Three Indicted in Connection with 2012 Home Invasion in Billerica

For Immediate Release June 19, 2017
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BILLERICA – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Billerica Police Chief Daniel Rosa have announced that on June 15, 2017 a Middlesex County Grand Jury indicted Sophan Keo, 29, of Beverly; Gabriel Arias, 24, of Lynn; and Steven Touch, 28, of Lynn, in connection with a 2012 Billerica home invasion. The defendants are each charged with murder in the first degree; home invasion; attempt to commit armed robbery; and two counts of conspiracy.

Sophan Keo, was arraigned on Friday in Middlesex Superior Court and was ordered held without bail. Gabriel Arias is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, June 20, in Middlesex Superior Court.

Police are actively seeking the third defendant, Steven Touch, an alleged leader of the Young Bloods, a violent street gang operating in and around Lynn, Massachusetts. The FBI is offering a monetary reward of up to $10,000 for information leading his arrest. Touch is considered extremely dangerous and members of the public should not attempt to approach him. FBI Most Wanted Poster 

On July 7, 2012, at approximately 3:50 AM, four men burst into 795 Boston Rd. in Billerica, Massachusetts, forcing the door from its hinges. Some of the men wore masks, and at least three of them were armed with handguns.

They confronted two occupants of the house, who resisted them and tried to force the men back out the door of the home, one of the home invaders fatally shot one of the occupants, Quintin Koehler. The home invaders then fled without successfully carrying out their robbery plan.

Two additional men, Peter Bin and Jason Estabrook, were previously convicted of murder and related offenses in connection with the incident and a third, Adam Bradley, awaits trial in connection with the alleged murder and related offenses.

An arrest warrant was issued for Touch on January 10, 2017 by the Middlesex Superior Court after he failed to appear in court on the following charges: possession of a large capacity firearm; possession of firearm without a license; possession of a large capacity feeding device; carrying a loaded firearm; and defacing a serial number on a firearm. Subsequently, on May 22, 2017, another arrest warrant was issued for him by the U.S. District Court in Boston for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution. Touch is considered armed and dangerous.

Touch is a 28-year-old Cambodian male who is a legal U.S. citizen, with black hair, brown eyes and a goatee. He is 5’7” in height and weighs approximately 220 pounds. He last resided at 108 Empire Street, Lynn, MA.

Touch has six tattoos; the word “Blood” on his right upper arm, the word “Mayhem” on his right neck, a baby footprint on his right neck, the letter “Y” with the word “Young” underneath his right inner forearm, the letter “B” with the word “Blood” underneath, on his left forearm, and the word “Touch” on his left hand.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should call the Massachusetts State Police at 508-820-2121.

Suspect ID Requested in Lottery Ticket Theft

The suspect in the video is believed to be involved in the theft of lottery tickets from the Billerica Shell station located at 760 Boston Road. The theft occurred on May 17, 2017 at approximately 10 PM. We are looking to identify the male in the video. Anyone who knows the identity of this man can call the Billerica Police Department at 978-671-0900 or leave an anonymous tip HERE

Billerica Police Department Receives State Technology Grant

The Billerica Police Department has been awarded a $40,000 grant through the Community Compact Cabinet’s (CCC) Information Technology grant program. The competition for the $2 million of available funds was intense and included 90 applications from 125 municipalities applying for grants totaling close to $8 million. Kristen Lepore, Secretary of Administration and Finance, stated that Billerica’s application was chosen “because it clearly met the overarching goal of driving innovation and transformation at
the local level via investments in technology”.

The grant award will be used to develop an interface to share data between the Billerica Police Department’s record system and systems of the Executive Office of Public Safety and the Massachusetts Court System. This includes data from electronic citation, crash and criminal complaints entered into their respective state systems. This award will allow the Billerica Police Department to utilize state provided software at no cost while still being able to integrate the data into the local records system.

It’s National Police Week

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

We honor the memory of our fallen officers. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Patrolman Cassius White
End of Watch: Sunday, August 23, 1936
Patrolman Cassius White was struck and killed by a drunk driver while assisting two state troopers who had stopped another car on Boston Road, near Billerica Center. A vehicle traveling in the wrong direction in the left lane struck Patrolman White and one of the troopers. Patrolman White suffered fatal injuries and died a few minutes later. The driver of the vehicle was charged with manslaughter. Patrolman White had served with the Billerica Police Department for 18 years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, and two sisters.

Patrolman Kenneth Collins
End of Watch: Tuesday, October 7, 1969
Patrolman Kenneth Collins suffered fatal head injuries after responding to a fight at a local bar. Patrolman Collins had served with the Billerica Police Department for 10 years.

 

 

Patrolman Thomas Strunk
End of Watch: Wednesday, March 27, 1985
Patrolman Thomas Strunk was killed when he was dragged by a drunk driver while he attempted to turn off the ignition of the vehicle. He was off duty and driving with his family in Billerica when he observed a vehicle behind him being driven in an erratic fashion. Suspecting the driver was drunk, Patrolman Strunk exited his vehicle when traffic stopped and identified himself as a police officer. He asked the driver to turn the vehicle off, and when he refused, Patrolman Strunk reached inside to turn it off. As he did so the operator sped off, dragging Patrolman Strunk approximately one quarter mile before slamming into a utility pole. The suspect fled the scene but was arrested a short time later. He was sentenced to 14 years but served only seven years. Patrolman Strunk had served with the agency for two years and was posthumously awarded the George L. Hanna Award for Bravery. He was survived by his wife and three sons, one of whom also served as a police officer in the Billerica Police Department.

Fifth Victim in Lynnway Auto Auction Crash Dies

BPD PatchBILLERICA – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Billerica Chief of Police Daniel Rosa have confirmed that a fifth person, Ruben Espaillat, 55 of Methuen, died today at Lahey Hospital following injuries sustained during the May 3 crash at the Lynnway Auto Auction in Billerica.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Billerica Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police CARS unit.