One Less Gun: Four Arrested and One Illegal Firearm Recovered in Roxbury

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At about 12:26 AM on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) arrested 4 suspects and recovered an illegal firearm as a result of a motor vehicle stop in the area of Ruggles & Tremont Streets in Roxbury.

While on patrol in the area of Dudley Street and Malcolm X Boulevard, officers observed a motor vehicle traveling on Malcolm X Blvd at a high rate of speed. Officers activated the emergency equipment (lights and sirens) on their unmarked Boston police cruiser and attempted to conduct a stop of this vehicle. As other cars pulled over to the shoulder to make way for the emergency vehicle, the suspect vehicle continued inbound on Tremont Street at a high rate of speed, ignoring the officers’ attempts to conduct a stop. The vehicle then turned onto Ruggles Street, and a short distance later, it finally pulled to a stop.

As the officers approached the car, they observed 4 occupants known to the police in the vehicle. One officer spoke with the operator and determined that he was unauthorized to operate the above rental vehicle. The subject was placed in custody. 

The other officer observed the remaining occupants in the vehicle and noticed one of the individuals put an object in his waistband. Believing this individual may be armed, the officers ordered him to exit the vehicle. As the officers pat-frisked the individual, a violent struggle ensued during which the officers were pushed and kicked. The individual also attempted to re-enter the vehicle and drive away. The other two passengers attempted to assist the individual in his escape to no avail. During the struggle, a plastic bag of marijuana was retrieved from the individual's waistband. All three passengers were eventually subdued by the officers and placed into custody. 

Officers recovered a loaded silver .32 caliber semi-automatic handgun from the pant leg of the individual. When a License to Carry could not be produced, 18-year-old Kenneth Ford of Medford was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, and Resisting Arrest. Ford was also cited for Possession of Less Than One Ounce of Marijuana.

The operator of the vehicle, 21-year-old Devante Petty-Creech of Dorchester, was arrested and charged with Failure to Stop for a Police Officer and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

The other passengers, 27-year-old Peter Fanfan and 19-year-old female Miesha Griffin both of Dorchester, were arrested and charged with Aiding the Escape of Prisoner From Lawful Custody and Resisting Arrest. Fanfan was also charged with Assault and Battery on a Police Officer.

This brings the year-to-date total of illegal guns recovered by the Boston Police Department to 127.