Boston Police report arresting a Saugus man they charge threw lit fireworks at officers twice in about three hours overnight.
Police say that officer responding to reports of fireworks around 9:35 p.m. on Monday at LoPresti Park on Sumner Street had fireworks thrown at their cruiser - and that the explosives hit the vehicle and exploded. As they got out, police say, Felix Martinez, 19, threw a firecracker at them. They were able to run at him, he ran, but they were able to catch up with him, put him in custody, disperse the crowd and seize unused fireworks at the scene, police say.
Around 12:15 this morning, officers had to return to the park after receiving more 911 calls about fireworks. Martinez, released from custody, was at the center of it again, and as officers walked across the basketball course towards him, he threw another lit firework toward them, police say.
Martinez ran away again, but again, officers caught up with him, this time in Maverick Square.
While performing a pat frisk, officers recovered 8 "Jumbo Silver Salute" firecrackers from the suspect’s back pants pocket.
Martinez faces charges of assault and battery on a police officer with a dangerous weapon (two counts) and possession of fireworks, police say.