FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On Wednesday, September 12, 2018 the Wellesley Police Department arrested and charged Matthew Bradley in connection with a firearm and ammunition that was located on the Hunnewell Field on September 5. Bradley is a 27-year-old resident of Boston.
Bradley was arrested in Dedham around 9 AM by Wellesley Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) detectives, Wellesley Police and Dedham Police officers. He was arraigned at Dedham District Court on the following charges stemming from the September 5 incident:
1. Unlawful possession of a firearm
2. Unlawful possession of ammunition
3. Improper storage of a firearm
Just prior to midnight on September 4, 2018, Wellesley Police Officer Will Griffin stopped Bradley for motor vehicle violations on Washington Street near the police station. During the stop, and after being identified, Bradley fled from Officer Griffin and eluded capture.
During the subsequent investigation that followed, Officer Griffin learned that Bradley was wearing a court ordered GPS bracelet as a condition of bail from previous charges in another jurisdiction. As Officer Griffin continued his investigation the following day, a semi-automatic firearm was found on Hunnewell Field near the Crosstown Trail. The GPS bracelet that Bradley was wearing would later reveal that he had travelled through the same area where the firearm was found after fleeing from Officer Griffin the previous night.
Officer Griffin, working with Wellesley Police Department BCI detectives, obtained an arrest warrant for Bradley based upon the original motor vehicle charges. Bradley was located and arrested by the Wellesley and Boston Police in the City of Boston on September 6. Evidence gathered during that arrest led to a search warrant being obtained by detectives. As a result of this search warrant, additional evidence was located that linked Bradley to the firearm found in Hunnewell Field.
This investigation is ongoing as Wellesley Police Officers work with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) as well as the Norfolk County District Attorney’s office to bring a successful prosecution forward. No further information is being released at this time.