Two people arrested at Boston basketball tournament and firearm confiscated

BOSTON – Two young men were arrested and a firearm seized during a basketball tournament at Malcolm X Park in Roxbury, the Boston Police Department’s Youth Violence Strike Force reported.

On Wednesday, July 3, at approximately 9:36 p.m., Youth Violence Strike Force officers arrested 18-year-old Anthony Diaz of Malden on firearms charges and 18-year-old Braxten Baker of Brockton on disturbing the peace and resisting arrest.

Police were patrolling the park during the event to ensure public safety when they noticed Diaz and Baker, who seemed uninterested in the game and instead focused on the patrol officers.

Over time, officers noticed behavior from one of the suspects that suggested he was carrying a firearm, which led to an investigation.

As officers approached Diaz, who was attempting to leave the tournament early, he began to run but was quickly arrested.

A struggle ensued and officers found Diaz in possession of a black Ruger semi-automatic pistol with an obscured serial number and a six-beam laser attachment.

The weapon was loaded with six rounds of .22 caliber ammunition in the magazine and one cartridge in the chamber.

Baker was arrested after attempting to interfere with Diaz's arrest. He forced himself onto the scene and physically confronted officers who were handcuffing Diaz.

Diaz is scheduled to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on charges of carrying a firearm without a permit, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm without a permit and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

Baker also faces charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in Roxbury District Court.