On Saturday, May 1, 2010, at approximately 8:18pm, Boston Police Officers assigned out of Area B-2 (Roxbury), responded to the area of 185 Cabot Street for a report of a person with a gun.
BPD dispatcher’s supplied responding officers with a detailed description of the person who was believed to be in possession of the firearm. Officers arrived on-scene within one-minute and located a person fitting the description in the immediate area.
This individual was immediately detained and a pat-frisk was conducted for their safety. At this time no weapon was located.
Officers spoke with the caller / victim who stated he was visiting a friend in the area and had to pass by the suspect. The victim stated he has had previous encounters with him in the past. The victim went on to state that the suspect “flashed gang signs” and approached the victim in an aggressive manner. The victim attempted to go around the suspect but was unable to. At this time, the suspect struck the victim with his elbow. The victim continued on his way but monitored the suspect for he was in fear of him. The suspect was observed approaching a female that was seated on a nearby park bench. After a brief conversation, the suspect was observed retrieving an item from her and placing it in his waistband. The suspect then turned and walked towards the victim while holding his hand on his waistband. The victim believed the suspect to be holding a firearm and was in fear of being shot.
The victim walked into his friend’s building in an attempt to get away from the suspect. The suspect followed close behind, still holding his waistband, and stated, “You tough now…Let’s do this.” The victim quickly grabbed hold of the item concealed in the suspect’s waistband for he thought the suspect was going to pull out a gun. As the victim grabbed the unknown item, he felt, what he believed to be a firearm. The victim sustained broken fingernails and bloody fingers from grabbing it so tightly.
The victim was able to break free from the suspect and get into his friend’s apartment and call 911. The suspect was observed walking around to the side of a nearby building prior to the arrival of the BPD.
Officers’ on-scene called BPD Officer Colburn & his K-9 partner “Charlie” for assistance in searching for the firearm. Officer Colburn & “Charlie” conducted a search of the area and located a loaded 9mm firearm (one round in the chamber – hammer cocked) in the general vicinity of the building where the suspect was observed walking to after the incident.
Officers’ arrested Luis Baez, 23, of 159 Cabot Street, Roxbury on the charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (firearm), Threats and Assault & Battery (simple).