On Sunday, October 2, 2022, at 4:10 P.M., Somerville Police control received a 9-1-1 call from XXXX (Witness) reporting a dispute between a male shoplifter and a Liquor Junction store employee. Somerville Police control received a second 9-1-1 call from a store employee stating a male shoplifter was harassing employees.
I responded along with Officer Campers to Liquor Junction, located at 14 McGrath Hwy. Upon arrival, I spoke with XXXX (Store employee), who stated a black male with a beard, wearing a white jacket, entered the store, selected two beer cans, and left the store without paying. Another store employee, XXXX, asked the man if he was ready to pay. The man responded he would not pay, walked out of the store, and rode a blue bike towards Medford St.
I located a person matching the description (A black male with a beard, wearing a gray sweatshirt under a white jacket) and riding a blue bike outside 9 Medford Street. I activated my emergency equipment and stopped the man, who was identified as Winegard EXIS (Defendant) and informed him of the reason for the stop.
While talking to the defendant, I saw two beer cans in the bicycle basket. I asked him if had a receipt and he was unable to provide one. The defendant stated, “I don’t know why she would risk her life over something like this.” The defendant refused to speak when I asked him to explain what had happened inside the store.
I placed the defendant under arrest for shoplifting by asportation c.266 S30A. He was transported to the Somerville Police headquarters in unit 200, operated by Officer Ducasse, and was booked by Sgt. Berrouet. The stolen items were returned to the store.
Ofc. Samir Messaoudi #312
Somerville Police Dept.