For Immediate Release: 4/8/2021 8:43 pm
On April 8th 2021, Worcester Police officers assigned to the Neighborhood Response Team were assigned to enforcement of illegal off-road vehicle violations after many complaints. At about 2:40 PM, officers’ attention was drawn to two dirt bikes being illegally operated on the public way of Beacon St.
The officers followed in their unmarked vehicles until one of the bikes had stalled out, at which point officers approached the two riders. One of the males, identified as Paulino Crisostomo, twenty-two-years-old of Dayton St, immediately fled from police on foot. The second male, Amaury Pichardo, twenty-seven-years-old of Beacon St, briefly struggled with one of the officers and was placed under arrest for Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Disorderly Conduct, and Resisting Arrest.
One of the officers ran after Mr. Crisostomo, who had a fanny pack around his chest. Officers on scene had numerous recent experiences in which firearms were stored inside of fanny packs. The officer nearly caught up to Mr. Crisostomo twice, who pulled away from the officer and was able to free himself both times. Eventually the officer was able to bring Mr. Crisostomo to the ground.
During the confrontation, Mr. Crisostomo kept hiding his hands and reaching for something. Mr. Crisostomo resisted attempts to bring him into custody and dug his teeth into the officer’s chest. The officer was able to reposition himself, at which point Mr. Crisostomo bit into the officer’s arm and did not let go. The officer was desperately calling for assistance as Mr. Crisostomo continued biting his arm as hard as he could. The officer was eventually able to pull his arm out, which let Mr. Crisostomo create enough space to get back to his feet and run away again.
At this point, backup officers had arrived. They briefly lost sight of Mr. Crisostomo before catching up to him on Hancock St, where he was brought into custody. During the struggle, several rounds of 9mm ammunition had fallen out of Mr. Crisostomo’s fanny pack. Mr. Crisostomo does not have an FID Card or a license to possess firearms. Officers also discovered a significant amount of what appeared to be Fentanyl in several plastic bags and a knife on Mr. Crisostomo’s person. Officers discovered that the dirt bike ridden by Mr. Crisostomo had been stolen in 2018.
Mr. Crisostomo is charged with Receiving Stolen Property over $1200, Trafficking in Fentanyl over 10 Grams, Possession of Ammunition without an FID Card, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Mayhem, Operating an Off Road Vehicle on a Public Way, No Helmet, Disorderly Conduct, Disturbing the Peace, and Resisting Arrest. The officer suffered several open wounds caused by human bites and was transported to the hospital for treatment.