For Immediate Release: 5/12/2017 10:01 pm
Worcester, MA (May 12, 2017) - On Friday, May 12, 2017 a police supervisor from the Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) was on patrol in the Main South area. At approximately 1:00 PM, the police officer was in full uniform while operating an unmarked police vehicle. At this time the supervisor observed a male hunched over a freshly poured concrete sidewalk. The sidewalk was located on Wellington Street. Contractors hired by the City of Worcester have been replacing the sidewalks within the neighborhood for the past week. The concrete had just recently been poured and was still in the process of curing when the officer observed the male writing something in the concrete. The officer could see that the sidewalk was still covered in plastic as it cured.
The officer pulled up to the male and exited his vehicle. The suspect was unaware that the officer was approaching him from behind. The officer was able to get right up on him and noticed that he was writing the letters “CC” in the concrete with his index finger. The male was still unaware that the officer was directly behind him. The officer also noticed that the letters “JP” had recently been carved into the concrete.
Still unaware that someone was behind him; the officer had to announce his presence. The suspect blurted out an expletive when he observed the officer directly behind him.
The officer identified the male as James Peete, a 52-year-old male that is apparently homeless at this time.
Mr. Peete was subsequently placed under arrest and charged with Defacing Public Property. It was also discovered that Mr. Peete had two outstanding arrest warrants in effect for motor vehicle offenses. Mr. Peete was transported to police headquarters for processing without incident.