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Merrimack Valley

October 4, 2012

Bouncer pleads guilty to attacking Lantigua foe


The voice mail recording includes the voice of a man who twice accuses Arevalo of being “a (expletive deleted) snitch.” The recording also mentions Lantigua, but the context is not audible. The voice mail recording appears to coincide with the video recording of the attack by the security camera at the Crown Fried Chicken restaurant, which shows Arevalo holding up a cell phone as Figueroa approaches him. The restaurant is next to the La Guira nightclub at 205 Broadway, where Figueroa was working as a bouncer that night.

“He targeted me,” Arevalo said after the attack. “He’s seen me plenty of times. But since he found out I took the mayor to court, he turned on me.”

A police report about the attack says Arevalo tried to use a small aluminum flashlight to protect himself, but Figueroa took it from him and beat him with it on his arms and head. Arevalo later took a cab to the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, where he was treated for a fractured arm.

At his arrest a few hours after the attack, Figueroa denied assaulting Arevalo but told police Arevalo had provoked him by taking pictures of his effort to break up a fight outside La Guira earlier that night, according to the police report. He told police he thought Arevalo was “crazy,” the report says.

Figueroa was released on $2,500 bail, but was arrested again a few months later after he allegedly threatened his girlfriend, Jeanette Costillo. A judge ruled that the new arrest violated the terms of his bail and ordered him held for 60 days at the Middleton House of Correction.

The charge that Figueroa threatened his girlfriend was dismissed.

Lantigua could not be reached yesterday. In an interview after Arevalo sought the restraining order against him, Lantigua dismissed Arevalo as a “nut” working with his political opponents to discredit his administration.

Arevalo said the six-month sentence the prosecutor is seeking is “pretty lenient.” He said part of what ails Lawrence nightclubs, many of which are known for their violence, is the “unprofessional security” provided by bouncers like Figueroa.

Figueroa could not be reached yesterday.

Arevalo has a civil suit pending against Figueroa.

Both men are Lawrence residents.

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