By Paul Tennant
---- — NORTH ANDOVER — A youth who is alleged to have been involved in several violent confrontations during the last few months is due to face a hearing in Lawrence District Court on May 21.
Ryan Saraiva, 17, of 39 Stonington St., was arrested at 7:45 a.m. April 12 after police found him standing outside his home, wielding a baseball bat and yelling at his mother’s boyfriend to come outside. His mother was trying to keep him from entering the house, according to a report filed by Officer Christopher Smedile.
When Saraiva refused the appeals of officers to calm down, they handcuffed him, Smedile wrote. While Smedile and fellow Officers Michael Gilligan, Brian Faye and Michael Reardon put him in handcuffs, Saraiva struggled, police said.
After police brought Saraiva to the station, his mother’s boyfriend called to report the right rear taillight of his car had been broken — most likely by Saraiva. The youth was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and malicious destruction of property.
Just a few hours earlier that day, police were called to Saraiva’s home after be became unruly, according to the police log. Because of his “high state of emotional distress and level of intoxication,” police placed Saraiva in protective custody, according to Smedile’s report.
After he was released from protective custody, Saraiva walked back to his home, where his violent behavior prompted another call to police, according to Lt. Charles Gray. When Saraiva was arraigned before Lawrence District Court Judge Lynn Rooney later that day, she ordered him held in lieu of $500 cash bail. The judge also ordered him to abstain from alcohol, submit to random tests for substance abuse and return to court May 21.
As of yesterday, Saraiva was not in custody at Middleton jail, according to Essex County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Maurice Pratt.
Saraiva is no stranger to North Andover police, Gray noted. On Nov. 2, Saraiva was arrested by Resource Officer Brendan Gallagher at North Andover High and charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing a school assembly and resisting arrest.
Just a few weeks earlier, on Sept. 17, Saraiva was arrested and charged with malicious destruction of property over $250, disorderly conduct and two counts of assault and battery on a household member at 32 Royal Crest Drive.