Police arrest three after standoff in Chelsea home

May 19, 2010
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The three men that caused pandemonium in Chelsea Sunday on Spruce Street were arraigned in Chelsea District Court Monday.

The three men were held on high bail following their arraignment for armed robbery that prompted a standoff with Chelsea Police and Boston Police SWAT team.

Edward Funes, 35, of Revere, Jose Parada, 19, of Saugus and Luis Satiago, 23, of Chelsea were charged with armed robbery, armed carjacking, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and firearms offenses. Funes was held on $75,000 cash bail, Parada on $50,000 and Santiago on $100,000.

Chelsea District Court Judge Diana Maldonado ordered all three to return to court on June 14.

The incident began when Chelsea Police responded to a Spruce Street residence shortly before 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning after two victims reported being robbed and beaten at gunpoint near the Addison and Spruce Street intersection. The victims told officers that they saw the assailants flee into the Spruce Street home.

Chelsea Police, fearful that the situation might escalate to threaten the safety of uninvolved civilians inside the home, set up a perimeter around the residence and did not enter it. A Chelsea sergeant contacted a Boston Police hostage negotiator, who arrived on the scene a short time later. Together, they undertook communications efforts with the suspects inside the house, with the Boston sergeant speaking in English and the Chelsea sergeant speaking in Spanish.

“This was outstanding police work from top to bottom,” said District Attorney Daniel Conley said. “The discretion, cooperation, and sharing of resources by Chelsea and Boston Police led to a peaceful resolution when lives really could have been at risk.”

As a result of the negotiations, a total of six men, one woman, and two small children were able to leave the home. None were injured.

After several hours with no further contact from within the house, Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes gave the order for the Boston Police SWAT team, which was also lending assistance, to enter the home. No suspects were located and Chelsea Police secured the residence thereafter.

Because the gathering crowd prohibited the victims from identifying any of the men that left the home earlier as the assailants, the men and the victims were transported to Chelsea Police headquarters for identification procedures. The three defendants were identified during that process.

Inside the home Chelsea Police located a handgun, believed to have been used in the initial robbery, and jewelry, which is believed to have been stolen during that robbery.

Funes is represented by attorney Michael Chioffi. Parada is represented by attorney Amy Sixt. Santiago is represented by attorney Dan Fitzgerald and will all return to court on June 14.

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