Compiled by The Bedford Citizen
The suspect fled onto Route 3 in a motor vehicle, pursued by a Bedford officer who followed the car into Billerica. The suspect’s car crashed into a Billerica cruiser, seriously damaging both vehicles and sending the Billerica officer to Lahey Clinic with non-life-threatening injuries. After the crash, the suspect fled on foot, and Bedford police assisted in the search. The suspect was later apprehended by the Billerica police.
Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno said, “This pursuit and arrest of a violent fugitive is an example of the close ties and partnerships formed among municipal law enforcement agencies here in Middlesex County. Bedford and Billerica Police Officers worked together to pursue and ultimately capture this suspect after he fled on foot. As always our primary concern was for our residents and citizen safety, and this pursuit was well monitored and measured by all agencies involved.”
The Billerica Police Department press release:
45 Year Old Revere Man Arrested After Colliding into Billerica Police Cruiser
Billerica – On Thursday, February 23, 2017, at approximately 3:00 AM Billerica Police responded to the area of Route 3 North by exits 27 and 28 for a report of a failure to stop pursuit by Bedford Police.
Information received from Bedford Police indicated that they were in pursuit of a vehicle previously having been sought by the Revere Police Department for a serious domestic related incident in their city. Furthermore, it was also learned that said vehicle was previously pursued by the Massachusetts State Police on various roadways in the Commonwealth following the incident in Revere.
Upon responding to Route 3 northbound in the area of exit 28, Officer Robert Moran was rammed from behind by the suspect vehicle, described as a blue 2009 Hyundai Sonata. At the time Officer Moran was rammed from behind, his police cruiser was in motion with its emergency lights activated. Both the Billerica Police Cruiser and the Hyundai Sonata were seriously damaged and disabled from the collision. Officer Moran, who sustained undetermined, non-life threatening injuries from the collision, was later transported to Lahey Clinic in Burlington. The operator of the Hyundai Sonata, subsequently identified as the individual being sought by Revere Police as Carolos Lomba, 45, of Revere, fled the scene on foot. A perimeter containment area was set up with assistance from Bedford and Mass State Police. After an approximate hour search, Billerica Police apprehended Carlos Lomba following a short foot pursuit in the area of the Route 3 southbound off- ramp by Treble Cove Road and Esquire Road.
Carlos Lomba was booked at the Billerica Police Department on numerous charges related to the operation of his vehicle on Route 3 and subsequent arrest, including Reckless Operation of a MV, Speeding, Marked Lanes Violations, Failure to Stop for Police, Leaving Scene of MV Accident with Personal Injury, and Resisting Arrest. Additional charges related to the collision into the Billerica Police cruiser are being sought by the Massachusetts State Police. Moreover, Carlos Lomba faces a litany of charges from the Bedford Police and Revere Police. Mr. Lomba will be arraigned on Billerica Police charges in Lowell District Court later today.
**All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court
Any additional questions should be directed to Billerica’s Deputy Police Chief Roy Frost, 978-215-9653