WOMAN ARRESTED A Roxbury woman was arrested on gun charges after officers allegedly found a loaded handgun in a fanny pack in her car during a traffic stop in Dorchester Wednesday night, police said.Around 10:15 p.m., officers pulled over a car with a defective front headlight and brake light near 493 Blue Hill Ave., Boston police said in a statement. Officers saw the operator, Shantia Elston, 27, move quickly as she tried “to conceal an unknown item,” police said. Officers ordered the occupants to exit the car, fearing that Elston may be armed with a weapon, police said. As they searched the car, officers allegedly found a fanny pack on the passenger side floor that contained a loaded Hi-Point Model C9 handgun, loaded with one bullet in the chamber and eight in the magazine, authorities said. Elston was arrested and is facing charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and carrying a loaded firearm on a public way, police said.
CAR FIRE A fire broke out inside a car in the showroom of the Herb Chambers’ Mercedes-Benz dealership in Lynnfield Thursday morning, but the business opened for a a few hours later. In a statement, Herb Chambers said the fire was spotted by a security employee before the fire alarms sounded. “We are thankful for our security company, whose employee first noticed the fire and alerted firefighters before the alarms even went off. The quick response of the Lynnfield Fire Department and our security team prevented this from being worse,'' Chambers said. He said the dealership opened for business, but did not provide details on the damage to the inventory or showroom. Lynnfield Fire Chief Glenn Davistold reporters that arriving firefighters forced their way into the smoke-filled showroom and then used thermal imaging equipment to locate the source of the fire. "They were able to find the seat of the fire very quickly and get water on it very quickly,'' the chief said. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
SUSPECT SOUGHT Malden police announced that they secured an arrest warrant for one of the suspects wanted in connection with the theft of two Lamborghini SUVs earlier this week. Christian Virgile, 18, formerly of Malden, is wanted on charges of receiving a stolen motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident after causing personal injury, and operating a motor vehicle without a license, police said in a Facebook post. The pair of Lamborghini Urus were stolen early Tuesday morning from Herb Chambers Lamborghini Boston, a luxury car dealership in Wayland. Both vehicles were recovered several hours later when they crashed into each other after racing through the streets of Malden, police said.They were priced to sell for $248,130 and $265,122, according to a spokesman for the dealership.When Wayland police responded to a commercial burglar alarm at the dealership at about at 3:05 a.m. Tuesday, they found that the front window was shattered. That’s how the suspects were able to pull off the heist, according to police.“They were able to access the keys to those vehicles,” said Wayland Police Lieutenant Sean Gibbons.
Fast forward several hours later, and the stolen Lamborghinis were seen driving around the streets of Malden. It was shortly before 8 a.m. when an off-duty officer spotted the Lamborghinis heading north on Dartmouth Street. He followed and saw one slam into a car stopped at a red light, police said. Then the second one rear-ended the first, and three teenagers got out of the cars and ran.
A short time later, police arrested Elijah McKinney, 18, of Cambridge. Virgile and the other suspect — a 17-year-old from Cambridge — fled from the scene.
At his arraignment, McKinney pleaded not guilty to charges of receiving a stolen motor vehicle and resisting arrest, police said. He was released to home confinement and must wear a GPS monitor.
SEX TRAFFICKING A 41-year-old Dorchester man stands accused of sexually trafficking four people, including a minor, over a 15-year period in several states, legal filings show.The defendant, Bruce “Arki” Brown, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in US District Court in Boston to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, four counts of sex trafficking by fraud, force, and coercion, sex trafficking of a minor by fraud, force, and coercion, and transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, according to court records.Brown’s public defender declined to comment.“According to the indictment, over a 15 year period beginning in June 2004 through at least July 2019, Brown engaged in the sex trafficking of four victims,” said US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling’s office in a statement.The alleged trafficking occurred in states including Massachusetts, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania, the indictment says.