Chief James McIntyre
47 Central Street
Stoneham, MA 02180-2044
For Immediate Release
Friday, May 31, 2019
Contact: Jordan Mayblum
Email: [email protected]
Stoneham Police Arrests Man on Multiple Firearms Charges Following Traffic Stop
STONEHAM — Chief James McIntyre reports that the Stoneham Police Department arrested a man on firearms charges following a traffic stop yesterday.
JOSHUA MCGANN, AGE 30, OF STONEHAM was arrested and charged with:
- Possession of a Sawed-Off Shotgun
- Carrying a Loaded Firearm Without a License (Two Counts)
- Carrying a Dangerous Weapon
- Unlawful Possession of Ammunition (Two Counts)
On Thursday, May 30, at approximately 5:40 p.m. a Stoneham Police officer was stopped at the intersection of Main Street and Montvale Avenue when he observed MCGANN, who was known to the officer, driving a black Ford F150 pickup truck.
The officer was aware that MCGANN had an active warrant for his arrest out of Lynn District Court for shoplifting and subsequently stopped MCGANN’S vehicle. After positively identifying MCGANN, the officer requested that he exit the vehicle. MCGANN ignored the officer’s request, forcing the officer to open the door himself, after which MCGANN stepped out of the truck.
MCGANN began reaching toward his waist line and behaving suspiciously upon exiting the car. The officer subsequently searched him for weapons and located a fixed blade knife in a holster, a smaller collapsible knife clipped to his waist and finally a loaded .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun in his front pocket. Officers also found a loaded magazine in another of MCGANN’S pockets.
During a subsequent search of the vehicle, officers located a loaded sawed-off shotgun inside a backpack.
“The officers involved in this arrest did an excellent job of identifying a wanted suspect and keeping a potentially dangerous situation under control,” Chief McIntyre said. “Thanks to their professionalism, two illegal firearms were removed from our streets.”
MCGANN was arrested and held overnight by the Stoneham Police Department. He was scheduled to be arraigned this morning in Woburn District Court.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.