Boston police seized a loaded AK-47 rifle and four other firearms over the course of a 12-hour period Wednesday, discoveries that pushed the number of guns recovered by police past 600 this year.
The AK-47 assault rifle was found in an unoccupied apartment at 30 Homes Ave. in Dorchester Wednesday, according to a posting on bpdnews.com. The weapon was discovered around 10:25 a.m. by a person who was cleaning and preparing the apartment for new tenants. The weapon is being examined by the department’s ballistic unit, police said.
Less than an hour later, at 11:15 a.m., police allegedly recovered another loaded firearm while making a traffic stop at 2363 Washington St. in Roxbury. The driver, Osagie Mastin, 22, of Roxbury, is facing “numerous charges” including unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and carrying a loaded firearm, police said.
Then, around 1:07 p.m., officers found yet another gun while responding to a radio call for a robbery in progress at 142 Gove St. in East Boston. A violent struggle ensued when an officer attempted to pat the suspect down, and police allegedly recovered a loaded .380-caliber Bersa handgun from the waistband of the suspect’s pants.
Juan Martinez, 21, of East Boston, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, assault and battery on a police officer, and resisting arrest.
Two other firearms were taken off the streets Wednesday night, when officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested a juvenile on Horan Way in Jamaica Plain. Officers recovered a loaded .32-caliber Smith & Wesson Model CTGE32 revolver and a loaded .22-caliber (LR) Phoenix Arms Model HP22 handgun.
The 16-year-old boy from Brockton was arrested on firearm-related charges, police said.
Commissioner William B. Evans applauded the work of the officers in getting the guns off the street.
“I want to commend my officers for their ongoing efforts to make our city as safe as possible,” Evans said in a statement. “Clearly, we’re doing everything we can but we’re still seeing too many guns out there in the communities we serve.”Emily Sweeney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.