Wellesley Police log: Supermarket assault; the trouble with spray painting your name; cop jumps into car to stop crash

Wellesley Police Log for the week of March 22-27:


At 8:23 p.m. on March 23, 2021, Officer Harris was sent to Roche Bros Supermarket to get a report on a male party throwing food to an employee. While responding to the deal, the Emergency Communications Center informed the responding officers that the male party had walked out of the store and was headed for Starbucks. Upon arrival, Officer Harris observed a group of males that matched the description on the corner of Linden Square. Officer Harris spoke to the male party, who were in an agitated state. He was claiming to be in Roche Bros. eating and charging his cell phone when he was approached by a shop clerk who told him he had to eat outside. He explained that when the clerk leaned against him, he hit him. The male party acted erratically and spoke very quickly while speaking to Officer Harris. He went on to say that the clerk left and then returned. At that point he threw his food on him because he thought he was going to be attacked by him. Officer Harris asked the male party his name and date of birth. An inquiry into his information revealed that there is an active warrant in the Newburyport District Court for Bodily Injury and Battery for an injured person aged 60 and over. The man claimed to be homeless. He was taken into custody on the arrest warrant. Officer Harris then spoke to the store clerk, who said several customers had turned to him because the suspect had acted strange in the store and might have been shoplifting. The clerk found a man in a corner of the shop who had no mask to eat. He approached the man and tried to explain that because of COVID he could not eat in the store without a mask and started yelling at him. Officer Harris asked the store clerk what the man said, and he said he gave him a racist name and then punched him in the head. Then he explained that the man threw his food at him and slapped him in the face. He said he packed a container of liquid and threw it at the man who was trying to get him to leave the store. The man reached out a steel rod and threatened to hit him with one blow, and then left the shop. The suspect was taken to the Wellesley Police Department, where he was booked in the usual manner, granted all rights and held on bail of $ 750. He was charged with assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery for intimidation of race and disorderly behavior. (For more information on Wellesley’s new Freedom Team, see the post.)

On March 27, 2021 at 11:39 a.m., Officer Mankavech was conducting traffic surveillance on Washington Street when he was watching a Mercedes SUV Windows that appeared to be excessively tinted. He stopped the vehicle and ran a query on the registry, which revealed that an active Dorchester District Court order for bodily harm and battery had been issued to the registered owner of the vehicle. Officer Mankavech spoke to the operator to confirm that he was the registered owner and took him into custody. He was taken to the train station, booked in the usual way, granted all rights, and later released on bail of $ 150.


Officer D. Popovski was on March 22, 2021 at 10:30 p.m. sent to a residence for a drunken male party and act rude to other family members. Officer Popovski spoke to the male party, who apologized and said he would go to sleep and leave the other family members alone. The other family members agreed to let the male party stay if he went to sleep for the night and stopped molesting them.

At 10:25 a.m. on March 22, 2021, Officer Mankavech was working on a construction detail on Parker Road, temporarily blocking the roadway so construction workers could move materials for the site. There were construction vehicles blocking the road, and Officer Mankavech directed traffic around the blockade. A The Honda sedan approached the construction site and tried to drive around Officer Mankavech and was aimed directly at one of the construction vehicles. Officer Mankavech instructed the older male driver to stop the vehicle but ignored Officer Mankavech. The male driver kept moving towards the construction vehicle while Officer Mankavech knocked on the driver’s side window to get the driver’s attention. The driver opened the door and drove forward. Officer Mankavech had to jump into the vehicle and put it in the park to avoid a collision with the construction vehicle. When Officer Mankavech got out of the vehicle and tried to speak to the male driver, he put the vehicle in reverse and pulled back into a nearby driveway. Officer Mankavech told the driver to stop because there was a car

parked on the street. The male party continued to pull back and hit the vehicle. Officer Mankavech tried to speak to the operator and let him know that he had to file an accident report. At that point he got angry and drove away. Officer Mankavech replied to the driver’s apartment and provided him with the relevant documents for the accident report. Officer Mankavech filed an Immediate Threat Application with the Motor Vehicle Register because it appears that the male party cannot safely operate a motor vehicle.

