One Less Gun: Officers Recover One Firearm, Arrest Three in Brighton

At about 12:00 AM on Saturday, February 11, 2017, members of the District D-14 (Brighton) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit were in the Fidelis Way Housing Development conducting an investigation.

While monitoring the area, officers observed several parties known to them inside a motor vehicle near 901 Jette Court. Officers noted that the operator was 38-year-old Curtis A. Irving of Dorchester, and officers knew from previous interactions that his driver’s license was suspended. Officers also recognized the backseat passenger as 35-year-old Jonathan Jean of Brighton, who they knew was wanted on an arrest warrant out of Brighton Court. The front passenger was a female, later identified as 35-year-old Leanna Fernandez of Lawrence. As the officers watched, Irving parked the car and exited the vehicle with Jean. They were met by two additional males, and the four males congregated at the rear of the vehicle while Irving opened the trunk and appeared to be manipulating something inside of it. At one point, officers observed all the males bend over and peer inside the trunk as if Irving were showing them an item. The officers then observed the group return to their vehicles and drive them into a lot nearby. It was then that the officers called for additional unit and approached the occupants of the vehicles.

Officers placed Irving under arrest for Operating a Motor Vehicle while License Suspended/Revoked. Jean was placed under arrest by virtue of the outstanding arrest warrant. Officers then spoke to Fernandez, the registered owner of the vehicle. Fernandez reported she was aware that Irving’s license was suspended. When officers asked if there was anything in the vehicle, they should be aware of she stated that there was nothing and officers were free to search the car. Upon a search of the trunk, officers recovered an unloaded black Smith & Wesson 1911 Pro Series .45 caliber firearm reported stolen out of Tynsborough in 2016 and two rounds of live ammunition. Officers arrested Fernandez for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Receiving Stolen Property. Officers also cited her for Allowing Unlicensed Operator of a Motor Vehicle. Irving was also charged with the above firearm offenses, plus Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (Subsequent Offense).