On August 10, 2015, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Christian Cepeda-Ortiz, 22, of 5 Warwick St, Apt.3, Lowell for 3 counts of armed robbery, 3 counts of armed assault with the intent to rob, aggravated rape, kidnapping and witness intimidation.
After a lengthy investigation into two separate robberies which occurred at the Motel 6 on July 1 and at the Holiday Inn on August 8, Tewksbury Detectives were able to identify, track down, and arrest Cepeda-Ortiz in Lowell. There were two victims at the Holiday Inn.
Investigators learned that Cepeda-Ortiz was seeking out individuals who were posting in the adult section on Backpage.com, meeting with them, and robbing them at knife point.
The Tewksbury Police Department asks anyone who may have been a victim of Cepeda-Ortiz to call Tewksbury Detectives. Evidence recovered after arrest has led Detectives to believe there may be other victims out there who may not have reported an incident to police.
Cepeda-Ortiz is expected to be arraigned on August 11, 2015 at Lowell District Court.
The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373. If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org