Real Life Somerville Police Stories: John ELWELL (B&E MV, Possession A & Boston Warrant)

On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at approximately 3:40 A.M., while traveling on Bonair Street, I observed a black Ford Focus bearing New York registration xxxx illegally parked outside xx Bonair Street. The vehicle was more than two feet from the curb and parked in a no parking zone. A query of the license plate showed that the vehicle is registered to a rental company (xxxx).

I exited to cruiser to issue a citation and observed a white male hiding in the back seat of the vehicle. I asked the man what he was doing in the back seat of the vehicle and he replied “I’m waiting for my girlfriend.” I then asked him for his identification card or any document with his name and date of birth on it, and he replied “I don’t have anything on me with my name” and gave XXXX as his name, DOB XXXX. I asked the man for his girlfriend’s name and date of birth and he gave XXXX, but did not know her date of birth or address. I asked him where she went and he replied “I don’t know.”

The man did not have the keys to the vehicle or a rental agreement. I asked him who rented the vehicle and he replied “a friend of my girlfriend” but was unable to provide a name. I offered the man to use the phone and contact his girlfriend or her “friend” to confirm that he had the right to be in the vehicle and he sated “I don’t know their phone number.”

At this time Sergeant Marino, Officers Bork and Ruf arrived as backup. I asked the man to step out of the vehicle, and while conducting a pat frisk, I located a wallet in his right back pocket. I asked the man if he has a form of identification in his wallet and he replied “Yes. I lied to you because I have a warrant.”

While looking for an identification card, the man asked me to be careful with a note his girlfriend gave him. I located a “Mass Health” card with the name John R. Elwell. A query of the name and date of birth showed that Elwell had an outstanding warrant for breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the nighttime for felony, possession of burglarious instrument, and possession of class B.

I placed Elwell under arrest for the warrant. He was transported to the Somerville Police headquarters via unit 200, operated by Officer Radochia. During the inventory of Elwell’s belongings, I located two folded pieces of paper; each contained a white powdery substance. Based on my training and experience, I recognized this substance to be Heroin.

Elwell was charged with possession of Class A c.94C S34 and breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the nighttime for felony c.266 S16D. He was booked by lieutenant Lavey for the warrant and the above mentioned charges.

The drugs were placed into evidence and will be submitted to lab for testing.

Respectfully submitted,

Officer Samir Messaoudi #312

Somerville Police Dept.

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