DECEMBER 13, 2013
A Boston Police Officer has been accused of pointing her pistol at two people while off duty in Roxbury. His fellow Boston Police Officers arrested Officer Sandro Fonseca on Wednesday night after his .380 caliber pistol with laser sight fell from his waistband.
Fonseca was arraigned on Thursday in Roxbury Municipal court. He has pled not guilty to all charges. Bail has been set at $5,000 cash. Fonseca previously was in the Marine Reserves for six years, beginning in 2002. He served as a rifleman and ended his career as a sergeant, spending some of his time serving in Fallujah.
Attorney Kenneth Anderson is representing Fonseca, and noted that Fonseca saved his partner’s life this past summer during a gunfire exchange in South Boston.
Fonseca’s partner as well as Officer Ronald McGillvary, who serves as vice president of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, attended the arraignment.
According to Anderson, Fonseca was intoxicated when the incident occurred, and he still could smell alcohol on his client at their meeting, which occurred 12 hours later.
The report filed in court says that police responded to 66 Forest St. They were to question three men following claims by a neighbor that they had attempted to rob her and her disabled fiancé, threatening them with a handgun that had laser sight. The police surrounded the building, and officers on the scene saw the three men looking out of a window on the first floor.
After repeated requests from the officers, the three men finally came out from the building, with Fonseca leading. He had a police radio in one hand and was mumbling incoherently to one of the officers.
Officer Ward then pat risked Foseca, and felt the object on his waistband, which fell. Upon seeing that it was a gun, Ward pushed the suspect off to other nearby officers, who secured him. The other two men, Alides Foseca and David Fenandes, were also taken into custody. Fernandes had to be arrested using force.
Mikia Steed informed officer that her fiancé was coming home from a store nearby when the three men confronted him, one of whom had a pistol with laser sight. The man with the pistol pointed it at her fiancé’s face. Then, when Steed confronted the men, the armed man pointed the gun at her.
The other men told her the armed man was drunk, and that she and her fiancé should ignore the whole scene. However, Steed called police and both she and her fiancé identified the armed man as Fonseca.
The Boston Police Department’s Anti-Corruption Unit is investigating the incident. Fonseca has been put on an administrative with pay pending the results of the investigation. He has been with the BPD for five years.