At about 5:41pm, on Monday, April 11, 2011, officers from Area B-3 (Mattapan) were on patrol in the area of Lyford and Oakhurst Streets when they observed a motor vehicle with a defective brake light and expired inspection sticker. Seeing this, officers activated their emergency equipment (lights & sirens) and stopped the car. While approaching the car, officers observed that the car was occupied by three individuals (two in the front, one in the back). While talking to the occupants, officers noted that the rear passenger appeared to be extremely nervous. When officers observed the individual move in a way as if to suggest he was trying to hide something, officers instructed the suspect to cease all movement. Fearing the presence of a firearm in the car, officers opened the car door and instructed the rear passenger to exit the car. As officers were doing this, the operator of the car grabbed for a jacket on the rear floor of the car. When the jacket was removed, officers immediately observed a black firearm on the floor of the car. Seeing the weapon, officer quickly moved to seize and secure the firearm. When officers moved to grab the firearm, the rear passenger took off and a foot chase ensued.
As officers were chasing behind the suspect, the suspect attempted to make good his escape by jumping over a barbed wire fence. However, when the suspect was trying to get over the fence, an officer grabbed him by his shirt, pulling his shirt off. The officer then grabbed the suspect by his belt but the suspect, who was now kicking the officer, undid his belt and jumped over the fence. At this point, the suspect, now naked, was running without any clothes.
After a lengthy search, with help from the State Police and the Transit Police, officers were able to locate and apprehend the suspect. According to witnesses, a naked male was seen running along Armandine Street. Officers were able to locate the suspect hiding in a backyard in the area of 29 Whitman Street.
Officers arrested Peterson Joseph, 27, of Everett and charged him the Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of Large Capacity Feeding Device, Assault and Battery by Means of Dangerous Weapon on a Police Officer (Shod Foot), Resisting Arrest and Open and Gross Lewdness.