Fugitive arrested at family gathering

Lowell Police say Aris Karamousianis sold a gun to an undercover detective, but in December of 2009, just as he was about to go on trial in Lowell Superior Court, Karamousianis disappeared.

He was charged with conspiracy to traffic firearms, unlicensed sale of a firearm, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, and illegal possession of ammunition. Since 2009, Karamousianis has been wanted on a warrant issued when he never returned to court.

Lowell Police and members of a local ATF task force have been looking for Karamousianis ever since.

This weekend they learned he would possibly be at a Greek Easter celebration at 137 Marsh Road in Pelham, N.H.

“Based on the seriousness of the charges Karamousianis, 28, was considered to be armed and dangerous,” Pelham Police said in a statement.

Despite that, police did not call in a SWAT team to assist with this arrest, because while conducting surveillance of the party they saw more than just “several people similar in stature to Karamousianis.”

“There were lots of kids and elderly around,” said Pelham Sgt. Anne Therriault.

Pelham setup a loose perimeter around the home and sent three officers to the front door. Those at the party denied that Karamousianis was there, but allowed police inside, Therriault said.

The sergeant said that once police were inside the home, they realized Karamousianis was there.

“We got the idea that he was in the house so wet setup a strong perimeter,” Therriault said. “He came out of the bulkhead in the basement and ran through the party to the woodline.”

At the woodline, Pelham Officer Ronald Page tackled and handcuffed Karamousianis, who was not armed.

“It sounds like an excellent job by Pelham Police and we thank them for getting this defendant back in custody,” said Lowell Capt. Jonathan Webb, who commands the city’s detectives.

Karamousianis is being held without bail in Pelham, charged with resisting arrest and being a fugitive from justice. He will be arraigned tomorrow in Salem.

I can’t confirm that this is the same guy, but unless there are two 28-year-olds named Aris Karamousianis in the area, this story from our archives makes it look like Karamousianis has been at this for a while.

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