At least two black youths, one with bolt cutters, were questioned on Tuesday night on Hanover Street (near Parmenter) in Boston’s North End. A gun (8/8/13 update: plastic gun) was also found behind the rear tire of a nearby van. A neighborhood man allegedly heard the gun hit the ground when he was walking near them. The men were seen coming up Richmond Street.
Police released them because the gun (8/8/13 update: later identified as a plastic gun) was not in their possession at the time and it is legal to carry bolt cutters. Witnesses report the men, at least one who may have been homeless, said “bye Italianos” and were laughing when they were let go. Linda Riccio shares this video of the scene from Hanover Street.
Please note that this post was updated on August 8, 2013 with information from the police report:
Police Officers responded to a disturbance on Parmenter St. The male victim felt threatened by the suspect whom he thought had a knife but it turned out to be a pen. Suspect also had in his possession bolt cutters. At Hanover St. where the suspects (2) were detained, the Police Officers recovered a plastic replica gun under a rear passenger tire of a van parked there.