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INCIDENT #1: At about 3:15 AM on Sunday, August 6, 2017, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a report of a person screaming in the area of 25 West Selden Street. Upon arrival, officers could hear yelling coming from the second-floor apartment of a nearby residence. As officers attempted to make contact with the occupants, they heard the sound of a gunshot come from the building. One of the officers ran to the rear of the building and observed two males in the back door. One of the males, identified as 28-year-old Larelle D. Pratt of Mattapan. was kneeling on the ground while the other, 25-year-old Shyrone Brown of Dorchester. ran back into the open door of the basement apartment. The officer also observed a loaded black Springfield Armory XD-40 semi-automatic firearm near the doorway. Other officers arrived to assist and both males were taken from the apartment and handcuffed for officer safety. Officers performed a protective sweep of the residence for other suspects and/or victims during which they observed two additional firearms and a quantity of marijuana that appeared to be over the legal allowance in plain view. When no other persons were found in the apartment, the supervisor froze the apartment pending a search warrant.
Detectives processed the scene and recovered one spent round of ammunition and bullet fragments. Officers arrested Brown and Pratt and charged them both with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd Subsequent Offense for Brown), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Discharging a Firearm within 500 feet of a Dwelling, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun), and Assault with Intent to Murder. During the arrest, Pratt was combative with officers, spitting on them, kicking them, and threatening to kill them and their children. Officers additionally charged Pratt with two counts of Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Shod Foot), two counts of Assault and Battery on a Public Employee, and Threatening to Commit a Crime (Murder).
During the execution of the search warrant on Pratt’s residence, officers recovered the following:
- One loaded Jimenez Arms JA25 firearm, unsecured
- One loaded Ruger 9mm Luger firearm with obliterated serial, unsecured
- Seven rounds of additional ammunition
- Eleven plastic bags of substance believed to be marijuana
- One clear plastic bag of substance believed to be cocaine
- A scale, sandwich bags, and other drug paraphernalia consistent with the illegal sale of narcotics
As a result of these findings, officers charged Pratt with two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, three counts of Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, Trafficking Class B Drugs (Cocaine), Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs (Marijuana), and two counts of Improper Storage of a Firearm.
Firearm recovered in Incident #2
INCIDENT #2: At about 4:00 AM on Sunday, August 6, 2017, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of Dudley and Humphreys Streets. During the stop, officers observed what appeared to be the barrel of a firearm protruding from under the front driver’s side seat in the rear passenger compartment. Officers ordered all four occupants from the vehicle and recovered a loaded black Smith Wesson M P firearm. Further investigation revealed the firearm had been reported stolen out of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Officers arrested the passenger seated in the rear passenger seat, identified as 22-year-old Erickson Daveiga of Dorchester. and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Receiving Stolen Property.
INCIDENT #3: At about 11:00 AM on Sunday, August 6, 2017, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 32 Bishop Joe L. Smith Way. Upon arrival, officers canvassed the area for a possible person who had been shot, but could not locate any victims. Officers continued to canvas the area and located a firearm in a dumpster in the rear of the building. Detectives responded to collect and process the evidence. The incident remains under investigation.
Two days after an armed robbery of a convenience store in Hyde Park, one of the suspects responsible for the crime is behind bars. At about 7:20 PM on Sunday, July 30, 2017, officers from District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a call for an armed robbery in progress at 1503 River Street (River Park Food Mart) in Hyde Park. On arrival, officers spoke to store employees who stated that three males entered the location and attempted to rob the store at gunpoint. During the robbery, one of the suspects discharged a firearm striking two victims. Both victims were treated for non-life threatening injuries. After an extensive investigation and thorough review of the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident, investigators were able to identify one of the suspects. Earlier this evening, at about 7:00pm, on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, members of the BPD’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit were able to locate and apprehend Nickolas Baldeo, 20, of Fall River who is charged with Armed Robbery, Assault Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) and Assault to Rob.
Said Commissioner William Evans: “I want to commend my officers for the dogged determination and hard work that led to the timely arrest of the suspect in this case. Clearly, our city’s a safer place with an individual like this behind bars and, again, I want to thank my officers for comprehensive investigation that led to his apprehension.”
The Boston Police Department continues to actively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call District E-18 (Hyde Park) detectives at (617) 343-5607.
Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800)494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.