Interim Police Chief John McCarthy
197 Main St.
Gloucester , MA 01930
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017
Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Gloucester Police Arrest Armed Robbery Suspect
GLOUCESTER — Interim Chief John McCarthy reports that the Gloucester Police arrested a man who was allegedly involved in an armed robbery Monday afternoon.
JOHN W. PACHECO, AGE 35, OF GLOUCESTER was arrested and charged with:
- Armed Robbery While Masked (Subsequent Offense)
- Larceny From a Person
- Assault With a Dangerous Weapon
- Resisting Arrest
At approximately 5 p.m., Gloucester Police were dispatched to the Maplewood Car Wash on Maplewood Avenue for a report of an armed robbery.
Upon arrival, officers learned that a masked suspect, later identified as PACHECO, entered the business holding a two-tone handgun and demanded money from the cashier. When the cashier initially did not comply, PACHECO allegedly cocked the weapon and repeated his demand.
After being handed a quantity of cash, PACHECO fled the building. Following an initial investigation, officers broadcast a description of the suspect to fellow officers in the area.
Shortly afterward, another officer observed PACHECO inside the Oak Grove Cemetery and began pursuing him on foot after he fled. Police quickly caught up to PACHECO and took him into custody, finding that he was allegedly still in possession of the mask and gloves he had allegedly been wearing, as well as the stolen cash.
After further investigation, a Gloucester Police detective recovered both the realistic-looking airsoft handgun and gray sweatshirt that PACHECO had been wearing near a business bordering the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Chief McCarthy praised the work of officers in quickly apprehending the suspect.
“WIthin an hour, the suspect in a brazen daytime robbery was in custody thanks to the aggressive and diligent work of our officers,” Chief McCarthy said.
PACHECO was held at the Gloucester Police Department pending his arraignment at Gloucester District Court.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.