Unruly Crowd and Lengthy Foot Pursuit Results in Two Arrests and the Recovery of a Loaded Firearm in the area of 9 Valentine Street in Roxbury — bpdnews.com

One Less Gun: At about 1:07 AM on Saturday, September 19, 2020, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a fight in the area of 9 Valentine Street in Roxbury. A second call came in for shots fired in the same location and as officers made their way to the scene, they observed a large crowd fighting and arguing outside of 2805 Washington Street (Fort Hill Bar and Grill). Officers took note of one particular individual who was holding a firearm in his hand while arguing with another unknown individual. Officers observed the male tuck the firearm into his waistband. Upon seeing this, officers immediately exited their cruiser and approached the male with the firearm, demanding that the male drop the firearm. Officers continued to give multiple verbal commands as the suspect began to run away from the officers towards Valentine Street. Officers gave chase with the growing crowds following closely. Officers were repeatedly interrupted by the crowd who began interfering with the officers’ pursuit of the fleeing suspect. At one point an unidentified female attempted to trip one of the officers in an effort to aid the armed suspect. Officers continued after the suspect down Valentine Street where the suspect discarded the firearm in front of 9 Valentine Street. One of the officers secured the firearm, a Smith & Wesson SW99 .40 caliber firearm loaded with thirteen rounds of live ammunition, while the second officer continued to pursue the suspect.

The officers pursued the suspect to the area of 51 Vale Street where he was eventually apprehended with the assistance of multiple additional units converging on the area. During both the pursuit of the suspect and his arrest, the unruly crowd continually taunted officers and further agitated the scene.

While processing the crime scene, an unidentified male walked up to the yellow crime scene tape and began threatening the officers, arguing and yelling at them as the attempted to clear the scene. The male refused to comply with officers’ numerous requests to leave the area and was eventually taken into custody.

Officers arrested David Vincent Dardy Jr., 31-years-old, of Brockton and Elvis DaCruz, 30-years-old, of Roxbury. Both are expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court. Dardy Jr. is charged with Armed Career Criminal Level 2, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Resisting Arrest. DaCruz is charged with Disorderly Conduct and Interfering with a Police Investigation.