So, say you’re driving through Kearney Square…

…And all the sudden a guy jumps on top of your car, with what appears to be blood on his hands, and starts screaming at the top of his lungs…
What do you do?
It’s a valid question, because that’s exactly what happened to some pour soul today before police arrived to arrest the car-surfing man who is pictured below.

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Officer Mindy Dower and Thomas Tetreault were the lucky officers who got this call, dispatched as a man standing on top of a car with blood on his hands screaming for help in front of 5 Merrimack St., about 6 p.m.
Things seemed to be well in hand at first. Shortly after taking the call, Dower and Tetreault called for the wagon to pickup a prisoner charged with disorderly conduct, nothing more.

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About a minute later, though, Tetreault was calling for backup as someone screamed in the background, and by the time I got to Kearney Square the guy pictured in this blog was struggling with Tetreault and Dower as they wrestled him to the ground.
The odd color you see on his face isn’t blood, it’s pepper spray, which is also why he’s complaining about his eyes. I’ve seen this before. It doesn’t feel nice.
There were at least several dozen people standing around watching this ridiculous scene unfold, but once the wagon doors closed everyone went on their way fairly quickly.

For his efforts, Damon Lopes, 33, of Orleans, ended up getting charges of resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer added to the disorderly conduct charge he was already going to face.
He was still being held last I checked, and he’ll be arraigned Thursday in Lowell District Court.

So, say you’re driving through Kearney Square…

…And all the sudden a guy jumps on top of your car, with what appears to be blood on his hands, and starts screaming at the top of his lungs…
What do you do?
It’s a valid question, because that’s exactly what happened to some pour soul today before police arrived to arrest the car-surfing man who is pictured below.

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Officer Mindy Dower and Thomas Tetreault were the lucky officers who got this call, dispatched as a man standing on top of a car with blood on his hands screaming for help in front of 5 Merrimack St., about 6 p.m.
Things seemed to be well in hand at first. Shortly after taking the call, Dower and Tetreault called for the wagon to pickup a prisoner charged with disorderly conduct, nothing more.

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About a minute later, though, Tetreault was calling for backup as someone screamed in the background, and by the time I got to Kearney Square the guy pictured in this blog was struggling with Tetreault and Dower as they wrestled him to the ground.
The odd color you see on his face isn’t blood, it’s pepper spray, which is also why he’s complaining about his eyes. I’ve seen this before. It doesn’t feel nice.
There were at least several dozen people standing around watching this ridiculous scene unfold, but once the wagon doors closed everyone went on their way fairly quickly.

For his efforts, Damon Lopes, 33, of Orleans, ended up getting charges of resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer added to the disorderly conduct charge he was already going to face.
He was still being held last I checked, and he’ll be arraigned Thursday in Lowell District Court.

Lot of Shots Fired

There was some brief talk on police radio tonight that this incident might have involved a fully automatic weapon, but it sounds like that’s being discounted now.
It was an officer who first notified dispatch of at least seven shots being fired somewhere around the Lord Overpass at 10:33 p.m. tonight. The officer who heard the shots thought they might have been from an automatic because of how rapidly they were all shot.
Within a minute, dispatch was getting numerous 911 calls about shots fired at Westford and Gates.

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It didn’t take long for police to start finding the damage. Two cars, a black Nissan Xterra and a white Toyota were both hit. The Xterra was hit at least 5 times, as seen in the pictures spread throughout here.
It was initially thought that two homes had been hit, but it turns out one had been hit in a previous shots fired. Only one was hit tonight.

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Police also recovered 13 shell casings from the sidewalk and street near a fire hydrant at Gates and Westford streets.
I know there were some 9mm, but I’m not sure if that’s what they all were.

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No people were hit, and according to police radio broadcasts a dark-colored minivan was seen fleeing the scene.
No word on who was driving it or anything, but police seemed to have some ideas.

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Officers were still searching for a suspect as of shift change at 12:30 a.m., and it sounded like they would be at it through the night.
There was another shots fired on Gates Street near Westford not long ago but I didn’t get a chance to ask if the two could be related, and have no reason to think they might be.

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Police radio broadcasts indicated officers had some ideas about a minivan that has ties to 700 Merrimack St., but police were still busy investigating this when I had to leave work so I’m not sure if there’s anything to that.
Gunfire around there certainly wouldn’t be a new thing, though.

