Police Briefs 11-12-2014

ARRESTED ON SUNDAY

Revere Police arrested a Vera Street man after he horrified a young teenager near the First Congregational Church on Sunday afternoon.

Around 3 p.m., the man and about four others with him honed in on the 14-year-old victim and began yelling at him that this was “their turf” and that he had a gun.

The man – who goes about 6’4” and 300 pounds – began to act as if he was going to pull a gun out from behind his back, further scaring the young man.

Police responded to the scene and found the young man. Not far away the found the alleged perpetrator, who was identified.

There was, however, no gun involved.

Dominic DiPietro, 24, of 24B Vera St., was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.

ARSON ARREST EXPECTED

On Saturday afternoon, Revere Fire dispatched an engine and ladder truck for a master box activation for alarms at Friendly Gardens, 235 Revere St. Upon arrival, Capt. Fortuna struck the box due to smoke in the building on the basement level. This brought two additional engines and the Deputy Chief (Morrissey ). Engine 5 crew with Capt. Fortuna and Firefighters McInnes and Bruno stretched a hose line off the standpipe system and entered a basement unit with fire in the bedroom. The occupants escaped along with neighbors as firefighters assisted. The heavy smoke went throughout the building and was cleared out by our positive pressure ventilation fans. There were no reported injuries and about $20,000 in damages were logged.

Upon further investigation of the scene and questioning the legal occupant of the fire origin apartment, firefighters had the Revere Police put out a description of a guest of the occupant who left the scene. Chief Gene Doherty and Firefighter Kevin Doherty searched the area. About a block from the scene, they located the man. After some questions he was turned over to Police Sgt. Michael Malone.

It was determined that he needed to go to a medical facility for treatment.

However, Doherty reported the man will be charged with arson later this week.

BANK MGR. SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR ID FRAUD

A Revere man was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Boston for his role in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme.

Carlos Mauricio Gonzalez, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to 30 months in prison, and ordered to pay $326,802 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. On Nov. 13, 2013, Fernandez pleaded guilty to a one count of conspiracy to convert public money.

Gonzalez, who worked as a supervisor at a Citizens Bank branch in Stoneham, agreed to open business and personal bank accounts that were to receive proceeds from stolen identity refund fraud (SIRF) by which conspirators obtain refunds by filing fraudulent income tax returns using the identities of other people. Gonzalez opened bank accounts himself, and also directed other bank employees to open accounts although he did not inform these employees about the scheme. Gonzalez withdrew and directed other employees to withdraw the SIRF proceeds in cash amounts below $10,000. Between December 2011 and April 2012, Gonzalez facilitated the opening of 32 bank accounts, which received 75 deposits totaling $402,897.

For his actions, Gonzalez received $14,000.

BOMB SCARE AT NORTHGATE

Revere Police and several folks at Northgate Center last Friday night got quite a scare from a suspicious box, though it only turned out to be full of leaves.

Around 6:55 p.m., an officer working at the Market Basket was alerted to a suspicious package near the CVS. The officer took a look and felt it odd enough to call in for help. Officer responded and created a perimeter of 300 feet around the package.

The State Police Bomb Squad from Logan Airport was summoned to the scene and x-rayed the package. It was determined to simply be full of leaves from a tree.

“It was wrapped with rope and didn’t look right, even though it was just leaves,” said Lt. John Goodwin. “That’s what we want people to do, though. If they see something odd, report it.”

ALL MOOSED UP, NOWHERE TO GO

A Lynn woman got cold-cocked in the face several times last Saturday morning around 4 a.m. by her friend after leaving the Moose Club on Broadway.

The 23-year-old victim and her friend had been drinking in the Moose Club and decided to leave around 12:20 a.m. However, an argument ensued when they began to figure out who was going to drive their car home for them.

During the argument, however, the friend punched the victim several times in the face – causing notable injuries. The victim was taken to Lynn Hospital for her injuries. She declined to press charges, though.

HOCKEY PLAYERS ROBBED

Revere Police are in the process of obtaining surveillance video to help in identifying a man who stole the wallets of players in an adult hockey league at the Cronin Rink – and then also used their car keys to steal stuff out of their cars.

Around 11:56 p.m., five victims reported to police that they had been robbed at the rink.

Police put together that there had been a man hanging around the rink during the league games. At some point, it is believed he snuck into the locker room and rifled through the players’ belongings. He allegedly stole around $120 from five guys. The man also took driver’s licenses, a pilot’s license and an FID card.

However, taking it a step further, he nabbed several sets of car keys and then robbed the cars outside  in the parking lot as well.

Police are investigating.

OVERDOSE ON PARK AVE

A 48-year-old man on Park Avenue could not be immediately revived from a heroin overdose – even with the use of NARCAN – last Wednesday night, Nov. 5.

Police were called to the scene and found the man on the floor in the kitchen. Drug paraphernalia, including syringes and an armband were found in the bathroom.

EMTs administered NARCAN to revive the man, but he did not respond. He was given CPR at the scene, but he did not respond to that either. He was eventually transferred to the Whidden Hospital, and his status was unknown.

HOMELESS MAN ARRESTED FOR CHILD ASSAULT

A homeless man who was living in Lowell was arrested last week by Revere Police and the State Police for the rape of a 5 and 7-year-old girls in Revere.

Revere Police and the District Attorney’s Office had investigated the matter and had sought an arrest of the man.

Scott Turner, 40, of Boston, was arrested on two counts of aggravated rape of a child under 16.

He was held on a $100,000 bail in Chelsea District Court.

WOMAN’S BODY FOUND IN USED CAR

Revere Police and State Police responded to a car dealership on American Legion Highway last Wednesday afternoon for a woman who was found deceased in one of the cars.

The deceased woman was identified as a 45-year-old Revere resident.  Neither the evidence at the scene nor the preliminary examination of her remains suggests foul play, but the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will make a final determination as to the cause and manner of her death.

CAUGHT ON BROADWAY

Revere Police have apprehended a Winthrop man who had evaded capture on drug charges for nearly nine months.

Earlier this year, Revere Police developed a drug case against the man – having him sell heroin to an undercover officer on several occasions. The man was charged, but skipped out.

However, last week, he was spotted walking down Broadway and quickly taken in.

Scott Forsythe, 41, of Winthrop, was arrested.

REVERE TEEN CHARGED IN CHELSEA ATTACK

Two men, including a Revere man, have been identified and held in connection with the attempted murder via machete of a Chelsea teen in September.

Jose Lopez, 20, of Revere, and Jose Vasquez, 21, of Somerville, are charged with assault with intent to murder in connection with the Sept. 8 attack on the 16-year-old, who suffered 10 separate stab wounds in the daylight incident in Chelsea.

Lopez was arrested Wednesday in Morristown, N.J., on an unrelated charge of assault and battery and is currently held as a fugitive of justice on a Chelsea District Court warrant charging him with the September attack.  Efforts are currently underway to return to Lopez to Massachusetts.

Chelsea Police were called to the area of Blossom and Maple streets at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 and found the teenage victim lying on the ground in the fetal position and bleeding from multiple stab wounds. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital for emergency surgery.

Witnesses provided police with physical descriptions of the suspects, and officers were able to retrieve surveillance images from a nearby business showing individuals matching those descriptions fleeing from the direction of the stabbing.  Lopez and Vasquez were subsequently identified from photo arrays administered by Chelsea Police detectives. Investigators believe Lopez stabbed the victim during the assault, while Vasquez brandished a machete.

Anyone with information may contact Chelsea Police detectives at 617-466-4843 or the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit at 617-727-8817. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous may also call the Chelsea Police CrimeStoppers tip line at 617-466-4880, text the word CHELSEA and their information to TIP411 (847411), or submit information online at www.ChelseaPolice.com.

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