Jerion Moore, 19, was previously charged with running from police with an unlicensed firearm.
BOSTON — A Stoughton teenager was arrested Saturday in connection with a January shooting death in Roxbury.
Police believe Jerion Moore, 19, is responsible for the murder of 22-year-old Alexander Mervin on Jan. 11.
Moore will be arraigned Monday on a murder charge in Roxbury District Court. An 18-year-old Dorchester man, Nicholas Sicellon, was also arrested and charged in connection with the murder.
“I want to commend and thank my homicide detectives for the hard work and driven dedication to justice that led to the arrest of the suspect in this case,” Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said in a statement. “The long hours and meticulous attention to detail as it relates to homicide investigations cannot be understated. Thanks to their work, a dangerous felon is behind bars and our community is safer as a result. More than anything else, it is my sincere hope that news of today’s arrest brings with it some small measure of comfort and closure to the family and friends of Alexander Mervin.”
Moore was arrested Saturday by members of the Boston Police Department’s fugitive apprehension unit in the area of 40 Stratton St. in Dorchester, police said.
Four months ago, police responded to sounds of gunfire in the area of 31 Whittier St. in Roxbury on Jan. 11. At the scene, officers discovered a male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, police said.
The victim, later identified as Alexander Mervin, 22, of Revere, was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Less than three weeks later, Boston police encountered Moore in Boston.
Police believed Moore had a firearm in his possession, and when they attempted to approach Moore, the teenager ran away from the officers, police said.
Officers pursued the man on foot, and said they observed him reaching for a gun in his right jacket pocket.
“A search of the suspect for the gun proved unsuccessful,” police said in a statement. “However, when officers traced the steps taken by the suspect during the foot pursuit, they were able to locate the firearm along a fence inside a neighboring yard in the area of 89 Floyd St.”
Moore was charged then with illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and illegally carrying a loaded firearm on a public way.
Police said the firearm was a black 9mm Sig Sauer loaded with seven bullets.
Police did not say Saturday whether that firearm was connected to the Jan. 11 slaying.