Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and alleged Indecent exposure



On May 6, 2015, while assigned to East 1, I, Officer Tim Van Nostrand, was dispatched to the area of Starbucks 700 Grand Union boulevard for a possible indecent exposure.

Officer Schneider (E4), Sgt. Fusco (S9), and Officer Pavao (200) also responded to the area. While en route, dispatch updated responding units that the suspect was a male wearing a yellow shirt in a blue BMW convertible bearing Massachusetts tag 646HZ1. The reporting party identified herself as Tiffany , however she did not want to stay in the area because she had small children in her vehicle.

While checking the area of the mall, I observed the suspects vehicle exiting an aisle of the parking lot onto the main access road for the mall. I activated my emergency equipment and stopped the vehicle at the corner of the access road and Foley Street. The operator was identified as Marcio Ferreira Filho via a Brazilian Passport. Filho has lived in Massachusetts for 2 years, and in the United States for the past 10 years. Filho has never obtained a valid license to operate a motor vehicle. The access road is open for the public to enter the mall at all times. There are no gates, booths, or signs located at the entrances. I placed Filho under arrest for Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle (90/10). Due to the witness’ reluctancy to return to the scene, I was unable to corroborate information regarding an indecent exposure. While continuing my investigation, a second female witness, , flagged us down to report the male we had stopped was acting strangely in the parking lot. stated Filho turned his car sideways and parked in a manner that he was able to stare at her. The parking area in front of K-Mart had various spaces open, however Filho parked his vehicle up against. She did not witness any exposure.

Sgt. Fusco authorized a tow of the suspect’s vehicle, and Pat’s responded. Officer Pavao transported Filho in unit 200 back to the station where he was processed by Lt. Mulcahy and Sgt. DeOliveira.

Respectfully Submitted,

Officer Tim Van Nostrand
Somerville Police Dept.

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