Saugus Police Department https://sauguspd.com Official Website Mon, 27 Nov 2017 18:22:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 https://i2.wp.com/sauguspd.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2014/05/cropped-SPD-patch-noback4.png?fit=32%2C32 Saugus Police Department https://sauguspd.com 32 32 Video and Photos: Saugus Police Searching for Armed Robbery Suspect https://sauguspd.com/2017/11/27/video-photos-saugus-police-searching-armed-robbery-suspect/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 18:22:37 +0000 https://sauguspd.com/?p=222162 Chief Domenic J. DiMella reports that the Saugus Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred late Saturday evening.

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Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

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

Saugus Police Searching for Armed Robbery Suspect

SAUGUS — Chief Domenic J. DiMella reports that the Saugus Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred late Saturday evening.

Saugus Police responded to Amato’s Liquor Store on Lincoln Avenue at 11 p.m. for a reported armed robbery. Upon arrival, officers learned that a man entered the store a short time earlier and brandished a black handgun while demanding money.

The suspect fled with a quantity of cash. He is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans or sweatpants, a black mask, and a camouflage New England Patriots logo ball cap. The suspect is believed to had fled on foot.

Multiple officers and a Massachusetts State Police K-9 unit responded and attempted to track the suspect, but no one was found.

The clerk was not injured in the altercation.

The Saugus Police Department is making video surveillance footage from the robbery available, with the hope that someone will recognize the suspect and provide information leading to his identification and capture. Click here for video footage.

Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to call Saugus Police Detective Frank Morello at 781-941-1181. Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip by clicking here: https://sauguspd.com/contact-us/submit-an-anonymous-tip/

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Saugus Police Charge Man With Heroin Trafficking https://sauguspd.com/2017/11/17/saugus-police-charge-man-heroin-trafficking/ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:59:56 +0000 https://sauguspd.com/?p=222143 The Saugus Police Department arrested a man on multiple charges, including heroin trafficking, yesterday.

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Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

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

Saugus Police Charge Man With Heroin Trafficking

Saugus Police seized 155 grams of suspected heroin with a street value of $9,000. (Courtesy Photo)

SAUGUS — Chief Domenic J. DiMella reports that the Saugus Police Department arrested a man on multiple charges, including heroin trafficking, yesterday.

FRANK LAPORTA, AGE 33, OF SOMERVILLE, was arrested and charged with:

  • Trafficking Heroin Over 100 Grams
  • Possession of a Class C substance
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Malicious Destruction of Property over $250

At approximately 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, Saugus Police were dispatched to the Avalon Motel for a report of a man destroying a room.

Upon arrival, officers located a man, later identified as LAPORTA, pacing outside of one of the motel rooms. Officers observed that the room had been torn apart, with the bed, a table and a chair all flipped over.

Officers began an on-scene investigation and asked LAPORTA to have a seat inside the room. As he sat, officers observed large bulges coming from the pockets of his shorts and noticed that LAPORTA continuously reached into his pockets in spite of instructions not to do so.

Police searched LAPORTA’s pockets and removed a knife and a needle, which was snagged on a plastic bag containing several smaller bags with a brown powder substance believed to be heroin and three yellow pills believed to be Clonazepam inside.

While checking LAPORTA’s pockets, officers observed a large bulge in his waistband and removed a large plastic bag that contained several bags of brown powder believed to be heroin. At that time, LAPORTA allegedly attempted to flee from the officers, who were able to subdue him and take him into custody without further incident.

The 155 grams of suspected heroin in LAPORTA’s possession has an estimated street value of $9,000.

LAPORTA was taken to an area hospital for a medical evaluation and was subsequently booked and held on $100,000 bail pending his arraignment, which was scheduled for this morning in Lynn District Court.

“I want to congratulate the Patrol Division and the officers involved in this case for their dedication and professionalism in apprehending this suspect,” Chief DiMella said. “They safely deescalated a potentially dangerous situation and seized a significant amount of deadly drugs.”

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*UPDATE* Saugus Police Searching for Shoplifting Suspect who Carjacked Taxi https://sauguspd.com/2017/11/13/update-saugus-police-searching-shoplifting-suspect-carjacked-taxi/ Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:47:09 +0000 https://sauguspd.com/?p=222140 The Saugus Police Department is investigating after a man shoplifted from a store and then stole the taxicab that had brought him there in the first place.

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Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

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

*UPDATE*

Saugus Police Searching for Shoplifting Suspect who Carjacked Taxi

SAUGUS — Police Chief Domenic J. DiMella reports that the Saugus Police Department is investigating after a man shoplifted from a store and then stole the taxicab that had brought him there in the first place.

At approximately 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Saugus Police received a 911 call from someone at DICK’S Sporting Goods, 1201 Broadway, who reported that a male had fled the store, possibly carrying merchandise.

