An MS-13 member pleaded guilty on Jan. 12 in federal court in Boston to racketeering conspiracy involving the murder of a 15-year-old boy in Lawrence.
Josue Alexis DePaz, a/k/a “Gato,” 21, a Salvadoran national formerly residing in Lawrence, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, more commonly referred to as RICO conspiracy. U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV scheduled sentencing for April 6, 2018.
DePaz was identified as a member of MS-13’s Everett Loco Salvatrucha (ELS) clique, which operated in the greater Boston area. When interviewed by law enforcement officers, DePaz admitted that on July 5, 2015, he was one of two men who stabbed a 15-year-old boy to death in O’Connell Park in Lawrence. In conversations recorded by law enforcement during the investigation, MS-13 members identified DePaz as one of the men who murdered the victim. DePaz was subsequently arrested in a house in Somerville with several other MS-13 members. A search warrant at the house resulted in the recovery of a firearm, several large knives, photographs of MS-13 members flashing gang signs, and a large volume of MS-13 paraphernalia, including blue and white hats, bandanas and rosary beads. According to court documents, MS-13 members frequently wear blue and white items of clothing to signify their membership in the gang.
After a three-year investigation, DePaz was one of 61 individuals named in a superseding indictment targeting the criminal activities of alleged leaders, members, and associates of MS-13 in Massachusetts. DePaz is the 28th defendant to plead guilty in this case.
DePaz faces up to life in prison, five years of supervised release, and will be subject to deportation upon the completion of his sentence.
On Dec. 22, at 5:20 p.m., officers responded to 165 Walnut St. for a report of a past armed robbery. Upon officers’ arrival, they made contact with the victim and alleged robbery suspect, standing out front of the building. The victim claims the suspect took $200 from him after he left the ATM at the Chelsea Bank on Broadway. The suspect claims the money was used to buy drugs from him and that the victim complained about the quality of the drugs purchased.
Jose Rivera, 32, of 11 Congress Ave., was charged with unarmed robbery.
REFUSED SERVICE AT BAR
On Dec. 22, at 10:49 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Spanish Falcon Club located at 158 Broadway on the report of a fight outside.
Officers observed security outside speaking to a group of men, two of which appeared intoxicated. As Officers spoke to security, they were informed that the two intoxicated males had been causing a disturbance because security refused them entry due to their state of intoxication.
They were asked to leave several times, but were becoming aggressive towards employees. As officers engaged the men in conversation, it was apparent that the men were upset at having been refused entry and wanted to continue their night of drinking. The two men refused the officers’ orders to leave the area and became loud and boisterous, causing a disturbance. The first male was placed into custody after violently resisting officers in their attempt to place him under arrest. The second male, and brother of the male taken into custody, refused orders to leave, and he also became aggressive and was taken into custody after a struggle.
David Garcia, 24, of 141 Marlborough St., was charged with disorderly conduct.
Kevin Garcia, 21, of Lynn, was charged with disorderly conduct, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.
On Nov. 3 at 1:10 p.m., a victim of a Hit and Run flagged down a CPD officer on a detail. The victim reported that he had been struck by the vehicle, which fled the scene located at 280 Second St. The suspect’s vehicle was located and the detail officer attempted to stop the vehicle with verbal commands from the roadway. The officer was forced to jump out of the way to avoid being struck as the operator continued to flee the scene at a high rate of speed. The operator was later stopped by other CPD units and the operator was placed into custody
Marcio Mezabaca, 32, of 220 Broadway, was charged with operating under the influence of liquor, leaving the scene of property damage, failing to stop for police, assault to murder and resisting arrest.
STOLE CELL PHONE
On Nov. 5, at noon, a female known to a CPD officer on patrol was observed in the company of a male in the area of Cherry Street and Everett Avenue. The officer observed from a distance the known female pushing the victim, and then grabbing his cellphone. Once she observed the officer, she fled the area. She was located a short distance away and placed into custody.
Meghan Mastrangelo, 36, of Revere, was charged with unarmed robbery.
ROBBED WITH BALL BAT
On Oct. 26 at 5:59 p.m., an armed robbery was reported at the Corner Market, located at 803 Broadway. The victim clerk stated that an unknown male party wearing a ski mask entered the store, struck him with a wooden bat style object, and then made away with money, an unknown amount of $30 lottery tickets and cigarettes.
