11 Firearms, 10 Arrests, 9 Hours — Gang Unit Cracks Down on Monday

On Monday, May 30th, Boston Police Officers and Mass State Troopers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force, also known as the Gang Unit, recovered a possible record-setting, eleven firearms in one shift. Starting in the late afternoon, and working throughout the night these officers arrested a total of ten individuals on firearm-related charges.

The first incident occurred at about 4:30 p.m. when officers approached two of the suspects at 540 Adams Street, Donta Lewis, 28, of Boston and Lamont Jacobs-Barrows, 21, of Walpole, who immediately fled from the police. Following the foot pursuit in Dorchester, three firearms were recovered, one discarded by Lewis and two discarded by Jacobs-Barrows.

Police placed the suspects into custody after being apprehended. Donta Lewis was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2 counts), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition (subsequent offense), Carrying a Loaded Firearm (2 counts), Possession of Large Capacity Firearm (2 counts) and Armed Career Criminal Level 2. He was arranged on May 31st is being held pending a dangerousness hearing on June 6th. Lamont Jacobs-Barrows is being charged with illegal firearm and ammunition, trespassing and receiving stolen property under $1,200. Jacobs-Barrows was ordered on GPS with home confinement and released on personal recognizance.

The second incident occurred about ninety minutes later, at about 6:15 p.m., when seven suspects were arrested by the gang unit while investigating the area of 17 Elizabeth Street in Mattapan. As officers approached the target of their investigation, 20-year-old Tyshawn Carter of Brockton, fled on foot dropping a firearm into a nearby car. Carter now faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

However, officers were able to quickly subdue the suspect and placed him into custody without any further struggle. While trying to secure Carter for transportation, an irate crowd surrounded the arresting officers. This led to citywide EDT’s being called in and were brought in to help secure the scene, at this point six more firearms were located and three more adult males, Devante M. Cheshire, 27, of Stoughton, Darnell Pierre,31, of Mattapan, and Sabastian Fernandes, 20, of Dorchester, were arrested on firearm-related charges.

At the scene, three additional subjects, Tiana A. Grant-James, 26, of Dorchester, Akyla Palmer, 34, of Mattapan, and Giovanni Coley, 35, of Mattapan, were placed into custody with charges of Assault and Battery on a Police Officer and Disorderly Conduct. Carter is charged with a second offense of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, he was ordered held without bail pending a June 3rd dangerousness hearing. Cheshire, Pierre, and Fernandez-Monteiro are all being charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition. Chesire is also being charged with firearm with a defaced serial number and drug possession.

All three men are being held without bail pending a June 3rd dangerousness hearing. Grant, Palmer, and Coley are all being charged with Assault and Battery on a Police Officer and Disorderly conduct. However, their status post arraignment is unknown at this time.

The third incident occurred at about 1:30 a.m. that night when an onsite firearm arrest was made by the Gang Unit once again. Officers on directed patrol of the area of the Whittier Street Apartments in Roxbury observed a man in the area of Madison Park School baseball field. When police officers approached, the male suspiciously reached down and seemed to touch the ground, stood back up, and walked away from the officers.

The officers recognized the male as 25-year-old Christian Lopez of Acton from prior interactions. The officers conducted a pat-and-frisk for weapons, to which they were unable to find any. However, after searching the area, an officer found a firearm in the spot where Lopez had appeared to be touching the ground. Lopez was then swiftly and easily taken into custody by police. Lopez is to be arraigned on unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, and carrying a loaded firearm on a public way. Additionally, Lopez had an active warrant for motor vehicle violations out of Concord District Court. Lopez’s status post arraignment is unknown at this time.