Officers Assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force Arrest Male on Firearm Charges Following Foot Pursuit

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At about 6:30 P.M. on May 24, 2022, Officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest in the area of 600 Melnea Cass Boulevard in Roxbury of Muhammed Sillah, 19, of Roxbury.

Officers while on directed patrol in the area of Sojourner Truth Court. Officers observed a male, later identified as Sillah, walking through the parking lot of a large apartment building. Officers observed the Sillah clutch his waistband area multiple times while continuously scanning the area. Officers also observed the male wearing a fanny-pack-style bag strapped across his chest.

As officers approached to speak with Sillah, they observed the male become wide-eyed and run at a full sprint. As Officers pursued Sillah on foot, he entered a nearby residence with an open door and locked the glass door into the apartment. Officers spoke with residents of the address, who stated that the male did not live in the home. Officers were also advised that there were small children inside.

Officers were able to enter the residence and safely remove the children prior to conducting a protective sweep.

Officers conducted a protective sweep and determined that Sillah had fled via a rear exit that entered a large apartment building. Several responding units secured the exits to the building, conducted a sweep of the building, and located Sillah attempting to hide in a laundry room. Sillah was taken into custody without incident. Officers noted that the fanny pack that Sillah was previously seen wearing was no longer on his person. Officers conducted a search of the initial apartment that Sillah entered and recovered the fanny pack under a bed in one of the bedrooms, which contained a loaded firearm.

The firearm was determined to be Hi-Point 9mm loaded with one (1) round in the chamber, six (6) rounds in the magazine, and one (1) loose round located inside the fanny pack.

Sillah is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court and is to be charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, Carry a loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of ammunition, Breaking and Entering in the daytime while armed, and Trespassing.