New Bedford police seize illegal firearm after disturbance call

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NEW BEDFORD — In a response to a late-night disturbance call, New Bedford patrol officers confiscated an illegal firearm and arrested a man for multiple offenses, including assault with a firearm.

The incident occurred shortly after midnight on Jan. 28 when officers were dispatched to an address on Cove St. due to a complaint about a noisy party.

The complainant reported being threatened with a gun after asking the partygoers to lower the music volume.

The male suspect brandished a firearm and pointed it at the complainant’s face before fleeing in a vehicle.

Officer Jenna Touchette, while patrolling Route 18 for the suspect’s vehicle, spotted and stopped a car matching the provided description north of Elm St. intersection.

She received immediate backup from other patrol officers and Massachusetts State Police troopers.

Upon safely removing the driver from the vehicle, Officer Touchette discovered a .45 caliber Taurus semi-automatic pistol loaded with eight rounds of ammunition in a satchel bag the suspect was carrying.

The man, identified as 54-year-old Miguel Rosario of 720 Crossroads, North Dartmouth, was arrested after it was determined he did not have a license to carry the weapon, which was also found to have been stolen from Georgia.

Rosario faces charges including assault with a firearm, unlicensed possession of a firearm and ammunition, and possession of stolen property.

The arrest was made by Officer Juniel Jordan.

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