6 Guns and 9 People in Custody After Busy Night in B-2 and C-11

Yesterday from 19:00 hours until almost 04:00 hours Boston Police Officers from District B-2 (5 recoveries) and District C-11 (1 recovery) with assistance from The Youth Violence Strike Force located and took possession of 6 illegal firearms, apprehending 7 individuals in the process. The arrests come after what has continued to be one of the most violent summers in recent history. Just last week Boston Police released new data showing a total of 200 Shooting as of the 13th of this month, thats 48 victims this year over last. Here is a list of all those arrested last night, the details of each incident are following.

  • Jashaun Tyrell Benalfew, 18-years-old, of Providence is charged with Receiving a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License, Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, Failure to Stop for a Police Officer, and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
  • A 16-year-old juvenile is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm with a Defaced Serial Number, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Resisting Arrest.
  • Jamaun Coakley-Thomason, 19-years-old, of Roxbury is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.
  • David Vincent Dardy Jr., 31-years-old, of Brockton is charged with Armed Career Criminal Level 2, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Resisting Arrest.
  • Elvis DaCruz, 30-years-old, of Roxbury is charged with Disorderly Conduct and Interfering with a Police Investigation.
  • Dakwain Nwaford, 29-years-old, of Dorchester is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Nwaford faces an additional charge of Firearm Violation with Two Prior Violent/Drug Crimes.
  • Oreion Malachy Mark, 20-years-old, of Roxbury is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Nwaford faces an additional charge of Firearm Violation with Two Prior Violent/Drug Crimes.
  • Tanzerious Anderson Jr., 22-years-old, of Norwood is charged with Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Firearm without a License, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.
  • Ijahleel Reid, 22-years-old, of Randolph is charged with two counts of Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License Subsequent Offense, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Subsequent Offense Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

Here is how it all went down:

GUN #1: Stolen Car and then Foot Chase Leads to the Recovery of a Loaded Firearm and the Arrest of Two

Last night at approximately 19:37 hours Boston Police Officers assigned to District B-2 made two on-site arrests and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of Washington Street and Roxbury Street in Roxbury. While on patrol in the area of Tremont Street and Melnea Cass Boulevard, officers queried a white Jeep Grand Cherokee which was flagged as a stolen vehicle. Officers followed the vehicle on Tremont Street to Malcolm X Boulevard where the speed of the vehicle began to accelerate. Officers activated their lights and sirens in an effort to warn on-coming traffic of the vehicle’s increasingly erratic operation. Officers disengaged the vehicle, but continued to update on its location before completely losing sight of the vehicle.

Additional officers responding to a separate call heard the broadcast for the stolen vehicle, and subsequently observed the white Jeep operating at a high rate of speed in the area of Washington Street and Roxbury Street. The vehicle took a right-hand turn onto Guild Street where the operator struck a parked motor vehicle. Officers observed three males exit the Jeep, fleeing in different directions. Officers converged on the scene and pursued the three males. One of the males was apprehended immediately, while other officers pursued the remaining two. Officers observed one of the males running with his hand pinned to his right side. The officers pursued the male who turned around and while facing officers, brandished a shiny silver object, before throwing it in the area of Marvin Street and Shawmut Avenue. The item, a black and silver Ruger SR40C loaded with nine rounds of live ammunition, was secured by officers. The male who threw the firearm was taken into custody. The third occupant of the vehicle was also apprehended in the area of 2360 Washington Street.

Officers arrested the operator, Jashaun Tyrell Benalfew, 18-years-old, of Providence and the front seat passenger who threw the firearm, a 16-year-old male of Roxbury. Both are expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court. Benalfew is charged with Receiving a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License, Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, Failure to Stop for a Police Officer, and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle. The juvenile male is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm with a Defaced Serial Number, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Resisting Arrest. The third male, the rear passenger, was identified and released.


GUN #2: Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest and Recovery of Large Capacity Loaded Firearm in the area of 379 Dudley Street in Roxbury

At about 12:48 hours on Saturday, September 19, 2020, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) made an on-site arrest and recovered a loaded firearm during a traffic stop in the area of 379 Dudley Street in Roxbury. While on patrol, officers queried a vehicle which was flagged for a missing juvenile. Officers activated their lights and sirens and initiated a traffic stop. When officers requested identification from the operator and the passenger, they noticed the passenger quickly tried to cover his lap with a bag of chips, drawing the officers’ attention to an apparent weighted object in the passenger’s front right pocket. The passenger was removed from the vehicle and within the front pocket of his pants, officers recovered a black Glock 34 firearm loaded with ten rounds of live ammunition. The passenger was taken into custody. The operator was identified and released from the scene.

Officers arrested Jamaun Coakley-Thomason, 19-years-old, of Roxbury. Coakley-Thomason is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.