The victim was treated on scene by EMS for an abrasion sustained on his left arm. The suspect was described as a black male approximately 45-47 years old, 5’8” tall, wearing a black ski mask, black jacket, blue jeans, black shoes, and gloves.
Please contact CPD Detectives if you have information to report.
PROBLEM OUTSIDE RESTAURANT
On Nov. 1, at 6:19 p.m., a disturbance was reported outside Chung Wah Restaurant, located at 460 Broadway. Officers observed a female who appeared to be intoxicated displaying boisterous behavior and disturbing the flow of pedestrian and traffic. After further investigation, she was placed into custody for being disorderly
Alisha Cohen, 38, of 36 Winthrop Rd., was charged with being disorderly and possession of an alcoholic beverage.
On Oct. 29 at 10:32 a.m., a male subject was placed into custody after he had been observed breaking a window on the old Salvation Army Donation Center, located at 456 Broadway. The officer observed the male subject punch the window as a result of an apparent argument between him and an unknown female party. He was placed into custody for malicious destruction of property.
Andrew Babigumira, 31, homeless, was charged with wanton destruction.
STABBED FOR DEALING DRUGS
On Oct. 29, at 5:05 p.m., officers responded to a reported stabbing at 744 Broadway #2. A victim was located inside the apartment with minor lacerations to the hand. The victim stated that a dispute arose with his roommate over him dealing narcotics out of their apartment.
The suspect was found by CPD offices and placed under arrest.
An MS-13 member pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Boston in connection with a 2014 shooting in Chelsea and a 2015 conspiracy to kill a suspected cooperating witness.
David Lopez, a/k/a “Cilindro,” a/k/a “Villano,” 22, a Salvadoran national, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, more commonly referred to as RICO conspiracy.
U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV scheduled sentencing for Jan. 30, 2018.
Lopez was a member of MS-13’s Enfermos Criminales Salvatrucha (ECS) clique, which operated in Chelsea and other parts of Massachusetts. On May 29, 2014, Lopez and co-defendant Daniel Menjivar, a/k/a “Roca,” approached a victim near the Washington Avenue bus stop in Chelsea. Menjivar repeatedly stabbed the victim, and as he was struggling for his life, Lopez approached and shot at the victim. The victim suffered significant life threatening injuries, but survived following emergency surgery.
Menjivar pleaded guilty in September 2017.
The investigation revealed that in March 2015, members of the ECS clique decided to kill a fellow MS-13 member who they incorrectly believed was cooperating with law enforcement at the time.
Law enforcement intervened and convinced the individual to become a cooperating witness. A subsequent investigation uncovered evidence that the ECS clique sent someone to New Jersey to pick up Lopez, who had fled Massachusetts after the May 2014 attack, so that he could come back to Massachusetts to help kill the suspected cooperating witness.
Lopez is the 23rd defendant to plead guilty in this case.
Lopez faces no greater than 20 years in prison and three years of supervised release. Lopez will be subject to deportation upon the completion of his sentence. He is believed to be in the country illegally.
A Leominster man was arraigned Monday on charges he took part in the shooting of another man in Chelsea last weekend.
Juan Oliva, 27, of Leominster, was arraigned in Chelsea District Court on charges of armed assault in a dwelling, armed assault with intent to murder, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and carrying a loaded firearm.
Prosecutors requested bail of $25,000 and orders that Oliva wear a GPS monitor, abide by a curfew, and stay away and have no contact with witnesses in the event he is to be released on bail. Judge Matthew Nestor imposed bail of $5,000 and ordered Oliva to submit to GPS monitoring and stay away from the victim’s home and from the hospital where the victim is receiving treatment. He was also ordered to stay away and have no contact with a second man sought in connection with the shooting.
Chelsea Police and State Police detectives assigned to Conley’s office responded to a Carter Street residence shortly before midnight Saturday after a man had been shot during an altercation with Oliva and a second man.
According to prosecutors, Oliva and another man travelled to the Carter Street residence to confront the victim about an alleged assault of another individual that had occurred earlier that day. Oliva and the victim became involved in a physical altercation, during which the second man shot him, prosecutors said. The victim was struck in the leg and lower torso.
