Mattapoisett Police Find ‘Replica AK-47′ in Car Towed From 195
Mattapoisett Police found weapons, drugs, and cash inside a car allegedly used as a getaway vehicle following an armed robbery attempt in a quiet and leafy neighborhood on Tuesday.
Detectives executed a search warrant on the 2013 Nissan Altima allegedly used during the Sept. 1 robbery and say they found large amounts of marijuana, a replica AK-47, a large knife, scales, multiple cell phones, and $9,580.00 in cash.
The Black Nissan Altima had been towed by Mattapoisett police following Tuesday evening's roadside arrest of three Wareham men who allegedly robbed a Shady Oak Drive resident with a gun before taking off.
The suspects' car was soon spotted in New Bedford by Officer Hank Turgeon, who trailed the vehicle on Rt. 18 and called for backup. Turgeon stopped the car on Interstate 195 eastbound near the Fairhaven exit before a contingent of state and local police showed up to help. Turgeon said he had been on guard because a Mattapoisett dispatcher had put out a BOLO saying the suspects could be in possession of an AK-47.
Three Wareham men were arrested: Spencer Ellenwood, 22, of 125 Minot Ave; Enrique Gomes, 28, 12 State St., Apt 9E; and Saveion Brandon, 22, of 27 Tyler Ave. All three are charged with armed robbery while masked, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and breaking and entering into a motor vehicle with the intent to commit a felony. No further details were provided.
The cash and the car were seized by the Mattapoisett Police Department pending forfeiture, the department said, adding that additional charges are pending. The case is under investigation by Mattapoisett Police Detectives and the Plymouth County Bureau of Criminal Investigation.