Fake Teeth Retrieval Leads to Arrest
Police arrested 52-year-old Richard Smith, of Arlington, at about 4:50 p.m. Wednesday after two women told police that he confronted them with a baseball bat outside of an Arizona Terrace residence and threatened to kill them. The women went to the residence, that of a mutual friend, to pick up one of the woman’s fake teeth. However, Smith approached them before they ever made it inside and accused them of stealing his credit card, according to the police report. Smith was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and threats to commit a crime.
Man Beaten, Robbed in Arlington Center
At about 3:55 a.m. Wednesday, a man was beaten and robbed in Arlington Center by a group of four males and a teenage female, according to police.
The alleged mugging took place in the middle of Broadway, near its intersection with Alton Street.
The witness who reported the incident told police that he was driving on Broadway when he noticed the victim lying face down in the middle of the street. The victim, who was bleeding from the head and face, was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford soon after police arrived on scene.
The victim did not speak English. However, the witness was able to serve as a translator, and he told police that the victim said that he was approached by the males and female and then was hit and kicked until he fell to the ground. Once on the ground, the group continued to kick him, the victim said. He said four one-hundred dollar bills were taken during the attack.
A short time later, an officer spotted a male and female on Compton Street. The male, who had blood on his hands and bag, was taken into protective custody in connection with the assault and robbery.
Revere Man Arrested on Seven Charges After Evading Police
At about 2:35 a.m. Wednesday, police responded to a Gardner Street residence for a report of a dispute.
After talking with all parties, police determined that no further action needed to be taken. However, one of the parties, 32-year-old Angel R. Ortolaza, of Revere, who admitted to have been drinking and whose license was revoked, told police that a friend had driven him there and then had gone for a walk.
With Ortolaza sitting in the passenger seat of his pickup truck, police cleared the scene but waited nearby to make sure that he didn’t drive home (as they had trouble contacting or locating the friend who allegedly drove him there).
A short time later, Ortolaza switched over to the driver’s seat and began driving home. According to police, he attempted to evade cruisers with their flashing lights on at a high rate of speed until he crashed on Decatur Street, heading toward Route 16.
Ortolaza was then arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, failure to stop at a stop sign, operating under the influence second offense, speeding and alcohol in an open container in a motor vehicle.