One Less Gun: Suspect’s Failure to Stop for Police Leads to his Arrest & the Recovery of an Illegal Firearm

At about 9:45pm, on Saturday, September 6, 2014, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Uphams Corner when officers observed a dark blue motor vehicle travelling on Bird Street take a right turn onto Hancock Street without using its turn signal. Upon seeing the above-mentioned infraction, officers activated their emergency equipment (lights & sirens) in an effort to stop the motor vehicle. However, instead of stopping, the operator of the vehicle continued driving ignoring the officer’s lawful attempts to stop the car. In short time, officers relocated the car after it had crashed into a parked car in the area of Trull Street. While approaching the scene, officers observed the operator of the vehicle exit his car and take off running in an effort to make good his escape. Officers promptly broadcast a description of the suspect who was last seen running down Trull Street towards Hancock Street. After losing sight of the suspect, a BPD K-9 officer and his dog were called to the scene to assist in the search for the suspect. In short time, the K-9 was able to track the suspect’s scent to 6 Glendale Street where the suspect was located and taken into custody. Meantime, a search of the suspect’s motor vehicle and the area immediately around his car enabled officers to recover a firearm (see picture) lying on the ground. Additionally, a search of the suspect’s clothing enabled officers to find and take possession of a Class A Drug (heroin). Lastly, a check of the suspect’s driver’s license showed it to be suspended.

Officers arrested David Fernandes, 22, of Roxbury and charged him Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Failure to Stop for a Police Officer, Possession With Intent to Distribute Class A Drug (heroin) and Operating a Motor Vehicle after License Suspended. 

Noteworthy Stats: In the calendar year 2014, the men and women of the Boston Police Department have taken 474 illegal crime guns off the streets of Boston.  A crime gun is defined as an illegal firearm used in the commission of a crime or confiscated in the course of an arrest. In addition to the above, 384 guns have been voluntarily turned in by community members taking advantage of the Boston Gun Buyback Program. All told, there are 858 fewer guns in circulation as a result of the above efforts.  For perspective purposes, the BPD seized a total of 667 guns for the year in 2013.