A 23-year-old West Roxbury gangbanger was allegedly packing a pink-handled pistol during a violent struggle with Hub police Monday — the third time in recent months that a blush-colored firearm was taken off a suspect accused of a violent crime, police say.
And though some may say a pretty pink pistol isn’t as menacing as the silver or black models, cops stress the pastel handguns are no less lethal, The Boston Herald is reporting.
“We have black ones, silver ones, pink ones,” said Lt. Det. Michael McCarthy, a Boston police spokesman. “They’re all equally deadly, whatever color they are.”
John Silva, a known Levant Street gang associate, was arraigned on assault charges in West Roxbury District Court yesterday, where he had his bail revoked on an open case, according to court documents.
When members of the BPD’s Youth Violence Strike Force approached Silva as he sat in an Uber Monday afternoon, cops say he reached for his waistband. Police say the confrontation escalated to a “violent struggle” with the 6-foot-5 Silva, who had a pink .380-caliber handgun hidden in his pocket.
Monday’s recovery of a hot pink pistol was the second this month, and third since August, that cops confiscated a fuchsia firearm.
On Dec. 2, 29-year-old Darell Burns of Roxbury allegedly shot a man in the shoulder before the victim took the pink and black gun away from him and pistol-whipped him unconscious with it, according to records. On Aug. 13, 28-year-old Areitah Malcolm of Dorchester was arrested when cops found a loaded, “distinctive pink colored firearm” in her apartment.