BRAINTREE — Chief Mark Dubois reports that Braintree Police officers arrested four people and seized a gun, drugs and a BB gun in two separate incidents approximately 12 hours apart last week.
THOMAS HAZELHURST, AGE 31, OF WEYMOUTH; RICHARD MAGUIRE, AGE 32, OF BRAINTREE; and JESSICA ROSE MUELLER, AGE 24, OF HULL were each arrested and charged with:
- Carrying a Firearm Without a License
- Unlawful Possession of Ammunition
- Possession Class A Substance
- Possession Class B Substance (Crystal Meth)
- Possession Class B Substance (Cocaine)
- Possession Class B Substance (Adderall)
- Possession Class E Substance (Xanax)
- Possession Class E Substance (Gabapentin)
At approximately 2 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, a Braintree Police officer patrolling in the area of Rockdale and Granite Streets observed a male walking unsteadily in the middle of Rockdale Street. The officer stopped to speak with the man and determined that the man had a warrant for his arrest. The man was subsequently arrested and through information obtained during the investigation, officers were made aware that illegal activity may be occurring in a room at the Extended Stay Hotel, located at 20 Rockdale St.
Upon arrival to the room in question, officers heard arguing and proceeded to announce their presence. A female, later identified as MUELLER, eventually allowed officers to enter the room at which time officers saw a knife and a large amount of drugs in plain view. MUELLER, along with two males in the room, later identified as MAGUIRE and HAZELHURST, were placed under arrest.
During their search of the room, officers located and seized a firearm and ammunition. They also located a large amount of drugs as well as drug-related paraphernalia.
In a separate, unrelated incident approximately 12 hours later, WESLEY GOODMAN, AGE 21, OF RANDOLPH, was arrested and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon to wit a BB gun.
VICTIANA VELAZQUEZ SANTANA, AGE 20, OF WHITMAN, was issued a summons to appear in court on charges of:
- Red Light Violation
- Unregistered Vehicle
- Unlawfully Attaching Registration Plates
At approximately 2:20 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, Braintree Police officers responded to the area of Hall Avenue for a report that a male in a vehicle had pointed a firearm at someone else in another vehicle.
The suspect vehicle, a gray Nissan Altima, was quickly located on Ivory Street in front of the MBTA station. Due to the nature of the call possibly involving a firearm, officers conducted a felony stop of the vehicle.
The female driver, later identified as VELAZQUEZ SANTANA, was removed from the vehicle. The male, later identified as GOODMAN, initially refused to exit the vehicle but eventually exited from the passenger side. He was ordered to the ground by officers but refused to do so. He was then taken to the ground by officers and was taken into custody without further incident. GOODMAN did not report any injuries.
A Glock 17 model BB gun, which looks similar to a real Glock 17, was located in the vehicle and seized.
“Each of these cases show excellent work by all of the officers involved which resulted in weapons and dangerous substances being taken off the streets,” Chief Dubois said. “The BB gun seized Thursday afternoon is also an excellent example of how difficult it can be to determine if a weapon is real or fake during a fast-moving situation.”
HAZELHURST, MAGUIRE and MUELLER were arraigned in Quincy District Court on Thursday, Sept. 3. All three were held on a $1,000 cash bail and are due back in court on Friday, Sept. 25.
GOODMAN was arraigned Friday, Sept. 4 in Quincy District Court. He pleaded not guilty and was held on $5,000 cash bail. He is ordered to stay away from and have no contact with the victim in this case and to not operate a motor vehicle. The next date in the case is Thursday, Sept. 17.
These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.