Methuen Police Seek Home Invasion Suspects

Methuen Police Department
Joseph Solomon, Chief of Police
Quinn Public Safety Building
90 Hampshire St.
Methuen, MA 01844

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

Media Contact: Captain Kristopher McCarthy
Phone: 978-983-8752
Email: KWMcCarthy@ci.methuen.ma.us

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Methuen Police Seek Home Invasion Suspects

Note: The following includes an updated description of the two suspects.

METHUEN — Mayor James Jajuga and Police Chief Joseph Solomon report that the Methuen Police Department is actively seeking two suspects allegedly involved in a home invasion this afternoon.

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, at approximately 11:28 a.m., Methuen Police responded to a residence on Ruskin Avenue for a report of a home invasion.

The calling party stated that two men forced their way into her apartment and held her against her will in the bedroom before fleeing the scene in an unknown direction. The victim reported that one of the suspects was carrying a long gun. Nothing has been reported missing at this time.

The first suspect is described as a Hispanic male with a medium complexion and thin build, wearing a red ski mask, black and grey sweatpants and a similar colored sweatshirt.

The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male with a medium complexion and heavier build, short in stature, and wearing round black sunglasses, gloves and a grey sweatshirt that was covering his face.

Massachusetts State Police and Methuen K-9 units responded to the scene to assist with locating the suspects. K-9 units are currently still in the process of searching the area.

“This is an unfortunate incident where a resident was victimized in their own home,” Mayor Jajuga said. “I am confident that Methuen Police will do everything in their power to locate these suspects.”

“This case is still very active and we are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area at the time of the incident to call police immediately,” Chief Solomon said. “Please always say something if you see something.”

An initial investigation indicates that this was a targeted attack and there is no danger to the community.

This incident remains under active investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Methuen Police at 978-983-8698.

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Burlington Police Department Continues Efforts to Reduce Sex Trafficking

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Burlington Police Department
Michael R. Kent
Chief of Police
45 Center Street
Burlington, MA 01803
www.bpd.org

For Immediate Release

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Burlington Police Department Continues Efforts to Reduce Sex Trafficking

Through National Operation, More Than 630 Sex Buyers and Pimps/Traffickers Charged

BURLINGTON, Mass. — Police Chief Michael R. Kent announces that the Burlington Police Department is making significant strides in its effort to combat human sex trafficking, and earlier this month participated in a series of coordinated sting operations that led to more than 630 arrests across the nation.

Burlington Police were part of the 15th National Johns Suppression Initiative operation that ran from Jan. 7 through Feb. 4 and included more than 30 law enforcement agencies across 16 states. Through this operation, Burlington Police arrested five men after conducting a reverse sting operation at a local hotel that targeted potential customers for prostitution.

As with several similar operations conducted in the past, this month’s investigation was done in an effort to stop human trafficking and disrupt the relentless cycle of harm caused by the sex trade. Over the last six years, the Burlington Police Department has made more than 46 arrests at local hotels through undercover prostitution stings.

“The Burlington Police Department is committed to conducting these sting operations to prevent human trafficking incidents at our area businesses,” Chief Kent said. “We know that this is not a victimless crime and we’ll continue to work locally, along with our regional and national partners to put an end to these cyclical crimes.”

Burlington, with a population of 25,000, is also home to a large and diverse commercial base, with tens of thousands of commuters coming to work here each day. It is also at or near the intersections of three major highways north of Boston and has a large hospitality industry as a result.

The growth of Burlington’s hotel industry — eight hotels online or in development — has spurred economic opportunities for the town and its business base, but with this growth has come an increase in crime. Recently, there have been several assaults and robberies, two confirmed cases of human trafficking and the discovery of a drug lab in a Burlington hotel.

Burlington Police also assisted in the conviction of two men last year for the murder of a woman at the Extended Stay America Hotel who had arranged to meet them through a site advertising adult services. As a result, hotel leadership has become a vital partner for law enforcement in preventing violent crimes from occurring.

Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart first started the National Johns Suppression Initiative operation in 2011 and since then, Cook County Sheriff’s Police and participating agencies from across the country have arrested more than 8,200 would-be sex buyers.

Nationwide results from this month’s operation representing the 15th semi-annual NJSI operation are as follows:

  • 638 sex solicitation arrests (sex buyers)
  • 18 sex trafficking arrests
  • $755,490 in minimum possible fines
  • 12 adult victims recovered
  • 3 juveniles recovered

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Winthrop Police Searching for Armed Robbery Suspects

Winthrop Police Department
Chief Terence M. Delehanty
3 Metcalf Square
Winthrop, MA 02152

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Winthrop Police Searching for Armed Robbery Suspects

WINTHROP — Chief Terence M. Delehanty reports that the Winthrop Police Department is actively searching for two armed robbery suspects and is looking for the public’s help identifying the men.

On Wednesday, Jan. 31, at approximately 8:10 p.m., Winthrop Police responded to the D&T Market, 291 Shirley St., on a report of an armed robbery.

Upon arrival, officers learned that two men entered the store and made their way to the counter. A man dressed in dark clothing and gray colored cloth gloves pulled out a gun and pointed it at the clerk, telling him to “back up.” The second man, dressed in a red hooded sweatshirt, purple latex gloves and dark pants then went behind the counter and removed cash from the cash register and lottery machine. Both suspects wore half face masks with a skeletal design.

The suspects then fled from the Shirley Street side of the building with an undetermined amount of cash heading toward Seafoam Avenue.

Massachusetts State Police and their K-9 unit responded, along with Revere Police and Boston Police to assist Winthrop Police with searching the area. Police were unable to locate the suspects.

“We’re asking for the public’s help identifying these two men,” Chief Delehanty said. “If you recognize them, or were in the area at the time of the robbery, please give us a call.”

This remains an open and active investigation. Winthrop Police are working with the Lynn and Boston Police Departments to determine if similar robberies in those communities are connected.

Tips can be submitted to the Winthrop Police Department by calling 617-539-5806. All tips can remain anonymous.

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Wakefield Police Arrest Man on Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

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Wakefield Police Department
Rick Smith, Chief of Police
1 Union St.
Wakefield, MA 01880

For Immediate Release

Monday, Jan. 29, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Wakefield Police Arrest Man on Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

WAKEFIELD – Chief Rick Smith reports that the Wakefield Police Department arrested a man on drug charges last night following a motor vehicle stop.

ALESSANDRO CAPOBIANCO, AGE 41, OF SOMERVILLE is charged with:

  • Possession to Distribute a Class D Drug (marijuana)
  • Possession to Distribute a Class E Drug (Ativan, naloxone, hydrochloride, Vidalista)
  • Possession to Distribute a Class B Drug (methamphetamine, amphetamine)

On Sunday, Jan. 28, at 8:17 p.m., a Wakefield Police Officer on patrol on MacArthur Road conducted a motor vehicle stop on a gray 2017 Ford Edge after noticing the car’s headlights were not turned on.

During the motor vehicle stop, the operator, identified as CAPOBIANCOwas found to be in possession of several drugs and drug paraphernalia. He was placed under arrest without incident.

CAPOBIANCO was booked at the Wakefield Police Department and later released on bail.

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