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Charlestown man whipped out gun during argument at late-night Chinatown eatery, then dining companion tried to hide it from officers, police say

Boston Police report arresting a Charlestown man on assault and gun charges and his Randolph companion on an accessory charge following a fight at New Moon Villa on Edinboro Street around 3 a.m. on Saturday.

Police say Caesar Calderon, 40, of Charlestown, got into an argument with another patron at the restaurant - one of the few in all of Boston allowed to stay open after 2 a.m. - and as the words grew more heated, he took out a loaded gun and used it to make a point.

During the fracas, somebody slipped out of the restaurant and alerted a nearby BPD officer on patrol.

Officers observed and approached the suspect who was seated at a table at which time they instructed him to stand up so they could perform a pat frisk which yielded negative results. While the officers continued to speak with the suspect, their attention was drawn to a female party, later identified as Melicius Dacius, 37, of Randolph, who was seated at the suspect’s table. The officers noted that Dacius appeared to be holding an unidentified object wrapped inside a jacket on her lap, underneath the table, obscured from view. The female refused to comply with repeated verbal commands to display her hands and stand up. When the officers reached to assist the female to her feet, she abruptly and deliberately pushed herself away from the table, causing the chair to fall backwards. As the female suspect fell to the ground, so too did a loaded .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, which the officers quickly recovered while placing the female suspect in custody. Officers later learned that Calderon had handed the weapon to Dacius as the officers approached.

Calderon now faces arraignment on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm and assault by means of a dangerous weapon, police say. Dacius will be arraigned with being an accessory after the fact to assault by means of a dangerous weapon.

For New Moon Villa, this will mean another trip to the Boston Licensing Board. Earlier this year, managers had to explain a brawl that included flying plates and chairs around 3 a.m. on Jan. 13.

Innocent, etc.

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Caesar Calderon, 40
Melicius Dacius, 37

The officers noted that Dacius appeared to be holding an unidentified object wrapped inside a jacket on her lap

I would have bet my life it was a dagger wrapped in a toga.

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when he accused the other diner of having a lean and hungry look.

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About a salad?

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About your weak joke

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Why should restaurants be held accountable to the licensing board when random customers get into / bring trouble? Does this make sense to anyone?

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First, by getting a license (especially for liquor), a restaurant, bar or club is accepting city regulations that include accepting responsibility for ensuring a safe dining/drinking/dancing environment.

And part of that is a hearing before the licensing board should an incident happen.

Now, if the incident is truly random, the board tends to say "no violation" and that's that.

But if there's a pattern of trouble, the board begins to question whether the establishment should be doing more. Look at that pizza place in Cleveland Circle that kept getting in trouble. Because there are things that a place can do to reduce the potential for problems - even as that place was getting in trouble over and over again, the board kept praising the nearby Mary Ann's (really), which finally cleaned up its act.

At the hearings, the board always asks police if there was something the place could have done to prevent the incident - and expects the license holder to explain what they are doing to prevent a recurrence.

So after a hearing on this particular incident (which will probably be in two to four months), the board could conclude this was, in fact, just a random incident and that the restaurant couldn't have done anything to prevent it. Or they could look at the earlier incident, also around 3 a.m. and begin to ask if maybe there's something more that the place should be doing.

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Most of these hearings shouldn't be necessary and are merely a lawyer enrichment scheme with all kinds of prep, paperwork and continuances at top billable hours. Every police report is approved by a superior officer (sergeant or lieutenant). For incidents at licensed establishments, a field could be easily added to check a box, either ____HEARING NEEDED ___ HEARING NOT NEEDED. That would eliminate many of them. Only call them in for serious or repeated violations or if the sergeant thinks they violate the license at any time. The licensee shouldn't have to prove his innocence twice, once to a police sergeant and again months and thousands of dollars later at the board.

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