TEWKSBURY – Chief Ryan Columbus reports that the Tewksbury Police Department, with assistance from law enforcement partners around the region, arrested and charged a man with pulling a gun on a Tewksbury resident during an argument.
CHRISTOPHER MEADE, AGE 29, OF MALDEN, was arrested and charged with:
- Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Firearm)
- Firearm Violation with Three Prior Violent/Drug Crimes
- Possession of a Firearm without FID Card (Subsequent Offense)
On Friday, April 29, at approximately 1:15 p.m., Tewksbury Police responded to a report of a disturbance involving a firearm on Level Lane in Tewksbury.
Responding officers determined that three individuals had appeared at a residence on Level Lane and banged on the door, seeking a resident with whom they had a dispute over a cell phone.
When the resident didn’t answer their door, two of the individuals allegedly began to vandalize the resident’s vehicle, slashing three tires, and scratching the hood and passenger side.
The resident then went outside to confront the individuals, and a male, later identified as MEADE, allegedly pointed a small handgun directly at the resident, prompting the resident to flee. The suspects left the area.
A subsequent investigation identified three suspects, including MEADE, and led to the arrest of DANAYA ROBERTS, AGE 18, OF LOWELL, as well as a JUVENILE FEMALE, AGE 17, OF TEWKSBURY, each on a charge of Malicious Damage of a Motor Vehicle. The investigation also led to police obtaining a search warrant for a vehicle involved in the incident. A loaded 9mm handgun that was allegedly used in the assault was recovered.
The investigation, conducted with support from law enforcement partners in Everett, Lowell, Malden, Bridgewater, and the Massachusetts State Police, subsequently identified MEADE as the individual who had pointed a firearm.
Tewksbury Police obtained a warrant for MEADE‘s arrest from Lowell District Court, and on Thursday, May 5, the Boston Police Department, acting on information from Tewksbury Police, located MEADE in Boston and arrested him on that warrant.
MEADE is expected to be arraigned Friday in Lowell District Court.
“This was not a random act of violence. Those involved all knew each other, and the incident stemmed from a previous dispute,” said Chief Columbus. “I would like to thank all our law enforcement partners, especially Everett Police, who were instrumental in bringing this case to a conclusion.”