Man Allegedly Caught Sneaking Guns into BU Graduation

A scene from the 2014 Boston University Commencement.
A scene from the 2014 Boston University Commencement. –Dina Rudick (Globe Staff)

A 28-year-old Marshfield man is in police custody after he allegedly tried to bring two handguns into the Boston University commencement ceremony Sunday.

Andrea Massa was arrested by Boston University Police at a nearby security checkpoint around 1 p.m., Metro Boston reports.

Boston University spokesperson Colin Riley told the suspect “didn’t want to let police stop him,’’ which prompted additional scrutiny.

Riley said Massa is not a student at the school.

The campus was under heightened security for the event, which included commencement speaker Gov. Deval Patrick.

Massa will be arraigned in Brighton District Court Monday, facing charges of disorderly conduct, carrying a firearm on school grounds, and violating the terms of his license to carry for hunting and target practice, which is a civil offense, according to the Boston Globe.


WHDH-TV News reporter Adam Harding reportedly spoke to Massa’s wife, who called the incindent a “misunderstanding.’’

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