LOWELL, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Lowell Police are investigating an armed home invasion where the suspects allegedly pretended to be police officers.
One man, Willmann Rivadeneira, 35 of Chelmsford, was charged with armed home invasion.
Lowell Police are still working to identify a second suspect.
Police were called to a Corbett Street home around 9:40 a.m. Friday for reports of a home invasion. A witness told the officers they heard the homeowners yelling for help, and found them tied up inside.
The homeowners said that the two suspects identified themselves as police officers, "wearing police badges and holstered handguns," according to Lowell Police.
They then allegedly forced their way into the home and tied up the homeowners.
The suspects fled on foot before police arrived, but officers located Rivadeneira nearby and arrested him.
In their search for the other suspect, police sent a reverse 911 call to the neighborhood, alerting them of what happened and giving a description of the suspect.
MBTA Commuter Rail train 313 from North Station was terminated due to the search. The train reversed to North Billerica and passengers had to take a shuttle to Lowell.
Rivadeneira is set to be arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court.
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