3 arrested on weapon related charges in Tewksbury

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TEWKSBURY, Mass. (WLNE) — Three people were arrested on weapon related charges on two separate occasions in Tewksbury

Friday morning, police responded to a report of two people who seemed to be on drugs at the Circle K on Andover Street.

When they arrived, officers found the driver, 29-year-old James Polowski, and the passenger asleep in the car.

According to Police Chief Ryan Columbus, the car was registered to the ex-husband of the woman in the passenger seat. Police saw a glass pipe in plain view inside the sedan.

They searched the car and found a Taurus .40 caliber gun and a magazine loaded with nine rounds in a backpack. The serial number had been grinded off, Columbus said.

Polowski was arrested and charged with carrying a loaded firearm without a license, receiving a firearm with a defaced serial number, and possession of ammunition without a FID.

The passenger was able to leave the scene without any charges. Since her license was suspended, police impounded the sedan.

Shortly after midnight on Saturday, Columbus said police received a call from a guest at the Motel 6 on Main Street.

The caller said a man pulled a knife on him during an argument.

Police showed up to the scene and learned that both men had been instigators in the argument.

One man pulled a knife on the other while the other was pointing a baseball bat “in a threatening manner,” Columbus said.

The man with the knife, 41-year-old Brian Donahue, was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest.

Police said during the investigation and arrest, Donahue would not comply with police and attempted to escape a police cruiser. After several warnings, officers used pepper spray on Donahue. According to Columbus, this helped officers get Donahue to listen and accept the arrest.

The other man, 52-year-old Albert Echenique, was also arrested and charged with assault of a dangerous weapon.

Police said all three suspects will be arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court.


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