Police Arrest Everett Man for Armed Robberies In Eastie

An Everett man who has been allegedly terrorizing store clerks across East Boston since late January has finally been apprehended by police.

On Sunday detectives from Eastie’s District A-7 station, with assistance from the ATF, Chelsea Police, and Everett Police arrested Diego Dasilva, 31, of Everett.

Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop near 69 Harvard Street in Everett just before 2:30 p.m. Sunday in an effort to identify the operator who was believed to have been involved in an armed robbery at Lanzilli’s Gas Station in Orient Heights last Tuesday.

Dasilva was positively identified as the suspect and was taken into custody. Police searched Dasilva’s vehicle and recovered a black firearm that was located underneath the driver’s seat.

Dasilva was charged with the armed robbery of Lanzilli’s, as well as three other armed robberies of Eastie stores going back to January. He will be arraigned in East Boston District Court

On Tuesday, April 21 officers responded to a radio call for an armed robbery at Lanzilli’s. Officers spoke to the victim who said an unknown male had entered the store, passed him a note, and demanded the money from the cash register. The victim said the suspect flashed a firearm inside of his waistband. The victim complied with the suspect’s demands before taking the money and fleeing in an unknown direction.

On Tuesday, April 14 Dasilva is the suspect in an armed robbery of a store at 210 Border Street.  According to police the victim said an unknown male had entered the store and handed the victim a note demanding the victim give the suspect the money inside of the register. The victim told police the suspect displayed a firearm inside of his waistband. The victim said she notified her manager who complied to the suspect’s demands and handed over the cash from the register. The victims said the suspect took the money and fled in an unknown direction.

On Tuesday, March 10 officers responded to a radio call for a robbery in progress at the store at 1 Central Square. The victim told police an unknown male had handed her a note demanding the victim open the cash register and give him the money. The victim said the suspect displayed a firearm. The victim said she opened the cash register and handed over the money to the suspect who fled the store.

According to police Dasilva allegedly first struck Eastie back on Monday, Jan. 13. On that day police responded to a radio call for a robbery in progress at a store located at 396 Chelsea Street. Officers spoke to the victim who said he had been robbed by an unknown male with a firearm. The victim removed the money from the cash register, handed it over to the suspect who took it and fled the store on Saratoga Street toward Meridian Street.

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