Right place, right time + teamwork = 1 arrest, 1 recovered firearm, 2 knives


Early this morning, Sgt. Shawn Moore happened to be in the right place at the right time. Around 3:47 am, he observed three male subjects near Methuen Liquors (50 Lawrence St.). As soon as the male subjects saw Sgt. Moore, they immediately fled behind the liquor store. While checking the liquor store for the males and evidence of a forced entry to the building, Sgt. Moore was approached by a male subject who stated he was just robbed of several items of jewelry at gunpoint by three males.
Sgt. Moore immediately requested backup as well as a K9 unit to check the area. Essex County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Pickles, Sgt. Pomerleau, as well as Lt. Tom Cote and his K9 Dash responded to the scene to assist along with members of the Lawrence Police Department. While searching the area, they located a male subject hiding next to a vehicle in a driveway on Tenney St. (adjacent to the rear of the liquor store property). The subject, identified as Alexander Saez (age 22) of Methuen was handcuffed by Officer Alarcon. Evidence was recovered from Saez belonging to the victim of the robbery.
While conducting a search behind the liquor store where the male subjects fled, Officer Kenneth Pilz recovered a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic handgun and two jack knives in the alleyway between the liquor store and Reggie’s Foreign Motors. All items recovered were processed by the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Unit.
As a result of the investigation, Saez was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery, to wit a firearm, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, to wit a firearm, Resisting Arrest, and Larceny of Property over $250. The loaded magazine from this incident had a nineteen round capacity and was full and loaded at the time it was recovered. Saez was held on $50,000 cash bail and is now in the custody of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.
Thank you to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, Lawrence Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and all officers from Platoon 1 (the midnight shift) and the detective division for a job well done!
Great job by Sgt Moore being alert and reacting immediately.