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Forty-Year-Old Man Calls Preteen Girl at Westford Valley Marketplace, Mother Asks Police To Intervene

The following information was provided by the Westford Police Department. Anyone arrested is assume innocent unless proven guilty by a court of law.

May 26, 5:25 p.m. – Westford Police arrested a New Hampshire teenager after he and four of his friends attempted to go swimming at Merrill’s Quarry behind Vineyard Road.

An officer spotted the teenager, Rafael Delacruz of Manchester, along with two female and two male friends in the parking lot of the Rita Miller School, with the officer spotting swim suits beneath the females’ clothing.

The officer advised the group of the parking restrictions on the property as well as the trespassing restrictions on the Merrill’s Quarry if they planned to go swimming there and told them to leave the area.

He followed them up Tyngsboro Road into Tyngsboro.

However, an hour later the officer was contacted by an individual at the Butterfly Place on Tyngsboro Road who indicated he saw a group of kids park there to go swimming at the quarry.

The car spotted at the Butterfly Place was the same car at the Rita Miller School.

At this point, the officer went up into the quarry and found the five teens, several of them wet from likely swimming in the quarry.

Delacruz declined to cooperate, leading to his arrest on trespassing charges. The other four did cooperate and faced lesser charges not specified in the report.

May 28, 7:32 p.m. – While parked at Westford Valley Marketplace II, an officer was approached by an upset mother.

The mother was concerned after an alleged incident where a 40-year-old man called her 12-year-old daughter’s cell phone.

Apparently, the 40-year-old man was still on the phone as the mother was talking to the officer, so the officer requested to talk to the man.

The man said his name, but declined to provide additional information, saying he did not believe the officer was a law enforcement official.

At this point, the officer advised the man of the circumstances and the man said he was trying to touch base with an old friend who had used this phone number at one point in the past. The officer said he understood and that it was a common mistake, but that the number now belonged to the daughter and the mother was concerned.

The man asked if he was in any trouble, to which the officer said he was not. Then the man asked if he would be in trouble if he called again. The officer said he would, with the mother likely filing telephone harassment charges.

From there, the man hung up shortly after requesting the officer talk to the man’s friends in law enforcement, which the officer said was not necessary.

The officer then talked to the daughter, who said she thought it was weird and gave the phone to her mother.

The officer advised that the family block the phone number, with the mother and daughter thanking the officer for his assistance.