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Merrimack Valley

February 13, 2013

City resident arrested for threatening tow truck driver

LAWRENCE — Police arrested a city resident for endangering the life of a tow truck driver early Sunday morning.

Francisco Henriquez, of 61 Berkeley St., was charged with disturbing the peace and assault by means of a dangerous weapon after he attempted to drive his car away while the tow truck driver was underneath the vehicle, according to police.

“The victim related to me that he saw the tires rotating near his face and got scared that he was going to get run over by the suspect’s vehicle,” Officer Ivan Melendez wrote in his report.

“The victim further stated he was drenched in slush and snow from the tires kicking snow on his face and body. The victim then got out from underneath the vehicle and made his way to safety,” the officer said.

Wardy Castillo, the tow truck driver, told police that he was actually trying to unhook the vehicle in order to return it to the owner. Local tow truck companies had been ordered by police to return vehicles if the owners came out in time to move the vehicles during the recent storm.

The following items were reported in area police logs for Monday, Feb. 11:

ANDOVER

Domestic incident: Jenkins Road, 6:24 p.m.

LAWRENCE

Arrest: Israel Pagan, 32, 125 Jackson St., Lawrence, causing gridlock, failure to stop for a police officer and resisting arrest, Broadway and Lowell Street, 1:23 a.m.

Arrest: Joannie M. Valencia, 23, 179 Arlington St., Lawrence, assault and battery on a household member, 179 Arlington St., 12:55 p.m.

Arrest: Peter Carter Jr., 28, Burlington, possession of heroin, 1 General St., 3:45 p.m.

Car break: Driver’s side front window smashed, GPS and bookbag stolen, 286 Broadway, 7:58 p.m.

Arrest: Stephen Joseph Smerdon, 46, 32 Byron Ave., Lawrence, assault and battery on a household member, 32 Byron Ave., 9:50 p.m.

NORTH ANDOVER

Accident with injury: Sutton Street and Interstate 495, 12:31 a.m.

Larceny: Kohl’s Department Store, 360 Winthrop Ave., 1:38 p.m.

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