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Braintree Scanner Tales: Home invasion, man with a gun, drug trafficking, pedestrian hospitalized

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  September 23, 2013 01:24 PM

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Police look for home invasion suspects
Police are looking for three men believed to have forced their way into a Braintree home at gunpoint early Sunday morning.

According to police, a 20-year-old resident of a West Street condo told officers that when he arrived home shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday, he was confronted in the parking lot by three men.

The men allegedly demanded money they believed the victim’s uncle had hidden in the family’s condo.

Police said the men, armed with handguns, forced the victim to bring them into the complex, where the victim’s 19-year-old younger brother was sleeping.

The victim told police that the younger brother was struck in the head with a gun once by one of the intruders while he was questioned about the location of the money.

After failing to find any money, the suspects scooped up everything of value in the home, including a laptop computer, cell phones, gaming stations, clothing, and alcohol.

The brothers were bound and the suspects left, police said. The brothers’ uncle returned home after the suspects had gone

The brothers said the three men were black males, possibly Haitian, in their mid-20s. The victims said the men were around six feet tall. The suspects are believed to have fled in a minivan.

Quincy man accused on having unlicensed gun
A 24-year-old Quincy man was arrested Sunday morning after police allegedly found him walking down the middle of the John Mahar Highway with an unlicensed handgun.

Police said the man appeared to be intoxicated and refused to comply with commands of arriving officers.

The suspect repeatedly reached for his rear pocket, police said. A subsequent search uncovered a loaded, .38 caliber derringer.

Police said the suspect was not licensed to have a gun.

Walter Wilkins, 24, of Quincy was arrested and charged with unlicensed possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and disorderly conduct.

Pair arrested on drug-trafficking charges
A months-long investigation into the sale of drugs in several Highlands neighborhoods resulted in two arrests on Friday.

According to Braintree Police, residents alerted police of the drug activity after seeing the alleged suspects and several different customers meet up on several side roads.

"Our department has always been very responsive to resident reports of drug dealing and consider drug sales in our neighborhoods to be a top priority," said Chief Russell Jenkins in a release.

Drug detectives began surveillance on the streets and confirmed the drug activity by stopping two of the alleged customers shortly after they had met with the alleged dealers.

On Friday at 12:45 p.m., Braintree and Quincy detectives observed one of the vehicles used by the dealers cruising the neighborhoods.

Police conducted a traffic stop of the car and uncovered nine bags of heroin, seven bags of cocaine, 11 bags of crack cocaine, and $1,900 in cash.

Andujar M. Tejeda, Jr. 27, of Dorchester; and Carlos G. Roman, 24, of Jamaica Plain were arrested and charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act.

Tejeda was additionally charged with giving police a false name.

Pedestrian hospitalized after struck by car
A 25-year-old Brockton man was hospitalized on Friday morning after he allegedly stepped off a Braintree curb and walked into traffic, police said.

One witness saw the man walk right into the road in the area of 714 Washington St. A second witness reported that the victim held both arms up, signaling traffic to stop as he walked into traffic.

The pedestrian suffered serious but non life-threatening injuries and was transported to South Shore Hospital.

No charges have been filed against the 55-year-old Quincy woman driving the car that hit the man.

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