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.)
Witness helps WPD nab alleged Walgreens robber
At 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, Worcester Police responded to Walgreens, 220 Grafton St., for a report of an unarmed robbery. A man had stolen the cash register and walked away. A witness followed the suspect, who hid behind a wall on Barclay Street while counting the money.
The suspect, Neksone Allah-Digui, 22, of 155 Lincoln St., Worcester, refused officers’ orders to show them his hands. When officers went to place him under arrest, he began to struggle. After escaping their grip, Allah-Digui faced officers in a fighting stance.
One of the officers deployed his Taser, which had limited effect because of the suspect’s bulky winter clothing. Allah-Digui ran away with the Taser prongs still in his clothing. He was slowed down by the civilian witness who grabbed him. Officers took him into custody.
Allah-Digui was charged with unarmed robbery, defacement of property, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.
Auburn PD arrests two for bogus credit cards
On Thursday, Feb. 1, Auburn Police arrested a man and a woman from New York state on charges involving fraudulent credit cards. Police pulled over a car at about 8 p.m. after an officer spotted it in a parking lot and saw it hurriedly leave the lot.
The occupants, Shanelle Richards, 25, of Baldwin, N.Y., and Corey Adams, 23, of Carle Place, N.Y., gave conflicting accounts of their activities, could not account for the several credit cards in the console of the vehicle, a label printer and a laptop computer observed in the back seat, and gave evasive answers to basic questions.
Officers conducted a follow-up investigation at Toys “R” Us and determined that Richards had tried to make a purchase with a credit card that was suspected to be fraudulent.
Richards and Adams were arrested and charged with fraudulent credit card offenses. Police are also investigating whether the suspects are connected to counterfeit money reported earlier at Toys “R” Us, BJ’s Wholesale Club and Park ’n Shop supermarket.
Search warrant results in 15 arrests
Worcester Police Vice Squad members arrested 15 people while executing a search warrant at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 1 Stevens Road.
The target of the warrant was 37-year-old resident Hector Figueroa, who was arrested after a brief struggle and charged with heroin trafficking, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute (subsequent offense) and resisting arrest.
Officers found two large bags of heroin with a total weight of 114 grams, a realistic-looking pellet gun and two bags of cocaine.
While searching the apartment full of people, officers found Jose Berrios, 41, of 241 Lincoln St., who was sitting in bed next to a digital scale, heroin and several sandwich baggies. He was arrested for possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute.
The apartment contained numerous hypodermic syringes, empty bags, and bags of heroin powder in plain view. Thirteen other people were arrested for knowingly being present where heroin is kept.
Worcester Police investigate serious crash on Southbridge Street
Worcester Police responded to a serious car crash near 523 Southbridge St. at 3:19 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3.
A 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer was traveling south on Southbridge Street at high speed. The Chevrolet struck a parked 2003 Audi station wagon in front of Safelite AutoGlass, 515 Southbridge St. The impact sent the Audi into the northbound lane and the Chevrolet into the building.
Two occupants of the Chevy were stabilized at the scene and transported to a local hospital for treatment for serious injuries. Both males were in serious condition with head and chest trauma.
Code enforcement determined that the Safelite building was structurally unsafe. The manager of the business arrived and secured the building.
Two-car June Street crash investigated
About 1:40 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, a 2014 Jeep Wrangler and a 2012 Honda sustained heavy damage after colliding into one another near 75 June St., Worcester.
The driver of the Jeep, a 68-year-old woman from Worcester, suffered neck, back and arm pain, while the operator of the Honda, a 45-year-old man from Framingham, had neck and leg pain.
The preliminary investigation showed the Honda was pulling out onto June Street when it was struck by the Jeep traveling southwest on June Street. The impact forced the Honda to lose control and strike a light pole, knocking it to the ground. The Honda continued onward and flipped over.
Two arrested for drug trafficking and distribution
Members of the Worcester Police Vice Squad arrested two Fox Street men for drug trafficking on Friday, Feb. 2.
Police had obtained a search warrant for 57 Fox St. as a result of an investigation into whether the subject, 27-year-old Luis Cruz, was dealing drugs out of a barbershop at 260 Lincoln St.
Officers observed Cruz make several drug transactions while at the barbershop and arrested him.
A search produced $762, 33 bags of crack cocaine and 34 bags of heroin. A later search of the Fox Street apartment produced a clear plastic knotted bag of a white powder cutting agent, a razor blade, three digital scales and a fanny pack that had a knotted plastic bag inside it that contained heroin.
A search of a second bedroom, belonging to 58-year-old Angel Cruz, produced 16 bags of marijuana, a digital scale, a security camera and $390.
Reported erratic driver crashes on Pine Street in Leicester
On Thursday, Feb. 1, Leicester Police officers responded to a call about a car operating erratically on Pine Street. A second caller soon reported a car had struck a utility pole.
While the driver was not injured, officers determined the driver was operating under the influence of a narcotic. Leicester Police requested a drug recognition expert for assistance, and a trooper from the Mass. State Police responded.
Based on the investigation, the driver, a 40-year-old man from Connecticut, was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of drugs and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
One injured in Leicester rollover
On person sustained non-life-threatening injuries during a single-vehicle crash at approximately 7:17 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5. The crash occurred when a van went off the roadway and then rolled over on River Street at the American Legion Post.