Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Zachary BATES (A&B PO, Resisting Arrest, Larceny from Building)

The following is a summary of the details related to this incident.

     On November 8, 2018 at approximately 23:04hours, while assigned to marked unit West-5, I was dispatched to Dunkin Donuts located at 504 Broadway for an unwanted person inside the business yelling at an employee because his vehicle was towed from the business’ parking lot out front.  I arrived at this location and observed the defendant in this matter, who would later be identified as Zachary Bates, apparently yelling and in a heated confrontation with an employee behind the counter and another individual in the store.  As I began to walk into the business Bates’ demeanor seemed to calm, and I motioned for him to come outside in order to separate the individuals and deescalate the situation.  Bates complied and began to exit the building.  As I held the door open for him to exit, he brushed past me and began to walk away in a hurried manner.  The other man inside the business who I had observed Bates apparently arguing with followed outside and exclaimed as Bates was walking away, “He stole money and threw a hot coffee!”  

      At this time I ordered Bates to stop and come speak to me.  Bates then began to run west on Broadway and I proceeded to chase him.  Bates ran left from Broadway onto Charles E. Ryan Road and ran into a backyard.  I followed him into this backyard and observed him duck behind a tree.  I ordered him to stop again and to put his hands on the side of the house.  Bates quickly took off again, jumping a fence leading to Hinckley Street.  I followed and caught up to him in a backyard on Hinckley Street where I attempted to stop his flight by placing my hands on his shoulders.  Bates faced me, pushed me in an attempt to get away again, leading to a brief struggle, and I removed my department issued OC spray and delivered a one second burst to Bates’ forehead area consistent with my training.  The stun of the OC spray allowed me to guide Bates to the ground, and at this time Officers Fusco and Khoury arrived and placed Bates into handcuffs.

     I then returned to the business where I spoke first with the cashier at Dunkin Donuts, XXXX.  XXXX stated that Bates burst into the store screaming aggressively at her exclaiming something about his car being towed.  She attempted to inform him that she was unaware of any cars being towed.  She reports Bates continued to scream.  XXXX attempted to continue serving a customer by handing the customer a hot coffee which Bates proceeded to intercept and throw to floor.  Bates then reached into a tip jar on the counter and according to XXXX stated something to the effect of I am taking this money because you towed my car.  XXXX reports that she is unware of how much money was taken but there were several $1 bills in the jar.  It should be noted four $1 bills were found in Bates’ pocket and were tagged as evidence.   

     I then spoke to the customer who XXXX was attempting to serve, XXXX.  XXXX confirmed all the details reported by XXXX.  XXXX indicated that Bates was screaming for several moments and had just thrown the coffee prior to my arrival.

     Zachary Bates is charged with violation of M.G.L. ch. 266 §20 Larceny from a building, M.G.L. ch. 268 §32B Resisting Arrest, and M.G.L. ch. 265 §13D Assault and Battery on a Police Officer.

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