On June 18, 2019, I, Officer Tim Van Nostrand, was on duty and assigned to uniform patrol at Assembly Row. At approximately 2:38pm, Somerville 9-1-1 received a call for a dispute involving a black male in his 30s, wearing a green baseball cap, green jacket, black jeans carrying a knife.
I arrived within a minute of the dispatch, and observed a male fitting the description standing in front of TjMaxx. Upon exiting my marked cruiser, the male made eye contact with me, and place his left hand into his left pant pocket. Based on the exact description match, and the suspect being less than 20 feet away from me, I drew my firearm and directed it in the direction of the suspect while issuing verbal commands to get on the ground. The suspect complied, and I was able to place him in handcuffs without incident.
Inside the suspects pocket, I located a black “Coast” folding knife with a blade measuring 5 inches, which is in violation of city ordinance 9/96. Other responding officer’s stood by with t he suspect, later identified as Jerrod Lee.
I entered TjMaxx and spoke with the reporting party, manager XXXX. XXXX reports that he observed Lee with a knife in his right hand fighting with two other unidentified males. XXXX was able to describe the knife to have a black handle and a black blade. This description matches the knife I retrieved from Lee’s pocket. The two males involved in this dispute fled through the parking lot toward Grand Union Blvd. These males never contacted Somerville 9-1-1 or made themselves known to officers on scene.
Based on the facts, I placed Jerrod Lee under arrest for violating city ordinance 9/96. The ordinance states “No person, except as provided by law, shall carry on his or her person, or carry under his or her control in a vehicle, any machete, saber, sword or weapon of like or similar nature; any knife having any type of blade in excess of two and one-half inches (except when being used for hunting or fishing, in lawful employment, or for any other innocent purpose); or any other object or tool so designed, redesigned, fashioned, prepared, or treated that the same may be used to inflict bodily harm or injury to another [including those weapons and instruments described in M.G.L. chapter 269, section 10, par. (b)].
Violations of any provision of this section shall be subject to arrest and a fine of not more than $300.00 for each offense thereof.”
Lee was transported to the station by Officer Robert Anaya in unit 200 where he was booked my Lt. W Rymill. The knife was confiscated and tagged into evidence.
Officer Tim Van Nostrand
Somerville Police Dept.