Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Confiscate Firearm During the Warrant Arrest of a Suspect Wanted in Connection to Armed Robbery: About 1:34 pm, on Friday, June 28, 2019, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of 82 George Street when they observed an individual known to have an outstanding warrant relative to an armed robbery that occurred less than a week earlier on American Legion Highway in Roslindale. Upon seeing the suspect, officers promptly approached and placed the suspect under arrest. A search of the suspect enabled officers to recover a firearm (see photo) later determined to be a loaded, black Glock 27 firearm with nine rounds of .40 caliber ammunition. In addition to the firearm, the suspect was found to be in possession of large amount of a brown powder believed to be heroin which was wrapped in plastic and covered in tinfoil. In addition to the warrant, the suspect, Alexander Soto, 21, of Boston was charged with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying Loaded Firearm on a Public Way and Trafficking Class A Drugs (Heroin). The suspect is scheduled to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on Monday, July 1, 2019.
At about 9:45 a.m., on Thursday, May 23, 2019, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) were patrolling the area of Freeman Street and Charles Street when they observed a male travelling on a moped in the wrong direction on Charles Street.
The individual —who was not wearing a helmet, sped down Charles Street, and began operating the moped on the sidewalk of the MBTA (Fields Corner) bus terminal.
A short time later officers observed the suspect, later identified as Sharrone Baskin, 20, of Boston, jump off of the moped and flee on foot in the area of 5 Topliff Street.
As officers caught up with Baskin they observed him leaning over a porch with his right arm extended under the steps. Officers were able to place Baskin in handcuffs without incident; while observing the handle of a firearm protruding from the aforementioned steps where Baskin had been reaching. The firearm was a High Standard R-100 revolver .22 caliber and was loaded with 9 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition.
Baskin was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Carrying a Loaded Firearm. He will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.
ONE LESS GUN: At about 7:15 PM on Tuesday May 21, 2019, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) made an onsite firearm arrest during a traffic stop in the area of 25 Perrin Street in Roxbury. The officers were on routine patrol when they stopped a motor vehicle for an equipment violation. During the course of their investigation, the officers safely recovered a loaded 9mm FMK handgun from inside the vehicle at which time they arrested the front seat passenger, identified as Mark Stokes, 27, of Dorchester. The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (3rd and Subsequent), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.
Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Arrest Three Suspects in Connection to Shots Fired Incident in Roxbury: At about 7:33PM, on Saturday, April 13, 2019, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) were on patrol in the area of 30 St. James Street in Roxbury when they observed a motor vehicle wanted in connection to an earlier call in which the operator of the vehicle is believed to have brandished a firearm during a heated confrontation with another individual in the area of 464 Tremont Street in the South End. In light of the earlier incident, officers knew who the vehicle was registered to. In fact, after exiting their marked police cruiser, officers soon observed and located the individual in the presence of a small group of males in the rear of 24 St. James Street. Fearing the presence of a firearm and, as always, acting in the best interest of officer safety, officers promptly conducted a pat frisk of the individual for weapons. When no weapons were discovered, officers began questioning the individual about his possible involvement with the earlier incident. However, the individual quickly became argumentative and began to verbally disparage the officers. In short time, tensions heightened and more individuals began to join the confrontation. As such, officers called for additional officers to respond to the scene. With back-up officers on scene, officers, while working hard to establish the peace, heard the sound of gunshots in the immediate area. After taking cover and quickly making certain that no one had been injured, officers established a perimeter and began searching for suspects and ballistic evidence. Officers soon located 5 rounds of ballistic evidence in the rear of 22 Akron Street and ballistic damage to a 2nd floor window in the rear of 24 St. James Street. Additionally, a discarded firearm, described as a Bersa .40 caliber pistol, was located and recovered between two vehicles in a vacant lot at the intersection of Akron Street and Regent Street. Although several individuals were interviewed at the scene, no one was arrested or charged. However, over the course of the next several days, investigators from District B-2 (Roxbury), after reviewing facts and circumstances surrounding the call, were able to establish the names of the individuals wanted in connection to the shots fired incident
After securing arrest warrants for the individuals in question, officers arrested Kevin Graham, 18, of Boston, Shaquille Watford, 25, of Brockton and James Morale, 22, of Boston and charged all three with:
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
Unlawful Possession of Ammunition
Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way
Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Building
Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon To Wit Firearm.
