Police arrest 3, seize crack and marijuana, in Dorchester

Boston police arrested three people and seized marijuana and crack cocaine after a home invasion Sunday afternoon in Dorchester, police said.

Officers responded to calls of shots fired on Dyer Street just after 4 p.m., police said in a statement.

A female victim in the first floor apartment of the building showed police what appeared to be a bullet hole in the closet of the front bedroom of her home, police said.

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She told officers that she heard a commotion upstairs and that a man banged violently on her door and demanded to be let in. The female, who was “visibly shaken and upset,” refused to let the man in and told officers that she feared for her life, police said.

Officers then knocked on the front and rear doors of the second-floor apartment, but the occupants refused to open the doors, police said.

Officers breached the front door of the apartment, continued to announce themselves, and found two men in the rear bedroom of the apartment, police said.

The men were later identified as Juanquis Hicks and Kevin Bryant, both 21-year-olds from Hyde Park, police said.

Officers found a woman in the third-floor rear stairwell holding her 2-year-old son, police said. The woman was identified as Ethel Walter, 26, of Dorchester, police said. The child was taken to Boston Medical Center for evaluation.

Officers saw two bags next to Walter in the stairwell that smelled strongly of marijuana, police said. The bags were seized as part of an ongoing investigation, along with an undetermined amount of crack cocaine, police said.

Police found three firearms during a search of the residence. One was found in a closet directly above the bullet hole in the first-floor apartment, police said.

Hicks was arrested for home invasion for trying to get into the first floor apartment, unlawful possession of a firearm, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, police said.

Bryant was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, and disorderly conduct, police said.

Walter was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possessing drugs with the intent to distribute, and drug trafficking, police said.

All three suspects will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court Tuesday.