The investigation indicates that the suspect arrived at the store via taxicab, which picked the suspect up in Lynn and drove him to the Square One Mall location. The suspect went into the store and emerged about five minutes later carrying three expensive jackets, valued at a total of $879. The taxi driver, saw that his fare was being chased by another man, and the driver attempted to flee the area. However, as he attempted to back out of a parking space, the suspect smashed through the driver’s side window and attempted to jump through the window, onto the driver’s lap.

The suspect managed to open the driver’s door using the interior door handle. Once the door opened, the suspect pulled the victim out of the cab, and the suspect drove away toward Essex Street in Saugus.

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-to-late 30s with graying brown hair and a goatee (chin hair only). He was wearing a black jacket and gray hat. No wepaon was shown.

The taxi has not been recovered as of 9:30 a.m. Monday. It is a 2008 gray Ford Fusion with a Massachusetts Taxi license plate “412C.”

The suspect will have a notable hand injury from breaking the glass.

 

The taxi driver declined medical attention.

 

Anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident, or who encounters the taxi, is asked to immediately call their local police department or Saugus Police at 781-941-1199.

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Saugus Police Searching for Carjacking Suspect https://sauguspd.com/2017/11/12/saugus-police-searching-carjacking-suspect/ Mon, 13 Nov 2017 03:03:36 +0000 https://sauguspd.com/?p=222138 SAUGUS -- Chief Domenic J. DiMella reports that the Saugus Police Department is actively searching for a man who carjacked a taxi this evening after fleeing from a store in town.

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Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017

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

Saugus Police Searching for Carjacking Suspect

SAUGUS — Chief Domenic J. DiMella reports that the Saugus Police Department is actively searching for a man who carjacked a taxi this evening after fleeing from a store in town.

At approximately 6:45 p.m., Saugus Police received a 911 call from someone at DICK’S Sporting Goods, 1201 Broadway, who reported that a male had fled the store, possibly carrying merchandise.

The male then approached a gray 2008 Ford Fusion Garcia’s Taxi, broke the driver’s side window and then removed the driver before getting in the vehicle and driving off in the direction of Essex Street. The taxi has a Massachusetts license plate, 412c. No injuries were reported.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s. He was last seeing wearing a black hat and black jacket.

Anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident, or who encounters the taxi, is asked to immediately call their local police department or Saugus Police at 781-941-1199.

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Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree and Police Chief Domenic DiMella Announce Appointment of New Police Officer https://sauguspd.com/2017/10/31/town-manager-scott-c-crabtree-police-chief-domenic-dimella-announce-appointment-new-police-officer/ Tue, 31 Oct 2017 20:52:07 +0000 https://sauguspd.com/?p=222129 Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree and Saugus Police Chief Domenic DiMella are pleased to announce the appointment of a new police officer at the Saugus Police Department: Daniela Salinas. Officer Salinas holds her Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from North Shore Community College. She was sworn in to her new role on Friday, September 15, […]

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Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree and Saugus Police Chief Domenic DiMella are pleased to announce the appointment of a new police officer at the Saugus Police Department: Daniela Salinas.

Officer Salinas holds her Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from North Shore Community College. She was sworn in to her new role on Friday, September 15, 2017 at the Town Hall, and her first day on the job was Monday, September 18, 2017.

“I am pleased to appoint Officer Salinas to the Saugus Police Department, and to welcome another female to the force,” said Town Manager Crabtree. “I wish her the best success in this new and challenging role.”

Salinas will be assigned to the Patrol Division.

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Suspect Brought Back to Massachusetts to Answer to 1998 Child Rape, Kidnapping Charges in Saugus https://sauguspd.com/2017/10/27/saugus-suspect-brought-back-massachusetts-answer-1998-child-rape-kidnapping-charges/ Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:29:55 +0000 https://sauguspd.com/?p=222125 SAUGUS -- A former bus driver for children with special needs who is charged with kidnapping and raping one of his young passengers in Saugus in 1998, but fled before his trial, was returned to Massachusetts Thursday night to face justice.

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Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

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

Suspect Brought Back to Massachusetts to Answer to 1998 Child Rape, Kidnapping Charges in Saugus

SAUGUS — A former bus driver for children with special needs who is charged with kidnapping and raping one of his young passengers in Saugus in 1998, but fled before his trial, was returned to Massachusetts Thursday night to face justice.

A relentless investigation by Saugus Police, Massachusetts State Police, the United States Marshals Services, and the Essex County District Attorney ensures that HENRY GONZALEZ, now 44, will answer to charges of rape of a child with force, kidnapping, and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

GONZALEZ, who lived in Lynn at the time of the crime in 1998, had been added to the Massachusetts State Police Most Wanted list in 2001. He was also featured on the former America’s Most Wanted television show.

