Watertown Police arrested a 25-year-old Waltham man found to have an unlicensed firearm and drugs.
On the evening of April 27, a Palfrey Street resident called Police because he suspected two men had been attempting to break into his home.
When Police arrived, the homeowner pointed out two men walking down Palfrey Street, away from the house, and officers were able to stop them, said Watertown Police Lt. James O’Connor. One was identified as Ernest Russo of Waltham.
“While they were speaking with the two men, one of the officers observed Mr. Russo clutching something in his waistband,” O’Connor said. “Further investigation revealed that the item was a silver 9 mm semi-automatic, high capacity handgun.”
The firearm was secured by the officers, who learned that Russo did not have a license for the gun, O’Connor said.
Russo was placed under arrest, O’Connor said, and when Police were doing inventory on the man’s possessions they found a variety of items that appeared to be used for drug distribution, including prescription pills without a prescription, cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana.
The homeowner called Police when he was alerted by his 16-year-old son who had seen a man on the front porch. The father confronted Russo, who had his hand on the front door knob, O’Connor said. Russo said he had left his cell phone in the house, which was not true, the homeowner said. At that point, the second man — a 29-year-old Waltham man — came out from the home’s backyard.
A witness told police that Russo had been on the porch for about 10 minutes and had been looking into windows and banging on them, O’Connor said. Police are still investigating potential charges of breaking and entering for the two suspects.
Ernest Joseph Russo, 25, of Waltham, was arrested on charges of illegal possession of a large capacity firearm, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a Class B Drug, possession of a Class E Drug, and possession of marijuana, O’Connor said.