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There were a lot of shots fired here, though. Most incidents I go to see maybe a few or a half dozen casings recovered.
This was definitely a few notches above that. I haven’t seen this many casings get recovered since an incident on Whipple Street a year ago.

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Anyone with information is asked to call Lowell police at 978-937-3200 or Crimestoppers at 978-459-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent to police via Text-a-Tip, by texting TIP411 (847411) with the subject “LPDTIP.”
Tipsters can remain anonymous, but can receive up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Lot of Shots Fired

There was some brief talk on police radio tonight that this incident might have involved a fully automatic weapon, but it sounds like that’s being discounted now.
It was an officer who first notified dispatch of at least seven shots being fired somewhere around the Lord Overpass at 10:33 p.m. tonight. The officer who heard the shots thought they might have been from an automatic because of how rapidly they were all shot.
Within a minute, dispatch was getting numerous 911 calls about shots fired at Westford and Gates.

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It didn’t take long for police to start finding the damage. Two cars, a black Nissan Xterra and a white Toyota were both hit. The Xterra was hit at least 5 times, as seen in the pictures spread throughout here.
It was initially thought that two homes had been hit, but it turns out one had been hit in a previous shots fired. Only one was hit tonight.

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Police also recovered 13 shell casings from the sidewalk and street near a fire hydrant at Gates and Westford streets.
I know there were some 9mm, but I’m not sure if that’s what they all were.

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No people were hit, and according to police radio broadcasts a dark-colored minivan was seen fleeing the scene.
No word on who was driving it or anything, but police seemed to have some ideas.

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Officers were still searching for a suspect as of shift change at 12:30 a.m., and it sounded like they would be at it through the night.
There was another shots fired on Gates Street near Westford not long ago but I didn’t get a chance to ask if the two could be related, and have no reason to think they might be.

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Police radio broadcasts indicated officers had some ideas about a minivan that has ties to 700 Merrimack St., but police were still busy investigating this when I had to leave work so I’m not sure if there’s anything to that.
Gunfire around there certainly wouldn’t be a new thing, though.

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There were a lot of shots fired here, though. Most incidents I go to see maybe a few or a half dozen casings recovered.
This was definitely a few notches above that. I haven’t seen this many casings get recovered since an incident on Whipple Street a year ago.

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Anyone with information is asked to call Lowell police at 978-937-3200 or Crimestoppers at 978-459-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent to police via Text-a-Tip, by texting TIP411 (847411) with the subject “LPDTIP.”
Tipsters can remain anonymous, but can receive up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Two Powerful Handguns and Mr. Sin

Anyone outside of Hannaford on Rogers Street this afternoon ended up with a little more than milk and bread if they caught a glimpse of the police chase and arrests in the parking lot.
Detective Ray Jean was off-duty and buying a few groceries this afternoon when he recognized Ricky Sin, 21, of Lowell, and called in some on-duty colleagues because he knew Sin was wanted on warrants.
Officers Charles Pappaconstantinou, Dave Couture and Joe Comtois from response showed up about 4:45 p.m., and stopped a tan Honda that Detective Jean pointed out to them.
Sin and the driver stayed in the car, and they’re pictured below as Jean, Pappaconstantinou and Tewksbury Officer Kevin Reese watch over them in front of Hannaford. Sin is the one face down.

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The fun wasn’t over yet, though. The front seat passenger in the Honda jumped out and took off at a sprint across the Hannaford parking lot, dropping a loaded 9mm handgun as he ran. He then bolted through rush hour traffic on Rogers Street with Couture and Comtois in pursuit.
Other officers and canine units from Lowell, Chelmsford and State Police were on the way to the scene when Comtois and Couture found Navan Leang, 21, of Lowell, hiding in a trash container behind the 495 Dodge car dealership.
Leang was charged with carrying a loaded firearm, illegal possession of a firearm, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
The 9mm that he allegedly dropped is pictured below, on the trunk of a cruiser following the arrest.

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Back in the Hannaford parking lot, Capt. John Flaherty, who retired about two weeks ago, was in the area and helped keep Sin and Yang secure as Pappaconstantinou allegedly found a loaded .45 caliber handgun on Sin.
Sin might be in a little bit of trouble for that because he’s already kinda well-known in some circles since he was convicted of stealing a Lowell Police cruiser and then totaling it in the Highlands last November.
Our editorial board wrote a critical editorial about Sin’s case after he avoided jail time by receiving only a suspended 1-year jail sentence for stealing and totaling the police cruiser.
He is still on probation in connection with that suspended sentence, and was also wanted on two default warrants.
Below is the .45 that police say Sin was found with.