“No one on the investigative team ever forgot the victim who was so seriously harmed by this violent criminal, and no member of the team ever wavered in their dedication to hauling him out of the shadows where he was hiding and into the light of justice,” said Colonel Richard D. McKeon, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police.

Saugus Police Chief Domenic DiMella added: “This man committed a heinous act, betraying the trust placed in him by the victim, her family and the community as a whole. For nearly 20 years, he’s evaded the law, and it is through the hard work and tireless efforts of Saugus Police Detectives, the Massachusetts State Police, the United States Marshals Services and the Essex County District Attorney’s Office that this man is now being held accountable for his actions today.”

After being located in the Dominican Republic through a joint local-state-federal investigation, GONZALEZ was arrested there earlier this year by deputy United States marshals.

“Today, I want to commend the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, the investigators with the Massachusetts State Police, the Saugus Police Department, and the deputies of the United States Marshals Service for their steadfast commitment to ensuring Henry Gonzalez be held accountable for the crimes for which he has been sought since 2000,” said John Gibbons, United States Marshal for the District of Massachusetts. “I hope this arrest brings some measure of closure to the victim and affected family members who have waited 17 years for justice in this case.”

GONZALEZ was flown into Logan Airport Thursday night under guard of United States deputy marshals and turned over to Troopers assigned to the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section. The troopers transported him to the Saugus Police Department, where he is being held pending his return to Essex Superior Court to resume criminal proceedings against him.

“This was an extraordinary collaboration of local, state, and federal law enforcement partners all for the single cause of justice for the victim and her family,” said Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

On December 16, 1998, the Saugus Police Department received a report that a 13-year-old special needs student had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted by her bus driver, earlier that day. An ensuing investigation by Saugus Police detectives resulted in GONZALEZ’s arrest. The Essex District Attorney’s Office indicted GONZALEZ on two counts of rape of a child by force, two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, and kidnapping.

A trial was scheduled for June 2000 in Essex Superior Court but GONZALEZ did not appear for court and a warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest.

Saugus detectives and the troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section began an intensive investigation to locate GONZALEZ. The investigation continued for years. The detectives and troopers eventually developed information that GONZALEZ was in the Dominican Republic. State and local investigators contacted the United States Marshals Service for assistance, and that agency began working with its resources in the Dominican. As a result, GONZALEZ was arrested there by deputy marshals in late May. His extradition was completed Thursday night.

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Saugus Police Provide Halloween Safety Tips https://sauguspd.com/2017/10/18/saugus-police-provide-halloween-safety-tips/ Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:27:52 +0000 https://sauguspd.com/?p=222101 SAUGUS -- With Halloween around the corner, Chief Domenic J. DiMella and the Saugus Police Department are reminding residents of several important safety tips as families get ready to take children trick-or-treating this year.

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Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

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

Saugus Police Provide Halloween Safety Tips

SAUGUS — With Halloween around the corner, Chief Domenic J. DiMella and the Saugus Police Department are reminding residents of several important safety tips as families get ready to take children trick-or-treating this year.

“While we want all of our residents to have a fun Halloween this year, the safety of the community remains our top priority,” Chief DiMella said. “Please, consider these safety tips while celebrating and let us know if you see anything out of the ordinary while out trick-or-treating.”

Halloween, which is celebrated on Oct. 31, falls on a Tuesday this year. Saugus Police will have extra officers on patrol to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents.

Police also remind residents to use caution as they celebrate the weekend prior to Halloween, Oct. 27-29.

Children should:

  • Only approach well-lit houses in familiar neighborhoods and always travel in small groups
  • Bring treats home before eating them so parents can inspect them
  • Wear clothing that is bright, reflective and flame retardant
  • Use flashlights for guidance on sidewalks, walkways and when crossing the street
  • Make sure masks have eye-holes large enough to see any tripping hazards or oncoming traffic, and mouth openings large enough to breathe easily
  • Practice safe street-crossing by using crosswalks and walk signals
  • Wear sturdy shoes and temperature appropriate clothing under costumes

Parents and guardians should:

  • Supervise children under 12 years old
  • Establish a designated curfew for older children
  • Make sure children are wearing safe costumes that fit well and don’t drag on the ground
  • Apply reflective tape to your child’s arms, legs and treat bags
  • Assure costume accessories such as swords and other pointed objects are made with soft and safe materials
  • If driving children between houses and neighborhoods, have them get out of cars on the curbside, not on the traffic side

Homeowners should:

  • Keep inside and outside lights on during trick-or-treat hours
  • Avoid placing lit candles and jack-o-lanterns on doorsteps and walkways where costumes could brush against them and cause burns or fire
  • Only hand out candy that is packaged and wrapped
  • Avoid handing out small toys that could cause choking or lead poisoning for small children

Additionally, any suspicious person or vehicle should immediately be reported to the Saugus Police Department by calling 781-233-1740.

