One Less Gun: Two Arrested and One Illegal Firearm Recovered in Dorchester


At about 7:26 PM on Saturday, April 5, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 23 Charles Street in Dorchester.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with a witness who reported he had observed two male suspects rob two female victims. The witness described the first suspect as a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a gray hoodie underneath and the second as a male wearing a black and gray sweatshirt over an orange shirt. The witness reported he came to the aid of the two victims and chased the suspects on foot from Dorchester Ave onto Charles Street, where the second suspect pointed and discharged a firearm at the witness. The witness was not struck by the gunfire; however, the witness discontinued his pursuit, and the suspects were last seen running on Charles Street toward Geneva Avenue.

Responding units canvassed the area, and shortly, officers observed two males fitting the suspects’ descriptions on Bloomfield Street off of Charles Street. The officers observed the suspects walking at a rapid pace, looking around frantically, and appeared to be breathing heavily. Officers were able to detain the suspects without further incident, and the males were positively identified as the suspects involved in the earlier shooting. Officers retraced a possible flight path of the suspects and found a black and silver High Point firearm in a recycling bin a short distance away on Bloomfield Street. Detectives responded to process the crime scene.

A 16-year-old juvenile of East Boston and 18-year-old Essie Billingslea of Braintree were arrested and charged with Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Firearm Discharged within 500 Feet of a Dwelling, and two counts of Intent to Rob While Armed.