BPD Officers Arrest Brighton Man on Gun Charges; Suspect Linked to 2018 Homicide, 2020 Stabbing & Federal Drug Case

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At about 6:44 PM on Monday March 14, 2022, members of the BPD Youth Violence Strike Force arrested Danilo Soto, 28, of Brighton on firearm related charges following a traffic stop in the area of Massachusetts Avenue and Route 93 South in Boston.

The officers had stopped the vehicle as part of an investigation when they removed the suspect after learning that he did not possess a valid driver’s license. Upon removing the suspect, the officers recovered a .40 caliber Glock 27 loaded with a large capacity feeding device from inside the vehicle at which time the suspect was placed in custody without incident.

Soto will appear in Roxbury District Court on multiple charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device and Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License.

This is not Soto’s first runin wth the law, in 2018 prosecutors failed to secure a conviction for the fatal shooting of Ryan Morrissey in Charlestown. The getaway driver, Julio Baez, was successfully convicted in the murder and will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Another conspirator was also let go.

Soto is also Ironically awaiting sentencing on federal charges he plead guilty to for conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaine. While out on bail in that federal case he was then arrested again in March of 2020 on multiple active warrant out of Dorchester District Court for Assault with Intent to Murder and Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon for his role in a stabbing on Adams Street in Dorchester. He was on GPS monitoring the entire time according to court records.

The last modification to his release on record was in July 2021 when Magistrate Judge Donald L. Cabell approved Soto’s request to have his curfew modified so he could celebrate his July 10 birthday with family until midnight. It is unclear why the Magistrate chose to allow this dangerous and repeat offender such a luxury.