Two Officers Hit, Firearm Recovered and More During Puerto Rican Festival

On Sunday July 31st, at around 12:20 p.m., two Boston Police Officers were hit by a car at the Puerto Rican Festival Parade by the intersection of Peter Parley Road and Walnut Avenue in Jamaica Plain.

The driver of a sedan on Green Street purposefully hit two uniformed Boston police officers at a police barricade set up at the intersection of Walnut Avenue and Peter Parley Road. Both of the female officers were taken to a nearby hospital and luckily did not have any life-threatening injuries. The suspect remained on the scene after the crash and was placed under arrest.  The vehicle sustained damage to the front bumper and headlight.

Later that Sunday it was revealed Jamauree Haygood, 28 was arrested in connection with the incident. He allegedly ignored “numerous verbal commands” from the officers prior to driving through the barriers and striking the police.

Yesterday Haygood appeared in the West Roxbury Division of Boston Municipal Court today for arraignment on charges of reckless operation of a motor vehicle, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and civil infractions for a marked lanes violation as well as failure to stop or yield. 

ADA Laura Drohan has requested bail of $15,000 for Haygood and a stay away order from the location of the offense. Judge Steven Key set bail at $5,000 and revoked bail in the pending case.

“I’m relieved that our two officers are safe with only minor injuries, but this was too close of a call,” Mayor Michelle Wu said in a statement provided by the Boston Police department. “I’m wishing them a speedy recovery and grateful that they and all our officers were present with us in the community keeping residents safe during today’s festivities.”

In a similar incident regarding the Puerto Rican Festival, Dorchester man Marc Serrano, 28, was arrested leaving the Festival Sunday evening with a high-capacity, laser-sighted ghost gun.

Serrano appeared in the Dorchester Division of Boston Municipal Court yesterday on charges of carrying a firearm without a license as his second offense, unlawful possession of a large capacity firearm, carrying ammunition without a firearm identification card and carrying a loaded firearm without a license.

Today, Serrano was sent for further evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital evaluation after being evaluated by a court clinician. Serrano has an open firearm-related charges out of Roxbury BMC and a pending case charging assault with a dangerous weapon in West Roxbury BMC.

“The weapon recovered here is a community nightmare. It’s capacity to cause injury and death on a multiple scale is truly frightening. We have seen the tragic outcome of firearms wielded at festivals and other large gatherings. We cannot allow weapons such as the one to wreak havoc and destruction on our neighborhoods,” Hayden said. Serrano returns to court on August 18 where bail and related motions will be argued.