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24 Arrested In Connection With Cockfighting At Tewksbury Home

Mar 12, 2016 03:23PM ● By Bill Gilman
Atty. Paul King

 Tewksbury Police raided a home on Chandler Street Friday night, arresting 24 people in connection with an alleged cockfighting ring.

According to Chief Timothy Sheehan, TPD officers converged on 969 Chandler St., having received a tip that several individuals were gambling on cock fights at the home. The officers found that the residence used a look out, motion sensor lights, and video surveillance equipment on the outside of the home.

After entering the home, the officers found 22 people participating in a cockfight that appeared to have been ran by Frank Castro, and his girlfriend Janet Montanez, according to Sheehan.

According to the police report, the the gamecocks appeared to have “spurs” attached to them to inflict more damage to each other during the cockfight. Several packages of spurs, four kits with tape, and over $13,000 cash were recovered.

According to Sheehan, Animal Control, Environmental Police, and a State Humane Officer from the Animal Rescue League of Boston also responded to the scene to recover 18 game cocks. Five of the birds appeared to be severely injured. 

As a result of the raid -- Cynthia Gonzalez, 41, of 245 Andover St., Lawrence, MA. Armando Maciel, 55, of 81 Front St., 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 St. #3, Lawrence MA. Felix Maldonado, 40, of 138 Pelham Road, Salem NH. Angel Chinea, 32, of 119 Stevens St., Lowell MA. Carlos Castillo, 30, of 51 Bromfield Street, Lawrence MA. Angel Renta, 25, of 85 Egmont St., Brookline MA. Joan Mireles, 36, of 189 Aiken Ave, Lowell MA. Rafael Cardoso, 25, of 93 Catherine St., Dracut MA. Yan Ramirez, 25, of 38 Yale St., Lawrence MA. Victor Rolon-Hernandez, 26, of 94 Daniels St., Fitchburg MA. Jorge Martinez, 43, of 94 Daniels St., Fitchburg MA. Juan Estevez, 47, of 245 Andover St. #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 St., Lawrence MA, and Daury Medina, 30, of 111 Boston St., Methuen MA were all arrested and charged with cruelty to animals, and being present at an animal fight. 

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

According to Tewksbury Assessor records, the home at 969 Chandler St. where the cock fights were taking place is owned by Ricky C. Stanuchuk and S&R Realty Trust. There was no indication that the homeowners aware of the cock fighting at the home.

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

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  

Al Fresca Ristorante


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