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Waltham police arrest 3 more for downtown robberies

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  December 24, 2013 12:06 PM

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Waltham police have arrested three more people allegedly involved with the various unarmed robberies that happened downtown recently, authorities said today in a statement.

The arrests come after authorities warned residents this month of a spike in unarmed robberies in the neighborhood just east of Moody Street. The robberies typically happened at night over the past month and a half, police said. One victim was attacked from behind by three men on Oak Street and was left with serious head injuries, police said.

Police arrested six people -- four teenagers and two adults -- late last week for some of the robberies, but authorities said today that have now arrested three more.

Police have now arrested Waltham residents Kenny Jean, 19; Michael LeMay, 18; and Yoshuel DeVictoria Lopez, 30. All three were charged with unarmed robbery, and Lopez also faces a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (baseball bat).

Police said two purses were also snatched in the upper Main Street area on Wednesday morning, and there was an additional purse snatching since then. Authorities believe the snatchings to be related to one another, but not to the other robberies.

Police said they have stepped up patrols in the downtown area, and will continue doing so.

Anyone with any information is urged to call the Waltham Police Department at 781-314-3600, or the anonymous tip line at 781-314-3636.

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