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February 7, 2013

Assault rifle seized from 'EBK' gang members

Member arrested Tuesday was also working at DPW as part of grant

LAWRENCE — A loaded assault rifle, a loaded handgun, masks and walkie-talkies were seized after a late-night traffic stop and chase that resulted in the arrest of three more members of the “Everybody’s Killers” street gang, police said.

And like previous EBK members arrested, one of those picked up Tuesday was working at the Department of Public Works through a federal $800,000 anti-crime and violence reduction grant overseen by the city’s Community Development department.

Julio Pizzini, 18, of 1 Gale St.; Hector Medina, 19, of 80 Railroad St.; and Oscar Concepcion, 19, of 112 Farnham St., were all arrested and charged with illegal possession of a large capacity firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, and two counts of illegal possession of a firearm without a firearms identification card.

Pizzini worked 32 hours per week for the city cemetery and was praised by his supervisor, said Art McCabe, program manager in the Community Development Department.

“He’s been doing very well,” McCabe said. “But like many of these kids, they are stuck in the middle of two different lifestyles.”

EBK members are a gang of young men suspected in nine city armed robberies recently. Three alleged EBK members were arrested last month after attempting to rob a South Union Street store and then barricading themselves inside. After attempting to shoot their way out, the trio surrendered to police who had the store surrounded.

With information compiled by the police department’s crime analysis division, city police officers were on the lookout for a blue-green Honda Odyssey that EBK members were using for street and commercial armed robberies. Officers were warned multiple firearms, including a high-capacity assault weapon, could be in the Odyssey minivan and they should use extreme caution.

At 11:20 p.m. Tuesday night, Officer Carl Farrington spotted the Odyssey, with Massachusetts plate 22AS84, on Park Street. As he followed the Odyssey onto Daisy and Holly streets, he called for backup from other officers.

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