Arrested man wore body armor for ‘protection’

Robert Aicardi

A man police arrested on a traffic warrant told the arresting officer that he was wearing body armor for “protection,” according to Deputy Chief Russell Jenkins.

Officer Sean McConville was patrolling the parking lots at the South Shore Plaza on the evening of Dec. 29when he saw a Honda Civic with a damaged front license plate.

“A computer check revealed that the registered owner of the vehicle had a suspended driver’s license,” Jenkins said.

McConville stopped the Honda on the second level of the parking garage and determined that the license of the driver, Sandley Pierre-Louis, 26, of Mattapan, had been suspended and that he had an outstanding arrest warrant for driving with a suspended license.

Pierre-Louis was arrested on the warrant and will be summoned to court for the license infraction.

At the time of his arrest, Pierre-Louis was wearing body armor with a trauma plate identical to the body armor worn by police officers across the country.

“Pierre-Louis told Officer McConville that it was either wear body armor or carry a gun,” Jenkins said.