Refrigerator delivery leads to assault, firearm charges

Rifle from Roxbury


Two Roxbury residents unhappy that their new refrigerator was not the same size as their previous one allegedly took out their frustrations on the men who delivered it.

One of the residents, 48-year-old John Mahoney, threatened the delivery men Saturday morning with what was described as an “AK-47 style assault rifle,” according to Boston police. Mahoney was arrested and charged with assault by means of a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition, police said.

Police arrived at the Folsom Avenue home just after 10:20 a.m. and ordered Mahoney and the other resident out of the house while they conducted a sweep. While they did not initially find any firearms, they arrested Mahoney on the assault by means of a dangerous weapon charge pending a warrant to search the home.


Police said when they returned with a search warrant that night just before 9:30, they recovered an unloaded rifle, a box with 17 rounds of ammunition, a large frame revolver, small frame revolver, and a box with 50 rounds of ammunition.


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