LAWRENCE — U.S. Marshals arrested a Salem, N.H., fugitive hiding at the home of former Lawrence police officer and local nightclub owner Rafael Beamud early yesterday morning.
Beamud is the owner of the Copa Club at 1 Mill St. His liquor license for the Lawrence nightclub may be in jeopardy as he faces criminal charges for harboring a fugitive at his 12 Lorenzo Road home in South Lawrence, police said.
Beamud was a Lawrence police officer in 1980s before transferring to Cambridge police, where he was a detective.
Early yesterday morning, members of the U.S. Marshal’s Joint Fugitive Task Force went to Beamud’s home after they received tips Luis Figueroa, 29, was hiding there.
Figueroa was wanted on an arrest warrant for parole violations, stemming from a drug sales conviction, as well as a Salem, N.H., police warrant for endangering the welfare of a child, reckless conduct, disobeying a police officer and placing another in danger, according to information released yesterday by U.S. Marshals.
Figueroa has a criminal history that includes arrests for assault, assault and battery with a deadly weapon, narcotics sales, burglary, use of a false name and driving after license suspension. He was considered “armed and dangerous,” according to a U.S. Marshals “wanted” poster about him.
Aliases Figueroa uses include Perikito Figueroa and Bebo Figueroa, according to the U.S. Marshals.
U.S. Marshals interviewed Beamud “multiple times” about Figueroa’s whereabouts. Beamud “denied having any knowledge of his location,” according to the Marshals service. However, through surveillance and interviews “it was confirmed that Figueroa was in fact living with this former police officer,” according to a statement released yesterday.
Early yesterday morning, Marshals, area sheriff department officers and N.H. state troopers, converged on Beamud’s home. Figueroa was seen through a window and then tried to escape out of the garage. He was “quickly located and handcuffed,” according to a statement released by the U.S. Marshal’s.
Figueroa was immediately arrested and charged on the outstanding parole violation and taken directly to the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord. U.S. Marshals said they will summons Beamud at a later date for hindering the apprehension of a fugitive and harboring a fugitive.
No one answered the door yesterday at Beamud’s home, a cream-colored, split-level style house. A boat trailer was parked out front. A large dumpster lined the driveway and two BMW sedans, one with the hood pulled off, were parked nearby. Beamud could not be reached for comment for this story.
Yesterday morning, after he was told of the incident, Lawrence Police Chief John Romero notified the city’s licensing board investigator, Lt. Shawn Conray, of the pending charges against Beamud. Criminal charges against the owner of liquor establishment can affect a liquor license, under state law.
The Copa Club is well known to local police, having been the backdrop for 17 criminal incidents since Feb. 26, 2011, according to Lawrence police records. Police have been called to 1 Mill St. for everything from stabbings, burglary, assault, vandalism and a liquor law violation, according to records. On March 13, 2011, a bank deposit bag containing between $18,000 to $20,000, roughly three nights of cash receipts, was reported stolen.
Figueroa was recently the subject of the “Fugitive of the Week” programs on radio and television stations in southern New Hampshire. Several callers recognized Figueroa, telling authorities he was staying in Lawrence to avoid capture in N.H., according to the U.S. Marshal’s statement. U.S. Marshals, members of the Stafford, Rockingham and Essex County sheriff’s departments, Greenfield, N.H. police and New Hampshire state troopers took part in the arrest.
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