Keeping Boston Safe: Members of the Youth Violence Strike Force Recover Firearm Following Motor Vehicle Stop in Roxbury

ONE LESS GUN: At about 10:22pm, on Friday, November 30, 2018, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area Lenox and Tremont Streets when officers observed a gray motor vehicle blocking a crosswalk. A check of the vehicle revealed an invalid inspection sticker. Additionally, while driving behind the vehicle, officers noted that the vehicle’s trunk was open. In light of the aforementioned, officers activated their lights and sirens and stopped the car in the area of Tremont and Ruggles Street. While talking to the operator, officers noted an open container of alcohol in the car’s center console. When officers made mention of the open container of alcohol, the occupants of the vehicle became extremely agitated. Moreover, officers noted that the operator of the vehicle seemed to becoming increasingly nervous and fidgety while talking to the officers. In light of the operator’s anxious and apprehensive behavior, officers asked both the operator and the passenger to exit the car. While conducting a frisk of the vehicle’s trunk, officers observed and recovered a loaded firearm (see photo) as well as an unsealed bottle of cognac. When asked to produce a license to carry the firearm, the operator stated that he didn’t have one.   

After safely recovering the firearm, officers arrested William Gerald, 30, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Gerald is scheduled to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on Monday, December 3, 2018.