DRACUT — Chief Stephen D. Chaput reports that the quick-work and rapid response of Dracut Police Officers has today resulted in the arrest of suspect who allegedly brandished an illegal firearm.
As a result of a Dracut Police response to a citizen report of an armed suspect, NICHOLAS AVON, AGE 18 OF DRACUT, was arrested and charged with:
- Illegally Carrying of a Firearm without a License
- Defacing the Serial Number of a Firearm
- Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device
- Illegal Possession of Ammunition
Dracut Police responded to an outdoors location on Totman Road at 3 p.m. Thursday for a report of two or three men in a motor vehicle, with one of the passengers displaying a firearm.
Police arrived and observed two vehicles parked at a fire gate at the end of Totman Road. Police then began searching the Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest, where they soon located three men matching the description given for the suspects, including AVON.
An on-scene investigation and search of AVON‘s person uncovered a loaded Glock 9mm handgun with a scratched-off serial number. Police also found 34 rounds of ammunition.
AVON does not have a license to carry or FID card. He was arrested at the scene.
“I want to commend the efforts of all officers on scene. Through their training, experience and consummate professionalism they arrested an armed felon and took him into custody without incident,” Chief Chaput said. “This is just another example of the difficult circumstances law enforcement officers are dealing with every day. Illegal firearms present a grave danger to individuals in our society and law enforcement officers.”
AVON was held at the Dracut Police Department on $10,000 cash bail. He will likely be arraigned Friday at Lowell District Court.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.