Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Bayron LOPEZ (Possession of Dangerous Weapon)

On 6/21/2019, I (Officer Devin Schneider) was in full uniform while assigned to marked cruiser East-1 during the 4pm-12am shift. The following report is a summary of the events that I witnessed, as they pertain to incident #19035062:

At approximately 9:35 pm I responded to the area of Kmart for a report of three shoplifters. I learned from Kmart Loss Prevention Officer (LPO) XXXX, that he had attempted to stop three males who had stolen jewelry and watches from the store. The three males had refused to stop for him.

A short time later I observed two males matching the photo LPO XXXX had showed me of subjects on the Assembly Square train platform. I notified dispatch of my situation, and approached the suspects. Due to the fact that I was by myself and outnumbered, I placed both the suspect in handcuffs in a manner consistent with my training. One of the suspects, later identified as a juvenile known to the commonwealth, tensed up and struggled with me for a few seconds while I handcuffed him. The second suspect was later identified as Bayron Lopez.

I asked Lopez how old he was, and he replied he was 18. The juvenile did not speak any English. I asked Byron to ask the Juvenile how old he was. Bayron asked the Juvenile in Spanish, then Bayron stated that the juvenile said he was 18.

Officer Marika Duval arrived on scene, and I pat frisked both of the suspects. On the Juvenile’s person, I discovered a Machete, approximately 18″ in length, concealed in his pants. Bayron had a bowie knife, approximately 12″ long concealed in his pants.

After a follow up with LPO XXXX, I learned that the juvenile had shoplifted several items of jewelry in his coat, before leaving the store. I could not locate the jewelry on the juvenile’s person. According to LPO XXXX, Bayron was with the juvenile and the other unknown shoplifter, but did not actively participate in stealing anything. LPO XXXX stated that he had no way of knowing what the value of the stolen jewelry was, but estimated it to be around $100. LPO XXXX recovered several watches from under cars in the parking lot outside Kmart, which he states were taken by the third shoplifter.

Both the subjects were transported back to the police station in prisoner transport unit 200, operated by Officer Thomas Lambert. At the station, it was learned that the juvenile was not an adult, and was released by the Commanding Officer: Sergeant Rico Isidoro. I will be filing a summons for the juvenile to appear at court for Shoplifting and Violating the City’s dangerous weapon policy. Bayron was booked in the usual manner by Sergeant Isidoro for violating the City of Somerville’s dangerous weapon ordinance. Both the knives will be entered into evidence in the usual manner. A photo of the knives will be attached digitally to this report.

Respectfully submitted,

Officer Devin Schneider
Badge #295

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