Lawrence Police ready for summer

Lawrence Police ready for summer

A top priority of Mayor Brian A. De Peña and Chief Roy P. Vasque is to address all quality-of-life issues in the City, particularly as the warm weather is upon us. Addressing the illegal operation of recreational vehicles and motorcycles on our City streets remains a top priority.

This issue has been widely reported throughout the Commonwealth and the Country. The individuals taking part in this illegal behavior are not only violating numerous motor vehicle laws, but in some instances, this behavior has resulted in violent assaults on innocent motorists.

Last evening while conducting an operation to address this issue throughout the City, detectives from the Lawrence Police Gang Unit came upon an individual operating a dirt bike in the Lawrence Street area. As detectives approach the individual he attempted to flee on foot. During the brief foot pursuit, the individual removed his fanny pack and threw it to the ground. After the individual was taken into custody, the detectives located a loaded firearm in the fanny pack.

Eduardo Colon, age 25, of Lawrence was charged with: Unlicensed Operation, Operation of an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Carrying a Firearm without a License, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct.  He was arraigned in Lawrence District Court.

In addition to above arrest and seizure of that individual’s dirt bike, two other dirt bikes were seized and are being held until proper paperwork is produced. This is one of many operations that have been conducted and will be conducted in the near future to address this disruptive behavior. This spring, 7 individuals have been arrested and 9 illegal recreational vehicles have been seized through this ongoing effort.

“The illegal and reckless operation of these motorcycles, mini bike, dirt bike, and ATV’s will continue to be a priority. We have partnered with all of our surrounding communities, who are dealing with the same issue, to address this criminal behavior. Putting our residents at risk will not be tolerated,” said Chief Roy Vasque.

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