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Somerville man arrested on gun charges in North End after car break-in

Police say that a 34-year-old Somerville man was allegedly carrying a gun Tuesday night when a witness tried to pull him from a parked car he was allegedly rifling through in Boston’s North End.

In a statement, Boston police identified the suspect as Michael O’Leary. His visit to the Hub took a rough turn around 8:51 p.m. Tuesday, when police were called to the area of 181 N. Washington St. for a report of a person with a gun.

“Upon arrival, officers met with a witness who had observed” O’Leary “trying to open several car door handles and rummaging through one of the unattended motor vehicles,” the statement said. “While attempting to pull the male out of vehicle the witness observed a brown firearm in a black holster fall out of the suspect’s jacket pocket.”

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Police said the officers “located a brown firearm in a black holster on top of the snow a few feet away. The inside of the motor vehicle was in disarray, with various items scattered throughout the front seat, while the middle armrest compartment was completely left open. Officers retrieved a loaded magazine and three rounds of ammunition from within the motor vehicle.”

That was bad news for O’Leary.

He now faces charges of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, nighttime, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition, according to the release.

It wasn’t known whether he had hired a lawyer.


Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.