For Immediate Release - March 18, 2013

State Police, Boston Police Arrest Man on Weapons Charges

Subject Fled from Car Stop

On Saturday at 11:17 a.m., Trooper Thomas Hannon from the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Boston stopped a car for a number of motor vehicle violations on Tremont Street, near Parker Street, in the City of Boston.

The operator, ROOSEVELT A. WILKINS, 26, of South Yarmouth, told  Trooper Hannon that his license was in a book bag in the trunk of the car. As Trooper Hannon retrieved the bag from the trunk WILKINS ran from the scene.   WILKINS was captured a short distance away by members of the Boston Police Department who had been in the area of the stop and responded to assist Trooper Hannon.  A search of the bag retrieved from the trunk of WILKINS’ car revealed a loaded Smith & Wesson Airweight  . 38 caliber handgun. The weapon was loaded with hollow point bullets, which are illegal in Massachusetts.  Trooper Hannon was assisted on this stop by Trooper Sean Quirk, Boston Police Officers Chris Carr, Detective Mike Ross, Sgt. Keith Webb, and Detective Kevin Magoon.

WILKINS was taken to the State Police Barracks in Boston.  WILKINS was charged with: Carrying a Firearm without a license (second offense); carrying a firearm with ammunition; carrying a firearm without an FID card (Second Offense); possession of a firearm with one prior violent /drug crime; possession of ammunition without a FID Card; and possession of ammunition of an unlawful caliber.  He was additionally charged with speeding and failure to signal before turning.  WILKINS’ bail was set at $50,000.  

WILKINS will appear in Roxbury District Court today.  Please do not call the barracks directly.