Stopped for fare jumping, arrested for the loaded gun in his front pocket
MBTA Transit Police report a man stopped for jumping through a broken fare gate at Andrew station yesterday afternoon tried to bolt from officers questioning him, possibly because of the gun with the safety turned off that he was packing.
According to a police report, officers spotted Hamilton Rodriguez of Chelsea jumping over a cone at a broken fare gate around 1:20 p.m., which would have gotten him a citation.
Instead, as officers were talking to him, he tried to run away:
Officer Payne was able to grab Rodriguez by the right side of his body and took hold of his shirt as Rodriguez was attempting to run away. I ran through the gate located immediately to the right of Rodriguez. Rodriguez began to turn away from Officer Payne and began reaching towards the right side of his body with his right arm. Officer Payne was able to grab a hold of Rodriguez' left hand and arm as I wrapped my arms around Rodriguez' body directing him to the ground. I had control of Rodriguez' right wrist and arm as it was in between the floor and his chest in the area of the right side of his front waistband.
I believed that Rodriguez could have been reaching towards a weapon at which time I directed Rodriguez to give me his hand. Officer Payne stated to Rodriguez to "show me your hands, or else you will be sprayed." I was able to pull Rodriguez' right arm out from underneath his body and Officer Payne was able to pull his left arm. Rodriguez was then handcuffed.
The officers recovered "a Walther handgun (serial number 582037), possibly a .22 caliber or .25 caliber, Walther's Patent Mod. 9 with one round in the chamber (unknown at time of the report if there are additional rounds in the magazine) and its safety off," from Rodriguez's front right pocket, the report says.
Rodriguez, 20, was arraigned in South Boston District Court this morning on charges of illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm. His bail for this case was set at $20,000, but a judge then revoked his outstanding bail on a Chelsea drug charge.
In recent days, MBTA and Boston Police have stepped up patrols and surveillance in the area around Andrew station because of complaints from nearby residents and T users about possible drug dealing there.