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LOWELL -- The call came in to police at 4:51 p.m.: A 26-year-old Lowell man was on Royal Street, following his own stolen car, which was being driven by a man who had just held a handgun to the caller's head.
An alert rang out on police radios across the city that included a description of a gray Honda Prelude. That car was spotted almost immediately by gang-unit Officers Nathan Bowler and Jose Ramirez.
The officers activated their cruiser's lights, and the Honda accelerated for a bit, but then stopped. Two men got out, looked at Bowler and Ramirez, and took off running.
Amoro Meas, 39, of South Boston, was caught within 50 feet, police said.
Thavi Pech, 25, of 333 First Street Blvd., Unit 112, fled through an
Lowell Officer Niels Christiansen searches for a discarded gun off Chelmsford Street yesterday afternoon. Police arrested two men after a home invasion nearby. SUN / ROBERT MILLS

overgrown area of brush and trees near Sheldon and Chelmsford streets, taking off a red shirt he was wearing as he did, police said. Soon Pech was caught on Chelmsford Street.
Police cruisers swarmed the area. More than a half-dozen cruisers stopped on Chelmsford Street, and a few more parked along Sheldon Street a block away.
Some officers searched for the handgun police believe Pech may have tossed as he ran. Sgt. Norm Levasseur swept the overgrown area with his K9 partner. Officer David Lavoie climbed a Fire Department ladder truck to search on the roof of a nearby building.
They found the T-shirt that was discarded, but the handgun never turned up.
As that search unfolded, other officers spoke to the alleged victim.

The 26-year-old told police he had been at home in his apartment at 12 Columbus Ave., when he got a telephone call to come outside. As he stepped into the common hallway of his building, he was confronted by three men, one of whom had a gun, police said.
Police said the men forced the 26-year-old back inside his apartment, ordered him to lie on the floor, and put a handgun to his head as he did. They ransacked his apartment, stole some valuables, and then left.
The
Officer David Lavoie climbs the ladder of a fire engine to search the roof of a building along Chelmsford Street for a gun believed to be thrown by the home-invasion suspects. SUN / ROBERT MILLS

attackers gone, the victim ran outside and realized his car was missing. He borrowed his neighbor's car and went in search of his Honda, which he soon spotted on Westford Street. He called 911 just as the Honda turned onto Royal Street at 4:51 p.m.
Police say the attack was not random, and appears to be drug-related.
Pech and Meas were both charged with armed home invasion, armed assault in a dwelling, armed robbery and larceny over $250.
In Lowell District Court today the suspects were ordered held without bail.

LOWELL SUN
 
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