On March 23, 2021 at 9:48 a.m., the Emergency Communications Center notified officers that it was the Natick Police Department looking for a vehicle that was stolen in Medfield. The Natick Police Department ended the chase before they reached the Wellesley city limits. At 9:55 a.m., Officer Cunningham reported that the stolen vehicle was heading east on Route 9. Officer J. Popvoski watched the vehicle pass their location on Route 9 and watched the driver and passenger look in their direction. At that point she activated her emergency lights and tried to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was traveling at high speed. The vehicle passed a red light at the intersection of Oakland Street and headed east. The vehicle continued without stopping and exited Route 9 onto Route 128 North. Later that day, Officer J. Popovski learned that the stolen vehicle was in a parking lot in Watertown. The incident is being investigated.

At 3:08 p.m. on March 23, 2021, Officer Hughes spoke to a male party that stated on Friday, March 19th his The bike was stolen from the bike rack at Wellesley High School. He said he left the bike there at 1:15 p.m. and when he came back at 6:30 p.m. the bike was no longer there. He said he hadn’t locked the bike. He described it as a red Trek mountain bike. There are no suspects.

On March 24, 2021 at 4:31 p.m. was Officer Harris Sent to the fire department for a report on a female party causing a disruption. Before arriving, the female party had moved to a nearby shop and tried to gain access to the shop to make photocopies. Due to COVID, she was not allowed to enter the store. The department social worker replied and tried to speak to the female party. Officer Harris advised the Female Party to contact a family member for help in obtaining the photocopies they needed. She agreed to return home.

On March 25, 2021 at 9:31 p.m. was Officer Harris Sent to the Royalston Road area because of a loud noise complaint. The Emergency Communications Center had received several complaints about the noise. Officer Harris arrived in the area and noticed that several vehicles were parked in the street and could hear loud music and screams from a back yard. The officers went into the back yard and watched empty bottles and cans of alcoholic beverages scattered on the floor and tables. There was Several young people present said they were not 21 years old if asked. Officer Harris spoke to those present and had them contact a responsible party to pick them up. The female party who lives in the residence is summoned to Dedham District Court for minor alcohol possession.

On March 25, 2021 at 9:49 p.m., Officer Harris spoke to a Rapporteur on computer fraud. She said she received a call from an unknown male party claiming to work for Amazon. The male party informed her that a fee of $ 499.00 was potentially fraudulent and that she would need to transfer money to him in order for the fee to be refunded. She started the process and gave the male party access to her computer. She stated that the computer was now locked and she could not log in. She finally hung up when she became suspicious. She had contacted her bank and frozen the account that the person might have access to. Officer Harris advised her to report the incident to one of the major credit bureaus and take the computer to an IT specialist for assistance with unlocking it.

Officer Fritts was on March 26, 2021 at 7:52 p.m. Sent to Sudbury River Aqueduct for a report of people on the bridge actively spraying graffiti on it. Officer Fritts spoke to 9 people who left the bridge area and refused to spray paint the bridge. The names of some of the people he had met were sprayed on the bridge. He contacted the parents of the youth and they agreed that the youth should repair the damage. He advised them to contact MWRA to see how they would proceed with the cleanup.

At 11:51 a.m. on March 27, 2021, Officer Kane was Sent to a bank on Linden Street for a report on a recalcitrant customer causing a malfunction. A bank employee said a customer refused to wear a mask and fill out the required COVID contact tracing documents that the bank needs before doing any banking. The male party eventually agreed and, upon completion of his transaction, met the reporting party and told him to talk about what happened. He was advised to leave the bank. The male party said the bank clerk overreacted and was unaware of banking policy and felt that the form was an invasion of his privacy. The bank clerk issued an oral arrest warrant to the male party.

At 2:00 p.m. on March 27, 2021, Officer Mankavech became a call for a older female party that seemed confused. A concerned neighbor had called. The female party was looking for a family member who would live with her and look after her but go out. Another neighbor was able to contact the family member, who stated that they would be returning to the residence. Officer Mankavech will refer the family to the Council on Aging and have the department’s elder affairs officers liaise with the family.

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