Massachusetts State Police Media Release – 03062018 – MSP Top 10 Most Wanted Captured in NJ
Early this morning, members of the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, which consists of members of the U.S. Marshals Service, New Jersey State Police, Newark (NJ) Police, and other agencies, located and apprehended JEFFREY BABY LOPEZ, 28, one of Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section’s (VFAS) Top 10 Most Wanted. LOPEZ was found hiding at an apartment in Newark, NJ.
Over the past year, MSP VFAS and Lynn Police have been seeking to apprehend LOPEZ, a career violent criminal. LOPEZ was wanted on 5 warrants for a variety of violent charges to include Armed Robbery (2 cts), Kidnapping (2 cts), Assault & Battery With a Dangerous Weapon-Handgun, Discharge a Firearm Within 500’ of a Building and Carry a Dangerous Weapon-2nd Offense.
In January of 2017, LOPEZ and multiple co-defendants allegedly kidnapped, pistol whipped, assaulted and robbed two individuals over a several hour period in Lynn. Additionally, LOPEZ was recently charged in an October of 2016 drive-by shooting, also in Lynn, where 5 rounds were fired from a .45 caliber handgun. LOPEZ is a suspected member of the Deuce Boys street gang and has a lengthy criminal history in Massachusetts to include convictions for Possession of Dangerous Weapon, Assault & Battery, Distribution of Class B, and multiple counts of Resisting Arrest.
In September 2017, Lopez was placed on the MSP-VFAS Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive list. MSP-VFAS, with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation/Mass State Police/Lynn Police Gang Task Force and the US Marshals Service/Boston, tracked LOPEZ throughout Massachusetts, New England, and the northeastern United States.
Recently, MSP-VFAS and the Gang Task Force developed information which led them to believe that LOPEZ was hiding out at an apartment in Newark, N.J. That information was passed on to members of the US Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force and resulted in his capture today.
The successful conclusion of the search for fugitive LOPEZ was the result of dedicated and coordinated work by several law enforcement agencies. Participating agencies and units were the MSP-VFAS, MSP Gang Unit, Lynn Police Gang Unit, FBI Boston Gang Task Force, U.S. Marshals Service/Boston, New Jersey State Police, Newark Police, U.S. Marshals Service/NY-NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force.
LOPEZ will be held in the Essex County (N.J.) Correctional Facility in Newark pending rendition back to Massachusetts.
No further information is being released at this time. Please direct all inquiries to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.
LOPEZ’s wanted poster is below.