One Less Gun: YVSF Officers Recover Two Firearms and Arrest Four Suspects in Dorchester

At about 5:10 PM on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, as a result of an ongoing firearm investigation, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested four individuals for firearm related charges and violations of the auto laws in the area of Pleasant Street and Savin Hill Avenue.

While on patrol, officers observed the erratic and reckless operation of a vehicle that was operating at speeds in excess of the city limit and blatantly ignoring posted stop signs. While attempting to conduct a stop of the vehicle, officers observed that the front passenger’s side window was down. After initially failing to stop for the officers, the vehicle finally pulled over near Pleasant Street and Savin Hill Avenue. When officers approached they observed four occupants known to the officers. The officers also noticed that the previously open window was now closed and the doors locked. Believing items may have been discarded from the vehicle, the officers retraced their path of travel. Within minutes, officers observed two loaded black semi-automatic firearms in front of 28 High Street in the same area where officers had observed the car window open. Both firearms had scratches consistent with being thrown from a moving vehicle, and thermal imaging showed that the firearms were warmer than their surrounding area, which indicates they had likely just been in a person’s possession.

Officers arrested the occupants of the motor vehicle, identified as a 16-year-old juvenile male from Dorchester, a 17-year-old juvenile male from Quincy, 26-year-old Ian Percival of Quincy, and 26-year-old Jonathan A. Dasilva of Dorchester, and charged them with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, and Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device. The operator of the vehicle, Percival, was additionally charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd & subsequent offense), Failure to Stop, Negligent Operation of a Motor vehicle, and various civil violations of the auto laws.

Said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, “Time and time again, we are seeing young people with high powered weapons, some who have already been charged and convicted of these crimes several times before; and it’s troubling, to say the least. My officers have already taken almost 150 guns off the streets so far this year, many of them from kids who are only sixteen and seventeen years old. My officers are doing their part, and we are making a plea to the judges and courts to work in partnership with us to help keep these repeat violent offenders with multiple firearms convictions out of our neighborhoods.”