Police Briefs 10-03-2019

By Seth Daniel and Paul Koolloian

Give Me a Hot Dog or I’ll Stab You

On Sept. 21, at 4:28 p.m., a CPD officer was dispatched to 1 Mill Court for the report of a drunk male who was attempting to assault a person after being asked to leave a cookout. The victim told officers that after the suspect was refused a hot dog, he pulled a knife out and threatened the victim. He was taken into custody.

Yunis Aden, 25, of 9 Guam Rd., was charged with assault by a dangerous weapon on a person 60 or over and carrying a dangerous weapon.

Chelsea Man Convicted of Murder

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Lowell Police Superintendent Kelly Richardson have announced that Dara Poum, 33, of Chelsea, was  found guilty Sept. 25 of two counts of first-degree murder by a Lowell Superior Court jury in connection with the August 10, 2014 shooting deaths of Keith Callahan, 35, and Joseph Callahan, 29, of Lowell.

Poum was also convicted of armed home invasion and possession of a firearm without a license. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.

On August 10, 2014, at approximately 2:37 a.m. Lowell Police officers responded to a report of a shooting that had occurred inside an Andrews Street home. When police arrived they discovered that the victims, who were brothers, had both sustained gunshot wounds. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities learned that on the night of the shooting the defendant entered the Andrew Street apartment and initially threatened a female occupant with a firearm. After a verbal exchange, the defendant and one of the male victims engaged in a physical altercation inside a bathroom resulting in the defendant’s shooting both male victims before leaving the home. The defendant hid the firearm in the garden behind his girlfriend’s father’s residence, where he had been visiting the night of the shootings, two doors down from the Callahan’s apartment. During the course of their investigation, authorities located that firearm buried in the garden behind that home. Ballistics comparison showed that that firearm had fired the projectiles and shell casings found at the scene as well as in the body of Keith Callahan.

The defendant hid sneakers he was wearing during the shooting in a closet in a residence in Chelsea. Authorities located those sneakers, which were determined to have blood on them. A DNA test would later confirm that the blood on the sneakers was a match to the DNA of Keith Callahan. In addition, during the course of their investigation, authorities discovered the butt of a distinctive cigarette in the bathroom where the shootings had occurred. A DNA test confirmed that the DNA on the cigarette was a match to the defendant’s DNA.

The defendant was arrested on an unrelated warrant on August 20, 2014 in Chelsea.

Loud Party, Careless with Firearm

On Sept. 22, at 10:47 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of 130 Pearl St. for a report of a large group, with loud music, and children running into the roadway. Upon arrival, officers observed a large group of adults and children obstructing the sidewalk, next to Franks Barbershop at 130 Pearl St. Upon reaching the business, officers observed the front door to the barbershop was in the open position and they could hear loud music coming from inside the shop, while several adult males stood on the sidewalk, consuming the liquid content from glass beer bottles.

After an investigation on the scene, the officers recovered a firearm left unattended by a person at the business and placed him under arrest.

Joel Rodriguez, 32, of 18 Fifth St., was charged with resisting arrest, improper storage of a firearm, and two counts of assault and battery on a police officer.


On Sept. 17, at 5:18 p.m., officers were dispatched to 260 Clark Ave. for a report of a past assault. Officers spoke to the victim and witnesses who sated a female attempted to enter the apartment of the victim. The victim stated that the female asked for money, and when he refused, she assaulted the male with the door causing minor injuries. She was placed under arrest.

Carol Tangherlini, 53, of 260 Clark Ave., was charged with assault and battery on a person 60 or over and breaking and entering for a misdemeanor.

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