Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Engage in Simultaneous Foot Pursuits – Arrest Four While Recovering Three Loaded Firearms in Roxbury

Earlier today, at about 1:00 AM on Sunday August 7, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested four suspects and recovered three firearms in the area of 64 McGreevy Way in Roxbury.  The officers were on directed patrol in the area of Mission Hill in response to recent numerous complaints of gang and gun related violence when they observed a group of males gathered in a parking lot and approached to speak with them.  As the officers got closer, four of the males suddenly separated from the group and began to run.  Two separate foot chases quickly ensued as one of the males, London Lee, 23, of Roxbury, who was known to the officers due to past acts of violence and multiple firearm violations, ran behind a nearby address and appeared placed a gun inside a gas grill before continuing to flee from the pursuing officers.  Officers later recovered a loaded 9mm SCCY-CPX2 handgun from inside the grill.  Simultaneously, three other individuals, later identified as Jaquan McIver-Bennet, 20, of Roxbury, Josiah Watkins, 19, of Roxbury and a 17 year old juvenile male from Dorchester, ran towards Saint Alphonsus Street and cut through a nearby college campus.  Through their combined efforts and unyielding determination, responding officers were able to place all four suspects in custody after lengthy pursuits which cut through a playground, a housing development building and even crossed over four lanes of traffic and MBTA trolley tracks on Huntington Avenue. 

The officers then called for assistance from the BPD K-9 Unit who quickly arrived on scene.  Within a matter of minutes, K-9 Yogi was able to recover two additional loaded firearms, a .22 caliber Beretta and a .380 caliber Cobra, which had been thrown behind 640 Huntington Avenue as the suspects fled.   

All four suspects will be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.  Lee London will be charged with Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Trespassing.  Jaquan McIver-Bennet and Josiah Watkins will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Trespassing while the juvenile suspect will be charged with Delinquent to Wit:  Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Trespassing.

Said Commissioner Evans, "Apprehending four suspects on gun-related charges and taking three guns off the street once again underscores the dangers my officers knowingly and bravely face and confront every day.  I'm not sure people truly recognize and appreciate what my officers do every single tour of duty but I certainly do and I can't thank them enough for their service.”