BLUE TO BLACK
Many might have done a double take when seeing Revere Police cruisers come down the street lately, as they have taken on a decidedly different look.
The old white and blue cruisers with the City Seal featured prominently have been redesigned and now feature a black and white design without the City Seal.
“We are changing the cruisers and other vehicles to the traditional black and white colors,” said Sgt. O’Hara. “The chief is doing it incrementally and so far just about everyone loves it.”
DNA TESTING DEMANDED
The family of East Boston’s Natale Lombardo is demanding that DNA testing be done on a sleeping bag that he was found murdered in some 25 years ago, having been discovered in Revere.
Fox 25 reported on Tuesday that the State Police and Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office have not yet tested the sleeping bag for potential DNA evidence that could solve the 25-year-old case.
Lombardo worked in his family’s fish market business in East Boston before turning up missing and later found dead in the trunk of a car. He was stuffed in a sleeping bag when found.
That sleeping bag went missing until 2009 when State Police investigators found it misplaced and tucked away in an obscure section of the old Revere Police Station.
Lombardo family members believe there may be evidence in the sleeping bag that could lead to the killer of Natale.
DA Dan Conley was involved in the case and was on the crime scene many years ago when he was an assistant district attorney, and his office indicated to Fox 25 that they are looking into the evidence.
David Procopio, a spokesman for the State Police, said investigators have performed many tests involving the case.
“The State Police Crime Lab, working in conjunction with the Suffolk District Attorney and State Police detectives, has performed testing on items connected to the homicide of Natale Lombardo whenever the possibility to recover probative evidence existed,” he said. “Our laboratory will continue to assess the case as the ongoing and vigorous investigation continues to develop and, in consultation with prosecutors and detectives, will continue to test and analyze material and items whenever there is a chance that further probative evidence may be found.”
SEXUAL ASSAULT LEADS TO VIGILANCE ON OCEAN AVE
Revere Police took a heightened presence at 364 Ocean Ave. last week in the wake of a sexual assault, and it led to a high-profile arrest on Wednesday night, May 16th.
Just after 5 a.m. that day, police took a report of a sexual assault that occurred at 364 Ocean Ave. The victim was interviewed and a vigorous investigation began.
Officers were on the alert in the area, as well as security at the building, and that led to an arrest later in the day.
A security guard at the building noticed a Moroccan man who was acting suspicious and the guard notified Police – who were ready to respond.
The man retreated to his home, where Fire Chief Gene Doherty said that the suspect lit curtains on fire and attempted to burn down his apartment. However, Fire crews were already on scene and immediately put out the fire.
He was arrested around 10:15 p.m.
Police released very few details about the case and said it was “very serious and open and active.”
Police arrested Mounir Rhoulam, 34, of 364 Ocean Ave. #209, and charged him with indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or under, arson of a dwelling, malicious destruction of property over $250, furnishing a false name and disorderly conduct.
Revere Police indicated that they would be presenting the security guard with a citation for outstanding work in leading to the arrest of the man.
CAUGHT RED HANDED
An East Boston man was caught red-handed by Revere Police on Monday, May 14th, due to the vigilance of a witness who led police to the suspect.
Police got a call around 1:30 a.m. for a report of a man breaking into cars on Standish Road.
The man was apparently looking for open doors on cars and found one that was open. Luckily, though, the witness had already phoned police and had stayed on the line to direct officers right to where the suspect was located.
Officers emerged upon the scene just as the suspect was trying to exit the vehicle.
He was arrested.
Paul Giangregorio, 31, of Eastie, was charged with breaking and entering a building in the night for a felony and larceny over $250.
THROUGH THE GLASS
A Gage Avenue man is facing charges for allegedly putting the head of his daughter’s boyfriend through the kitchen window.
The girl told police on Sunday around 6:30 p.m. her father showed up on Burbank Street and was intoxicated.
A fight ensued in the second-floor apartment, and allegedly, the father threw the boyfriend headfirst through the kitchen window – breaking the glass and injuring the victim.
He had also threatened the boyfriend with a hammer, though he did not use it.
Jeffrey Patnode, 48, of 22 Gage Ave, was charged with assault and battery and assault with a dangerous weapon.
Weekly Crime Report
Journal Staff Reports
House Breaks: (7)
Larkin Street; Centennial Ave; Broadway; Bennington Street; Dolphin Avenue; Revere Street; and Garfield Avenue.
Commercial Breaks: (0)
Motor Vehicle *Thefts/Breaks: (4)
Washington Avenue; *Pratt Place; *Furlong Drive; and *Broadsound Avenue.
Motor Vehicle Accidents: (22)
Mahoney Circle (3); Brown Circle; Butler Circle; Broadway – China Roma; Squire Road; Atlantic Avenue; Grand View Avenue; Squire Road – Price Rite; Alice Street; Squire Road – Chelsea Clutch; Revere Street – St. A’s; North Shore Road – 7/11; Squire Road – Mobile; Squire Road – Stop & Shop; Central/Broadway; Broadway/Cheever; Hutchinson Street; Suffolk Avenue; Carey Circle; and Mountain Avenue.
House Parties/Loud Stereo Complaints (after 9 p.m.): 12
MONDAY, MAY 14
Paul K. Giangregorio, 31, of East Boston, was arrested on charges of breaking & entering into the building with intent to commit a felony and larceny over $250.
Justin D. Hall, 31, of 418 Revee Beach Parkway, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
TUESDAY, MAY 15
Terry Carter, 24, of 566 Beach St., was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 16
Stephen A. Walker, 37, of 4 Wolcott Rd., was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Sherrie A. Smith, 42, of Weymouth, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Mounir Rhoulam, 34, of 364 Ocean Ave., was arrested on charges of indecent assault & battery on a person over the age of 14, arson of a dwellling house, malicious destruction of property over $250, providing false identifying information to an arresting police officer, and disorderly conduct.
THURSDAY, MAY 17
Michael A. Luciano, 35, of Hull, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and on a charge of trespassing.
SATURDAY, MAY 19
SUNDAY, MAY 20
Jeffrey S. Patnode, 48, of 22 Gage Ave., was arrested on charges of assault & battery and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.