Worcester Man Arrested for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

Late Sunday evening, at approximately 11:20 p.m., the State Police Millbury Barracks received a call reporting a group of motorcycles operating erratically on Route 146. Trooper Dylan Finerty, a recent graduate of the 84th Recruit Training Troop and his Field Training Officer, Trooper William O’Hearn, observed the motorcycles traveling Route 146 northbound in Millbury.

One of the motorcycles was subsequently stopped for motor vehicle violations. The driver of the motorcycle, identified as WALTER MELENDEZ, 31, of Worcester was found to not be licensed to operate a motor cycle and also found to be in illegal possession of a loaded Ruger 9mm handgun. MELENDEZ is not licensed to carry a firearm. The firearm was also determined to be stolen from a Worcester County residence in 2015.

MELENDEZ was placed under arrest and brought to the State Police Millbury Barracks for booking.

MELENDEZ was charged with the following:
1.            Operate motor vehicle in violation of license class;
2.            Speeding;
3.            Carrying a loaded firearm;
4.            Improperly storing a firearm;
5.            Registration not in possession;
6.            Marked lanes violation;
7.            Carrying a dangerous weapon;
8.            Receiving stolen property.

MELENDEZ was held on $5,040 bail until being arraigned in Worcester District Court.

No further information is available. Do not contact the barracks directly.