Man Who Phoned in Bomb Threat, 2 Who Broke into Gas Station Indicted


A man who allegedly phoned in a bomb threat to his worksite was among the four suspects in crimes that occurred in Watertown who were indicted by a Middlesex County Grand Jury, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s Office announced. 

Lawrence Benjamin, 27, of Lowell, was charged with willfully communicating a bomb threat willful and malicious communication of false information to public safety answering points. The Assistant District Attorney is Jessica Noble.

On Sept. 26, State Police received a 911 call from a person saying there was a bomb at a building on Bridge Street, said Watertown Police Lt. James O’Connor. Watertown Police were contacted and went to the address to evacuate the building, which is under renovation. Police linked the phone number where the call came from to Benjamin, O’Connor said, and the man gave police a false name and claimed his phone had been stolen.

See more details here.

In other indictments:

Kevin Szydlowski, 48, of Watertown and Sabino Aviles, 48, of Waltham, were charged with breaking and entering a building in the nighttime to commit a felony, larceny over $250, breaking into a depository, and possession of burglarious tools. The Assistant District Attorney is Jessica Noble.

The pair were two of three people suspected of stealing money from the AAA Auto Clinic by chiseling through a concrete wall at night. Read more here.

Julius Owens, 50, of Boston, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person over the age of 60, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (2 counts), assault and battery, strangulation (2 counts), witness intimidation, and being a habitual criminal (6 counts). The Assistant District Attorney is Julie Kunkel.

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