For Immediate Release: 11/13/2017 4:22 pm
Worcester, MA (November 13, 2017) - On Sunday, November 12, 2017, a Worcester Police officer was on his way to work a private detail at the Palladium, located at 261 Main Street. At approximately 6:00 PM, the officer was traveling on MLK Boulevard when he observed a large group of youths riding their bicycles in and out of traffic. The officer was in his personal motor vehicle and had to slam on his brakes in order to avoid a collision with two of the youths that went directly in front of him. At the same time the remainder of the group blocked the intersection of MLK Blvd and Main Street. The group was riding around in circles and executing “wheelies” in the middle of the intersection through a full cycle of traffic lights. Numerous vehicles were activating their horns and yelling out of the windows.
The officer parked his vehicle for his detail. The officer exited his car and observed half the group riding away from the area while the other half stopped in front of the courthouse. The officer approached the group in front of the courthouse and warned them that if they continued this behavior that they would be subject to arrest. The officer told the group to disburse from the area.
The officer went into the palladium to work his detail. A short time later the manager informed the officer that the group returned and were riding in and out of traffic recklessly once again. The officer exited the building and called for assistance.
Police spent a half hour following the group to make sure that they were leaving and staying out of traffic. The detail officer was walking on the sidewalk from the front of the building and about to turn the corner when he was nearly struck by one of the males on a bike. At this time the officer noticed a second male heading right at him on an Ofo bike. The officer reached out and grabbed the rider’s arm and forced him off his bike.
The officer recognized the rider as Javier Amarat, 22-years-old of 82 Elm Street. Mr. Amarat is known to the officer as one of the males that rides with the group that call themselves “bike life.” The officer asked Mr. Amarat why he kept coming back after so many warnings and he would only respond with “508 bike life.”
Mr. Amarat was placed under arrest and charged with Disturbing the Peace and Disorderly Conduct. A search of Mr. Amarat produced a spring loaded 4” knife.
The officer looked at the Ofo bike that Mr. Amarat was riding and noticed that the locking mechanism was damaged beyond repair.
Mr. Amarat was additionally charged with Malicious Destruction of Property over the Value of $250.00, Receiving Stolen Property over the Value of $250.00, and Carrying a Dangerous Weapon.