Police Briefs 04-16-2020

By Seth Daniel and Paul Koolloian

Six Feet Away Please!

On March 16, at 8:16 a.m. officers were dispatched to the Market Basket for a report of a disruptive customer. Officers were told a dispute started in the checkout line because of one shopper felt it was unsafe due to the COVID-19 virus that the combative party would not stay at least six feet away. The customer became uncooperative with three officers who struggled to place him into custody after several warnings for him to finish his shopping and leave the store.

Connor Groom, 28, of Peabody, was charged with assault and battery, disorderly conduct, threatening to commit a crime, and trespassing.

Chelsea Resident Arrested for Shooting

Three days after a non-fatal shooting near the Boston Common, Boston Police investigators have arrested three individuals on April 10 for their roles in connection to the incident, one from Chelsea. At about 4:23pm, on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 37 Beacon St. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim, suffering from non-life threatening injuries, was transported to an area hospital for further treatment of his injuries. At about 3 p.m., on Friday, April 10, officers arrested Karmau Cotton-Landers, 25, of Chelsea, Karari Jenkins, 30, of Boston and Vinico Acosta, 25, of Boston and charged all three with Assault with Intent to Murder. Officers were able to discover and recover a firearm found in a backpack belonging to Cotton-Landers. As such, Cotton-Landers is facing additional charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.

Child Endangerment, OUI

On March 22, at 5:15 p.m., an officer was dispatched to 260 Clark Ave. for a report of a male party unconscious behind the wheel with a little girl in the car. The operator was believed to be overdosing on a controlled substance. The male was administered Narcan and revived. The officer made notification to the Department of Children and Families who assisted with placing the child and charged the operator with OUI drugs.

Kelvin Sunsin, 28, of Everett, was charged with operating under the influence of drugs, child endangerment while OUI, reckless endangerment to children, reckless operation and malicious destruction of property under $1,200.

Beware of Stimulus Check Scams

Congress has approved a stimulus plan that will provide most Americans with a check to offset lost income due to the Covid-19 state of emergency. Checks will be sent in a few weeks. This means that you will receive a direct deposit check to your bank account (if you included that information when filing your last tax return) or a paper check that will be mailed to you.

Scammers are already trying to take advantage of this situation.

 How to Spot a COVID-19 Federal stimulus scam:

•Government agencies will not contact you through social media, phone, text or email.

•Government agencies will not ask you to verify your personal information or provide banking details. It is not “necessary” to provide this information in order to receive your stimulus check.

•Government agencies will not ask for your social security number.

•Government agencies will not contact you to get your funds “immediately” or “faster”.

•Government agencies will not ask you to pay a “processing fee.”

If a scammer calls or contacts you, don’t engage. You should just hang up or delete the email. Do not click on any links.

WATCH OUT FOR: Imposter Government websites. Make sure it is a legitimate government website before believing any information provided to you. When in doubt, assume it is a scam. Legitimate government websites: www.irs.gov/coranovirus and   https://home.treasury.gov/

REPORT SCAMS TO: Federal Trade Commission:  https://www.ftc.gov/

Attacked With Knife

On March 21, at 7:15 p.m., officers responded to 75 Pearl St. on a report of a past assault. Officers arrived and spoke to the victim who stated that he asked the third-floor tenant to move from the front stair because he was blocking the way. The victim said the male took out a knife and made an assertive slashing motion with the knife, grazing the face causing a noticeable but not serious wound. Officers were able to locate the suspect later in the evening and took him into custody

Juan Mata, 18, of 75 Pearl St., was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, threatening to commit a crime, and one immigration detainer.

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