I missed a good arrest while I was away on Christmas vacation, so I’m going to go back a few days on this one.
Michael Canada, 22, who has lived in Pelham, and Lowell, was pulled over for having a headlight out on Marsh Road in Pelham.
Officers thought Canada appeared intoxicated and “extremely nervous” as they approached the car, so they asked him to get out of the car. Canada said he didn’t have any weapons on him, but a quick pat frisk proved he was lying, according to Pelham Police.
Sgt. Anne Perriello found a loaded Walter P22 semi-automatic in the waistband of Canda’s pants, according to Pelham Police.
Here’s a generic picture of a P22 from the internet.
“Canada later advised officers that he did not tell them about the gun because he would not hurt them. He stated that he carried it for personal protection,” Pelham Police said in a press release.
He was charged with carrying a loaded firearm without a permit, and violation of a restraining order, since he had an RO that kept him from having firearms.
He was held over for court.
No word on whether Canada also failed to tell officers that he was recently arrested by Lowell Police for firearms offenses too.
Those charges from from June, when Canada and another man were accused of walking up to a car on Chapel Street in Back Central and sticking a sawed-off shotgun into the window of the car before demanding the car’s two occupants hand over all their valuables.
The men in the car refused, and a single shot was fired from the shotgun. That shotgun slug ended up in the dash of the car, and Canada and the other man fled, according to police.
No one was hurt. Canada was arrested at 5 Shawsheen St., in Billerica, a few hours later. Police found the shotgun, with two live rounds still loaded in it, and a spent shell casing, in the trunk of a car in Billerica.
Word is Canada was supposed to be on house arrest, wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet on his ankle as a result of the Lowell case, but I’m still waiting to hear back from Pelham on whether he had it on.
The really interesting thing about all of this is who the victim in the attempted robbery was, but I was given a very compelling reason along with a request that I not publish that information, so I’m going to abide by the request.
I’m also waiting to hear back about whether New Hampshire courts ordered Canada held.
Canada told Pelham Police he has been living in Woburn recently. Pretty interesting, cause local police arrested a guy in Woburn recently for another crime that made some headlines.