Sunday, June 16, 2024

Police believe they have the man behind a July 26 gunfire incident in The Port neighborhood in which the shooter sped away into Somerville, crashed on Interstate 93, then escaped on foot. Cambridge police shared the details in a Monday email.

The suspect identified by police in the case, Jammy Alphonse, 27, of Boston, was arrested and charged Friday with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Federal judge Jennifer C. Boal in Boston ordered Alphonse detained pending a probable cause and detention hearing scheduled for Thursday.

Law enforcement connected the crashed, abandoned vehicle to Alphonse “and recovered video surveillance showing Alphonse in the area where the vehicle was abandoned. A search of Alphonse’s residence recovered keys consistent with the make and model of the vehicle and a loaded Glock Model 43x 9mm firearm,” according to the office of U.S. Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell.

Alphonse is prohibited from possessing a firearm and ammunition due to a felony conviction in February 2020 for credit card fraud, according to Mendell”s office.

The charge of belong a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000, officials said.

Alphonse, once a resident of 25 Canal Lane, Somerville, has been arrested before, with charges ranging from 2013 car issues such as a license plate violation and lack of insurance to credit card fraud and larceny in a 2018 case out of Revere. There were more credit card fraud charges from two arrests in New Hampshire in 2017.


The July 26 incident

In the original incident, At approximately 1:45 a.m. July 26, officers – some on foot patrol since incidents taking place July 15-16, others nearby – heard multiple gunshots in the area around Harvard and Cherry streets and came to investigate. ShotSpotter technology also heard the gunfire, police said. Seeing a vehicle speeding away and driving through a red light at Columbia and Cambridge streets, police made “multiple attempts” to stop it, according to a 10:58 a.m. emailed press release.The driver fled into Somerville, and state police and other law enforcement were told.

When state police troopers locked on to the vehicle, the driver crashed while fleeing, left the vehicle and ran away. Police searched but could not find the driver, they said. The vehicle was recovered and impounded by Cambridge police. 

Back at Harvard, Cherry and Boardman streets, more than a dozen shell casings were found, and one vehicle and two residential buildings were damaged from gunshots.

No residents were injured, police said.