By Jill Harmacinski
---- — LAWRENCE – Police believe they interrupted a potential kidnapping, burglary or other crime after they found two men suspiciously reclined in a Jeep parked outside a Lawrence Street bodega early yesterday morning.
The bodega owner spotted two men in a brown 2006 Jeep Cherokee parked outside his business at 300 Lawrence St. at 4:20 a.m.
When the Jeep didn’t move and the men didn’t get out for 20 minutes, the bodega owner called police.
Inside the Jeep, police found Yasil Delossantos, 21, and Joel Rivera-Lopez, 26, reclined all the way back in the seats “as if to avoid detection.”
They also had an illegal 9 mm handgun, magazine clip with 13 round capacity, duct tape, zip ties, 5 cell phones, 2 pairs of black gloves and sweatshirts with hooded ski-masks attached, according to a police report by Officer Frank Bradley.
“Given what was in the vehicle, it looks like they wanted to take (the bodega owner) himself,” said Police Chief John Romero.
Delossantos, of 96 Oxford St., Lawrence, and Rivera-Lopez, of 41 Percival St., Dorchester, were both arrested and charged with illegal possession of a large capacity firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and unlawful possession of a firearm. Rivera-Lopez was driving the Jeep, police said.
The victim, 49, said when he arrived for work, and went outside to start some vehicles he parks nearby his business, he saw the brown Jeep passed his business, traveling north on Lawrence Street toward Methuen. The Jeep driver made a quick U-turn, came back and parked near his business vehicles. “Initially, the victim thought that the vehicle may be a neighbor returning home late,” Bradley wrote.
But when the occupants didn’t get out of the car after about 20 minutes, the victim became concerned and called the police for assistance,” Bradley wrote. Just after he dialed police, the victim said the passenger, believed to be Delossantos, got out of the Jeep, walked to the corner and looked around and then returned to the Jeep and got back inside.
Police soon arrived, investigated and arrested both men.
Bradley noted both men arrested where wearing black hooded sweatshirts with skeletons imprinted on the body and “a hood that can be fully zippered shut creating a ski mask effect.
“... When zippered full there is a skull imprinted on the hood with anatomically correct eye holes cut into the fabric,” Bradley added.
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