Police arrest man they say had loaded gun

Globe Staff / December 8, 2010

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A 21-year-old Randolph man was arrested by Boston police yesterday after allegedly carrying a loaded 9mm handgun in his pocket, with the trigger cocked and ready to fire, officials said.

“Make no mistake, those officers risked their lives during this arrest,’’ Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a prepared statement. “Thanks to their sharp eyes, quick wits, and calm during the struggle, no one was hurt and a potential shooting or worse was averted.’’

According to prosecutors and police, Antoine Lewis was arrested in Roxbury around 1 a.m as police investigated reports of a break-in on Seaver Street. Responding officers said they saw Lewis, who matched the break-in suspect’s description, and two other individuals walking on Park View Street.

Police approached the three and noticed that Lewis had what seemed to be a heavy object in the pocket of his jacket. He also positioned himself so officers could not reach that side of his body, officials said.

Police, fearing that Lewis was armed, arrested him after a brief struggle. In his pocket, they said they found a 9mm Norinco Model 213 handgun with one round in the chamber and one in the magazine. The gun’s hammer was cocked, ready to fire, officials said.

Lewis was arraigned yesterday in Roxbury Municipal Court, where he pleaded not guilty to all charges, including one of being an armed career criminal. Judge Mark Summerville set bail at $50,000 cash, according to Conley’s office. Prosecutors said Lewis had previously served 2 1/2 years in prison for illegal gun possession.

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