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WPD Gang Unit Working with Businesses Arrest One for Drugs

Worcester, MA (March 22, 2017) - On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, members of the WPD Gang Unit were patrolling the Main South area of the city. At approximately 9:00 PM, the gang officers were checking the rear of 286 Pleasant Street. This particular address has been problematic for some time and officers have been working with nearby businesses and property owners to eradicate the problems and help create a safer environment for customers.

At this time the officers observed a male whom they recognized as Laron Penn, 30-years-old of 7 A Clarkson Street, Worcester, standing in the rear. The gang officers know this man as an active member of a local gang.

There are several clearly posted no trespassing signs in the area.

Officers approached Mr. Penn for the purpose of finding out why he was on the property. Mr. Penn turned away as he noticed the officers approaching. Mr. Penn began to run through one of the businesses as the officers got near. Mr. Penn ran out the front door and onto Pleasant Street. Mr. Penn continued to run in the middle of Pleasant Street with members of the Gang Unit chasing after him. One of the gang officers caught up to Mr. Penn and tackled him in the middle of the road. Mr. Penn continued to resist officers as they tried to place him in handcuffs.

After he was finally secured a search of Mr. Penn produced three small baggies of crack cocaine.

Mr. Penn was charged with Trespassing, Resisting Arrest, Disturbing the Peace, Possession of Class B Substance and Possession of Class B Substance with the Intent to Distribute (second or subsequent offense).

Mr. Penn will be arraigned at the Worcester County District Court on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

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