One Less Gun: BPD Officers Bravely Confiscate Two Firearms in Two Separate Incidents: In ongoing efforts to protect and serve the citizens of Boston by targeting those who carry or possess illegal firearms in our city, officers arrested two individuals on gun-related charges in two separate incidents. The facts and circumstance are listed below:
INCIDENT #1: Officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) confiscated a firearm during a motor vehicle stop in the area of Atherton and Washington Streets in Roxbury. At about 9:50AM, on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, while on directed patrol in the area of Egleston Square due to several community complaints relative to increased drug activity in the area, officers’ attention was drawn to a white male acting nervously while walking around his vehicle which was parked at the Mobile Gas Station located at 3055 Washington Street in Roxbury. Officers noted the individual’s anxiety as he continued to look around in all directions, as if canvassing the area, before entering his vehicle. When officers conducted a check of the vehicle’s registration, officers discovered that the vehicle’s registration was cancelled meaning the vehicle was on the road illegally. In light of this information, officers activated their emergency equipment (lights and sirens) and stopped the car. While speaking to the operator, officers noted that the driver appeared to be extremely anxious given the fact that the individual was visibly shaking and refusing to make eye contact with the officers. When asked to produce his license and registration, the operator was unable to. Moreover, officers discovered that the driver’s right to operate a vehicle in the state of Massachusetts had been suspended. In light of the aforementioned, officers arrested John Kerivan, 21, of Boston and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle on a Suspended License.
While conducting an inventory search of the motor vehicle, officers were able to locate and take possession of a loaded firearm with 10 live rounds (see photo). Given the discovery of the firearm, the suspect was additionally charged with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.
INCIDENT #2: Officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) confiscated a firearm during a motor vehicle stop in the area of Harvard and Radcliffe Streets in Dorchester. At about 12:42am, on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) observed a gray motor vehicle make a sharp left turn onto Harvard Street from Washington Street. In light of the erratic driving, officers conducted a check of the vehicle’s registration which revealed that the vehicle had no inspection sticker. As a result, officers activated lights and sirens in order to conduct a motor vehicle stop. Initially, the vehicle slowed but did not come to a full stop until doing so in the area of Harvard and Radcliffe Streets. Given the operator’s hesitancy and reluctance to pull over, officers were keenly concerned that efforts were being made to possibly hide or conceal an illegal firearm. When asked to explain why it took so long to pull over, the operator was unable to provide an articulate reason or rationale for not stopping. Officers noted that both the operator and passenger appeared anxious as both were breathing heavily and refusing to make eye contact with the officers. At one point, given the passenger’s readily apparent nervousness and heavy breathing, officers asked the passenger if he was okay. In light of their observations and concern that a firearm may be in the vehicle, officers asked both individuals to exit the car. Upon looking inside the vehicle, officers quickly observed and took possession of a firearm found under the driver’s seat. When asked to produce a license to carry a firearm, the operator was unable to.
Officers arrested Jacob Laurore, 19, of Boston and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.