Keeping Boston Safe: Members of the BPD’s Youth Violence Strike Force Lock Up 2 Suspects after Confiscating 2 Guns in Less Than 15 Minutes in 2 Separate Incidents; BPD K-9 Helps the Cause


Said Police Commissioner William Evans: "I continue to marvel and be impressed by the courage, conviction and selflessness displayed by my officers in their ongoing commitment to protect and serve our community. The fact that my officers were able to confiscate 2 guns in less than 15 minutes underscores, not only their bravery, but the fact that there are way too many guns out there. Less than two months into the new year and my officers have already taken over 100 guns off our streets. It’s an impressive number given the obvious and inherent dangers my officers willingly acknowledge and accept when confronting armed felons and those who think it’s okay to instill fear in our community.” 


INCIDENT #1: At about 2:18 pm on Thursday, February 22, 2018, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Humboldt Ave in Roxbury when officers observed a green motor vehicle travelling erratically towards Seaver Street with heavily tinted windows and a missing registration sticker which, by law, is supposed to be affixed to the upper right corner of the rear license plate. In light of the public safety violations, officers activated their lights and sirens and stopped the car. While talking to the operator, officers quickly noted that he appeared to be nervous and uneasy. Additionally, officers recognized the operator from previous encounters. In light of the above, officers asked the operator and his two passengers to exit the vehicle. As soon as the occupants exited the car, officers immediately observed a round of ammunition on the backseat floor of the car. In light of their discovery, officers requested a ballistic K-9 to respond to the scene.

Once on scene, the K-9 (Reggie) quickly focused in on and directed officers’ attention to an area between the steering column and the driver's side dash board. Upon closer inspection of that area, officers were able to locate a firearm (see above photo) which appeared to have been wedged into an opening between the dash and steering column. The firearm, described as Ruger P95DC, and ammunition were quickly confiscated and taken into evidence.   

Officers arrested Thomas Barbuto, 18, of Boston and charged him Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.


INCIDENT #2: At about 2:31pm on Thursday, February 22, 2018, members of the Boston Police Youth Violence Strike Force (YVSF) arrested an individual on gun-related charges in the area of 64 Rossetter Street in Dorchester. While on random patrol in the area of Olney Street, officers observed two individuals, described as black non-Hispanic males, walking towards the intersection of Geneva Avenue and Rossetter Street. Officers promptly noted that one of the individuals was walking in such a way as if to suggest he may be in possession of a firearm. Specifically, officers noted that one of the individuals was walking with his right arm pressed against an object in his waist area. In addition to the above, officers noted that the suspect, who appeared to be nervous, repeatedly looked back over his shoulder back in the direction of the officers. Additionally, it’s important to note that the officers involved in this incident have received extensive training on both the local and federal level in being able to recognize, diagnose and detect characteristics of an armed gunman. In light of their observations, officers pulled up to the duo in an effort to better understand and further investigate their observations.

As soon as the officers pulled up, the individual believed to be armed, began to walk away from the officers. When officers attempted to speak to him, the suspect took off running in a full sprint down Rossetter Street. Officers quickly gave chase and were able to catch up to and subdue the suspect who was found hiding behind several trash cans in the rear of 64 Rossetter Street. A pat frisk of the suspect for weapons proved unsuccessful. However, when officers retraced the steps taken during the foot pursuit, officers were able to locate and recover a loaded black-colored firearm (see photo) that the suspect had attempted to bury under a pile of loose soil in the rear of 78 Rossetter Street. Officers further noted that the suspect’s clothing appeared to be covered in dirt.

Officers arrested Torrance Green, 18, of Boston and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.