Pick On Someone Your Own Size

Detectives just went to Avenue C and arrested a young man named Robert Mitchell, 19, of 20 Claudine Drive, on charges connected to two armed robberies.

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Mitchell is charged with armed robbery in connection with accusations he robbed a 14-year-old boy at knifepoint near the pavilion in Shedd Park on May 18. Police say Mitchell took an iTouch.
He is charged with another count of armed robbery and armed assault with intent to rob, in connection with accusations he robbed a 16-year-old boy at knifepoint in the changing room at Shedd Park on Friday. Police say Mitchell took an iPod and cash.
It appears the victim in Friday’s robbery was a Lowell High School student who had just finished cross country practice.
Mitchell is being held tonight. He’ll get his first day in court tomorrow.

Well Played, Sir

There’s Sophea Khan, and then there’s Luis Cruz.
Just a few days after Khan showed Greater Lowell how crazy things can get when you’re not on top of driving, Cruz reacted in a matter of seconds to avoid what could have been a nasty crash.
I came across this situation when I walked out of my office tonight, and saw this.

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In case you’re not familiar with my office, or Dutton Street, that’s not where the cars are supposed to go. That’s where the National Historic Park trollies go.
I walked across the street and police agreed with me on that point, and correctly guessed that I assumed that the driver of the minivan had to be drunk.
Incorrect, I was told.
The driver, Mr. Cruz, who is 38, was in fact very sober, and not facing any charges at all. Police seemed impressed by his quick reaction.

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Cruz told me he was driving home with his 15-year-old daughter when he started down the ramp from the Lord Overpass to Dutton Street.
“I tried to brake, but had no brakes,” he said.
The minivan started picking up speed.
Cruz and his daughter were wearing seatbelts, but as his daughter started screaming, Cruz realized traffic was backed up on Dutton Street. He would plow into the back of stopped cars just seconds after reaching the bottom of the ramp.
“I just tried to do my best to turn right,” Cruz said. “There was nothing else to do.”

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Cruz sped over an area of low curb and onto some grass, before driving up the trolly tracks and eventually stopping where the tracks merge together.
Lowell Fleet Towing was called and had to do some work to get the car off the tracks and turned around, but eventually succeeded.
Cruz said he hadn’t had any issues with his brakes before this. “It just happened,” he said.
It appeared his car was not even seriously damaged, aside from whatever went wrong with the brakes.

Illegal Immigrant Charged with Sixth OUI

I’m not allowed to voice opinions, but I’m going to go right ahead and say that 48-year-old Eduardo Alementa Torres, pictured below, is not the best example of what immigrants can offer our country.
Torres first came to the attention of Boxboro Patrolman Nathan Bowolick Saturday about 10:44 a.m., when Bowolick noticed the car Torres was driving had an expired inspection sticker.
Bowolick ran the car’s plates, and discovered it also had a suspended registration. He pulled Torres over in the area of 1425 Massachusetts Avenue.
And things kept going downhill from there.

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Police say Torres smelled of alcohol, and had an open bottle of beer in the passenger seat. Police say he gave Bowolick a name for which police could find no records, and then failed a field sobriety test.
Torres was arrested, fingerprinted, and given a breathalyzer test that showed his blood alcohol content was .09, according to police.
That’s when police ran Torres’ fingerprints through AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) and discovered his identity.
Boxboro Police say Torres is an illegal immigrant who was already deported once, and who is wanted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for returning to the United States after he was deported.
Boxboro Police also say this is the sixth time Torres has been charged with drunken driving. He has three previous convictions in California, and two previous convictions in Massachusetts, according to Boxboro Police.
Torres was held without bail this weekend on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol (sixth offense), open container of liquor in a motor vehicle, operating with a suspended registration, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating with a suspended driver’s license, giving a false name to police, and operating without an inspection sticker.

Stabbed With a Broken Bottle

The first 911 call for 1301 Middlesex Street came in about 4:45 p.m., reporting a man was being held on the ground outside.
Moments later, a second 911 call came from a woman reporting her apartment was covered in blood.
Here’s just a small amount of blood that was outside. I’m told inside was drastically worse.

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Police arrived a short time after the 911 calls and found a man in his early 30’s bleeding profusely from several cuts.
They also found Abraham Concepcion, 22, of 1301 Middlesex St., Unit 5, who is pictured below. Police say Concepcion and the victim had been drinking for several hours when they got in a fight.

