Officers Recover Loaded Firearm During Arrest of Suspect Wanted for Multiple Armed Robberies in the North End


Significant Arrest: At about 9:12 PM on Friday, May 31, 2019, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) made an onsite arrest and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of Charter Street and Jackson Avenue in the North End. As part of an ongoing investigation, officers were on patrol in the North End when they observed a male matching the description of a suspect wanted in connection to three recent armed robberies in the area. Officers continued their surveillance of the male, further observing him engaged in multiple hand to hand drug transactions in the area of 190 Salem Street in the North End before getting on a bicycle and fleeing the area. Officers followed the male to the area of Charter Street and Jackson Avenue where they observed him enter the passenger’s side of an unoccupied parked motor vehicle. Officers observed the male remove an item from his back waistband and place it in his front waistband. Officers immediately recognized the item to be a firearm and quickly approached the suspect. Officers ordered the male out of the vehicle and attempted to secure the firearm, but during the process, the suspect grabbed a hold of the firearm’s handle in an attempt to remove it. Officers were able to take the firearm from the suspect before placing him under arrest. Officers recovered a Highpoint .380 caliber firearm loaded with seven rounds of live ammunition. 

Officers arrested Dante Mirabella, 53-years-old, of Boston. Mirabella is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition Subsequent Offense, and Firearm Violation with Prior Violent/Drug Crime Conviction. 

Additionally, the suspect is charged with three counts of Armed Robbery in relation to three prior incidents, the first which took place at about 12:26 AM on May 29, 2019, in the area of 450 Commercial Street, the second which took place at about 10:52 PM on May 29, 2019, in the area 37 Merrimac Street and the third which took place at about 6:50 PM on May 30, 2019, in the area of 160 Endicott Street. All three incidents described the same suspect removing a firearm from his waistband before demanding cash from the victims and fleeing the area.