On Monday, August 30, 2010 at about 2:40am officers responded to a radio call for a motor vehicle accident with no injuries at 368 Norfolk St in Dorchester. Upon arrival, the officer observed a gray Acura parked in the middle of Hannon St about 15 yards away from Norfolk St. The gray Acura was facing towards Norfolk St and appeared to have severe front right end damage. The officer also observed that gray Acura had all four windows opened half way.
In addition, the officer observed a green Dodge Caravan that was partially parked on the curb in front of the gray Acura on Hannon St at Norfolk St. The green Dodge Caravan appeared to have right rear end damage. The officer also observed that the gray Acura had no keys in the ignition with no ignition damage. A witness informed the officer that there is a gun in the gray Acura. The officer observed through the front passenger window what appeared to be a firearm. The firearm was partially covered with a light blue t-shirt.
The witness stated hearing a loud scratching tires and loud noise. The witness provided the officer with a suspect description which included: a slim black male in about his mid twenties that was wearing white t-shirt, blue jeans with corn-rolls and no facial hair. Officers also learned that the suspect took off on foot on Norfolk St towards Morton St. The suspect description was broadcast. Additional officers responded to the scene including a BPD K-9 to follow the suspect\’s trail. The gray Acura was towed to B3 station pending search warrant.
Earlier in the evening at approximately 2:05am, officers observed a vehicle exit the Macumba Latina Parking Lot (477 River St. Mattapan). Officers’ attention was drawn to a silver motor vehicle because the operator of the vehicle, a black non Hispanic male with corn rolls wearing a white tee shirt, accelerated rapidly causing the motor vehicle tires to make a screeching sound as he exited the parking lot. Officers did not observe any other person in that motor vehicle at that time. Officers were approximately ten yards away as they made this observation of the vehicle and the operator. The operator then stopped the motor vehicle in front of officers on River St. and attempted to talk to a couple of females leaving the club. Officers then conducted a registry of motor vehicle query of that vehicle. Results of the query revealed the vehicle was registered to a home on Milton Ave.
Later in the evening, those same officers recognized the description given after the accident on Norfolk Street as the same vehicle they had observed in front of 477 River St. Officers immediately canvassed the area and then responded to the address that the vehicle was registered to.
At approximately 3:00am, officers responded to Milton Ave. in an attempt to speak with the registered owner. As officers pulled in front of the address, a female exited the premise and stated that she had just walked home from the club, Macumba Latina and that she had called 911 to report her car stolen. A check with Boston Operations showed that no calls came in for a stolen car in the area of River St. Officers inquired if anyone else was inside the apartment. The female stated that her kids and sister were inside.
Officers asked the female if we could check her apartment to make sure no one else was inside and the female stated that we can check the apartment and then opened the front door and entered the apartment with the officers. When inside the female again stated that no one else was inside except her kids and sister. The female told officers that her kids were in two particular rooms across from each other. When asked about a middle closed door that was between the kids rooms which had a light on, the female stated that was the bathroom and began to open it up when officers heard a male voice (unknown what was said).
Officers asked the female who was in the bathroom and she stated, \”My brother, I forgot that he was here.\” The female stated that her brother\’s name was John Smith and that he was home when she walked home from the club. At that time, an officer went outside to secure the outside bathroom window while other officers were inside. The officer observed the bathroom window open and the suspect inside looking out the window canvassing the area. Officers then knocked on the door and the suspect opened up the door and was immediately identified as the operator seen on River St.
An officer again spoke with the female who stated that there is only one key to her motor vehicle and that she had it on her possession and willingly gave it to the officer. The female again stated that she called 911 from her cell phone to report her car stolen. With female\’s permission, officer checked the call history on female\’s cell phone which did not show a call to 911 or a call to a BTD which she stated that she also called. Officers observed no damage to the ignition and door lock of the motor vehicle.
The suspect was taken into custody and was later identified as Bruce Brown Jr., 32, of Dorchester after providing an alias. Brown was charged with the following: Unlawful Possession of firearm, Possession of firearm with altered serial number, Unlawful possession of Ammunition, Leaving the scene after property damage, Operating Motor vehicle after license is suspended , Furnishing False name at booking to hinder a police Officer (C268-34A) and Armed Career Criminal, Massachusetts Uniform Citation, Citation# R0242443 for Leaving the scene; Property damage, and for Operating Motor vehicle after license suspended.