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Saugus Police Department Announce Promotion https://sauguspd.com/2017/10/18/saugus-police-department-announce-promotion-3/ Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:26:02 +0000 https://sauguspd.com/?p=222096 Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree and Saugus Police Chief Domenic DiMella are pleased to announce the promotion of Sergeant Arthur Connors, Jr. to Lieutenant. Lieutenant Connors, who holds his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from North Shore Community College, has served on the department for more than 13 years. He was sworn into his new […]

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Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree and Saugus Police Chief Domenic DiMella are pleased to announce the promotion of Sergeant Arthur Connors, Jr. to Lieutenant.

Lieutenant Connors, who holds his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from North Shore Community College, has served on the department for more than 13 years. He was sworn into his new role on August 23, 2017 with members of the department, Town hall staff, family, and friends in attendance to show their support.

“I am honored to appoint Lieutenant Connors,” said Town Manager Crabtree. “I wish him the best success in this new and challenging role.”

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Saugus Police Department Provides Back to School Safety Tips https://sauguspd.com/2017/08/24/saugus-police-department-provides-back-school-safety-tips/ Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:13:00 +0000 https://sauguspd.com/?p=222071 Chief Domenic J. DiMella and the Saugus Police Department urge community members to review important back to school safety tips.

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Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

Contact: Jordan Mayblum
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: jordan@jgpr.net

Saugus Police Department Provides Back to School Safety Tips

SAUGUS — With the new academic year set to begin next week, Chief Domenic J. DiMella and the Saugus Police Department urge community members to review important back to school safety tips.

All students in the Saugus Public Schools will return to class on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

“We want to ensure a safe and successful start to the school year,” Chief DiMella said. “As families prepare to send their children back to school, we ask that everyone be aware of their surroundings and to take extra care driving near student pickup and drop-off areas.”

With students often on their phones texting, browsing the internet or playing games, the Saugus Police Department recommends that parents talk to their children about following these safety tips provided by the National Safety Council (NSC) when headed to and from school:

  • Never walk while texting. If you need to respond to a text, move out of the way of others and stop on the sidewalk.
  • Never cross the street while using an electronic device.
  • Look left, right, then left again before crossing the street.
  • Cross only at crosswalks.

Drivers should be on increased alert when traveling through school zones and should NEVER text and drive. Additionally, the NSC reminds operators to:

  • Stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.
  • Always stop for a crossing guard holding up a stop sign and obey school bus signals.
  • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas
  • Do not honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians

To best ensure that children who travel to school by bus get there safely, Saugus Police advise that students follow these tips from the NSC:

Getting on the bus:

  • When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic and avoid roughhousing or other behavior that can lead to carelessness.
  • Line up away from the street as the bus approaches.
  • Wait until the bus has stopped and the doors open before approaching.

Behavior on the bus:

  • If available, always wear your seat belt.
  • Don’t put your head, arms or hands out the window.
  • Wait for the bus to stop completely before getting up from your seat.

Getting off the bus:

  • If you have to cross in front of the bus, walk at least 10 feet ahead until you can see the driver. Make sure the driver can see you too.
  • Wait for a signal from the driver before crossing. When the driver signals, look left, right, then left again. Walk across the road and keep an eye out for sudden traffic changes.
  • If your vision is blocked, move to an area where you can see other drivers and they can see you.

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Saugus Police Respond to Suspected Fentanyl Overdose https://sauguspd.com/2017/08/13/saugus-police-respond-suspected-fentanyl-overdose/ Sun, 13 Aug 2017 22:15:36 +0000 https://sauguspd.com/?p=222066 The Saugus Police Department responded Sunday afternoon to a suspected overdose, which resulted in a hazmat response.

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Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

Contact: Jordan Mayblum
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: jordan@jgpr.net

Saugus Police Respond to Suspected Fentanyl Overdose

SAUGUS — Police Chief Domenic J. DiMella reports that the Saugus Police Department responded Sunday afternoon to a suspected overdose, which resulted in a hazmat response.

At 2:22 p.m., police responded to a report of an overdose on Wickford Street. Upon arrival, officers located a substance that they suspected to be fentanyl.

At that time, they began coordinating with the Saugus Fire Department, which assumed control of the scene, and initiated a Tier 1 hazardous materials situation, and a hazmat team was called to the location. All units cleared the scene at 5:45 p.m.

The overdose victim, a MALE, AGE 19, was transported to an area hospital for evaluation.

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