GUN #3: Unruly Crowd and Lengthy Foot Pursuit Results in Two Arrests and the Recovery of a Loaded Firearm in the area of 9 Valentine Street in Roxbury

At about 01:07 hours on Saturday, September 19, 2020, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a fight in the area of 9 Valentine Street in Roxbury. A second call came in for shots fired in the same location and as officers made their way to the scene, they observed a large crowd fighting and arguing outside of 2805 Washington Street (Fort Hill Bar and Grill). Officers took note of one particular individual who was holding a firearm in his hand while arguing with another unknown individual. Officers observed the male tuck the firearm into his waistband. Upon seeing this, officers immediately exited their cruiser and approached the male with the firearm, demanding that the male drop the firearm. Officers continued to give multiple verbal commands as the suspect began to run away from the officers towards Valentine Street. Officers gave chase with the growing crowds following closely. Officers were repeatedly interrupted by the crowd who began interfering with the officers’ pursuit of the fleeing suspect. At one point an unidentified female attempted to trip one of the officers in an effort to aid the armed suspect. Officers continued after the suspect down Valentine Street where the suspect discarded the firearm in front of 9 Valentine Street. One of the officers secured the firearm, a Smith & Wesson SW99 .40 caliber firearm loaded with thirteen rounds of live ammunition, while the second officer continued to pursue the suspect.

The officers pursued the suspect to the area of 51 Vale Street where he was eventually apprehended with the assistance of multiple additional units converging on the area. During both the pursuit of the suspect and his arrest, the unruly crowd continually taunted officers and further agitated the scene.

While processing the crime scene, an unidentified male walked up to the yellow crime scene tape and began threatening the officers, arguing and yelling at them as the attempted to clear the scene. The male refused to comply with officers’ numerous requests to leave the area and was eventually taken into custody.   

Officers arrested David Vincent Dardy Jr., 31-years-old, of Brockton and Elvis DaCruz, 30-years-old, of Roxbury. Both are expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court. Dardy Jr. is charged with Armed Career Criminal Level 2, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Resisting Arrest. DaCruz is charged with Disorderly Conduct and Interfering with a Police Investigation.


GUN #4: Traffic Stop Leads to Two Arrests and the Recovery of a Loaded Firearm in Dorchester

One Less Gun: At about 02:52 hours on Saturday, September 19, 2020, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) made two on-site arrests and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of East Street and Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester. While on patrol in the area of Bowdoin Street and Adams Street in Dorchester, officers observed a motor vehicle fail to use their signal while making a left-hand turn at the stop sign posted at 29 Adams Street. Officers followed the vehicle down East Street onto Dorchester Avenue where they initiated a traffic stop. Officers observed the operator lift himself off of the seat using his elbows, before returning to a seated position, then slouching over as if he was attempting to reach down underneath the driver’s seat. Again, the driver returned to a normal seated position, but immediately reached over towards the center console. The passenger also focused his attention on the center console simultaneously.

Officers approached the vehicle and noticed the dark tint on the windows. Officers requested the operator lower the windows of the vehicle so they could have a clear view of the vehicle’s interior. The operator became confrontational and evasive towards the officers during the course of the interaction. Based off of the operator’s erratic movements while pulled over, officers removed the occupants from the vehicle. In the area between the center console and the shifter, officers located a shirt wrapped around a black Keltec CNC INC P-32 cal Auto firearm loaded with five rounds of live ammunition. During the process of locating the firearm, the operator continued his tirade against the officers, significantly raising his voice while officers combed through the center console area of the vehicle. Both the operator and passenger were taken into custody.

Officers arrested the operator, Dakwain Nwaford, 29-years-old, of Dorchester and the passenger, Oreion Malachy Mark, 20-years-old, of Roxbury. Both are expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Nwaford faces an additional charge of Firearm Violation with Two Prior Violent/Drug Crimes.


GUN #5 & #6: Two Under Arrest and Two Firearms Recovered During Traffic Stop in the area of 442 Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester

One Less Gun: At about 03:10 hours on Saturday, September 19, 2020, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) made an on-site arrest and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of 442 Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester. While on patrol in the area of Blue Hill Avenue and Cheney Street, officers observed a black Ford Escape with an extremely dark tint operating on Blue Hill Avenue towards Columbia Road. A query of the vehicle led to the discovery that the vehicle did not possess a valid inspection sticker. Officers activated their lights and sirens and initiated a traffic stop. Officers approached the vehicle and spoke to the operator who was operating the motor vehicle with a learner’s permit. The passenger of the vehicle did not possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle and both occupants were removed from the vehicle. When the passenger was removed from the vehicle, officers recovered a teal and black SCCY 9mm CPX1 firearm from within the passenger’s groin area. The firearm was loaded with nine rounds of live ammunition. The passenger was taken into custody.

During an inventory of the vehicle prior to towing, officers recovered a second firearm within the front passenger side leg panel. The firearm, a silver and pearl 25 Auto Lorcin model L25, was loaded with eight rounds of live ammunition. The operator was taken into custody.

Officers arrested the passenger, Tanzerious Anderson Jr., 22-years-old, of Norwood., and the passenger, Ijahleel Reid, 22-years-old, of Randolph. Both are expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court. Anderson Jr. is charged with Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Firearm without a License, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Reid is charged with two counts of Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License Subsequent Offense, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Subsequent Offense Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.