Boston Police arrested three men and confiscated three guns, including a loaded semi-automatic weapon with an extended clip, in less than two hours overnight, according to police.
At about 12:25 a.m. this morning, Drug Control officers monitoring a large party on West Main Street saw a 19-year-old Jonathan Osorio, of Mattapan, leave clutching at an object in his waist area, according to the statement. When police asked if he had something he shouldn’t, he allegedly said “Yes.” Police patted him down and allegedly found a loaded pistol, according to the statement.
Osorio was charged with carrying a loaded firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition.
At about 1:54 a.m., Drug Control officers patrolling Fields Corner in an unmarked car allegedly saw William Pritchard, 27, of Boston, whom they knew from previous encounters, carrying a large backpack and acting suspiciously, according to the statement.
When police slowed to question Pritchard, he allegedly “abruptly and aggressively” unzipped his bag and reached into it “as if to suggest he was reaching for a weapon,” according to the statement. When police identified themselves, Pritchard allegedly took off running, but was arrested after a brief struggle.
Officers allegedly found a loaded .22 semi-automatic firearm with an extended clip in his bag, and charged him with assault by means of a dangerous weapon, unlawfully carrying a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition, according to the statement.
About 20 minutes later, at around 2:14 a.m., a car driving ahead of gang unit officers made an abrupt stop and remained in the middle of the road. When police activated their lights and sirens and approached the vehicle, they saw two passengers allegedly ducking as if they were hiding something, according to the statement.
Police found a loaded .40 caliber gun in the car, and arrested a 17-year-old man from Boston. He was charged with carrying a firearm without a license, unlawful possession of ammunition, and carrying a loaded firearm, according to the statement.
“I continue to be impressed with the work being done by the men and women of the Boston Police Department,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans in a statement. “Thanks to their ongoing efforts to protect and serve the citizens of our city, there are three fewer guns in the hands of three individuals who thought they were above the law.”Evan Allen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @evanmallen.