Police arrest man with loaded gun outside New Bedford Courthouse
By: News Staff
NEW BEDFORD, MA (WLNE) – An alert Massachusetts State Police Trooper was able to spot and arrest a male teenager carrying a loaded handgun who was standing in front of the district courthouse Thursday.
Police said the alert trooper was sitting in an unmarked cruiser outside the courthouse while waiting to testify in an ongoing trial.
While the trooper was in his car he noticed four teens suspiciously walking back and forth in front of the court house.
The trooper watched them for about 20 minutes as the men repeatedly looked around their surroundings timidly as if they were looking for someone.
When the trooper approached the group of teens, one of them who was identified as Manny Andrews walked away.
Andrews, 26, later met up with another man who was identified as Alante Brown, 18.
Brown was wearing a green bandana which is recognized as a sign of a gang affiliation within the city.
Police said the two men walked over to a nearby car and Andrews reached into the back seat to get something and give to Brown.
The trooper then noticed Brown put on a fanny pack on his waist and pull his sweatshirt over it.
While Brown was putting on the fanny pack, police say he was “looking all around in a suspicious manner.”
Both Andrews and Brown then proceeded to walk to the entrance of the courthouse.
The trooper repeatedly noticed Brown adjust and check his waistline while standing in front of the courthouse.
This is an action that the trooper recognized from his training and experience as someone possessing a firearm.
After noticing this, the trooper then called in for back up and other officers began responding to the scene.
Two New Bedford Officers reached Brown first and when they tried to pat him down, he tried to run away.
Brown was quickly wrestled to the ground by police and the trooper, according to police.
Police found a black Smith & Wesson .380 Bodyguard handgun with one round in the chamber and six in the magazine inside the fanny pack.
Once Brown was in custody, police observed Andrews walking away from the incident and soon after arrested him as well.
It was later revealed that the same gun had been reported stolen in Wareham.
Andrews and Brown were taken to the New Bedford Police Department where they were booked on charges of unlawful carrying of a firearm, unlawful carrying of a loaded firearm, and receiving stolen property.
After being booked, they were transported back to the same courthouse where they had been arrested, for their own arraignments.
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