Boston Police report officers responding to a report of a disturbance at Burger King, 100 Washington St., wound up arresting both occupants of a pickup truck they spotted peeling out as they pulled in.
On arrival, officers observed an orange pickup truck exit the parking lot at a high rate of speed, nearly striking several of the illegally parked motor vehicles. Officers followed the fleeing vehicle and activated their lights and sirens after observing the vehicle commit additional traffic violations. The vehicle did not stop for the officers as it continued to travel at a high rate of speed towards Columbia Road. Due to heavy traffic in the area, the pickup truck was forced to come to a stop at a red light, at which time the officers approached to speak with the operator, later identified as 23-year-old Niles Vibert. As the officers began to make contact, the passenger, later identified as 22-year-old Davonte Bowden, suddenly exited the vehicle and turned towards the officer on the passenger side of the vehicle. The officer immediately performed a pat frisk at which time he clearly felt a firearm inside the suspect’s jacket pocket. The suspect was then placed in custody and the firearm was safely recovered. The weapon was later determined to be a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun fitted with a laser sight. Officers then removed the operator and placed him in custody without incident.
Police added that "a large crowd began to gather around the officers, creating a chaotic scene" and that they had the pickup towed to the B-2 station in Roxbury to continue their inventory - which results in the discovery of, among other things, 49 bottles of liquid THC.
Police say Bowden was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm and possession of a large capacity feeding device. Vibert was charged with possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute and failure to stop for a police officer.