A 60-year-old illegal immigrant wanted for killing a police officer in the Dominican Republic is behind bars after Lowell cops took him in at gunpoint, police said.
Ramon Aguasviva-Mejia, who had recently lived in Lawrence, also has warrants out of Suffolk Superior Court for drug distribution. He is also wanted by Quincy District Court for felony assault, police said.
Detectives from the Lowell Police Department’s Special Investigations Section had Aguasviva-Mejia under surveillance Sunday afternoon in Central Plaza on Church Street, but he spotted the tail and bolted, narrowly avoiding hitting the cops as he fled, police said.
“Upon seeing the Detectives approach, he accelerated his vehicle nearly striking them before speeding out of the lot onto Lawrence St.,” Lowell police said in a statement. “Detectives pursued the suspect through lower Belvidere (neighborhood) onto Rte. 110 into Dracut where they were able to block the suspect vehicle in and take him into custody at gunpoint.”
After a search of his vehicle and his clothing, cops found Aguasviva-Mejia carrying suspected crack cocaine, police said.
For this stop, he was charged with failing to stop for a police officer, unlawful possession of cocaine, operating to endanger, operating without a license and speeding.
He is being held by Lowell police and is expected to be arraigned for those crimes this morning in Lowell District Court, police said.
However, police said Aguasviva-Mejia has 17 aliases, and has detainers — orders for arrest — with Immigration and Customs Enforcement for illegal re-entry into the United States and with Interpol.