Keeping Boston Safe: At about 7:30am, on Saturday, April 13, 2019, members of the District E-13 and District A-7 Neighborhood Drug Control Units executed a search warrant in the area of 91 Esmond Street in Dorchester. As a result of the search, officers were able to discover and recover a firearm, described as an army green-colored Taurus 9mm firearm (see photo), and illegal drugs. Additionally, officers arrested Anthony Kelley, 39, of Dorchester and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way and Possession With Intent to Distribute a Class B Drug (Crack Cocaine). Mr. Kelley is scheduled to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
One Less Gun: At about 8:26 PM on Thursday, March 21, 2019, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) made an onsite arrest and recovered a loaded firearm following a traffic stop in the area of Monument Street and Bunker Hill Street in Charlestown. While on patrol in the area of the above location, officers observed a motor vehicle operating with excessive tints on the windows and an expired registration decal. Officers approached the vehicle and immediately smelled the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle. While speaking with the operator, officers observed the passenger with a green substance believed to be marijuana inside of a tray between his feet. At this time, both the operator and passenger were removed from the vehicle. Inside of the rear climate control panel, officers subsequently located a black Smith & Wesson .32 long revolver loaded with six rounds of live ammunition. The operator of the motor vehicle was taken into custody while the passenger was identified and released from the scene.
Officers arrested Laron Richardson, 30-years-old, of Brockton. Richardson is expected to be arraigned in Charlestown District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, and Open Container of Marijuana in a Vehicle.
ONE LESS GUN: At about 3:25 PM on Wednesday February 13, 2019, officers assigned to the District E-18 (Hyde Park) Drug Control Unit arrested Branden Barrett, 30, of Canton on firearm and drug related charges during a traffic stop in the area of 792 Truman Parkway in Hyde Park. The officers had stopped the suspect after observing a street level drug transaction at which time they were able to safely recover two guns, one being a loaded .40 caliber Springfield Armory handgun and the other a loaded .380 caliber Ruger handgun. Additionally, officers recovered one plastic bag of heroin packaged for sale from inside the vehicle. The suspect will appear in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2 Counts), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Drugs and Armed Career Criminal Level 1.
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.
ONE LESS GUN: At about 3:03am, on Friday, October 19, 2018, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 42 Brook Avenue in Roxbury. On arrival, officers located ballistic evidence in the immediate area. While still on scene, officers learned that the person seen firing the shots may have entered a home in the area. While directing their flashlights on the house at 42 Brook Ave, officers observed an individual on the second floor duck down in an attempt to conceal himself. A search of the dwelling enabled officers to locate an individual hiding under a bed on the second floor. While talking to the suspect, officers quickly ascertained that the individual did not live at the address. A more extensive search of the location with help from a BPD K-9 Officer and his partner, Rocky, enabled officers to discover and recover a firearm (see photo) and empty magazine found in a bedroom closet.
Officers arrested Carlos Barros, 32, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way and Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling.
ONE LESS GUN: At about 12:13 AM, on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a loud disturbance in the area of 70 Annunciation Road. Specifically, officers were responding to complaint relative to a group of males being boisterous and loud while drinking in public. When officers arrived, they observed several individuals standing in front of 70 Annunciation Road. Upon seeing the approaching officers, one of the individuals quickly turned around and ran inside the building. As officers tried to give chase, several individuals attempted to block and impede the officers’ efforts to further engage the suspect. When officers resumed their foot pursuit, they observed the suspect exit the building. Upon catching up to him, officers promptly noted that, in addition to trespassing, he appeared nervous and extremely jumpy. A pat frisk of the suspect for weapons proved unsuccessful. However, believing the suspect had likely discarded a weapon when he ran away from the officers, a search of the immediate area was conducted. In short time, officers observed and recovered a loaded silver and black firearm (see photo) found on the ground near where the suspect had exited the building.
Officers arrested Adrian Fernandes, 18, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way and Trespassing.