BOSTON, MA -At about 6:55 PM on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) arrested two suspects following a traffic stop in the area of 1786 Washington Street in Roxbury which resulted in the recovery of a loaded firearm. The officers had approached a vehicle that was illegally parked and running in a clearly marked “No Standing” zone.
Officers soon learned that the operator, Aaren Howard, 30, of Brockton, did not possess a valid driver’s license. As the officers were speaking with the driver, their attention was drawn to the front seat passenger, later identified as Anthony Austin, 24, of Dorchester, who made repeated attempts to reach for an unidentified item in his right-side pants pocket. When the officers attempted to remove and pat frisk both parties, the passenger suddenly became angered and attempted to flee resulting in a violent struggle.
Officers were able to gain control of the suspect at which time they safely recovered a loaded .380 caliber Jimenez Arms Incorporated handgun from inside his zippered pants pocket. Officers also recovered a large amount of marijuana from inside a bag that the suspect was holding as he attempted to flee. The operator was placed in custody on scene without incident.