Police Briefs 04-11-2012

April 11, 2012
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NEW SYSTEM FOR THE DEPARTMENT

The Revere Police Department changed this week to a new software system to keep records of its calls for service, arrests and other actions.

For the public record, which is given to the newspaper, the amount of information available for the ‘crime statistics’ that have run for many years in the Journal is far less. Therefore, many of the reported crimes may not show up on the new system, and specific addresses are no longer available.

The change in software is the first step in bringing Winthrop and Revere together in the upcoming combined 9-1-1 call center. That project is expected to get underway later this year.

ARRESTS MADE IN ASSAULT

Two Revere men have been arrested for an alleged sexual assault that took place on Reservoir Avenue on Sunday afternoon, April 1st.

Christopher Otero-Howell, 20, of 13 Kingman Ave, and Juan Karlos Sanchez, 21, of 33 Prospect Ave, were both charged with six counts of statutory rape of a child.

The victim was reported as being 15 years old.

CHILD PORN ARREST DURING LARGE STING

Some 32 people, including one Revere man, were arrested statewide by State Police in a week-long operation to combat the dissemination and possession of child pornography.

Josue Molina, 27, of Revere, was charged in the large sting with possession of child pornography.

State, local and federal law enforcement authorities announced the results of the sweep – which consisted of a series of raids and search warrants – on Tuesday afternoon. The sweep was dubbed, ‘Operation Corral.’

The investigative leads were coordinated by the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), and were executed by State Police Detective Units assigned to the state’s District Attorney’s Office and Attorney General’s Office, Boston Police, Worcester Police, and numerous other local police departments.

GUN CASE GETS RESOLUTION

A firearm possession case that many thought was compromised by the gun being stolen from the Chelsea District Court clerk’s office, ended up in a conviction last week.

Sokhorn Sor, 23, of 637 Beach St., pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm last week for the 9mm Sig Sauer handgun that Revere Police arrested him with in Fitzhenry Square last July.

The gun was discovered missing in Chelsea District Court last fall, and the story and an investigation of that, and two other missing guns, became public in February.

The investigation into those stolen guns continues.

However, it appears that the gun wasn’t necessary for a conviction in the crime.

Sor was sentenced to 18 months in jail.

FOOTCHASE ARREST

After a neighbor alerted police to a prowler in the backyards on Washington Avenue, police moved in and arrested the Boston man early on Monday morning.

Police responded around 2:30 a.m. Monday to a call of a possible breaking and entering in the 700th block of Washington Avenue.

Officers found a 22-year-old Boston man in a rear yard, and he had evidence on him that indicated he had broken into homes.

Tommy Laurenz Clark, 22, of Boston, was arrested and charged with breaking and entering a building at night for a felony, possession of burglarious instruments, malicious destruction of property over $250, and carrying a dangerous weapon.

TWO CHARGED IN BLUE LINE ASSAULT

A Medford man and his Winthrop girlfriend were arraigned in Chelsea District Court last Thursday for a vicious beating on board an MBTA train last month that ended at Wonderland Station.

Paul Mucci, 48, of Medford, is charged with mayhem and armed assault with intent to murder for inflicting serious injuries during the March 24 incident on board a Blue Line train, while his associate, Paula Howard, 50, of Winthrop, is charged with armed assault with intent to murder for allegedly sharing the intent and attempting to help Mucci assault the victim.

Citing a 10-page record with convictions for assault and battery, breaking and entering, and other offenses, prosecutors recommended $25,000 cash bail for Mucci, as well as $5,000 cash bail for Howard. Judge Benjamin Barnes set bail at $3,000 and $150 respectively. At prosecutors’ request, both defendants were ordered to stay away from the victim and witnesses in the case.

When a man and woman told Mucci to extinguish the cigarette he’d lit on a northbound train that morning, Mucci allegedly head-butted the man, then kicked and punched him repeatedly while reaching behind him toward a knife clipped to the back of his belt.

“I’m going to kill you,” Mucci allegedly shouted.

Howard allegedly yelled to Mucci, “Undo the buckle” in an effort to assist him in retrieving the weapon. Witnesses said she was “coaching” Mucci to stab the victim.

A female passenger saw the knife, jumped on Mucci’s back, and disarmed him. That woman later gave the knife to an MBTA inspector after the duo fled the train at Wonderland Station.

The victim of the assault lost consciousness and suffered serious injuries to his face and left hand. He was transported by ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital.

In addition to interviewing the victim and witnesses, MBTA Transit Police created a “wanted poster” and distributed it to area police departments. On Tuesday, April 3rd, Winthrop Police provided them with Mucci’s and Howard’s names, having recognized them from previous incidents.

Transit Police compared their photos to the images in surveillance imagery and found them to be similar. Witnesses further identified both of them through photo arrays, and Transit Police soon located and arrested them.

They will return to court on May 7.

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