For Immediate Release: 8/29/2017 10:29 am
Worcester, MA (August 29, 2017) – On Monday, August 28, 2017, a Worcester Police officer was operating his marked police cruiser while working on a Traffic Enforcement Patrol grant. At approximately 5:15 PM, the officers attention was drawn to a brown Honda traveling in the area of Washington Square and Summer Street with a smashed in windshield. Upon the officers observations he stopped the vehicle on Bridge Street.
As the officer was approaching the driver’s door he could see that the front passenger was reaching towards the left side of his waistband while looking back at the officer. The officer then heard the sound of the glove box slamming shut and the passenger attempting to put on his seatbelt. The officer told the passenger to stop moving around. The officer then asked the operator for his license and registration.
The operator was identified as Devon Morgan, 18-years-old of 19 Olga Avenue. The passenger was identified as Benjamin Saywahn, 20-years-old of 3 Hacker Court. The officer entered the two men into the police computer system. Mr. Morgan came back as a known gang member while the passenger was also known with prior offenses.
Based on his observations the officer requested for some back up.
Once other officers arrived at the scene they approached the Honda and explained what their concerns were and asked for the two men to step out of the vehicle. A search of the immediate area within the Honda produced a semi-automatic handgun. The gun was located in the unlocked glove box.
Both men do not possess a license to carry and were subsequently placed under arrest.
Mr. Morgan was charged with Carrying a Firearm without a License, Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, Possession of Ammunition without an FID Card, Operating a MV with Defective Equipment (smashed windshield) and Operating a MV with an Expired Inspection Sticker.
Mr. Saywahn was charged with Carrying a Firearm without a License, Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, Possession of Ammunition without a License and a Seat Belt Violation.
Both men will be arraigned today at the Worcester County District Courthouse.