Boston police arrest man for firearm possession after Mattapan disturbance

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BOSTON — Officers from the Boston Police Department arrested a 19-year-old Randolph man on firearm charges Tuesday night after responding to a report of an unruly group causing a disturbance in Mattapan.

At about 8:17 p.m., officers assigned to District B-3 were called to the area of 555 River Street where a large crowd was reportedly blocking traffic and preventing movement in and out of the neighborhood.

Upon arrival, officers encountered a hostile situation with individuals jumping on the hood of a police cruiser.

As the situation escalated, additional officers from the B-3 unit and the Youth Violence Strike Force arrived to disperse the crowd.

Despite orders to leave, the group remained confrontational.

During the incident, officers noticed an individual, identified as Nick St. Jilus, separating from the group and entering a parking lot marked with “No Trespassing” signs.

Upon observing St. Jilus approach a vehicle and then walk away without the backpack he had been carrying, officers followed and detained him.

After a frisk of the vehicle, a Century Arms TP9 handgun with a high-capacity magazine was found.

The firearm was loaded with twenty-six rounds and one in the chamber.

St. Jilus attempted to resist arrest by going limp and later tried to escape while being placed on a medical gurney by Boston EMS.

He was quickly secured by officers and transported for booking.

St. Jilus faces charges including unlawful possession of a firearm, ammunition, a large capacity feeding device, trespassing, and resisting arrest.

He is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

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