By Jill Harmacinski and Brian Messenger Staff reporters
---- — LAWRENCE — Police charged a local man with illegally bring a semi-automatic weapon and crack cocaine into a Route 28 chicken joint on Monday night.
Alexander Mojica, 33, of 13 Bicknell Terrace, #2, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and a high capacity magazine and illegal possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
Officer Christopher Bussey made the arrest after Detective Claudio Camacho, who was off duty and in Crown Chicken at 204 Broadway, observed suspicious activity there at 9:44 p.m.
Camacho, who’d stopped by to order a steak and cheese sub, saw two men acting shady. One man was trying to sell a restaurant worker a cell phone while the other, Mojica, “was acting as a possible lookout for the man selling the phone,” according to Bussey’s report.
As Bussey and fellow on-duty officer Thomas Murphy arrived at Crown Chicken, Camacho was introducing himself to the man trying to sell the phone. Mojica quickly tried to get away from police, Bussey said.
When Bussey tried to talk to Mojica, “he repeatedly reached for his waistband even after being ordered to keep his hands on the roof of the police car.” A search revealed a black, semi-automatic pistol in his waist band, Bussey said.
A hypodermic needle was also found in Mojica’s pocket along with 12 glassine baggies of crack cocaine, according to the report.
Mojica was placed under arrest. Police also checked out the man trying to the sell the phone. Turns out the cell phone did in fact belong to him and he was released from police custody.
The following items were recorded in area police logs:
Arrest: Ryan Patenaude, 28, Lowell, assault and battery on a household member, 32 North Main St., 10:16 a.m.
Noise complaint: Henderson Avenue at Lupine Road, 1:14 a.m.
Vandalism: Red Spring Road, 9:59 a.m.
Crash: Main Street, hit and run, 12:09 p.m.
Theft: Brown St., stolen political signs, 1:59 p.m.
Robbery: Lowell St., 3:18 p.m.
Arrest: Joseph Parisi, 32, Peabody, driving with a revoked license, 163 Elm St., 1:22 p.m.
Arrest: Christina Cruz, 41, 128 Bailey St., Lawrence, driving without a license, 40 River Road, 2:09 p.m.
Fight: 88 Center St., 2:03 a.m.
Assault: 5 Woodland Circle, caller reports house party with people fighting, 4:28 a.m.
Theft: 51 Osgood St., 9 a.m.
Car break: 90 Pleasant Valley St., Chuck E. Cheese’s, stolen purse, 3:48 p.m.
Noise complaint: 24 Ashford St., 1:27 a.m.
Shoplifting: 14 Jackson St., Walgreens, 8 a.m.
Theft: 159 Pelham St., Day’s Inn Hotel, 9:27 a.m.
Theft: 1 Old Mall Road, stolen bicycle, 3:56 p.m.
Shoplifting: 40 Jackson St., Big Lots, two stolen DVD players, 4:51 p.m.
Robbery: 248 Haverhill St., Burger King, 6:27 p.m.
Car break: 5 Burnham Road, 6:38 p.m.
Burglary: 5 Avon Avenue, 9:28 p.m.
Property damage: 620 Osgood St., 9:40 p.m.
Theft: 49 Gaston St., 10:33 p.m.
Arrest: Jeury Jimenez, 24, of 73 Woodland St., #1, Lawrence; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and battery, reckless operation, leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury and property damage, attempt to commit larceny of property, 90 Lowell St., 11:50 p.m.
Business break: HP computer monitor stolen, door kicked in, 300 Canal St., building 1, reported at 8 a.m.
Malicious damage: Front entrance lamp damaged, 115 Howard St., 4:16 p.m.
Theft: 24 Meadow Lane, stolen lawn mower, 11:27 a.m.
Theft: 980 Osgood St., North Andover Shell, stolen cigarettes, 4:23 p.m.
Vandalism: 94 Kingston St., 6:58 p.m.
Theft: 20 Foulds Terrace, 7:30 p.m.
Shoplifting: 360 Winthrop Avenue, Kohl’s, 7:48 p.m.
Crash: 333 Sutton St., hit and run, 2:36 p.m.
Arrest: John Coburn, 52, 45 Elm St., larceny over $250 by false pretense, three counts, false statement to obtain a credit card, credit card fraud over $250, utter false instument, 45 Elm St., 2:44 p.m.
Arrest: Jason Brand, 39, Derry, N.H., malicious destruction of property over $250, larceny over $250, 300 Pleasant St., 11:58 p.m.