Law & Order features information released by the office of Attorney General Maura Healey, Massachusetts State Police, Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr., and the police departments of Worcester, Auburn, Boylston, Grafton, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Paxton, Shrewsbury and West Boylston. (Sourced from municipal websites, social media and press releases.)
Man stabbed in neighbor dispute on Pleasant St.
At about 12:26 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14, Worcester police responded to 49 Pleasant St. for a reported stabbing. The officers found blood in the common hallway and a door to one of the apartments slightly ajar.
Officers could see in plain view that there was blood on the floor inside the apartment. They entered the apartment and discovered a 31-year-old male standing by the kitchen sink. He was bleeding from a single stab wound to the chest.
Officers treated the victim until Worcester EMS arrived. He was in and out of consciousness. The victim was stabilized and transported to a local hospital for treatment, and subsequently found to be in good condition.
Investigators were called to the scene to speak with witnesses. Members of the Crime Scene Unit arrived and processed evidence.
Witnesses said the victim was in an argument with his neighbor, later identified as Hiram Irizarry Jr., 30, of 49 Pleasant St. Officers went to the suspect’s apartment and located him. Irizarry was placed under arrest without incident and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Investigators went to the hospital and met with the victim. He provided little information about the dispute and was basically uncooperative.
This investigation is ongoing; Irizarry was arraigned on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Worcester County Courthouse.
20-year-old woman struck by car on Highland St.
At approximately 8:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, Worcester Police responded to a report of an accident between a car and a pedestrian near 77 Highland St. Upon arrival, officers observed a 20-year-old woman in the roadway suffering from serious injuries. She was conscious and alert but in obvious pain. Due to the seriousness of the incident, the WPD Crash Reconstruction Unit was called to take over the investigation.
Officers attended to the victim until Worcester EMS arrived. The pedestrian was treated at the scene, stabilized and then transported to a nearby hospital. She suffered injuries to the head, pelvis and knee.
The reconstruction investigators arrived and spoke with witnesses and the driver of the 2017 Buick that struck the woman.
Witnesses said the vehicle was traveling westbound on Highland Street when it hit the pedestrian with the front of the car. She was walking from the south side of Highland Street to the north side of Highland Street.
The impact caused the woman to roll up onto the hood and then into the windshield. The pedestrian then fell to the ground and came to rest of the driver’s side of the Buick.
The driver immediately stopped, called police and tended to the pedestrian.
Investigators noted that the weather conditions and visibility were poor with rainy conditions. They also discovered that the victim was not in a marked crosswalk.
The Buick was towed from the scene and will have a full mechanical inspection to determine if any mechanical deficiencies may have been a contributing factor to this incident.
WPD operations officer on routine stop arrests two for distribution
At approximately 11:35 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, a Worcester Police officer working out of the Operations Division was on patrol on Hermon Street. He observed a gray BMW 530 traveling directly in front of him. The BMW was traveling east on Hermon Street, approaching Southbridge Street. The driver failed to make a proper stop at this intersection. The officer observed the infraction and activated his emergency lights and signaled the operator to stop.
The driver was identified as Luis Olmo-Saavedra, 30, of 9 Mott St. The officer obtained the operator’s information and was walking back to his cruiser to check on the operator’s license status. At this time the officer heard the sound of something hitting the ground. The officer turned and observed a plastic baggie bouncing across the street. Upon seeing this the officer called for backup.
The officer was informed that Olmo-Saavedra was operating the BMW with a suspended license. With the assist of backup officers, the plastic baggie was retrieved and inspected. Officers observed that the baggie was filled with numerous smaller knotted baggies that contained heroin and crack cocaine. The packaging was consistent with drug distribution.
The two occupants of the BMW were asked to exit the vehicle. The passenger was Rafael Miranda-Melendez, 42, of 25 Queen St.
Both men were placed under arrest. A search of Olmo-Saavedra produced $790 in cash and a wallet wrapped in Saran Wrap with a white powdery substance that appeared to be cocaine.
