later learned that the firearm was loaded with 26 rounds of ammunition, including one in the chamber, and had previously been reported stolen in Norwood, Massachusetts. As the officers were struggling to gain control of the suspect, the operator of the vehicle, later identified as Marchies Porcher, 18, of Roxbury, exited the driver’s side and attempted to interfere with the arrest while pushing officers who were trying to keep him at a safe distance. The second suspect was then placed in custody without further incident. Two additional occupants of the vehicle were identified and released from the scene.

Both suspects will appear in Roxbury District Court for arraignment. Dilworth will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Receiving Stolen Property and Resisting Arrest. Porcher will be charged with Assault and Battery on a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest.