NEW OFFICER GETS ROUGH FIRST DAY
New Officer Devon Surian, a Revere resident, was sworn in as a Revere Police Officer on Monday noon with Police Chief Joe Cafarelli and Mayor Dan Rizzo. Also in attendance were his brother, Christian, his parents, Daniel and Janet, his grandmother Rita Klock and his girlfriend Jackelyn Hagarty. Surian actually began duty on Monday, July 28, which was the day that an F2 tornado ripped through the City.
“It was quite an interesting first day,” he said with a laugh.
“We like to say he blew into town,” said Lt. Carl Ruggiero.
Cafarelli said Surian comes with extensive experience, having served on the UMass Police Department. He is a graduate of Immaculate Conception School in Revere.
KIDNAPPING, CARJACKING LEADS TO MANHUNT
Police are still looking for one man who was involved in a carjacking at Northgate Mall last Friday that led to a lockdown and manhunt through the central business district of Melrose.
Police said around 11:20 a.m. two male parties who were picked up in Boston by a cab ended up at Northgate. After an issue with paying
their fare, they ditched the cab without paying and nabbed a car. They ended up entering a vehicle parked near Burlington Coat Factory. Inside were the keys and a 14-year-old male waiting for his mother and little sister. The two men drove away, apologizing to the juvenile and telling him they didn’t want to pay the cab fare so they had to take the car. The juvenile remained calm, telling them he had his cell phone and was going to call his mom and that his phone had GPS. The suspects drove to Melrose in the area of Main Street and then fled from the vehicle. They did not threaten the juvenile but they did not let him out of vehicle. Melrose Police did a search for the suspects but did not locate them.
This is under investigation.
WITNESSES SAVE DOG, APPREHEND MAN
Witnesses to a brutal dog beating by a New York man in the vicinity of Carey Circle last Saturday afternoon took action, saving the dog and cornering the man that gave the five-pound Pomeranian a vicious beating.
Around 4:43 p.m., several people near the 7/11 parking lot approached officers on North Shore Road complaining of a man trying to kill a little dog.
Witnesses told police that they had seen the man strangling and beating the little dog near Carey Circle and tried to intervene. The man, however, grabbed the dog and drove away at a high rate of speed.
Not to be deterred, the witnesses followed the man and the dog and were able to block him in at the 7/11 so he couldn’t leave.
Police took charge of the scene and arrested the man, confiscating the Pomeranian. It apparently belonged to the man’s girlfriend, who was not present.
Frederick Gambke, 46, of Somers, NY, was charged with cruelty to animals.
ROBBERY AT ATM WENT AWRY
Were it not for a faulty ATM machine at the Citizens Bank on Broadway, one woman might have been out a significant amount of cash to two armed robbers.
On Sunday night around 10:45 p.m., a 34-year-old woman was attempting to use the ATM when an Hispanic male approached her. The man called out to another man who emerged from a hiding place in the bushes. They brandished a knife and demanded the money that woman had gotten from the ATM.
However, the ATM was malfunctioning, and the woman hadn’t been able to get any money yet. Further tries also seemed to fail.
The men fled without any money, but police soon located them and they were arrested.
Fransisco Rivera, 28, of Everett; and Oscar Alexander Ayala, 20, also of Everett, were both charged with attempting to commit a crime and assault with a dangerous weapon.
ROBBED ON FLORENCE
Another late night robbery on the way home from the Revere Beach Train Station took place Saturday morning, but this time a bit further up the road on Florence Avenue.
Around 12:28 a.m. the man was walking home from the station listening to his iPod.
Suddenly, he was pushed up against a wall and thrown to the ground.
The attackers quickly stripped him off his wallet and watch before he could even get a look at whom they were.
Police are investigating.
ACTIVE IN TORNADO AREAS
In addition to the usual crime fighting, Revere Police over the past week have been diligently patrolling areas of the city that were badly hit by the July 28 tornado in order to prevent looting and to heighten security.
“There have been constant directed patrols, officers checking the area on foot as well,” said Lt. Amy O’Hara. “If anyone sees any suspicious parties, do not hesitate to call us. Unfortunately this type of event can bring those looking for metal to scrap or take advantage of a home that is unoccupied.”
SHORT ON THE TAB
One man who was short on paying his drinking tab at a local saloon came up with the idea of helping the police chase after some fictitious robbers to worm his way out of the bill.
On Monday, July 28, at 1:15 a.m., police responded to a bar on Shirley Avenue for a call from a man who needed help. Upon arrival, the man told police that he had just seen two men in the bar that had robbed him last week in Eastie. The two parties, he said, had just left.
The man seemed to want to help officers chase down the bad guys, but the drunken scheme ran dry when the owners clued police in on what was happening.
Apparently, the man had run up a drinking tab of $189, but when it came time to pay he only had $8.
The man was heavily intoxicated, police said.
Marvin Rivera, 32, of Everett, was charged with larceny under $250, defrauding an innkeeper over $100 and making a false crime report.
OCEAN AVE UNDERAGE PARTIES HALTED
Police have arrested nine young people over the past week at the Ocean Shores Building on Ocean Avenue as a result of the building owner hiring a police detail to put a stop to underage parties in vacant apartments.
Issues with the building at 364 Ocean Ave. have been ongoing for more than a year, with several violent incidents and a number of loud parties reported.
As a result, police have worked with the owner to provide a paid detail at the location. One of the main problems has been that the building has come to be known as a place to throw underground drinking parties.
“The building is known as a place for individuals to meet and throw parties in the vacant units,” said Lt. Amy O’Hara. “Officers will continue to be there and have zero tolerance for this type of behavior.”
On Tuesday, July 29, four people were arrested. Tarik Bakkal, 21, of 139 Kimball Ave., was charged with trespassing; Tyrrell Williams, 20, of Winthrop, was charged with trespassing, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct; Taha Bakkal, 18, of 139 Kimball Ave., was charged trespassing; Jose Ceja, 19, of Lynn, was charged with trespassing.
On Friday, five people were arrested.
Kyle Randazzo, 20, of 84 Arlington Ave., was charged with trespassing and warrant; Joseph Anthony Giarla, 20, of 61 Pemberton St., was charged with trespassing; Admir Dzuzdanovic, 19, of 725 Broadway, was charged with trespassing; William Rose, 23, of 11 Montfern Ave., was charged with trespassing; Jonathan Alejo, 23, of Fall River, was charged with trespassing and one warrant.
ASSAULTED OVER GIRLFRIEND
A 61 year old man was assaulted by his neighbor on Yeamans Street over a girlfriend squabble last Wednesday night, July 30.
Around 6:45 p.m., the victim told police that the two men had gotten into a fight and the neighbor assaulted him.
The neighbor was upset because the man was seeing his ex-girlfriend.
Police didn’t have far to go to make an arrest.
John Meucci, 52, of 28 Yeamans St., was charged with assault and battery with injury on a person over 60 and assault and battery.
DRUNK MAN ARRESTED
An unlicensed, allegedly intoxicated, man was arrested in the Shirley Avenue area last Thursday night after smashing into several vehicles in the area.
Around 10:53 p.m., police were called to the corner of Walnut Avenue for a hit and run accident. Police found no one initially, but the witness to the accident saw the vehicle 10 minutes later and followed it to Mahoney Circle.
Police were called again and when they arrived, the man eventually stopped. However, he was apparently too intoxicated to get out of the vehicle and had to be escorted by police. The vehicle was also in drive when the officers tried to help the man out.
After further investigation, it was revealed he had no license and was drunk.
Alexis Avendano, 35, of 115 Thornton St., was charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating under the influence of liquor, failing to stop for police and leaving the scene of property damage.
MONDAY, JULY 21
Stephen Sergio Silva, 21, of Cambridge, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
TUESDAY, JULY 22
Don B. Rogers, 37, of 16 Dana St., was arrested on an outstanding warrant and on a charge of assault & battery.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23
Fernando Quinonez, 24, of 418 Revere Beach Parkway, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Anass Rhim, 27, of 72 Thornton St., was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
THURSDAY, JULY 24
Nicole M. Knowles, 28, of Medford, was arrested on charges of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, assault & battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and attempted murder.
FRIDAY, JULY 25
Ismael Baquedano, 41, of 99 Conant St., was arrested on a charge of assault & battery.
SATURDAY, JULY 26
Angelica Gomez, 24, of Boston, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, assault & battery upon a police officer, and carrying a dangerous weapon.
Brian Butler, 22, of Malden, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Natasha A. Rafuse, 30, of Wilmington, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and on a charge of illegal possession of a Class B controlled narcotic substance.
SUNDAY, JULY 27
Donald A. Auger, 43, of 531 Revere St., was arrested on an outstanding warrant.