At about 7:34 PM on Monday, February 10, 2014, while conducting an investigation into gang activity in the area of Columbia Road and Stanwood Street in Area C-11 (Dorchester), members of the Youth Violence Strike Force recovered a firearm and made an arrest of a suspect for firearm-related offenses at 212 Columbia Road (Franklin’s Liquors).
While monitoring the area, the officers observed a male wearing a black coat and green hooded sweatshirt walking with a female on Columbia Road near Devon Street. The officers then observed the pair enter Franklin's Liquors (212 Columbia Road). The officers parked their vehicle and proceeded into the store to further investigate. Upon entering the store, officers observed three unknown individuals standing just inside of the entrance. The officers heard these individuals alert each other of the officers’ presence. Upon hearing the individuals make this statement, officers observed the male wearing the black coat and green sweatshirt walk away from the cashier's checkout location and up one of the aisles in the store. As the officers walked along this aisle behind the male, the officers observed the male in the green sweatshirt turn and face the officers’ direction. Upon seeing the officers, the male faced them, bladed his stance, and attempted to shield the right side of his body away from the officers. The male proceeded to grab his waistband and clutch the right side of his body with both hands. Due to their training and experience, the officers believed these movements were consistent with a person attempting to conceal a weapon or firearm. For their safety, the officers conducted a pat frisk of this individual, and during that frisk, the officers felt a hard object that they knew from their training and experience to be a firearm in the right side of the male’s waistband. The officers retrieved a loaded Smith & Wesson .357 Caliber Revolver from the individual.
When the male could not produce a valid License to Carry a Firearm, the officers placed the 28-year-old male from Boston, Brandon Jesurum, under arrest for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (4th Subsequent Offense) and outstanding active warrants.
NOTE: The recently seized firearm brings the total number of firearms seized in the City of Boston this year (2014) to 59. The total number of illegal firearms taken off city streets in 2013 was 667.