One Less Gun: Three Illegal Firearms Recovered in Less Than Eight Hours


In addition to two illegal firearms recovered from the streets of Dorchester in the evening hours of Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (posted earlier), Boston police officers recovered a third firearm—a sawed-off shotgun—in the South End less than eight hours later. These seized guns bring the year-to-date total recovered from the streets of Boston to 327, in addition to 361 guns received through the Boston Gun Buyback program. The BPD seized a total of 667 guns in 2013.

The facts of the incident are as follows:

At about 3:58 AM on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of 82 West Newton Street in the South End. 

While en route, officers were notified that a group at the above location were fighting. As officers arrived, they observed the crowd loitering in the area. Officers took note of two Hispanic males, one matching the description of the suspect with the gun, who immediately fled the scene upon seeing officers. When officers caught up to the individuals, they were notified that one of the males may have discarded a shotgun near a tree on West Newton Street. Officers ordered the males to the ground and placed them in custody. The suspect was positively identified as the individual carrying the shotgun, which was located during a search of the area. 

Officers arrested 31-year-old Alvin Ariel Cepeda of the South End and charged him with Possession of a Sawed-Off Shotgun, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun).