last night arrested two Lawrence men in connection with an alleged armed robbery outside a sandwich shop on Marrett Road.
According to police, at approximately 10:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, LPD responded to a 911 call from an employee of who reported being robbed at gunpoint.
The caller said he was sitting in his vehicle when a black man in a ski mask approached him, brandishing a handgun. Following a brief struggle, the assailant fled the area on foot with the victim’s backpack and its contents, police said.
LPD searched the area with assistance from Bedford Police and K-9 units from Burlington, Somerville and the Massachusetts State Police.
Two Lawrence men were located and arrested near the crime scene. A search of the men resulted in the recovery of the property reported stolen and a handgun police believe was used during the commission of the crime, Lexington Police Chief Mark Corr said this morning.
The subjects arrested were Kadell M. McCloud, 36, of 123 Dracut St., Lawrence, and Lawrence B. Guzman, 37, of 358 Hamsphire St., Lawrence.
McCloud faces multiple charges, including armed robbery while masked, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and illegal possession of a firearm. Guzman will be charged with accessory before the fact to armed robbery.
According to Corr, the victim suffered minor injuries during a struggle with his assailant, but did not require medical attention. The victim, in fear for his life, struggled with the robber and both men fell out of the vehicle onto the ground, the chief said.
Confronting an armed robber is not the recommended course of action, but may be a natural reaction for some, Corr said.
"In almost all situations, a person committing a robbery simply wants your property with as little trouble as possible," Corr wrote in an email to Patch. "Surrendering property to avoid a physical assault or injury is recommended. The victim should then call 911 as soon as possible after the scene is safe. Having said this, I can certainly understand why a victim would physically resist if he/she is in fear that the robber intends to do more than steal property."
Armed robberies are rare in Lexington, according to police, although a small number of unarmed robberies do occur here in a given year.