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WPD Bicycle Task Force Arrest Two Teens in Pearl and Elm Garage for Swerving

For Immediate Release: 11/2/2017 0:10 am

Worcester, MA (November 2, 2017) - On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at approximately 7:15 PM, a Worcester Police officer working out of the Operations Division newly formed Bicycle Task Force, responded to 20 Pearl and Elm Garage located at 20 Pearl Street, for a report of three youths riding bikes and harassing motorists. The Bike Task Force officer was assisted by other officers out of the Operations Division. Arriving officers were told by police dispatchers that the youths were wearing masks and harassing motorists as they attempted to exit the Garage. Complainants stated that the youths were riding their bikes directly at their vehicles and moving away at the last moment. This behavior is also known as “swerving.”

Officers at the scene observed several clearly visible “No Trespassing” and “No Loitering” signs within the garage. Officers began checking each floor for the youths. On the top floor of the garage officers came in contact with two males on yellow Ofo bikes. One male is 15-years-old while the other male is 13-years-old. The 15-year-old was holding a white mask and both were carrying backpacks. The teens provided no legitimate excuse as to why they were in the garage.

At this time the teens were placed under arrest for Trespassing. A search of the teens produced a double edged knife in the backpack of the 15-year-old. The 15-year-old was additionally charged with Carrying a Dangerous Weapon.

When asked about the Ofo bikes, the youths stated that they located them on the street and had not paid rent money for the use of the bikes. The bikes were confiscated and transported back to police headquarters for safekeeping until representatives of the Ofo Company are notified for pick up.

The two teens will be arraigned at the Worcester County Juvenile District Courthouse on a date yet to be determined.

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