The victim’s injuries were not considered life-threatening, and he was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment.
Chelsea and State police identified Oliva during the investigation that followed. With the help of the Leominster Police Department, Oliva’s vehicle was located at his residence yesterday morning and he was taken into custody.
Chelsea Police and State Police assigned to the Suffolk DA’s office responded Wednesday afternoon to an unattended death on Webster Avenue, where an adult male was found deceased in a vehicle outside his home.
Based on the presence of an unknown white powder on the deceased’s body, a Fire Department hazardous materials team responded and took a sample that is currently being transported to a state lab for testing.
It was the first time that the Police Department has used new protocols from Chief Brian Kyes to handle Fentanyl situations. That came after two officers were sent to the hospital with complications after being exposed to Fentanyl during an incident this month.
SLASHED IN THE FACE
On Aug. 17, at 1:03 a.m., Officers were flagged down by a witness in the area near Bellingham Square. The witness stated that a male was stabbed near 196 Shurtleff St. Officers responded and spoke to th victim who stated that he was “hanging out” with a female when a male party approached and pulled out a butterfly style knife and subsequently slashed the victim across the face.
The victim was transported to MGH Boston for a laceration to his face.
During the investigation it was revealed that all parties knew each other and a suspect was placed into custody.
Rigoberto Ramirez, 39, of 23 Eleanor St., was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, mayhem, and carrying a dangerous weapon (second offense).
ASSAULTED ELDERLY MAN
On Aug. 25, at 3:59 p.m., officers responded to a fight in progress at Broadway and Second St. Upon arrival, the suspect was observed fleeing the scene. After a brief foot pursuit, the suspect was placed into custody for assault on a person over 60. The victim was treated for injuries at CHA Everett.
Kirk Crowley, 49, of 855 Broadway, was charged with assault and battery on a person 60 or over.
BREAKING AND ENTERING
On Aug. 19, at 6:14 a.m., a break into a motor vehicle was reported at 113 Cook Ave. The victim provided the suspects’ descriptions to officers. While canvasing the area, officers encountered a suspect who took off on foot in opposite directions. After a foot pursuit, the subject was placed into custody. Three credit cards, and iPhone 6S, $70 USC, and a pocket knife were located on his person.
A 15-year-old juvenile from Everett was charged with breaking and entering in the day for a felony, receiving a stolen credit card, and carrying a dangerous weapon.
HIT IN HEAD WITH BOTTLE
One Aug. 26, at 2:50 a.m., police responded to an Assault at the Wyndham Hotel, located at 201 Maple St. Victim was located outside the hotel. He had sustained a severe laceration to the back of his head. The victim stated that he was assaulted by several male parties outside of room #501, one of which struck him in the back of the head with a bottle. The victim subsequently was transported to MGH Boston for treatment. After further investigation, three suspects were placed into custody.
Daniel Prito, 27, of 201 Everett Ave.,; Adalberto Pineda, 24, of Malden; and Eric Romero, 24, of Malden; were all charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
ROBBED AT KNIFEPOINT
On Aug. 18, at 2:39 a.m., a victim flagged down Officers in the area near Fourth Street and Pearl Street. The victim stated that he was robbed at knife point by two male and two female parties. The suspects attempted to steal his money, but were only able to get his car keys before fleeing the scene.
The victim suffered a minor laceration to a finger, which he was treated on scene by EMS. After further investigation, three individuals were placed into custody. A warrant has been obtained for the fourth person involved.
Stephen Panzino, 39, of Everett; Johnna Grimaldi, 34, of Everett; and Michael Alden, 43, of Reading; were all charged with armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Alexandria Andrades, 26, 16 Bryant St. Everett, was arrested for assault and battery on a police officer, reckless operation of motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, speeding and stop sign violation.
Tia Tavares, 25, 70 Shawmut St., Chelsea, was arrested on warrants.
Josue Estrada, 33, 55 Heard St., Chelsea, was arrested for larceny from building.
Matthew White, 25, 366 Vane St., Revere, was arrested on unarmed robbery.
Rigoberto Ramirez, 39, 23 Eleanor St., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, mayhem and dangerous carrying a dangerous weapon,(2nd offense).
Egno Wilva, 26, 22 H igh St., Everett, was arrested for breaking and entering daytime, resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer, and warrants.
