Tewksbury:24 Arrested in Animal Fighting Ring

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 On March 11, 2016 the Tewksbury Police Department arrested 24 people in connection with an illegal animal fighting ring; Cynthia Gonzalez, 41, of 245 Andover St., Lawrence, MA. Armando Maciel, 55, of 81 Front Street, Merrimack, NH. Vicente Sanchez, 31, of 121 High St., Lawrence, MA. Naury Rojas, 28, of 101 Willow Street, Lawrence, MA. Itari Ribeiro Junior, 40, of 131 Afra Drive, Boylston, MA. Luis Castillo, 27, of 100 Saratoga Street, Lawrence MA. Ismeal Ortiz, 30, of 113 Margin Street #3, Lawrence MA. Felix Maldonado, 40, of 138 Pelham Rd, Salem NH. Angel Chinea, 32, of 119 Stevens Street, Lowell MA. Carlos Castillo, 30, of 51 Bromfield Street, Lawrence MA. Angel Renta, 25, of 85 Egmont Street, Brookline MA. Joan Mireles, 36, of 189 Aiken Ave, Lowell MA. Rafael Cardoso, 25, of 93 Catherine Street, Dracut MA. Yan Ramirez, 25, of 38 Yale Street, Lawrence MA. Victor Rolon-Hernandez, 26, of 94 Daniel Street, Fitchburg MA. Jorge Martinez, 43, of 94 Daniel Street, Fitchburg MA. Juan Estevez, 47, of 245 Andover Street #2, Lawrence MA. Victor De Los Santos, 50, of 57 Brookfield Street, Lawrence MA. Richard Ramirez, 24, of 90 Lexington Street, Lawrence MA. Deyvi Martinez, 36, of 245 Andover Street #2, Lawrence MA. Carlos De La Cruz, 30, of 102 Saratoga Street, Lawrence MA, and Daury Medina, 30, of 111 Boston Street, Methuen MA were all arrested and charged with cruelty to animals, and being present at an animal fight.

While Frank Castro, 41, of 20 Msgr Lydon Way, Dorchester MA, and Janet Montanes, 40, of 969 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, MA were arrested and charged with cruelty to animals, being present at an animal fight, and keeping or promoting an animal fight.


Tewksbury Police acted on a tip that several individuals were gambling on “cock fights” at the residence of 969 Chandler Street. When Tewksbury Police arrived they found that the residence used a look out, motion sensor lights, and video surveillance equipment on the outside of the home. Upon entering the residence, they found 22 people participating in a “cock fight” that appeared to have been ran by Frank Castro, and his girlfriend Janet Montanez. In these “cock fights”, the “game cocks” appeared to have “spurs” attached to them to inflict more damage to each other during the “cock fight”. Several packages of spurs, four kits with tape, and over $13,000.00 were recovered.


Animal Control, Environmental Police, and a State Humane Officer from the Animal Rescue League of Boston also responded to the scene to recover eighteen (18) “game cocks” of unknown origin. Five (5) of the “game cocks” appeared to be severely injured.


All suspects are due to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on March 14, 2016.



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 tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov  

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