Middlesex Grand Jury Indicts 3 on Charges in Watertown Cases

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced the following grand jury indictments involving cases in Watertown. These indictments were handed down between January 17 and April 29, 2019. Defendants without a hometown listed do not have a last known address. These charges are allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Bruce Demelo, 43, of Lynn, was charged with larceny from a building (6 counts), breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the daytime to commit a felony, breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the daytime to commit a misdemeanor, larceny over $1,200, and larceny under $1,200.

Norwood Man Arrested in Connection with Hit and Run That Killed Watertown Educator

Allison Donovan Watertown Public School’s K-8 Literacy Coordinator and long-time educator, died after being hit in a hit-and-run incident. The following information was provided by the Middlesex District Attorney’s office:

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Somerville Chief of Police David Fallon and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone today announced that Edward Clark, 55, of Norwood, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death, in connection with the fatal hit-and-run that occurred on Powder House Boulevard on February 8. The preliminary investigation suggests at approximately 7:16 p.m. Clark was allegedly operating a 2003 black Ford F150 pick-up truck traveling eastbound on Powder House Boulevard, when he allegedly struck two females, who were in the crosswalk at the intersection of Powder House Boulevard and Hardan Road, before fleeing the scene. Somerville Police subsequently responded and both women were transported to area hospitals. Allison Donovan, 40, of Somerville, was transported to Mount Auburn Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Boston Man Arrested for Breaking Into Homes in Watertown, Other Communities

Police arrested a Boston man suspected of breaking into 19 homes over the past five months in five communities, including Watertown. Jargle Soto-Suazo, 33, of Boston, was apprehended following an alleged break-in that occurred in Brookline on Thursday, Feb. 7, according to the announcement from Middlesex District Attorney Marina Ryan’s office. DA Ryan, Watertown Chief of Police Michael Lawn, Medford Chief of Police Jack Buckley, Brookline Chief of Police Andrew Lipson, Quincy Chief of Police Paul Keenan and Acting Arlington Chief of Police Julie Flaherty announced that Soto-Suazo is believed to be responsible for the uptick in housebreaks in the communities of Watertown, Medford, Brookline, Quincy and Arlington. 

Police departments across Middlesex and Norfolk Counties have been investigating the reported crimes since September 2018. The statement read:

As part of the ongoing joint investigation into the alleged burglaries, police from multiple departments located the defendant displaying suspicious behavior in the area of Colbourne Street in Brookline.

Three Watertown Men Indicted on Drug Charges by Middlesex Grand Jury

A grand jury indicted three Watertown men on drug-related charges, Middlesex District Attorney Marin Ryan’s office announced. The three men — Dominic Davis, Akeem Mapp, and James Paul — were arrested in June after a joint investigation by the Watertown Police and the Suburban Middlesex County Drug Task Force. Their home was raided by a NEMLEC SWAT team. The raid found cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy (MDMA), Ketamine, marijuana, three firearms, and approximately $10,000 in cash. This week, the Middlesex DA’s office announced the indictments from Nov.

Middlesex DA, Watertown Police Investigating Death of Infant in Watertown

Watertown first responders went to a call Thursday afternoon for an unresponsive infant, who was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead. The cause of death is being investigated by the Chief Medical Examiner’s office. All child deaths are investigated, according to the DA’s office. Local news channels reported police activity near the Strawberry Childcare Center in the former Parker School. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Watertown Police Chief Michael Lawn sent out the following announcement:
Today at 2:16 p.m. Watertown Police responded to a 911 call regarding an unresponsive infant on Watertown Street in Watertown.

Watertown High Gets Check from District Attorney for Safe Prom, Graduation Events

The following information was provided by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office:
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan donated $500 to Watertown High School to promote substance-free events after prom and graduation. Watertown High School is one of 13 high schools that applied to receive $500 from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office for safe post-prom and graduation events. District Attorney Ryan has hosted events across the county to encourage teenagers to make “safe choices” when attending parties and other activities with their friends. District Attorney Ryan has also spoken to parents on the topic of “social host responsibility,” warning parents and caregivers about the dangers of serving underage drinkers.

Chelsea Man Indicted on Drug Trafficking Charges from Arrest in Watertown

A Middlesex County grand jury indicted a Chelsea man arrested on drug trafficking charges from an arrest in Watertown. London Cohen, 28, of Chelsea, was charged with trafficking fentanyl, trafficking over 18 grams of cocaine, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle after revocation of license as habitual traffic offender, and failure to stop for police, according to an announcement this week by Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s Office. The indictments were handed down between January 18 and March 6, 2018. In April 2017, Cohen led police on a chase through Watertown which included Massachusetts State Police search dogs and a State Police helicopter. He had been the target of a drug sting by the Suburban Middlesex County Drug Task Force after suspicious activity was reported on the Westside of Watertown.

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.