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BPD Officers Arrest Two Suspects After Recovering Loaded Firearm, Drugs and Cash During Traffic Stop in Dorchester

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At about 1:03 AM on Saturday June 27, 2020, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) arrested two suspects on various charges while recovering a loaded firearm following a traffic stop in the area of Blue Hill Avenue and McClellan Street in Dorchester.

The officers had been dispatched to a call for multiple motor vehicles causing a disturbance in the parking lot of 100 Washington Street. On arrival, officers observed an orange pickup truck exit the parking lot at a high rate of speed, nearly striking several of the illegally parked motor vehicles. Officers followed the fleeing vehicle and activated their lights and sirens after observing the vehicle commit additional traffic violations. The vehicle did not stop for the officers as it continued to travel at a high rate of speed towards Columbia Road. Due to heavy traffic in the area, the pickup truck was forced to come to a stop at a red light, at which time the officers approached to speak with the operator, later identified as 23-year-old Niles Vibert. As the officers began to make contact, the passenger, later identified as 22-year-old Davonte Bowden, suddenly exited the vehicle and turned towards the officer on the passenger side of the vehicle. The officer immediately performed a pat frisk at which time he clearly felt a firearm inside the suspect’s jacket pocket. The suspect was then placed in custody and the firearm was safely recovered. The weapon was later determined to be a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun fitted with a laser sight. Officers then removed the operator and placed him in custody without incident.

As the officers continued their investigation on scene, a large crowd began to gather around the officers, creating a chaotic scene. For the safety of all involved, the determination was made to secure the suspect vehicle and return it to the district station to continue the investigation. Once there, officers performed an inventory search which led to the recovery of 49 bottles of liquid THC, 2 bottles of Inositol, an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency and other evidence from inside the vehicle.

Both suspects will appear in Dorchester District Court for arraignment. Davonte Bowden will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device. Niles Vibert will be charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs and Failure to Stop for a Police Officer in addition to being cited for his traffic infractions.

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