LAWRENCE — A man who went to the police station to report a crime ended up getting charged with one after he became belligerent and threatened police officers.
Manuel Sanchez, 28, of 4 John Ave., Lawrence, was charged with trespassing, witness intimidation and threatening to commit a crime.
Police said he walked into station around 9:35 a.m. and told the desk officer that he was a victim of a car jacking and that his friend’s car had been taken from him. According to a police report, Sanchez “appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. He displayed red, glassy eyes and emanated a strong smell of alcoholic beverage from his breath.”
He also appeared to be injured, with dried blood on his hands and clothing. He told police he had been “stabbed at the carjacking.”
Sgt. Maurice Aguiler said in his report on the incident that Sanchez was invited into the station to sit in the interview room and receive medical attention. At first, Sanchez was reluctant to go into the room but eventually agreed. He refused medical help from Patriot Ambulance and the Lawrence Fire Department, despite lacerations on his wrist and hand.
Sanchez then began retelling what happened in the alleged carjacking, but details of the story kept changing, Aguiler said. He was informed by police that based on the “sheer improbability of his story along with his apparent intoxication,” police would not be able to issue a report on the incident. They said he needed to leave and get his story straight before coming back to report a crime.
Sanchez then became argumentative and angry, and refused to leave the station. At one point, he stood in front of Aguiler and said, “I know you. I did three years in Shirley Super Max and I’m about to bring it down on you.” He also kept glaring and clenching his fists while making threats.