Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Rubenson CHERILUS (PWID B, ABDW – Car)

The following is a brief summary pertaining to Incident #17056970:


Members of the Somerville Police Department Drug Control Unit initiated a drug investigation of Mr. Rubenson Cherilus and his alleged role in the ongoing distribution of Percocet 30 mg pills. The alleged distribution occurs from Mr. Cherilus’s residence and vehicle. This residence is located at 24 Glendale Avenue #2, Somerville, MA 02144.


At the conclusion of this drug investigation, search warrant applications were requested by me at the Somerville District Court. These search warrants (1710-SW-0041 and 1710-SW-0042) were granted by the court authorizing the search of the following:


#1- The vehicle, a 2016 gray Ford Focus bearing Massachusetts registration XXXXX (search warrant docket # 1710-SW-0041).

#2- The person of Rubenson Cherilus (search warrant docket # 1710-SW-0041).

#3- The residence of 24 Glendale Avenue #2, Somerville, MA 02144 (search warrant docket # 1710-SW-0042).


Later that same day at approximately 4:00 P.M. surveillance was set up around the residence of 24 Glendale Avenue. Detectives McNally, Slattery, Costa, Goncalves, and I, as well as Sergeants Rego and Capasso were in the area of Glendale Avenue. Within a half hour, observations were made of Cherilus parking the gray Ford Focus directly outside 24 Glendale Avenue. Cherilus ran into the right side door, and remained inside for approximately one and a half hours. Cherilus exited his residence and re-entered the gray Ford Focus. Cherilus then began driving east on Glendale Avenue towards Cameron Avenue, all public ways in the city of Somerville. Cherilus took a right turn towards Massachusetts Avenue where Sgt. Detective Rego activated his emergency blue lights and siren in an attempt to stop the gray Ford Focus by Glendale Avenue.


Sgt. Rego was able to get in front of the gray Ford as Detective Slattery and Sgt. Capasso were stopped in back of this vehicle in order to box the vehicle in. As Detectives, with our badges clearly displayed on our outermost garment, approached Mr. Cherilus, he quickly reversed his vehicle crashing into Detective Slattery and Sgt. Capasso’s vehicle. I would like to note that both Detective Slattery and Sgt Capasso were inside the vehicle and just coming out as this happened. Commands were given to Mr. Cherilus to stop as he quickly put his vehicle in gear and began driving down the bike path from Cameron Avenue towards Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge. Mr. Cherilus was increasing his speed in excess of thirty miles an hour. This area is an area for pedestrians and bicyclists only. No motor vehicles are allowed to drive or be in the bike path. Approximately five people had to jump out of the way of Mr. Cherilus’s vehicle in order not to be struck. I would note that this was at approximately 6:15 P.M., and the area was highly congested with pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles. Cherilus drove past Massachusetts Avenue into the bike path across the street where his vehicle died to due extensive damage caused by him hitting numerous stone columns. At this time Cherilus exited his vehicle and ran through numerous backyards in Cambridge as a foot pursuit ensued. 


After several minutes of Somerville and Cambridge units looking for Mr. Cherilus, Detective Costa and I returned to 24 Glendale Avenue to execute the search warrant for the residence. Marked units West-7, Officer C. Collette, and West-6, Officer Anderson, also responded. Officers gained entry into the residence and found the residence to be unoccupied. As more time passed, Detectives returned to 24 Glendale Avenue to begin a search of the residence. Detectives confiscated sixty-four (64) small tablets believed to be Percocet 30 mg pills, $2,331 dollars in cash, several clear glassine baggies with corners ripped off, digital scales, and correspondence to Rubenson Cherilus. In my training and experience I know these items to be common ingredients to those of who distribute drugs. 


As Detectives were searching this residence, Cambridge Police radioed to Somerville and informed us that they had Mr. Cherilus in custody. It was later found that Cambridge Officers Mahoney, Berosi, Hussey, and Munro saw Cherilus in the area of Sherman Street by Denehy Park. A foot pursuit ensued where the Cherilus was able to push away one of the officers, refusing to be handcuffed, before being stopped. 


Mr. Cherilus was transported to Somerville Police Headquarters via a marked Cambridge Unit where he was booked in the usual manner by Sergeant Holland. Mr. Cherilus received Massachusetts Uniform Citation #R7096395 for his offenses. During a Board of Probation query, it was found that Mr. Cherilus has previous guilty convictions for drug distribution offenses thus making this a subsequent offense.



Respectfully submitted,


Detective Fernando Cicerone #279


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