One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest Two for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm after Motor Vehicle Stop in Hyde Park

At about 2:04 PM, on Monday, December 22, 2014, officers from District E-18 (Hyde Park) made an onsite arrest for illegal possession of a firearm in the area of 750 Hyde Park Avenue. After seeing a yellow Volkswagen with dark tinted windows make an illegal U-turn in the area of 750 Hyde Park Ave, officers conducted a motor vehicle stop. As officers approached the car, they were unable to see inside the vehicle due to the heavy tint. As a result, officers directed the occupants to roll down all of the windows. With the windows down, officers could see two individuals inside the car. While speaking to the operator of the car, officers noted and observed the operator’s hand to be trembling. Furthermore, officers noted that the passenger of the vehicle also appeared to be overly nervous due to trembling hands and a quivering of his voice. While looking inside of the car, officers observed in plain view a black firearm (described as a .38 caliber revolver) on the side of the front passenger's seat. Both suspects were quickly removed from the vehicle and placed in handcuffs. 

Officers arrested Richard F. Earl, 22 of Mattapan, and charged him with: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Earl was also issued a Massachusetts Citation for Failure to Yield to Right of Way to Oncoming Traffic, Unsafe Lane Change and Excessively Tinted Windows.  

The passenger, a 17 year-old juvenile, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.