2 arrested in Somerville home invasion
SOMERVILLE, Mass. (WHDH) -- Police arrested two men who are accused of breaking into a Somerville building Monday morning.
Somerville police said they arrested the two suspects, both men in their early 20’s and recovered two pistols after what appears to be a crime spree that began earlier in Medford.
On Monday morning, heavily armed state and local police converged on a building which houses low-income apartments and the Somerville Housing Authority’s maintenance department in search of a man wanted for a home invasion on Monday.
“We did a door-to-door, apartment-to-apartment search again for well being as well as looking for the suspect and it was at that point we identified the suspect,” said Chief Thomas Pasquarello of the Somerville police department.
Pasquarello said detectives arrested a second suspect on Derby Street in Somerville after a report of armed men breaking into a triple-decker building around 9:30 a.m. Monday.
“We’ve been looking at areas where we’ve seen upticks in certain areas so we’re very fortunate that we had our officers in a critical location when the call was coming in,” said Pasquarello.
Witnesses said the heavy police response was unnerving.
“The police are telling me if I hear a pop to get down…” said Shaun Mosley.
School officials put a nearby elementary school on lockdown. Automated calls were sent out to parents and residents who live in the area.
“I was a little worried. I’m not that thrilled about the neighborhood around here,” said Alex Fitzsimmons, a parent.
Police are still trying to work out what the suspects will be charged with. The names of the suspects have not been released.
There was a home invasion reported in Medford 45 minutes before the alleged home invasion in Somerville. Police said it is very likely that the two are connected.