At about 5:15 PM on Thursday, September 17, 2020, officers assigned District B-Three (Mattapan), whereas assigned to a set publish within the space of Roberts Playground, 56 Dunbar Avenue in Dorchester, made an onsite firearm arrest of Rondell Thomas, 22, 0f Dorchester and Daki Grant, 18, of Dorchester.
Officers noticed a number of scooters within the playground driving recklessly on the basketball court docket and within the playground the place there have been babies enjoying. Officers entered the playground on foot from Dunbar Avenue and approached the group of males on scooters.
As officers approached, they noticed two males start to stroll away. One of many males, later recognized as Daki Grant, was noticed gripping the suitable aspect of his waistband, wanting again over his shoulder on the officers. As officers adopted, Grant might be seen taking an object from his waistband and inserting it within the sweatshirt pocket of the second male, later recognized as Rondell Thomas. Officers instantly stopped each people as they tried to exit the playground onto Washington Road.
Officers gave a number of calls for for Thomas to take away his fingers from his waist space, which he refused. Thomas continued to again away from officers, ignoring instructions whereas nonetheless gripping his proper sweatshirt pocket. Officers might hear what sounded just like the firearm being “cocked” in his sweatshirt.
Thomas finally turned his physique and dropped the firearm from his pocket. Officers rapidly recovered the firearm off of the bottom.
The SAR ARM firearm was loaded with one spherical within the chamber and 9 rounds within the journal. Each Grant and Thomas the place arrested and charged with Illegal Possession of a Firearm and Illegal Possession of a Firearm on College Property. They’re each anticipated to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court docket.