By Jim Clark
While patrolling the vicinity of Pearl and Cross Streets last week, a police officer spotted two men on the street, Magnuson Vieira, 25, and Alex Gomes, 24, who were reportedly suspected by police of being involved in some home break-ins in the area.
The officer had knowledge that Vieira had an active warrant out for his arrest. He further noted that Gomes was carrying a backpack that appeared to be completely stuffed with items, according to police reports.
The officer reportedly followed them in his car for a short time, but the two men suddenly began running.
The officer gave chase but the two men reportedly fled into the backyards of nearby residences. As backup units arrived, the two men were again spotted, this time with Gomes’ backpack appearing to be mostly empty.
Ordered to stop for questioning, Gomes shouted back that the police could not stop them. As he attempted to push his way past the police, Gomes was apprehended and officers noted what seemed to be the sound of coins jingling inside Gomes’ backpack. Examination of the backpack’s contents confirmed that there was a substantial amount of coins and currency present in a small bag.
When questioned, Vieira reportedly told police that he ran because he knew he had a warrant out for his arrest, and he was in fact placed under arrest at that time on a warrant charge of operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
In the meantime, Gomes had managed to walk away from the scene, both with his backpack and the bag of money, after he had been told that it was to be placed into evidence until its rightful owner was determined.
A subsequent search led police to a Glen St. location where Gomes was cornered and ordered to cooperate with police. Gomes reportedly shouted backand behaved erratically despite police attempts to subdue him.
As police moved in to apprehend Gomes once again, he reportedly elbowed one officer in the sternum and later caused a leg injury to the same officer during the ensuing struggle.
Gomes was finally placed into custody and charged with assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, and receiving stolen property.