Saturday night, not long before midnight, a 17-year-old Lowell boy and an 18-year-old Lowell man were talking down Fletcher Street near Broadway Street, when a group of men approached them behind.
Someone pressed a gun to the back of the 17-year-old’s head and said “give me all your ____.”
The boy turned over his iPhone and Yu-Gi-Oh playing cards, which he told police were worth about $800. The 18-year-old also handed over an iPhone.
The assailants fled, but were brash enough to even yell to ask the passwords for the iPhones as they ran, according to police.
The two young victims walked to the Dunkin Donuts at Fletcher and Dutton streets and called police at 11:57 p.m.
Putting a handgun to someone’s head over cards?
I have no idea whether those cards are actually worth that much, or what the evidence is in this case, but wow.
On Sunday, two 19-year-olds, Musa Jaiteh, 19, of 207 Pleasant St., Dracut; and Tre St. Jean, 19, of 28 Willie St., Lowell, were both arrested and charged with armed robbery. They’ll be arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court.
Police suggested the teens may have known each other from a local hobby shop.
UPDATE: Tonight (Wednesday) Lowell Police arrested the man they say was the gunman here.
Luis Dejesus, 29, of Lowell, was arrested tonight on Willie Street about 7 p.m.
Police had been looking for Dejesus for a while, and officers were warned in radio broadcasts that he was believed to be armed with a handgun.
He was initially arrested on a pair of warrants — one for breaking and entering — the other for assault.
By 9 p.m., detectives had charged him with armed robbery and larceny over $250. Detectives tell me Dejesus is the defendant accused of using the gun in this robbery, and of holding the gun to the head of the 17-year-old.
He was being held without bail Wednesday night. He’ll be arraigned Thursday.