On 8/13/15 at approximately 2:30 PM I, Officer Mark Pulli badge #311, while assigned to Assembly Row Unit Alpha-2, was conducting a follow-up investigation at Nike when I observed a Hispanic male walking through the store, later identified as Juan Molina, that I recognized as being a possible suspect in a previous incident on 8/11/15.
As I was standing just inside the entry/exit door, Molina was walking toward the exit, he stopped abruptly after making eye contact with me, and turned around and began looking through a shirt rack. I exited the store and stepped to the side of the doorway as I contacted Alpha-1, Officer Gee, and informed him of my observation.
Molina exited the store without purchasing any merchandise about a minute after me. I informed Somerville Dispatch of my location and I approached Molina and ask him if I could talk to him. Molina stopped and I informed him that he matched the description of a suspect in an armed assault that took place outside of Saks the other day. Officer Gee arrived on scene and for officer safety we conducted a pat frisk of Molina for weapons. A capped hypodermic needle was located in Molina’s right front pocket and was properly disposed of.
A CJIS/RMV query of Molina showed that he had 3 outstanding warrants out of Worcester District Court. At this time I placed Molina under arrest. While searching Molina’s backpack, I found three pairs of new Nike sneakers. I asked Molina if he had purchased the sneakers and he said “no”.
Having directly observed Molina leave the Nike store without making any purchases, I conducted a follow-up investigation at Nike where I discovered that the three pairs of sneakers, valued at $449.97 total, where part of their inventory and had not been purchased from the store. The sneakers were returned to Nike.
Molina is also being charged with Receiving Stolen Property Over $250 MGL c266 s60.
Molina was transported to the Somerville Police Department via the mobile detention unit and booked according to department policy by Lt. Digregorio.
Officer Mark Pulli #311.