Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest One for Running Illegal Gaming Operation in Roxbury


At about 3:01 AM Monday, April 14, 2014, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call to investigate a premise in the area of 5 Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury.

While on patrol, officers observed an unknown Hispanic male lift the security gate and enter the Blue Hill Tailor Store which appeared to have the lights turned out. Officers, believing that the suspect was breaking and entering, approached the suspect who stated that his friends were inside of the store. While conducting a protective sweep of the store, officers were confronted by another Hispanic male. Officers observed a pool table which had been manipulated by wood to be a craps table with multiple parties rolling die. Officers also observed an electronic gaming machine as well. The individual who opened the door became aggressive, stating he was the owner of the store and demanded that officers leave. The male then addressed another Hispanic male in Spanish, directing him toward the gaming machine. At this time one of the males left officer’s sight. The officer, fearing for his safety, moved closer to the entrance to keep the male in his sight. At this time the store owner pushed the officer in the chest in an effort to remove him from the store. The individual was then told that he would be placed under arrest if he continued to assault the officer, to which he complied. Additional officers arrived on scene to conduct a protective sweep of the area and discovered approximately 25 males in the store which appeared to be an illegal gaming operation. As officers swept the area, they recovered a black semi-automatic firearm and 7 small plastic bags containing a white powdery substance. The owner of the store was placed under arrest.

Arrested was Wilson Martinez, 52, of Roxbury. Martinez is charged with Keeper of a Disorderly House, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, and Maintaining a Gaming House.