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Sin is charged with carrying a loaded firearm, illegal possession of a firearm, and is also being held on the warrants.
Yang was found with a knife, and was charged with violating the city’s dangerous weapon ordinance.
Officer Couture was checked out by an ambulance crew. It wasn’t until he stopped running that he realized he hurt his foot during the pursuit, but I haven’t heard how he’s doing.
Police can’t comment at all yet, but I personally was interested that a 9mm and .45 were found today, since those are the types of shell casings that were found on Crosby Street in Back Central after at least eight gunshots were fired there earlier this month.
I’m sure police will do ballistics testing on the guns that were picked up today, so if there’s any connection it should come to light someday.

Two Powerful Handguns and Mr. Sin

Anyone outside of Hannaford on Rogers Street this afternoon ended up with a little more than milk and bread if they caught a glimpse of the police chase and arrests in the parking lot.
Detective Ray Jean was off-duty and buying a few groceries this afternoon when he recognized Ricky Sin, 21, of Lowell, and called in some on-duty colleagues because he knew Sin was wanted on warrants.
Officers Charles Pappaconstantinou, Dave Couture and Joe Comtois from response showed up about 4:45 p.m., and stopped a tan Honda that Detective Jean pointed out to them.
Sin and the driver stayed in the car, and they’re pictured below as Jean, Pappaconstantinou and Tewksbury Officer Kevin Reese watch over them in front of Hannaford. Sin is the one face down.

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The fun wasn’t over yet, though. The front seat passenger in the Honda jumped out and took off at a sprint across the Hannaford parking lot, dropping a loaded 9mm handgun as he ran. He then bolted through rush hour traffic on Rogers Street with Couture and Comtois in pursuit.
Other officers and canine units from Lowell, Chelmsford and State Police were on the way to the scene when Comtois and Couture found Navan Leang, 21, of Lowell, hiding in a trash container behind the 495 Dodge car dealership.
Leang was charged with carrying a loaded firearm, illegal possession of a firearm, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
The 9mm that he allegedly dropped is pictured below, on the trunk of a cruiser following the arrest.

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Back in the Hannaford parking lot, Capt. John Flaherty, who retired about two weeks ago, was in the area and helped keep Sin and Yang secure as Pappaconstantinou allegedly found a loaded .45 caliber handgun on Sin.
Sin might be in a little bit of trouble for that because he’s already kinda well-known in some circles since he was convicted of stealing a Lowell Police cruiser and then totaling it in the Highlands last November.
Our editorial board wrote a critical editorial about Sin’s case after he avoided jail time by receiving only a suspended 1-year jail sentence for stealing and totaling the police cruiser.
He is still on probation in connection with that suspended sentence, and was also wanted on two default warrants.
Below is the .45 that police say Sin was found with.

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Sin is charged with carrying a loaded firearm, illegal possession of a firearm, and is also being held on the warrants.
Yang was found with a knife, and was charged with violating the city’s dangerous weapon ordinance.
Officer Couture was checked out by an ambulance crew. It wasn’t until he stopped running that he realized he hurt his foot during the pursuit, but I haven’t heard how he’s doing.
Police can’t comment at all yet, but I personally was interested that a 9mm and .45 were found today, since those are the types of shell casings that were found on Crosby Street in Back Central after at least eight gunshots were fired there earlier this month.
I’m sure police will do ballistics testing on the guns that were picked up today, so if there’s any connection it should come to light someday.

Officer Injured in Cruiser Crash

Officer Miguel Quinones suffered back and wrist injuries late Sunday night when he was heading to a domestic call in Car 11 about 11:40 p.m.
The cruiser went out of control as it crossed the wet, metal grate bridge that carries Beaver Street over the Beaver Brook.
The cruiser then struck a roughly 3-foot tall stone fence in front of a home.

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Quinones was taken to Lowell General Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. No other vehicles were involved.
Get well soon Mookie.
Those metal grate bridges drive me nuts. I’ve fishtailed a bit on the Textile Memorial Bridge a few times when it was raining. Keep it in mind next time you’re crossing one folks.