Downtown Fight Leads to Arrest of Three Lowell Men
LOWELL -- A street brawl downtown early Sunday morning led to the arrest of a trio of 20-year-old Lowell residents, including one man charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, after the door of the vehicle he was fleeing in struck a Lowell police officer, according to police.
It was not immediately known if the officer was injured from the impact.
The incident unfolded about 1:40 a.m. Sunday when Lowell police Officer Brian Rourke was flagged down by a civilian on Middle Street, Rourke said in a police report. A witness told Rourke he saw occupants of a car exit a vehicle and start fighting people on the sidewalk near The Old Court on Central Street.
Approaching the scene on foot, Rourke stated he witnessed a “large fight taking place,” before calling for backup.
“At this time I was running down the center of Middle Street toward the altercation,” Rourke wrote in a report. “As I got closer parties involved observed my presence and began to flee the area.”
Several of those involved in the brawl got into a 2006 Honda Civic, which had been parked in the middle of Middle Street near the intersection with Central Street.
“This motor vehicle then accelerated towards me,” Rourke wrote. “It should be noted that at the time I was in full uniform with my badge displayed and fully visible.”
The driver of the vehicle -- later determined to be 20-year-old Ruben Sanchez -- looked directly at Rourke, who was in the street gesturing with his hand and yelling at the driver to stop, according to the police report.
“Ruben then applied the brakes and slowed the vehicle,” Rourke wrote. “He then accelerated toward me a second time.”
Rourke unholstered his firearm and pointed the gun at Sanchez. The suspect proceeded to comply with Rourke’s orders, exiting the vehicle and getting onto the ground before being placed in handcuffs, according to a police report. A second man, 20-year-old Yiangelo Diaz-Gonzalez, also got out of the car and was placed in handcuffs by another officer, according to the police report.
While these arrests were being made, another passenger, later identified as 20-year-old Matheus DeSouza, climbed into the driver’s seat from the car’s back seat, multiple officers said in police reports.
Officer Daniel Kingan stated he pointed his firearm at DeSouza, ordering him to “stop” and “don’t move,” believing there could be a weapon in the vehicle. Despite Kingan’s commands, DeSouza put the car in gear and accelerated down Middle Street, according to a police report.
“When the suspect fled the driver door was open and struck this officer in the right elbow as I tried to turn away as to not get hit,” Officer Conor Costello wrote in a report.
The Civic then slammed into the rear of a pickup truck stopped at traffic. DeSouza jumped out of the damaged vehicle and fled the scene on foot, according to a police report. He was apprehended a short time later near the rear of Lowell District Court on Hurd Street.
According to police reports, DeSouza later told Kingan he fled from officers because the Honda was his mother’s car. DeSouza also told Kingan he had an arrest warrant pending for past motor vehicle charges, Kingan stated.
DeSouza was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon (motor vehicle), failure to stop for police, operating without a license, speed greater than reasonable, operating to endanger and leaving the scene with property damage, according to court records.
Sanchez was charged with disorderly conduct, assault with a dangerous weapon (motor vehicle) and operating without license.
Diaz-Gonzalez was charged with disorderly conduct.
The trio was arraigned in Lowell District Court on Monday. All three were released on personal recognizance and are slated to reappear in court Feb. 8.
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