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Fitchburg Police: Attempted Robber Showed Gun

February 26, 2019

FITCHBURG -- A man attempted a robbery on Wallace Avenue Saturday night while brandishing what appeared to be a handgun, police said.

At about 6:40 p.m., said police Capt. Matthew LeMay, a man, described by the victim as Hispanic, approached the victim while he was getting into his vehicle in a parking lot on Wallace Avenue.

The victim told police, said LeMay, the suspect pulled a gun and demanded money.

However, the victim was able to close his door and drive to the police station, which is only two blocks away, to report the attempted armed robbery.

LeMay said the robbery remains under investigation.

Lancaster man charged in assault

LEOMINSTER -- A Lancaster man was arrested Sunday after allegedly destroying a television and damaging a carpet in a city hotel and then threatening a witness with what appeared at first to be a black handgun, said police.

At about 12:40 p.m. Sunday, police were called to the Motel 6 on Commercial Road with a report of items inside one if its rooms being destroyed and damaged, said police Lt. Michael Ciccolini.

As police responded, the suspect, Cameron Jack Suarez, 19, of 132 Chace Hill Road, got into a vehicle on the hotel property and when confronted by the witness about the room’s damage, allegedly pulled a black handgun and said, according to Ciccolini, “shut up before I shoot you.”

Suarez, with two other unidentified men and one unidentified female, drove away at a high rate of speed, said Ciccolini.

When officers arrived, they began search for the vehicle using the license tag information provided by the witness.

Minutes later, the victim told police the Suarez and the three other people had returned to the hotel, said Ciccolini.

Officers responded once again to the hotel and conducted a felony stop of the vehicle in which all the occupants were taken into custody and handcuffed for safety reasons.

Once in custody, officers discovered a black handgun that turned out to be a BB-gun, said Ciccolini.

“Those things are dangerous,” said Ciccolini about the BB-gun. “They look just like the real thing.”

Suarez was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, wanton destruction of property less than $1,200 and drug possession.

Ciccolini said Suarez was found in possession of prescription medication he had not been prescribed.

Suarez’s arraignment was held Monday in District Court.