One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One and Recover Illegal Firearm at the Puerto Rican Festival


At about 3:36 PM on Sunday August 3, 2014, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) made an onsite arrest and recovered an illegal firearm in the area of City Hall Plaza in the Downtown area.

While assigned to Puerto Rican Festival, officers observed three young individuals carrying “Big Gulp” cups filled with beer. When officers called the individuals over to check for proper identification, one of the individuals stated that he was 16 years old and that he had been drinking beer mixed with Red Bull. The suspect was also carrying a back pack which contained more beer. When officers removed the back pack to confiscate the alcohol, they discovered a silver firearm loaded with five rounds of ammunition.

Officers arrested the 16-year-old juvenile male from Charlestown and charged him with Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Firearm with Altered Serial Numbers, and Drinking Alcoholic Beverages in Public.