Real Life Somerville Police Stories

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Banos Arrest

On the above date and time while assigned to the Gang/Anti-Crime unit myself and Det. Slattery observed a group in the Edward Leathers Park,
which is located on Walnut St. in the area of Gilman St. This group of youths appeared to be smoking marijuana. We asked for the assistance of East 4, Ofc. McCarey. Ofc. McCarey arrived and parked the marked police vehicle, a Ford Explorer, on Walnut St. directly in front of the entrance to the park. Both myself and Det. Slattery were assigned in plain clothes and approached these individuals with our badge clearly displayed. One of the individuals fled the area and Ofc. McCarey left the area of the park to attempt to locate him. As myself and Det. Slattery were dealing with the youths in the park my attention was drawn to Walnut St. due to serial loud banging noises. I would note that we were approximately 50 feet from where the police cruiser was parked. I observed a person standing on the passenger’s side of the vehicle as these loud banging sounds were heard. Based on my observations it appeared that this person was intentionally attempting to cause damage to the police cruiser. At that point myself and Det. Slattery began to run out of the park and onto Walnut St. As I exited the park I observed this male, later identified as Jeffrey Banos, walking up Walnut St. towards Medford St. I would note that this person was the only individual in close proximity of the cruiser. Banos turned to look at me as I was running after him and upon noticing me he began to run. I then yelled to him identifying myself as a police officer. As Banos began to flee he tripped and fell to the ground. As he fell I heard a metal object fall to the ground. Banos quickly got up and began to run again. Once I caught up to him, I attempted to detain Banos and he immediately began to struggle with me. I then yelled “police stop resisting.” As Det. Slattery arrived to assist we were able to take Banos to the ground in an attempt to handcuff him. Banos continued to struggle with us and was flailing his arms as we attempted to handcuff him. Banos was eventually handcuffed and placed under arrest.

Once Banos was in custody and in control with the assistance of other officers, Det. Slattery walked down the street in the area where Banos fell and located a black Mag-Lite flashlight (approx. 10″ in length). in the middle of the street. I then proceeded back to the police cruiser and observed the rear window had been smashed out. I then walked to the passenger’s side of the vehicle and observed numerous gauge marks to the three passenger’s side windows. I further observed spots on the window which could be blood spots. When Banos was being booked officers observed blood and cuts on his hands. His injuries were photographed by Ofc. McCarey and will be included in the case file.

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