Troopers Arrest Man After Pursuit, Connected to Lawrence PD Kidnapping Investigation

State Troopers early this morning arrested a Lowell man after pursuing a vehicle from Lawrence to Lowell in connection with an earlier alleged kidnapping.

The 37-year-old suspect, JOEL AGUILAR, and two other men ran from the vehicle after the pursuit ended on Avon Street in Lowell. AGUILAR struggled with Trooper Robert Holland in an attempt to evade capture, but was subdued by Trooper Holland and Trooper Brendan McEnaney. The other two suspects were not located during a subsequent search and remain the subjects of a follow up investigation.

Troopers Holland and McEnaney began pursuing the car, a black Chrysler 300 — which was believed to be related to an alleged kidnapping that occurred earlier in the night — after they spotted the vehicle on on Route 110 in Lawrence at about 12:22 a.m. The Troopers pursued the car for several minutes until it stopped and AGUILAR and the other two suspects bailed out.

The suspect who was captured was booked at the State Police-Andover Barracks. Troopers also recovered a gun and knife (pictured) from the scene of the arrest.

The sequence of events that led to the pursuit and the arrest began at approximately 11:20 p.m. Thursday when Lawrence Police notified State Police that they were looking for a gray Dodge Caravan in connection with an alleged kidnapping of a 37-year-old Lowell man.

The minivan was located by Andover Police a short time later on Granada Way in Andover. The victim was present, and secured by police, but the suspects had run away. The victim stated that he had been stabbed and hit in the head with a gun by the kidnappers, who were allegedly demanding cash in return for his release. A search by Troopers, local police, K-9 units, and the State Police Air Wing ensued but the two suspects were not located at that time.

During their investigation at the scene, State Police and Andover Police became aware of a black Chrysler that had been in the area and suspected its driver may be picking up the two kidnapping suspects who had run away from the minivan on Granada Way.

Shortly after 2 a.m., Lawrence Police located the Chrysler in their city and pursued it to Route 93, losing sight of it after it exited onto Route 110. A short time later Trooper Holland, who was searching for the Chrslyer on Route 110, observed it in front of him, in Methuen, traveling west toward Lowell.

Troopers pursued the Chrysler from Methuen to Dracut to Lowell, where it eventually turned into Avon Street, a dead end. The three suspects tried to run off, but, as noted above, one of them was apprehended.

AGUILAR was booked at the State Police-Andover Barracks on charges of assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. Lawrence Police will be taking out their own charges.