One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest Three, Recover Four Firearms in Less than 12 Hours

Yesterday, Friday, March 6, 2015, Boston police officers were successful in taking four illegal firearms off the streets and arresting three suspects in less than 12 hours. Members of the BPD Youth Violence Strike Force, the District Drug Control Units, and officers from various neighborhood districts worked together to respond to the 911 calls, patrol the neighborhoods, investigate incidents, and recover illegal contraband in order to make Boston a safer community. The facts of the incidents are as follows:

Incident #1: At about 3:30 PM on Friday, March 6, 2015, members of the District A-7 (East Boston) Drug Control Unit were conducting an investigation in the Maverick Square area of East Boston when their attention was drawn to a male acting suspiciously near the Maverick MBTA station. Officers observed a taxi with a backseat passenger approach the male, and he entered the rear of the taxi with the original passenger. As officers continued their surveillance, they observed what they believed from their training and experience to be a hand-to-hand drug transaction. The two passengers then parted ways, the first male remaining in the taxi and the original passenger exiting the car and entering the East Boston Social Center. Officers stopped the taxi, and further investigation proved that the officers had been correct—a drug transaction had occurred.

Officers summonsed 41-year-old Anthony Giuliano of East Boston to court for Possession of Class B Substance (Crack Cocaine). When the officers found the second male inside the East Boston Social Center, where a daycare for young children and after-school programs for school children and teens are located, officers recovered a loaded black Taurus 9mm firearm from the suspect. Also recovered from the suspect were approximately $200.00, 10 bags of heroin, and two bags of crack cocaine. The 17-year-old juvenile male of Randolph was placed under arrest and charged with Delinquent to wit: Unlawful Possession of Large Capacity Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on Public, Unlawful Possession of Firearm on School Property, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm while in Commission of a Felony, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Substance within 300' School Zone, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Substance within 300' School Zone, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Substance, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Substance, and Distribution of Class B Substance.

Incident #2: At about 9:45 PM on Friday, March 6, 2015, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force with officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a shot-spotter activation in the area of Dudley and Vine Streets. While canvassing the area, officers observed three males walking in the middle of the street and holding their waist areas in such a way that would suggest to the officers that they may be armed with a firearm. When officers attempted to speak with them, two of the males fled on foot. Officers gave chase, and after a lengthy foot pursuit, were able to apprehend both males. When officers retraced the suspects’ flight path and recovered a loaded H&R Model 949 revolver and a loaded black sawed-off 22 Ruger rifle with a wooden handle.

The 17-year-old and 15-year-old juvenile males, both of Dorchester, were arrested and charged with Delinquent to wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammuntion, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Trespassing.

Incident #3: At about 2:00 AM on Saturday, March 7, 2015, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 102 Dartmouth Street. Upon arrival in the area, officers observed a male victim with non-life-threatening injuries from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. As officers established a crime scene perimeter, they recovered a silver Raven Industries Model P-25 .25 caliber firearm with a wooden handle and a spent shell casing from the sidewalk nearby.

Officers canvassed the area for the two suspects, who were described as two light-skinned males—one Hispanic, about 5’03,” wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, and brandishing a knife; the second White with a thin mustache, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt that fled on foot on Dartmouth Street—to no avail.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Boston Police District D-4 Detectives directly at (617) 343-5619. 

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.