Boston Police report arresting Josiah Stirling, 29, of West Roxbury and Naquan Mahone, 23, of Mattapan, on gun charges after a chase and a "violent struggle" on New Year's Day.
According to police, two officers conducting an investigation spotted the pair walking in the area of Woodruff Way and Woodbole Avenue around 1 p.m. on Jan. 1:
Upon seeing the officers approaching, Stirling came to an abrupt stop while Mahone immediately took off running while pinning his arm against the right side of his waist. As the officers pursued, they observed Mahone discard a firearm on the ground which was safely recovered and later determined to be a loaded 9mm Smith and Wesson M&P Shield handgun equipped with a TR4 laser sight attached. The suspect continued to flee through neighboring backyards while scaling several fences. Despite their best efforts, the suspect was able to allude the officers.
As the foot pursuit was unfolding, officers attempted to perform a pat frisk of Stirling at which time a violent struggle ensued. As the officers struggled to gain control of the suspect, a holstered firearm fell from the waist band area of the suspect. Officers were eventually able to place the suspect in custody at which time they safely recovered the holstered firearm which was determined to be a loaded .45 caliber Rock Island Armory M1911 A1-FS handgun with a defaced serial number.
Stirling was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm (second and subsequent offense), unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
Malone evaded capture until Wednesday afternoon, when officers found him on Ridgeview Avenue in Mattapan and arrested him on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm (second and subsequent offense), unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
Dorchester Judge Lisa Grant set bail at $10,000 for Stirling and $5,000 for Mahone, ordering both to return to court on Feb. 1, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. However, Stirling will not be going anywhere even if he can make bail, because Grant revoked his bail on an unrelated charge out of Brockton.
Police say the two "were known to them through previous interactions" - such as their arrest, along with a third man, on gun charges in Mattapan Square on Aug. 5, 2017.
Mahone's case was dismissed in October; Stirling was acquitted in a jury trial in November, the DA's office reports.