A man named Francho Bradley, 59, and his wife Adrianne Dershunit Jennings, 40, were apprehended by Tewksbury Police on 25 March following a police search of their Residence Inn hotel room which yielded a large weapons and equipment cache which included a number of long guns, silencers, ammunition, smoke grenades, flash bangs, a rocket launcher, cellular phones and even satellite phones — virtually everything needed to conduct a full scale black op similar to the 1 October Las Vegas shooting.
The massive weapons and equipment cache was discovered by officers who made entry into room #521 using a cleaning services room key around 4 p.m. after Bradley called 9-1-1 and claimed that his room which he admitted contained a firearm may have been broken into after he noticed his remote camera feed (much like Stephen Paddock’s) cut out while he was out and about. However, what the three officers and a detective found when they forced entry into room #521 was alarming, to say the least.
“Upon entry, we cleared the hotel room for possible suspects [but] did not locate anyone inside but we did observe what appeared to be a large duffel bag with several long guns sticking out of it,” Detective Patrick M. Connor stated in a police report (Ref: 18-12740-AR) filed later that day in which Officer Connor states that he also observed a fully loaded handgun which contained 6 rounds.
Sgt. Columbus who was present at the hotel phoned Bradley to ask if he would give his consent for police to search the room while Bradley was still on his way back from Route 495. According to the report, Bradley agreed to the search and continued to head that way.
When Det. Patrick Connor attempted to remove the firearms from what appeared to be a duffel bag a closer inspection revealed the bag was not a bag at all and rather a green flight suit. One of the three firearms had a detached stock and a silencer while another “appeared to be an AR-15 style riffle with a grenade launcher affixed to the bottom” of it. A number of fully-loaded magazines were found in a dresser drawer nearby along with a third rifle that was brown in color.
“In the bedroom located on the right side of the hotel room we located a gun case with a larger capacity camouflage-colored rifle with a scope [and] three loaded high capacity feeding devices that matched the rifle,” Connor reported. Additionally, one of the rifles recovered was outfitted with a bump stock (much like Stephen Paddock’s weaponry) which is illegal in Massachusetts.
Once all of the firearms were secure the officers awaited Bradley’s arrival. When Bradley finally appeared on the hotel property in his white Jeep (TX Reg. 11JY6164) he exited the vehicle in the parking lot and gestured to the officers who were already on the scene. Out of an abundance of caution the officers placed Bradley in handcuffs in order to further evaluate the situation. Soon after, Bradley was read his Miranda Rights and freely consented to speak with the officers on scene.
The detainee then provided Officer Connor with a Texas identification card upon his request (ID 03328980) along with a valid (confirmed through a local Fusion Center) Texas License to carry a handgun (TX03328980) with the expiration date of February 8, 2022. However, to the detainee’s regret, a Texas License to carry is not reciprocal in the State of Massachusetts which means that Bradley was “deemed unlicensed,” according to the report.
“We confirmed with Francho that he wasn’t carrying these firearms under any special circumstances as well as he didn’t have any military I.D. or police cards,” Detective Patrick Connor stated in the report. “Francho stated that he brought the guns with him from Texas because he needed them with him for his mission.”
Additionally, Detective Connor reported:
He also stated that we could take the guns and store them at Tewksbury Police Department, but he would have to come get them if he was called for his mission. Francho went on to say that he can’t tell us what he does, [where he] works, or why he has all the guns with him but [said] that he is down in the area working for a government agency that is dealing with a virus. I asked Francho what agency he works for but he stated that he couldn’t tell us and [said] that if we found out what he was doing we would have to be writing reports for a long time, due to the fact that it is classified. Francho came off very odd, it appeared that he was trying to hide something and was not forthcoming at all. Although, Francho was cooperative and provided answers to all of my questions he kept advising me that he couldn’t tell us why he was here or why he possessed all the firearms because it was classified. Francho kept telling me he worked for the LA Police Department but later told me it was only for five years. We contacted LAPD but they told us to call back Monday for confirmation. Sgt. Farnum and McLaughlin arrived on scene to assist.
Soon after, Bradley confirmed he rented room #521 under his name March 11th through March 24th and gave officers consent to search the room which allowed Detective Connor to find three parking tickets from Cambridge Street at Anthem Street and Second Street.
“Two of the tickets were at the same exact location two days apart and the third was from an area a short distance away on a third day,” the detective reported. “I found this to be odd because according to Francho’s statements prior he had no ties to Boston or Cambridge but he kept receiving parking tickets.”
Bradley’s statements continued to fuel the detective’s suspicions that Bradley may have been out surveilling the area. Not to mention, Detective Connor observed several military-style tactical helmets, along with several tactical vests that were equipped with flash bangs and smoke grenades. Military style electronic equipment and satellite phones were also present as well as a 40mm grenade launcher.
The detainee eventually broke down and told Sgt. Farnum that he was a contractor for a company he owned named Ensyme Engineering. Although, he would not go into detail about what the company did.
“Based on the fact we located a grenade launcher, there were several tactical style vests filled with items we could not identify, we determined the situation to be dangerous, thus we stopped the search, evacuated the surrounding rooms, and called the State Police Bomb Squad […] to assist.”
Additionally, officers could see what appeared to be a laptop inside Bradley’s white Jeep that was mounted on a stand near the center console, similar to the one’s police use. The laptop was open and powered on and a hot spot was also visible.