Boston Police are looking to enroll a juvenile arrested with four others in East Boston on gun charges earlier this month into a diversionary program. At a recent community meeting District A-7 Captain Kelly McCormick said the 13-year-old from Eastie charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition in a program that could help turn his life around.
Around 11 p,.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, members of the Boston Police Youth Violence Strike Force recovered five firearms and placed five individuals under arrest for firearm related charges in the area of Maverick Landing Housing Development.
Police arrested Erick Mariona, 20, of Brockton, and charged him with Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon Gun, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition; Maurice Nunez, 25, of Boston, was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition; Deandre Clark, 21, of Brockton, was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition; and Henry Smith, 21, of Chelsea, was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.
The 13-year-old was arrested with the other four men and charged with gun offenses. Captain McCormick said the teen could benefit from a diversionary program instead of ruining his life at such a young age.
According to police, while stopped in traffic on London Street the Boston Police Youth Violence Strike Force officers observed a group of males congregating in the walkway area of 23 London St. The officers then observed one of the males, later identified as Erick Mariona, starting to walk towards the cruiser.
As Mariona got closer to the cruiser the officers observed a firearm in his right hand. He continued walking towards the cruiser, then stopped and allegedly raised the firearm pointing it directly at the officers.
The officers immediately exited their cruiser and ordered Mariona to drop the gun. Mariona turned and began running down an alleyway towards Havre Street. The officers pursued him down the alleyway, which was covered in snow. As Mariona reached the end of the alleyway he turned towards the officers and raised the firearm in their direction a second time. Mariona then slipped on the snow and fell to the ground. It was only then that the officers were able to apprehend him and recover a firearm. The firearm, a 9mm, was loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition in the magazine and one round in the chamber.
Additional officers on scene stopped the four individuals Mariona was with and conducted a pat frisk of all four. One of the officers on scene approached a pile of snow that was in close proximity to the where the group was standing and immediately observed the handles of two black firearms in the snow pile.
The first firearm recovered from the snow, a Springfield Armory 9mm, was loaded with 12 rounds of ammunition in the magazine and one round in the chamber. The second firearm recovered was a Taurus PT709 Cal 9mm, which was loaded with five rounds of ammunition in the magazine and one round in the chamber, and had an obliterated serial number. Further investigation by police into the snow pile revealed two additional firearms. The third firearm recovered from the snow was a Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm, which was loaded with 11 rounds of ammunition in the magazine and one round in the chamber as well as having an obliterated serial number. A fourth firearm, which was buried further down in the snow pile, was also recovered. The firearm, a SCCY CPX-Z 9mm, contained nine rounds of ammunition in the magazine and one round in the chamber.