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Police say Concepcion broke a bottle over the victim’s head, and then stabbed the victim with the broken remains of the bottle.
The victim was taken to Lowell General Hospital with what were believed to be non life-threatening injuries. He was still transferred to an undisclosed Boston hospital as a precaution, though.

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Above is the victim being wheeled to a medical helicopter in the rear parking lot of Lowell General Hospital.
I haven’t heard anything else about his condition so far, but I know he is expected to survive.
http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/1570028818
Concepcion is being held tonight on a single count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing severe bodily injury.
He will be arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court.

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Firefighters used bleach and speedy dry to clean up several pools of blood in the parking lot of the apartment building, but residents of the apartment where the fight took place will have to get the apartment cleaned up themselves.

Stabbed With a Broken Bottle

The first 911 call for 1301 Middlesex Street came in about 4:45 p.m., reporting a man was being held on the ground outside.
Moments later, a second 911 call came from a woman reporting her apartment was covered in blood.
Here’s just a small amount of blood that was outside. I’m told inside was drastically worse.

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Police arrived a short time after the 911 calls and found a man in his early 30’s bleeding profusely from several cuts.
They also found Abraham Concepcion, 22, of 1301 Middlesex St., Unit 5, who is pictured below. Police say Concepcion and the victim had been drinking for several hours when they got in a fight.

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Police say Concepcion broke a bottle over the victim’s head, and then stabbed the victim with the broken remains of the bottle.
The victim was taken to Lowell General Hospital with what were believed to be non life-threatening injuries. He was still transferred to an undisclosed Boston hospital as a precaution, though.

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Above is the victim being wheeled to a medical helicopter in the rear parking lot of Lowell General Hospital.
I haven’t heard anything else about his condition so far, but I know he is expected to survive.
http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/1570028818
Concepcion is being held tonight on a single count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing severe bodily injury.
He will be arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court.

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Firefighters used bleach and speedy dry to clean up several pools of blood in the parking lot of the apartment building, but residents of the apartment where the fight took place will have to get the apartment cleaned up themselves.

Triple Bogey

Hopefully Sophea Khan is good with the putter, because his driving skills are a little wild.
Police say Khan, 34, of Lowell, ran a red light at Westford and Pine streets, clipped a Trinity ambulance, fled onto Staples Street, and then drove over a cement wall and onto a green at Mount Pleasant Golf Course late Saturday night.

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The cement wall and the beginning of Khan’s tire tracks are above.
Police say Khan wasn’t finished. He then drove in a circle near a sand trap on the course, drove across the green about another 50 yards, took out a recycling bin full of cans, and then slammed the 2008 Scion he was driving into a large tree about 10 feet from the patio of the clubhouse.
The clubhouse was open when this happened about 11:30 p.m., and there were at least two dozen people surveying the wreckage, drinks still in hand, as I arrived to snap these photos.

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You might not be shocked to learn that police say Khan was drunk at the time, though he will be summonsed into court to face charges since he was taken from the scene to Lowell General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Khan will be charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to stop at a red light, and speeding.
I haven’t been able to reach anyone at the golf course to find out how extensive the damage is, or whether it will affect play.

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In addition to the damage caused to the golf course, a police report on this accident says the 2008 Scion Khan was driving wasn’t his. The car is owned by a man from Portland, Maine.
I’m sure that guy is thrilled.

By Land, Water, and Roof

This call started out simple enough, a woman was allegedly assaulted on Westford Street. Officer George Asimoah spotted the suspect near Arch Street and started chasing him at 10:17 p.m.
A few seconds later the guy ran into bushes near the canal, and Asimoah called for a canine, and then a few seconds later reported the guy had jumped into the canal, and called for a boat too.

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Tory Germann took the pictures above here and below here.
The fire department put two boats in the water. Police requested and got a state police helicopter to join the search. They eventually found footprints and some evidence the suspect had gotten out of the water a little way up the canal.

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Police setup a perimeter and searched for a while before someone noticed more wet spots and some bent gutters on a building at 585 Middlesex Street, which has a one-story roof in back, even though most of the building is two stories.
A ladder truck from the Fire Department got police up on the roof 585 Middlesex Street, and as at least three or four officers checked the roof, the suspect came down some ivy in the rear where the roof is only one story.
He was pulled to the ground and handcuffed at 11:08 p.m., according to the time tag on my video.
http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/1570028818
Officer Asimoah is the officer searching Michael Gomez, 22, of 45 Freda Lane, Lowell, in the end of the video.

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I’m still not sure what was alleged at the domestic incident on Westford Street because reports aren’t written and available yet, but Gomez is charged with domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and battery, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.