Ladies room was no place to escape

On January 30, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

While on patrol in the Davis Sq. area, a police officer caught sight of what he deemed to be suspicious behavior on the part of an individual whose vehicle was parked on Grove St.

The man, later identified as Alex Bilodeau, 26, of Revere, was reportedly observed standing outside of the driver’s side door of a parked SUV. According the reports, Bilodeau was seen tossing a small safe in the air, then picking it up off the ground and throwing it into a nearby trash bin.

The officer reported that Bilodeau made eye contact with him, then reached into the vehicle and appeared to be manipulating something.

The officer radioed for backup, then pulled up to the vehicle, exited his cruiser and approached Bilodeau for questioning, at which time the officer reportedly saw a plastic bag containing what appeared to be marijuana fall out of Bilodeau’s jacket, onto the ground.

When ordered by the officer to come to the back of the vehicle, Bilodeau reportedly fled on foot. The officer gave chase on foot, shouting several times for Bilodeau to stop, and followed him into Anna’s Taqueria. The officer said that he then saw Bilodeau enter the ladies room in side the restaurant.

A short time later, Bilodeau reportedly exited the ladies room with his hands in the air. According to reports, Bilodeau said to the officer, “I didn’t do anything.”

Bilodeau reportedly refused several requests by the officer to get on the floor, but when a police backup unit arrived he was finally secured, after some efforts by the officers.

A search of the ladies room found one toilet overflowing at its tank. An examination of the tank turned up a plastic bad containing several other plastic bags filled with marijuana.

Bilodeau was placed under arrest and charged with distribution of a class D drug, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on a police officer.

 

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