For Immediate Release: 3/29/2017 10:31 pm
Worcester, MA (March 29, 2017) - On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at approximately 1:00 PM, Worcester Police responded to 30 Chandler Street for a report of a person with a gun. Police dispatchers were told that a man had pulled up to the caller while at the BP gas station and accused him of being a gang member then produced a handgun and pointed it at him. The caller stated that the suspect was operating a white four door vehicle and provided the license plate. The vehicle was last seen driving on Chandler Street towards Main Street.
Several police officers responded to the area. One officer observed the suspect vehicle traveling on Madison Street heading towards Kelly Square. The vehicle pulled into Speedway Gas Station located at Madison and Green Streets. Several police vehicles converged to that location.
The operator was identified as Nicholas Briggs, 18-years-old of 28 Oneida Avenue, Worcester. Mr. Briggs was ordered out of the vehicle. Mr. Briggs was searched for weapons which provided negative results. In the panel of the open driver’s door an officer observed a large knotted baggie that contained an off white substance that appeared to be crack cocaine. Officers searched the immediate area of the driver’s compartment and discovered a loaded .38 Special Revolver on the floor in front of the driver’s seat. The weapon’s serial number and model number were obliterated from the frame.
The cocaine and the gun were retrieved and secured for evidence. The cocaine was weighed in at 15.4 grams.
Mr. Briggs was placed under arrest and charged with Carrying a Firearm without a License, Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, Possession of a Firearm with a Defaced Number in the Commission of a Felony, Possession of Class B Substance with the Intent to Distribute and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (gun).
Mr. Briggs will be arraigned on Thursday, March 29, 2017 at the Worcester County District Courthouse.