Published in the June 30, 2017 edition

MELROSE — Three people were arrested Monday morning, June 26, for their alleged involvement in the armed robbery of an Everett man.

Police arrested two Mount Vernon Avenue adults and will summons a juvenile after investigating a claim the three were involved in ripping off the victim. According to police, the juvenile girl became acquainted with the victim through some kind of dating app. The girl and the victim agreed to meet in the area of Main Street, Potomac Street and Mount Vernon Avenue sometime late Sunday, June 25, or early Monday morning.

When the victim arrived at the meeting place, he was met by two men, an 18 year old and a 19 year old — both Melrose residents — who showed a gun and demanded cash and the victim’s cell phone.

The victim went back to Everett and notified police in that city.

Following an investigation (the weapon turned out to be a BB gun), the identification of those involved and follow-up interviews, police arrested Willy Melendez, 18, 114 Mt. Vernon Ave., and 19 year old Gerard Divenuti, 19, of the same address. They were charged with armed robbery using a firearm. Police plan to summons a 16 year old female to court for armed robbery as well.

The incident was logged by police at 12:48 a.m. Monday.


Following are examples of other calls police handled between Monday, June 19, and Monday, June 26.


A truck was reportedly having trouble getting up a section of Warwick Avenue around 9 a.m.

A Cottage Street resident reported fraud around 11:50 a.m.

For some reason, a motorist went around several barriers, a Do Not Enter sign and a Road Closed sign on Tremont Street around 12:10 p.m as crews worked in front of the City Yard.

A Sharon Road resident was locked out of the house around 12:15 p.m. and let back in by firefighters who responded.

A turtle crossing Lynn Fells Parkway near the Knoll around 1:40 p.m. was relocated to safety by police.

Water running down Penney Hill Road around 6:45 p.m. was determined to be from a pool draining at a Malden home.

A tree limb was down on Sheffield Road around 7:05 p.m.

A First Street resident returned home around 9:20 p.m. to find a door to the house open. Police and homeowner checked the dwelling and determined everything to be in order.

A large tree limb was reportedly being held up only by power lines on Union Street around 10:10 p.m.


A 46 year old Ardsmoor Road resident will be summonsed to court for allowing the improper operation of a motor vehicle following a traffic stop at the corner of Sixth Street and Foster Street around 8:05 a.m.

A truck was allegedly idling for the past 20 minutes behind Whole Foods Market on Main Street around 8:20 a.m. Police said no trucks were in the area when they responded.

A plastic Ziplock bag containing a house key and $5 was found at the intersection of Beech Avenue and Meridian Street around 10:15 a.m.

A large tree limb was reportedly getting ready to fall near the Albion Street playground behind the Melrose Housing Authority’s McCarthy House around 1:25 p.m. The DPW was notified.

Vehicles said to be making a lot of noise near the car wash on Tremont Street around 11:50 a.m. were sent on their way.


At 2:34 a.m. two young men were reportedly seen walking in the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital area carrying snow shovels and acting strangely. Police said they were unable to locate the pair.

A hypodermic needle was found at the corner of Hurd and Trenton streets around 9 a.m.

A woman in a 2005 Honda Accord reportedly accelerated her vehicle by mistake around 12:10 p.m., sending it through a fence at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Lynn Fells Parkway near Main Street.

An Upham Street resident reported fraud around 4 p.m.

Police received two calls around 7 p.m. regarding a man and a vehicle on the railroad tracks near the Highlands depot. The vehicle was eventually towed off the tracks and the man was determined to be okay.

A past hit and run was reported in a Lebanon Street parking lot around 8:20 p.m.

Youths with alcohol were reported on the Ripley School property around 8:30 p.m. They were sent on their way by police.

At 9:44 p.m. a young man was reportedly under the influence and was vomiting near Pine Banks Park around 9:45 p.m.

A loud group at Foss Park was sent on its way around 10:35 p.m.


A couple who had been arguing around 12:25 a.m. on Pleasant Street left the area by the time police arrived.

Wires were reportedly struck by a motor vehicle on Tappan Street around 9 a.m.

A loose dog was running along Florence Street around 10:25 a.m.

A hit and run accident was reported around noon near the Robinson Funeral Home on Main Street.

Traffic was being impeded by some work on Winthrop Street around 1:40 p.m.

At 2:10 p.m. someone reported a traffic sign had been damaged by a landscaper’s Bobcat at the corner of West Emerson and Vinton streets.

37 year old Patrick P. Lappas, 85 West Wyoming Ave., was arrested following a domestic incident at home. Police logged the report at 8:17 p.m.

An odor of gas was detected at the corner of Willow and Vine streets around 10 p.m.


A 19 year old Boardman Avenue woman will be summonsed to court for violating a harassment protection order at the Melrose Shell station around 12:05 a.m.

A woman said she heard either gunshots or fireworks at Oak Grove Village around 12:20 a.m. Nothing further was heard, police learned.

People in the Melrose High parking lot were moved on their way around 1:10 a.m.

A man kept coming into the Melrose Shell convenience store to bother a woman there. Police sent him on his way.

A Grove Street resident reported that his truck was missing around 1:20 p.m.

A large tree limb was reported down on Prospect Street and apparently had taken wires with it around 3:20 p.m.

Trucks behind Whole Foods Market had been reportedly running for more than five minutes around 7:30 p.m. The vehicles were turned off.


Three white men who were said to be acting belligerently as they walked near the intersection of Main Street and West Wyoming Avenue were sent on their way around 12:05 a.m.

A woman found passed out on Washington Street around 2 a.m. was taken to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital for treatment.

A vehicle reportedly speeding and doing “donuts” near the Incarnation Church around 2:25 p.m. could not be located by police.

At 6:10 p.m. police were told that someone living in the Cefalo Apartments complex on West Wyoming Avenue had not returned home following a bus trip to Malden.

Police went to Waverly Place around 6:10 p.m. after being told a group was smoking marijuana there. Police reported that the people were having a cookout and said hey would be going inside for the night.

A group described as “unruly” was sent on its way from the Dunkin’ Donuts lot on Main Street around 7:45 p.m.


Firefighters reported a possibly drunk man at the front door of their Main Street headquarters as Saturday turned into Sunday. He was moved on his way.

The same was done to a group of youths playing basketball at the Horace Mann School around 3:20 a.m.

Someone was possibly stealing railroad ties from the MBTA tracks near Belmont Street around 11:20 a.m.

At 8:40 p.m. an Ashcroft Street resident reported seeing a young boy crawl through an open basement window at the Winthrop School. Police checked out the area, as did a responding custodian, and reported the school cleared of any issue.


A small group of people yelling in the area of Marty’s Furniture on Washington Street agreed to quiet down around 5:30 a.m.