An alleged violent career criminal sought by state and Lynn police for more than a year was found hiding in a Newark, NJ apartment early Tuesday morning.
Jeffrey “Baby” Lopez, 28, who was on the Massachusetts State Police’s Top 10 Most Wanted list was located and arrested by a task force made up of the U.S. Marshals Service, New Jersey State Police, Newark Police, and other agencies.
Lopez was wanted on five warrants for a variety of charges, including two counts of armed robbery, two counts of kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (handgun), discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, carrying a dangerous weapon (second offense).
In January of 2017, Lopez and multiple co-defendants allegedly kidnapped, pistol whipped, assaulted and robbed two people over a several hour period in Lynn, according to a release from the Massachusetts State Police. Additionally, Lopez was recently charged in an October 2016 drive-by shooting in Lynn where five 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, including convictions for possession of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, distribution of a class B substance, and multiple counts of resisting arrest.
Lopez will be held in an Essex County, NJ correctional facility in Newark pending rendition back to Massachusetts.
Lopez wasn’t the only suspect on the most recent Top 10 Most Wanted list. In January, police located and captured Stephen Touch, 28, who was reportedly hiding in a dresser drawer in a Lynn apartment when officers found him.