Olmo-Saavedra was charged with a stop sign violation, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, trafficking in a Class B substance (cocaine), possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute, possession of a Class A substance, possession of a Class B substance (cocaine) with intent to distribute, and possession of a Class B substance.
Miranda-Melendez was charged with possession of Class A substance with intent to distribute, possession of a Class A substance, possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute, and possession of a Class B substance.
The cash and drugs were seized as evidence; the BMW was towed.
Both men were arraigned at the Worcester County Courthouse.
Man arrested for tagging buildings with graffiti
At approximately 8:17 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, Worcester Police received information from a neighborhood association in the area of Shrewsbury Street regarding several businesses that were “tagged” with spray paint. During the investigation, officers found that numerous businesses on Shrewsbury Street were vandalized with spray paint. Officers also found the same type of tagging on the Worcester Common Oval and another business on Green Street.
As a result of the investigation, officers developed probable cause to arrest Kyle Nelson, 25, of 22 Bowdoin St., Apartment 2, Worcester. On Thursday, Jan. 11, Nelson was charged with fourteen counts of defacement of real or personal property.
Sam’s Club members can receive refund
Sam’s Club members can cancel their membership and receive a refund (either as a check or Walmart gift card) by calling 888-746-7726. All Sam’s Club gift cards can be redeemed at any Walmart store or online.
The office of Attorney General Maura Healey confirmed this with parent company Walmart after the sudden announcement that stores, including one in Worcester, were closing.
Consumers with questions can call the Attorney General’s Consumer Hotline at 617-727-8400.
WPD Alcohol Enforcement Unit attempts to curb underage drinking
The Worcester Police Alcohol Enforcement Unit will be enhancing its efforts to prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors and the purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages to minors by conducting a number of programs over the course of the next year. The Alcohol Enforcement Unit will also target establishments that over-serve patrons.
The goal is to use enforcement practices that will help to prevent access to alcohol by minors and to ensure that alcohol establishments are following proper laws, regulations and procedures with regard to serving age appropriate patrons.
Throughout the year, members of the Worcester Police Alcohol Enforcement Unit will be conducting various underage alcohol compliance stings and surveillance activities. The Alcohol Enforcement Unit expects business establishments to adhere to the laws of the commonwealth and watch for fake IDs and minors attempting to purchase alcohol.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, underage drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 annual deaths.
Teen arrested for threats against Central Mass. Academy
At about 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, Worcester Police responded to Central Mass. Academy, Rockdale Street, for a report of a student making threats against the school.
Officers were told that the administration had discovered that one of their students had posted threatening messages against the school. The threats were posted on the suspect’s Facebook page, which has since been removed.
The threats allegedly came from Nathaniel Archeval, 18, of Worcester. Worcester Police say Archeval is a known member of a local gang.
Worcester police located Archeval at about 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, in a Pattison Street apartment and placed him under arrest without incident. He was charged with Threat to Hijack or Disruption of School.
Archeval was transported to police headquarters for processing and then transported to the Worcester County District Court House for an afternoon arraignment.
Man arrested after robbing woman at knifepoint
At about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, Worcester Police responded to 27 Mount Vernon St. for a reported Larceny.
The 35-year-old female victim said she was exiting the Cantihno Do Brazil Market, 108 Belmont St., when she was approached by a man asking her for money. After an exchange, the man pushed her against the wall of Dunkin Donuts, produced a knife and demanded her purse.
He took the purse and began to walk up Belmont Street. The victim told the officers that she began to follow the suspect onto Hooper Street and eventually onto Mount Vernon Street. The man was seen entering 27 Mount Vernon St.
Officers entered the building and were given access to the building security cameras for review. Officers identified the apartment the suspect entered. The suspect was identified as Fernando Ayala, 31, of 33 Beacon St.
The victim identified Ayala as the man who robbed her. He was placed under arrest without incident and charged with Armed Robbery.
Officers at the scene eventually located evidence and the victim’s purse inside the building.