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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

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After stopping the Odyssey, Farrington reported there were six people inside. They were all wearing dark clothing and at least three had on “knit hats that appeared long enough to be pulled down as a mask,” Farrington wrote. The minivan smelled of marijuana and everyone inside appeared nervous, he added.

Farrington ordered Pizzini to get out of the van. Pizzini fled while another person inside the minivan put the Odyssey into drive and sped away. Officers Harold Rogers, who had arrived near the scene, was able to grab Pizzini and place him under arrest, according to police reports.

Sgt. Shawn Quaglietta followed the Odyssey as it weaved its way down Fairmont Street to Auburn Street to Hampshire Street. At Hampshire and Myrtle, the Odyssey blew through a stop sign, almost striking a car that was stopped, facing east on Myrtle, Quaglietta wrote.

Finally, on Ashton Place, the Odyssey crashed into parked car. The five people inside jumped out and ran, splitting up and sprinting through backyards. Quaglietta found Concepcion hiding under a porch staircase and placed him under arrest. “I commanded him at gunpoint to show me his hands; he complied,” Quaglietta wrote.

With help from officer Charles Saindon, Medina was arrested in a backyard on Phillips Street. “He had a noticeable limp, which could have come as a result of jumping fences,” Quaglietta wrote.

Warrants were also issued for the two who evaded police late Tuesday night, according to police.

Police Chief John Romero said he believes police prevented a crime late Tuesday night.

“Given the history of the gang and what was in the car, we believe we interrupted something,” Romero said.

He previously described EBK as “a bunch of thugs.”

On Jan. 22, Michael Tesaun Alicea, 19, Richard Mora, 18, and Ruben Saldana, 18, all believed to be EBK members, were arraigned on armed robbery and related charges stemming from the incident at the 280 S. Union St. market.

Alicea, Mora and Saldana all worked for the city’s public works or cemetery departments through the “Safe and Successful Youth Initiative Grant,” which targets troubled and "at-risk" males between the ages of 14 and 24.

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