One Less Gun: Officers Recover Two Firearms, Arrest Two in Two Separate Incidents

INCIDENT #1: Training and Experience Allow Officers to Recognize Armed Felon

At about 6:30 PM on Thursday, July 30, 2015, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) arrested a suspect in the area of 34 Tonawanda Street for firearm related offenses.

While on patrol, officers observed a group congregated in front of a residence known to officers for drug related incidents. As officers approached the area in their cruiser, one male suddenly separated himself from the group upon noticing the vehicle. Officers know through training and experience that a sudden separation from a group upon police presence is a possible indicator of an individual that may be armed. While still seated in their vehicle, officers engaged the male in casual conversation. After a brief interaction, the officers exited the vehicle and upon moving behind the male, observed what appeared to be the butt of a silver-colored firearm in the male’s right shorts pocket. Officers then recovered a loaded Bryco Brand 380 semi-automatic firearm from the individual.

Having knowledge of the individual’s criminal history, officers knew that he was not eligible for and did not possess a License to Carry, and therefore arrested 33-year-old Sean H. Henderson of Brookline for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd  and Subsequent Offense), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Armed Career Criminal (Level 1).

INCIDENT #2: Suspect Carrying a Firearm Sheds Clothing but Cannot Shed Officers in Pursuit

At about 1:10 AM on Friday, July 31, 2015, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested a suspect for firearm related charges and warrants in the area of 179 Glenway Street in District B-3 (Mattapan).

While on patrol in the above area, officers made a random query of a vehicle observed operating on a public way and found that the vehicle’s registration had expired. Officers attempted to conduct a stop of the vehicle; however, as officers approached on foot, the operator drove away, stopped a short distance down the street, then bailed from the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers pursued the suspect over fences and through several yards, broadcasting his description as a male wearing a black and white shirt. Officers momentarily lost sight of the male, but located him under a set of stairs wearing a dark tank top. After a subsequent chase, the officers were able to apprehend the suspect when they located him shirtless laying on a back porch. Officers recovered his dark tank top from underneath the suspect, as well as the black and white shirt he had shed earlier along his flight path. With the black and white shirt officers also recovered a loaded 9mm Glock Model 17.

The suspect, 27-year-old Carlos Montero-Ramirez of Dorchester, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Failure to Stop for Police Officers, Trespassing, and Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License. Montero-Ramirez was also arrested on 4 outstanding warrants that had previously landed him on BPD's Significant Wanted Persons list and issued a citation for his motor vehicle violations.