Stephen Panzino, 39, 295 Chelsea St., Everett, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and armed robbery.
Johnna Grimaldi, 34, 161 Union St., Everett, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and armed robbery.
Michael Alden, 43, 122 Village St., Reading, was arrested for armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and warrant.
On June 3, at 7:02 p.m., a subject was placed into custody after he made threats over the phone to ‘blast’ and shoot employees at the T-Mobile store located at 158 Everett Ave. He was located at his residence on Grove Street and apprehended.
Jorge Castro, 37, of 84 Grove St., was charged with bomb/hijack threats.
ALMOST HIT A CRUISER
On May 31, at 9:50 p.m., officers were patrolling northbound on Eastern Avenue when they observed a vehicle driving in the southbound direction of Eastern Avenue. The vehicle was observed crossing over the yellow double lines and narrowly missed colliding into the Patrol vehicle. The operator was placed under arrest for OUI after a failing a field sobriety test.
Jose Arias-Munguia, 46, of East Boston, was charged with operating under the influence of liquor, marked lanes violation and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
On June 1, at 10:12 a.m., officers responded to an argument between two parties in front of 21 Lash St. Upon arrival, officers were flagged down by a female party, later identified the person who had called the police. The victim told officers that the female who was known to her attacked her by striking her in the face several times, and she was able to free herself to call police. The subject was located by Boston Police in East Boston and placed under arrest and turned over to CPD.
Luz Zapata, 42, of East Boston, was charged with assault and battery and intimidation of a witness.
Chelsea Police reported a stabbing at a home on Marlborough Street Saturday morning.
Police reported that the situation was a domestic incident between a father and stepson and the victim was taken to the hospital and treated.
He was injured in the stabbing, but is expected to recover.
STABBING ON CHESTNUT, OR MAYBE EL SALVADOR?
On Sunday, April 3, officers responded to the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) on a report of a past victim of an armed robbery and assault. The victim was reported to be under the influence of alcohol and could not remember where or when the incident happened, except that it was on Chestnut Street by a black male he knows but could not name or describe.
At one point, he stated the incident took place in El Salvador.
He received and was treated for a puncture wound to his hand. He claimed he was robbed of $300 in cash.
On April 4, at 9:40 p.m. officers responded to a call from an off-duty officer who had information that individuals were involved in “stripping” a car for parts. The officers responded to 121 Cark Ave. based on the information relayed by the off-duty officer. Officers were able to converge on the address and observed several car parts. The officers received information that the individuals involved were down the street in a Ford Expedition at Clark and Eleanor Streets. The officers detained and arrested both parties.
The police also recovered a stolen Honda Civic that the parts were taken from. One of those arrested was wearing a court ordered monitoring bracelet.
Ivan Reyes, 22, of 81 Central Ave., and Edwin Wilfredo Carnona, 18, of Revere, face receiving stolen property as well as larceny of a motor vehicle charges.
On Monday, April 11, at approximately 2:20 p.m. Chelsea 911 received several reports of a vehicle striking a building at the intersection of Clark and Webster Avenues.
Chelsea Fire and Police, along with Cataldo Ambulance, were immediately dispatched to the scene. It was reported that a pickup truck operating down Clark Avenue towards Webster allegedly lost its brakes and jumped the curb striking a fence and stone retaining wall of 76 Webster Ave. and then became airborne striking a parked vehicle on Webster Avenue and finally coming to rest against the building at 77 Webster Ave. causing extensive structural damage.
The operator did not appear to be injured. However, the vehicle suffered heavy front-end damage and a ruptured gas tank.
Chelsea firefighters mitigated the gas leak and spread absorbent on the area and remained on scene until ISD Building Inspectors deemed the building to be safe.
One Bellingham Street man found himself arrested after getting in a jam with his neighbor over a parking spot on a snowy Feb. 7th morning.
On Sunday, February 7, at 7:22 a.m. officers responded to 95 Bellingham St. on the report of an argument over a parking spot. On arrival, officers spoke with the calling party identified as a witness. The witness stated she called 9-1-1 after observing an argument take place between her neighbors over a parking space. The argument, she said, resulted in one neighbor kicking in the door of a motor vehicle, causing damage.
That subject was placed into custody.
