Authorities release photos of tattoos, hoping to ID suspect in Woburn shooting

This tattoo is on the back of the unidentified man who faces charges in the shooting of a Woburn police officer during a botched jewelry heist on Tuesday.
This tattoo is on the back of the unidentified man who faces charges in the shooting of a Woburn police officer during a botched jewelry heist on Tuesday. –Middlesex DA

Authorities today sought the public’s help in identifying the suspect who was wounded Tuesday in a shootout with police after the attempted robbery of a Woburn jewelry store. As part of the effort, they released pictures of the defendant’s tattoos.

The man, who is being held under guard at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, has been charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of assault with intent to murder for his role in the shootout, which also wounded a veteran Woburn police officer, prosecutors said.

“Authorities have not yet been able to identify the man, who had no identifying information on his person when he was apprehended. However, authorities are providing … photographs of the defendant’s distinctive tattoos, with the hope that they will help in the identification of him,’’ Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr. and Woburn Acting Police Chief Richard Kelley said in a statement.

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One tattoo, on the man’s back, appeared to show Atlas holding up the world on his back, with the words “El Mundo es Mio’’ — “the world is mine’’ — above it.

Woburn Police Officer Robert DeNapoli, 51, a 16-year veteran of the force is also at the Lahey Clinic and is expected to face a long, slow recovery after being shot seven times.

The suspect is expected to be in court soon, district attorney’s spokeswoman Cara O’ Brien said this morning.

O’Brien said it was possible the hearing might happen Friday, but given the man’s medical status, Monday is the most likely day for his appearance.

Authorities continue to search for three other suspects believed to have participated in the robbery attempt at Musto’s Jewelry on Tuesday morning. Police were also looking for a grey Camry that the at-large suspects allegedly used during the robbery. The Toyota car was reported stolen before the robbery and has a Massachusetts license plate of 77HB52.

DeNapoli was working a funeral detail when a jewelry store at the nearby Four Corners strip mall on Cambridge Road reported a robbery at about 11:06 a.m.. DeNapoli, a 16-year veteran of the department, was one of the first officers to reach the scene and immediately found himself under heavy fire.

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Witnesses said one suspect, a tall man dressed in black, shot DeNapoli several times at close range from the hood of his cruiser, as a wounded DeNapoli lay defenseless on the ground.

It was not known if the man in custody is the same person witnesses saw shooting DeNapoli.

Police asked anyone with information to call State Police detectives at 781-897-6650 or Woburn detectives at 781-933-1212.

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