Boston police officers confiscated five guns within seven hours while arresting suspects on weapons charges during the weekend.
“The dedication and devotion of my officers never ceases to amaze me as they confront the daily dangers that come with protecting and serving the citizens of our fine city," Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said. "Taking five guns off the streets certainly makes the city a safer place while, hopefully, reducing the number of gun-related incidents we have to respond to as a result.”
The first incident occurred at about 8:20 p.m. Saturday when members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were patrolling the area of Filler Street and Milton Avenue.
Officers saw a car with what appeared to be a window tint that exceeds the legal level. While following the car, officers saw one of the passengers throw a piece of trash out the window.
Officers pulled over the vehicle after they said it initially refused to stop. While approaching the vehicle, the offices saw two of the occupants "duck out of sight for several seconds before returning to the seated position," according to police.
After frisking the occupants, officers said they seized a .380-caliber Sig Sauer P250 handgun found in one suspect's front pocket, a small silver firearm tucked into another suspect's left shoe and a firearm hidden in the vehicle's air vent.
Dequann Whyte, 24, of Boston, Patrick Ricketts, 24, of Mattapan, and Marcel Dixon, 24, of Norwood, were subsequently charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and carrying a loaded weapon.
The operator of the vehicle was issued a citation for littering, windows with excessive tint and failure to stop for a police officer.
At about 3:25 a.m. Sunday, officers made a firearm arrest in the parking lot of the Jubilee Church on Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan.
Officers spotted a parked car which they say was linked to a person who was reported to be armed with a gun. They found Ronald Woods, 27, of Weymouth, asleep in the front seat and a back pack containing a loaded .40-caliber Astra A-75 handgun with an obliterated serial number.
Woods was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number and trespassing.
Minutes later at 3:28 a.m., Dorchester officers made a firearm arrest after a car was stopped for a traffic infraction near 895 Dorchester Avenue.
While talking with the driver, Angel Gonzalez, 27, of Roxbury, officers learned that the car was improperly registered, police said. The offices then allegedly found a loaded .380-caliber Lorcin Model L380 handgun underneath an empty child's car seat.
Gonzalez was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.