Police Briefs 03-02-2017

Thursday, 2/16

Katelyn Ferguson, 29, 86 Division St., Chelsea, was arrested on warrants.

Jesus Palacios Leiva, 23, Homeless, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Friday, 2/17

Leonardo Escobar, 44, 92 Chester Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for breaking and entering for misdemeanor.

Matthew Graves, 25, 4 Parkway Ct., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Saturday, 2/18

Marvin Sanchez, 34, 751 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for operating motor vehicle with suspended license.

Cristian Bamaca Gomez, 32, 72 Camden, Lynn, was arrested for operation of motor vehicle unlicensed, leaving the scene of property damage, negligent operation of motor vehicle and warrants.

Sunday, 2/19

David Riley, 41, 325 Commandants Way, Chelsea, was arrested on a probation warrant.

Monday, 2/20

Chazz Campbell, 32, 55 Jermone St., Medford, was arrested for being fugitive from justice and on warrants.

Tuesday, 2/21

Douglas Murphy, 47, 39 Boylston St., Boston, was arrested on warrants.

Heidi King, 35, 889 Harrison Ave., Boston, was arrested on warrants.

Wednesday, 2/22

Ramon Pagan, 55, 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, was arrested for trespassing.

Daniel Reardon, 33, 11 Newton St., Malden, was arrested on arrest warrant.

Kamaya Farikafi, 23, 133 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested for murder.

Quintavius Smith, 22, 85 Blossom St., Chelsea, was arrested for receiving stolen motor vehicle.

Jainie Lopez-Spencer, 19, 139 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested for receiving stolen motor vehicle.

Wexell Neal, 21, 125 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested for receiving stolen motor vehicle, operation of motor vehicle unlicensed and on warrants.

Friday, 2/24

Skyla Bustamante, 20, 194 Garfield Ave., Revere, was arrested for receiving stolen property over $250.

Saturday, 2/25

Kevin Rosales, 24, Homeless, Chelsea, was arrested for immigration detainer, unarmed burglary.

Alcino Sobrinho, 36, 21 Medford St., Malden, was arrested for unlicensed operation of motor vehicle and speeding.

Osman Ishag, 40, 63 Ingalls St., Lynn, was arrested on a warrant.

Anna Andrades, 54, 748 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for trespassing.


By Seth Daniel and Paul Koolloian


The Chelsea man who allegedly beat 32-year-old Melvin Cortes with a bat, killing him, was arraigned on a murder charge last Thursday, Feb. 23, after his return from Ohio, where he fled after the fatal encounter.

Kamaya Farikafi, 33, of Chelsea, was ordered held without bail. He will return to court on March 14.

Assistant District Attorney Lynn Feigenbaum told the court that Cortes, a resident of Everett, was badly beaten by a man wielding a baseball bat on the evening of Feb. 5 in the vicinity of Congress Avenue and Shurtleff Street. Cortes suffered injuries that claimed his life at Massachusetts General Hospital on Feb. 11.

In the hours and days following the assault, Chelsea Police detectives and State Troopers assigned to Conley’s office interviewed witnesses, recovered surveillance imagery from nearby cameras, and gathered physical evidence that led to a warrant for Farikafi’s arrest. With the assistance of the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and, later, US Marshals, Farikafi was apprehended Feb. 15 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He waived extradition proceedings and was returned to Massachusetts Feb. 22.

The motive for the assault remains under investigation and anyone with information on the attack itself is urged to share it with Chelsea Police at 617-466-4880 or the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit at 617-727-8817.


A man who had been deported previously from Chelsea in 2014 returned to the city and was arrested for breaking into a home last week, Feb. 22.

The federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) put a detainer on the man, and was likely to take custody of him for yet another deportation.

Chief Brian Kyes said this particular detainer and deportation were routine felony deportations and not related to any of the new executive orders that redefine what crimes are targeted for detainers.

On  Feb. 22 at 11:35 p.m., officers responded to 25 Chester Ave. on the report of a man breaking into the  apartment. The caller stated that a man, whom she had seen hanging around the outside of her house previously, had entered her apartment through the back door and was rummaging through her drawers. She told officers she startled him while he was going through her things, and he ran back outside through the same rear door. Officers found the suspect crouched next to the trash bins on the outside alleyway of the house.

The suspect was positively identified as the man that had entered her house and was placed under arrest. The subject was later found out to be wanted by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Kevin Rosales, homeless, was charged with unarmed burglary and an immigration detainer.


On Feb. 22 at 9:43 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop in the area near Broadway and Crescent Avenue of a blue 2017 Toyota Rav4 due to the registration being listed as stolen. The driver and passengers were identified. After further investigation, all parties were placed into custody and transported to police headquarters.

Jainie Lopez-Spencer, 19, of 139 Marlborough St., was charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle.

Wexell Neal, 21, of 125 Marlborough St., was charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, unlicensed operation and two warrants.


On Feb. 22, at 9:47 a.m., officers observed a male party with a warrant in the area of Spruce Street at Washington Avenue. Officers detained the male party in front of 166 Washington Ave. The subject provided officers with a false name. However, officers were familiar with subject and placed him under arrest .

It was later learned that he had an outstanding warrant out of Hillsboro County, New Hampshire as well. An initial charge of fugitive from justice (NH) was added.

Chazz Campbell, 32, of Medford, was charged with being a fugitive from justice and two warrants.

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