One Less Gun: Juvenile Suspect in Custody After Fight Call Leads to Traffic Stop and Recovery of Loaded Firearm in Roxbury

At about 11:36 AM on Thursday December 22, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested a juvenile suspect on firearm related charges in the area of Tremont Street and Columbus Avenue in Roxbury.  The officers were on random patrol when they heard a broadcast for a fight involving six or seven people near Fenway High School on Allegany Street in Roxbury.  One of the parties involved had displayed a firearm before getting into the back of a car and fleeing the scene.  The officers observed the suspect vehicle a short time later and stopped it in the area of the Roxbury Crossing MBTA Station on Tremont Street.  As the officers approached the vehicle, they observed the rear passenger, later identified as a 17 year old juvenile male from Dorchester, reaching under the seat in front of him several times in a suspicious manner.  The officers could also see that the individual appeared to have minor facial injuries and that his clothes were wet and covered in dirt.  When the officers asked him what had happened he replied, “I was just in a fight, and that’s it.”  Officers removed the suspect and conducted a pat frisk of the vehicle and the occupants which led to the recovery of a loaded .38 caliber Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolver from underneath the front passenger seat where the suspect had been observed reaching down.   The suspect was then placed in custody without incident.  The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Delinquent to Wit:  Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.