Teenager with loaded gun & fanny pack full of ammunition arrested during routine traffic stop

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SHREWSBURY — On Sunday, Sept. 25, Officer Alex Desimone of the Shrewsbury Police Department pulled over a 2010 Honda Civic with a missing plate light that was heading westbound on the Hartford Turnpike.

“I conducted a motor vehicle stop on Hartford Turnpike at Edgemere Blvd., both public ways in the town of Shrewsbury,” wrote Officer Desimone in his Statement of Facts for the incident. “This officer then approached the driver of the vehicle, a female identified as Joanna Correia [a 21-year-old who lives on 15 Vine Street in East Providence, RI].”

According to Officer Desimone, when he asked Correia for her license and registration, she said she didn’t have a license to drive. Dispatch later confirmed that she did not have an active license.

“I then asked Ms. Correia if any of the other parties in the vehicle had licenses, to which she stated that no one had a valid license,” wrote Officer Desimone. “Ms. Correia was then asked to step out of the vehicle where she was placed in custody.”

Correia was charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and number plate violation.

According to Officer Desimone, Correia’s passenger, Alves Dos Santos, 19, of Porter Street, Stoughton, was removed from the car and pat frisked for weapons because of his “excessive reaching movements around the vehicle throughout the car stop.”

“It was discovered he was in possession of a loaded firearm with five bullets in the magazine and one stuck in the chamber that was located in his front jacket pocket,” Officer Desimone said. “Additionally, one round was found in his jacket pocket, one round was found in the center console where he was reaching and five were located in the fanny pack style bag located on the front of his chest. Dispatch did confirm that Mr. Alves Dos Santos did not have an active LTC [License to Carry].”

Dos Santos was arrested and charged with possession of firearm, ammo without FID card; carrying a loaded firearm without a license; and possession of ammunition without an FID card.

Dos Santos’ bail was set at $500 cash.

He was arraigned in Westborough District Court on Sept. 26, where he plead not guilty. Judge Timothy Bibaud sent Dos Santos to the Worcester House of Corrections pending a dangerousness hearing that was scheduled for Sept. 29. At the dangerousness hearing, it was determined that Dos Santos was, in fact, dangerous, so he was sent back to the Worcester House of Corrections. Dos Santos is scheduled to appear in court again on Dec. 7 for a pretrial conference hearing.

Correia also appeared before Judge Timothy Bibaud on Sept. 26 for her arraignment. She was found responsible for both the unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and number plate violation charges and was fined $100.

Disclaimer: If you are wondering why the incident in this story was from September,, that’s because I had to file a FOIA request to get the Personnel Narratives for the incident. FOIAs are time consuming.

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