Open and gross lewdness while armed.

Sunday morning, about 1 a.m., police were called to an apartment complex on Princeton Boulevard for a report of a suspicious person on a balcony.

The caller gave police a description of the suspicious person, and Officer Dan Demaris soon arrived to find a man fitting that description in a parking lot nearby.

That man, later identified as Travis Bell, 24, of 29 Nelson St., in Lowell, fled from Demaris, but was arrested after a short foot chase and brief struggle, according to police.

During a follow up investigation, officers learned Bell had been seen masturbating in one of the building’s doorways, and that he had been buzzing apartments in the building and saying “inappropriate things” to women who would answer, according to police.

Officers found a knife in Bell’s pocket, according to police.

Bell was charged with open and gross lewdness, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Capt. Kelly Richardson said the person who called police made it easier for officers to respond and take Bell into custody. He also praised the work of Demaris, who responded quickly and chased Bell down.

“Everyone did a good job,” Richardson said. “Calling right away was key, along with the description.”

Bell was released on bail later on Sunday. I’m not sure what happened at his arraignment on Monday. I’ll see if I can track down that info tomorrow. He appears to have an unlisted telephone number.

It appears Bell has a history of other arrests here in Lowell.

Less than a year ago, he was charged with open and gross lewdness.

In 2008, it appears he was charged with armed assault with intent to murder in connection with an incident in which he was accused of assaulting a police officer, a 39-year-old woman, and running over the legs of a 17-year-old boy.

Earlier in 2008, it appears he was charged with assaulting an officer, and domestic assault and battery.

I have no way to tell at this time of night whether Bell was convicted in those cases.

5 responses to “Open and gross lewdness while armed.

  1. he is clearly a threat to society. What do we do w people like this.unfortunately,it’s probably a situation where until someone actually goes up missing he’ll be free to roam the streets.scary.

    • Had it been an isolated incident I would have thought that this was still bad but perhaps he was off his meds that day.hes got to have some poor excuse to act to norotic…but many incidents and arrests on the past show he is certainly a ticking time bomb ready to explode.

  2. Are there any updates on Mr. Bell? I know this man and, I know what he is capable of. Hopefully he has been returned to the Billerica House of Correction where he spent a year for the crimes you listed in the blog. However, his resume is much longer than that. All those who know Travis will all say the same thing when he finally takes a life, “There’s a surprise”.

    • Not that I’ve seen, but our court reporter Lisa Redmond should publish updates in the paper as he moves though the court system. The courts can be very slow though.

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