A motor vehicle stop at about 6:35 p.m. last night on North Street in Fitchburg led to the arrest of a man for numerous firearms related offenses, including being an armed career criminal.
Two members of the Troop C Community Action Team stopped a Hyundai Sonata for failing to stop at a stop sign and having an invalid inspection sticker. While interacting with the occupants, the Trooper’s attention was drawn to the front seat passenger, BENJAMIN ROSADO, 21, of Leominster, who was making movements consistent with attempting to conceal an item.
Upon closer inspection, ROSADO was observed trying to secrete a gun in the vehicle. When the Trooper removed ROSADO from the vehicle, the gun, a loaded .40 cal. Smith and Wesson pistol, fell to the floor. Further investigation revealed that firearm was stolen. Additionally, ROSADO had an outstanding warrant for possession of a firearm without a license.
ROSADO was placed under arrest on the following charges:
- Unlawful possession of a firearm, 3rd Offense
- Armed Career Criminal
- Carrying Loaded Firearm
- Receive Stolen Property
- Possession of Firearm/Ammo W/O FID Card, Subsequent Offense
- Improper Storage of Firearm
ROSADO was additionally cited for failure to wear a seatbelt.
ROSADO was held without bail and will be arraigned in Fitchburg District Court on Monday.