By Joseph Domelowicz Jr.
A trio of violent crime reports jumped into the headlines in Lynn this week, as Lynn Police dealt with two cases involving guns and a reported kidnapping. However, arrests have been made in all three cases.
Friday night shooting leads top pair of arrests
Police responded to an Essex Street address last Friday night on a report that neighbors heard shots fired. No one was injured, but bullet holes were found at the scene.
The investigation at the scene led police to an upstairs apartment that contained drugs and drug paraphernalia and a description of a car that had allegedly fled the scene immediately after the shorts were reported.
Officers working separately, both at the scene of shooting and on patrol searching for the vehicle, ended up locating both of the reported residents of the apartment where the shot was fired from.
Officers at the scene arrested and charged Randely Lora, 22 of 122 Essex St, apt. 3 on charges of heroin and cocaine trafficking and possession of ammunition without an FID card.
A short time later officers arrested Miguel Mantilla, 29, also of 122 Essex St. apt. 3 and charged him with heroin/morphine/opium trafficking and an outstanding warrants.
Police said the investigation into the events that precipitated the shooting is on-going and Mantilla may face additional charges.
Lynn man arrested for brandishing gun at Wendy’s
A 42-year old Lynn man, Tony Collada was arrested on Sunday, after witnesses at the Wendy’s restaurant on the Lynnway reported that he had stuck his gun in the face of the clerk at the drive-thru window.
Officers responding to the scene identified Collada by surveillance camera and located him at his place of employment, where the weapon was also found. When questioned about the incident by officers, he reportedly told them he was upset the restaurant had gotten his order wrong.
He was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a loaded firearm and other firearm related offenses.
Woman reports her own kidnapping
A Lynn woman reported to police that she was kidnapped by three men in a dark-colored Mercedes, after the men offered her a ride at around 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning on Union Street.
The victim told officers that she asked for a ride to her home, but that the driver of the car later turned in a direction heading away from her home and the men began making fun of her. After several minutes, the men stopped Essex and Chestnut streets, where one of the men punched her in the head and took her phone. Reportedly all three men then fled the scene in the vehicle.
After the description of the suspect vehicle was broadcast to area police department, Salem police found the vehicle with two occupants still inside and later arrested Kendrick Desormes, 19 of Salem and David Lucien, 43 of Salem. Both were charged with unarmed robbery and kidnapping and Desormes was also charged with assault and battery for punching the victim.
The case is still being investigated.