The following details are according to a Barnstable Police report filed today in Barnstable District Court:
HYANNIS – Yesterday evening – Wednesday, January 9, 2019 – at about 7:15 p.m., Barnstable Police responded to 411 Main Street for a report of a firearm being shown during an armed robbery.
Investigating officers learned that a juvenile had been trying to sell his iPhone for $450, via some type of online app.
Arrangements were made via Snapchat for an individual to purchase the iPhone outside of the young man’s address.
Just prior to 7:15 p.m., a vehicle pulled in front of the seller’s home and backed in so the vehicle was facing toward the driveway’s exit.
When the seller – a 15-year-old boy – approached the rear passenger window and showed his iPhone , the buyer pulled a white framed handgun from his waistline and pointed it at him.
Startled and in fear for his life, the boy ran away from the vehicle shouting “gun!” And while looking back, the young man tripped and fell to the ground right after noticing the man still pointing the handgun at him…
When boy’s father witnessed his child fall to the ground shouting “gun,” he pulled his own gun and fired a “warning shot” into the air, effectively causing the robber’s vehicle to immediately flee the driveway in an unknown direction.
The young man still had his iPhone…
(HN NOTE: According to court documents, the boy’s father had a valid License to Carry Firearms.)
A short time later (see HN Video below), Patrolmen Christopher Botsford and Joseph Green stopped a four door Toyota sedan, just as it was crossing over the town line into Yarmouth.
Officers located a white handgun under the passenger side front seat where one of the suspects had been sitting. They also located a couple of rounds of ammunition inside the suspect’s pants pocket.
As you will see in the following HN Video, a “show-up” was done with the victim “positively” identifying Terron Jackson as the suspect who attempted to rob him.
None of the occupants of the vehicle possessed valid LTC’s or FID cards.
The report continues, word-for-word, “GONSALVES, JACKSON, BRANDO, and BEGLEY were transported to the BPD and interviewed by patrol officer Frederickson and detectives Brian Guiney and Steven Barrett. During the course of the interviews it was determined that GONSALVES directed BEGLEY to drive and pick up JACKSON in the area of the Cape Cod Mall which at that time BRANDO was already in the vehicle. Upon entering the vehicle, JACKSON had a black backpack with him and made statements referencing someone shooting at him prior to being picked up. It was also determined that JACKSON exited a vehicle in the area of the mall parking lot that had a female driver as well as at least one other occupant. It was shortly after picking up JACKSON that the motor vehicle stop occurred.”
Based on their investigation, Barnstable Police charged two men (more details to be reported later) with their part in the alleged attempted armed robbery.
Terron Jackson, age 20, of Harwich, was booked on charges of Attempting to Commit Armed Robbery, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Assault by Firearm.
Dereck Gonsalves, age 20, of West Yarmouth, was booked on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Accessory After the Fact (attempted armed robbery).
At today’s arraignments, both suspects were reportedly held without bail pending a dangerous hearing scheduled for January 15, 2019.
The investigation into the unidentified subjects is ongoing.
* All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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