On Thursday, April 10, 2014 at approximately 11:50 am, officers of the Wareham Police Department conducted a motor vehicle stop on Cranberry Highway in the 2800 block of Cranberry Highway. The vehicle initially attempted to elude officers, as it abruptly pulled into a residential driveway. The operator, 21 year old Ashleigh Fowler, was known to have a suspended driver’s license, and the passenger, 25 year old Jazz Tavares, was known to officers due to his involvement in several past criminal activities. Ms. Fowler’s 2 year old and another male were passengers in the vehicle as well. Ms. Fowler and Mr. Tavares are originally from Wareham and now reside in New Bedford, MA.
During an investigative search, Jazz Tavares was found to be in possession of a loaded .22 cal. handgun, which was later determined to have been stolen from Randolph, MA. The weapon was located in the underwear worn by Mr. Tavares, who also possessed a knife. No other weapons or contraband were located during the search.
Jazz Tavares was placed under arrest and charged with Carry a Loaded Firearm Without a License, Possession of Ammunition Without an FID card, Receiving Stolen Property Over $250, and Firearm Violation with 1 Prior Violent/Drug Crime. Ashleigh Fowler was placed under arrest and charged with Operating After License Suspension. Both parties were arraigned at Wareham 4th District Court.
Interim Chief Kevin Walsh praised the professionalism and attention to safety displayed by the officers involved in this incident, who were under the leadership of Sgt. John Gerard and Det. Sgt. Michael Smith.