Joshua Bernard, 29, of 96 Bellingham St., was charged with intentionally, willfully and maliciously damaging property.
FEDS TAKE CUSTODY IN ARREST
A Bloomingdale Street resident was taken into custody on Friday, Feb. 5, on a federal arrest warrant.
Around 6 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, Oswaldo Sousa was placed into custody at his residence of 63 Bloomingdale St. on a Federal Arrest Warrant. State Police, Chelsea Police and ATF were present for this arrest. Sousa was processed and booked at CPD and taken to Federal Court. No further information at this time.
Sousa, 29, of 63 Bloomingdale St., was charged with being a fugitive from justice.
TO CATCH A CROOK
On Wednesday, Feb. 10, at approximately 1:47 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Crescent Ave/Vernon Street for a report of a male party running after a male suspect that was involved in house break of a Broadway address.
The victim stated that he heard some noises coming from his basement, and when he responded downstairs he observed one of his doors completely off of the hinges. The victim stated that when he came around the corner he noticed the back door was open and the glass was shattered and observed a male party walking down his stairs. The victim stated he ran after the male party, and caught up to him at Dunkin Donuts on Eastern Avenue and struggled with him as he got away again. The victim yelled to witnesses to call Chelsea Police to report the incident as he continued running after the male party. Several witnesses stated that they observed the male party run behind Atlas Building, 295 Eastern Ave. All units responded to the area and a search was conducted. The male party, identified as Anthony Giugliano was placed into custody and transported to Chelsea Police Headquarters without incident.
Giugliano, 42, of East Boston, was charged with breaking and entering in the day for a felony, resisting arrest and malicious destruction of property over $250.
Chelsea Police officers bid farewell last week to one of their own, K-9 Officer ‘Ancho.’
Ancho passed away last Tuesday, Jan. 19, with his handler, Officer Joe Capistran.
“It is with deep regret and heartfelt sorrow that I must sadly take this opportunity to announce the sudden and untimely passing of Chelsea Police Department K-9 ‘Ancho’ while resting at his home with his Handler and Best Friend Officer Joe Capistran,” said Chief Brian Kyes. “Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to Joey and his entire family during this extremely difficult time. As we know Ancho has been Joe’s loyal and always reliable partner for the past several years but more than that he was a beloved member of Joe’s family. He has been an incredible asset for the department and the City during his tenure and will be sincerely missed by everyone at 19 Park Street, but NEVER forgotten.”
K-9 Officer Ancho joins recently passed K-9 Officer Marco, who died not long ago. Both K-9 officers had been with the department for many years.
SATURDAY NIGHT SHOOTING ON ADDISON
Chelsea Police are investigating a shooting Sunday evening, Jan. 24, that occurred in the vicinity of 61 Addison St. and that left a 23-year-old Chelsea resident wounded with a non life-threatening gunshot wound.
The victim stated he was followed by a group of unidentified males who followed him and tried to engage him in conversation. The victim told officers he then observed one of the males, wearing a grey sweatshirt, reach into his pants and pull out a metallic colored firearm. The victim stated that as fled he heard two gunshots and later realized he had been struck in the neck area. Officers and EMS rendered aid and transported the victim to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston to be treated.
Detectives are continuing the investigation and are asking the public help in providing information to identify the suspects in this case. Residents are asked to call the Chelsea Police Detective Unit at 617-466-4849 or contact police anonymously by visiting chelseapolice.com if they have information regarding this incident.
SUSPECT ID’D IN TU CASA STABBING
Chelsea Detectives are actively searching for a suspect in a Saturday night assault that injured two patrons at Tu Casa Restaurant on Broadway. Chelsea units were dispatched to the location at 403 Broadway on Saturday evening, Jan. 23, at 8:12 p.m. Upon arrival, officers observed two victims who received injuries consistent with being slashed.
Both victims were transported to area hospitals and have been treated for serious, but non life threatening injuries. Witnesses inside the establishment provided officers with information that has led to the identification of the person believed to be involved.
Chelsea Detectives secured and arrest warrant for that individual from Chelsea District Court and have issued a BOLO to area departments in an effort to apprehend the subject.
If anyone has information regarding this incident they are asked to contact the case detective at 617-466-4823. Chelsea residents may also contact the police and provide information through the police departments website anonymously at www.chelseapolice.com