Weaponized music video creator arrested at South Boston basketball court, police say
Boston police report arresting a man they believe came to Orton Field on D Street to film a video clip with a gun loaded with 11 bullets.
Police said officers from the gang unit investigating the area of the court around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday saw a few dozen people at the basketball courts, and that when officers started walking, Junior Martinez -Perello, 23, of South Boston, has started to drift away.
Officers arrested Martinez-Perello and conducted a physical search. Officers felt a hard metal object consistent with a firearm. As officers attempted to remove the gun, a violent struggle ensued in which Martinez-Perello repeatedly tried to maintain control of the gun and refused multiple commands to release his grip on the firearm. Officers eventually took Martinez-Perello into custody and recovered a loaded firearm.
After the arrest, a large and unruly crowd began to form and required the intervention of additional units from several districts to secure the place safely.
The Herald reports that cops were investigating the activities of a local chapter of the Latin Kings. Local gangs have long used rap videos to threaten their rivals.
At his arraignment on Wednesday, a judge ordered Martinez-Perello held without bond until at least a dangerous hearing set for Friday – on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and resisting arrest, reports the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. The prosecutor’s office adds that at this hearing, a prosecutor will seek to have Martinez-Perello’s bail revoked in an open drug trafficking case in Weymouth. Martinez-Perello was arrested in February 2021 in Weymouth for distributing fentanyl and cocaine.