One Less Gun: BPD Officers Bravely Confiscate Four Firearms within 6 Hours in 2 Separate Incidents; Four Suspects in Custody on Gun-Related Charges

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Per Commissioner William Evans,  "I continue to be impressed by the hard work and undeniable courage put forth by the men and women of of the Boston Police Department in their ongoing efforts to protect and serve the citizens of Boston. Taking four guns off the streets within 6 hours is a significant achievement that most certainly makes our community safer. And, I again want to thank my officers for bravely engaging and apprehending those who think it's okay to carry illegal firearms in our city."

INCIDENT #1: At about 7:10 PM on Saturday, April 21, 2018, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Dalessio Court near D Street in South Boston. Officers observed a large group of individuals known to them gathered near 4 Dalessio Court smoking marijuana and drinking in public. Officers also observed several cars illegally parked nearby inside the housing development, blocking the entrance and exit of other vehicles. When officers entered the common hallway of 4 Dalessio Court, they observed that the walls were covered in graffiti. One of the officers looked under the stairwell and observed a loaded black Ruger .380 Auto Model LCP11 with obliterated serial number.

Due to the group’s close proximity to the recovered firearm, officers conducted frisks of the individuals and their vehicles. Officers observed the vehicle closest to the group to be illegally parked and inquired whose it was. Nineteen-year-old Emmanuel Nova of Stoughton produced the keys and informed officers that it was registered to 30-year-old Alex J. Valdez of Mattapan. A frisk of the vehicle revealed two additional firearms, a loaded black Taurus 9mm Millenium G2 with obliterated serial number and high capacity feeding device and a loaded black Glock .40 Model 22. Neither Nova nor Valdez could produce a license to carry. Both were arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device, and Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number.

A third individual, 20-year-old Jimal B. Ortiz of Hyde Park, was arrested on an outstanding default warrant out of West Roxbury District Court. Nova and Valdez will be arraigned at South Boston District Court. The remaining individuals, none of whom resided at the above address, were identified and ordered to leave.

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INCIDENT #2: At about 12:55 AM on Sunday, April 22, 2018, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) were on patrol in the area of 257 Norfolk Avenue when they observed a group in front of a bar that appeared as if it were about to fight. The officers approached the gathering in their unmarked cruiser and observed three males immediately separate themselves from the group and walk away up Burrell Street. Officers reversed their cruiser to further observe the males and while doing so observed one of the males, later identified as 29-year-old Michael Afonseca of Randolph, duck behind a parked car. When they were finally able to catch up, they stopped Afonseca. One of the officers advised Afonseca that he was not free to leave while they investigated the area where he ducked behind the vehicle. Officers investigated the vehicle and observed a loaded revolver on top of the front right wheel. It was then that Afonseca fled on foot. Officers lost sight of him and canvased the area. The officers ultimately found Afonseca hiding between the rear of a house and a shed. The officers arrested Afonseca and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm.