On May 16, 2016 at approximately 9PM members of the Transit Police MOP Unit, as a direct result of community concerns, were patrolling MBTA bus stop shelters in the vicinity of Washington and East Lenox Street's along the Silver Line. While there the officers observed a male, later identified as Eric Higgins, 39, of Arlington loitering in the bus shelter. Officers noticed that approximately 3 Silver Line buses had approached the stop Higgins was located yet he failed to board any of the buses. Officers approached Higgins to explain he could not loiter in the bus shelters. As the officers were conversing with Higgins an observant TPD Officer observed what he believed to be a firearm positioned directly under the bench were Higgins was sitting. Officers immediately seized the firearm and determined Higgins was not duly licensed to carry a firearm. Higgins was placed into custody for Illegal Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm w/Defaced Serial Number, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Dangerous Weapon. (Officers also recovered a Dirk Knife from Higgins' possession).
It is expected Higgins will be arraigned sometime today in Roxbury District Court.
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