Boston Police Officer Sandro Fonseca allegedly pointed a pistol with a laser sight at two people in Roxbury Wednesday night, and was arrested shortly afterward by his fellow officers when a .380 caliber pistol with a laser sight fell from his waistband, Boston police said.
Fonseca, 30, was arraigned today in Roxbury Municipal Court where he pleaded not guilty to all charges and bail was set at $5,000 cash, on charges that stem from confrontations he allegedly had with a man and a woman on Forest Street around 9 p.m. Wednesday.
According to the US Marines, Fonseca was in the Marine Reserves from 2002 to 2008, serving as a rifleman during his career, which he ended with the rank of sergeant. He was assigned to Fallujah, the scene of the largest battle of the Iraq War in 2005, from March 2006 to October of the same year, according to the Marines.
Fonseca’s defense attorney, Kenneth Anderson, said today that his client served with the Marines from 2002 to 2008, including service in Fallujah. This summer, he said, Fonseca was credited by Boston police with saving his partner’s life during an exchange of gunfire in South Boston with a drug dealing suspect, who was shot and wounded.
On hand for Fonseca’s court appearance were his partner and Officer Ronald McGillvrary, vice president of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, both of whom declined comment.
Anderson said that Fonseca was intoxicated during the incident that led to his arrest, and that Fonseca still smelled of alcohol when they met 12 hours later.
Anderson also said that a former girlfriend, who lived in Lowell, obtained a restraining order against Fonseca, asserting that he had vandalized her car. He said, however, that Boston police investigated and determined he had done nothing wrong. The civil restraining order has since lapsed.
In a report filed in court, police said they responded to 66 Forest St. to question three men who a neighbor said had tried to rob her and her disabled fiance with a handgun equipped with a laser sight. Police surrounded the building, and officers saw three men peering out of a first floor window.
The three men, who repeatedly ignored requests to come outside, emerged with Fonseca in the front, the report stated. Fonseca had a police radio in his right hand and “was speaking incoherently’’ to an officer, who began to pat frisk him.
“Officer Ward pat frisked and felt an object in his waistband that fell to the floor,’’ Officer John Doris wrote in his report, which he said was a .380 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol with laser sight. “Officer Ward yelled ‘Gun!’ and pushed off the suspect to Officer O’Neill who along with Officer Abasicano secured him and removed him outside.’’
Police said the two other men were also taken into custody. They were identified as Alides Fonseca and David Fernandes, who was forcibly arrested by multiple officers, police said.
According to police, Mikia Steed told officers that her fiance, Enice Roberts, was returning from a nearby store when he was confronted by three Hispanic men, one of whom was armed with a pistol with a laser sight. The armed man pointed the gun into Roberts’s face, police were told.
Steed said that when she confronted the three men, the armed man pointed the gun into her face, saying to her, “What you say, bitch?’’
The men told the alleged victims that the armed man was drunk and urged them to ignore the incident.
Instead, Steed called police and both Steed and Roberts identified Fonseca as the armed man, police said.
The incident is now under investigation by the department’s Anti-Corruption Unit. Fonseca, a five-year veteran, has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending further investigation.
According to city records, Fonseca earned a total of $102,979 in 2012, including $17,381 in overtime and $16,925 in detail payments.
According to the Marines, Fonseca’ service awards include the Iraqi Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and Korean Defense Service Medal.Maria Cramer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @globemcramer.
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