LOWELL -- A police probe into a bullet hole in a fence at an A Street in Lowell Tuesday has landed a 23-year-old city man held without bail after Lowell police allegedly caught the suspect trying to sneak away with a duffel bag containing firearms, ammunition and more than $19,000.
Sungba Dy, 23, of 16 Grove St., Lowell, was ordered held without bail on Wednesday in Lowell District Court after pleading not guilty to charges of: breaking and entering daytime, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer (two counts), disorderly conduct, unlawful possession of ammunition, two counts of carrying a loaded firearm without a license, carrying a firearm without a license, and illegal possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Dy is scheduled for a dangerousness hearing on Monday.
In court, prosecutor Rachel Perlman said Lowell police were called to 23 A St., between Chelmsford and Powell streets, on Tuesday at 11:55 a.m., after a resident found a bullet hole in the fence on the side of his yard. Police realized there was also a bullet hole in the side of the home at 21 A St., on the other side of the fence, and it appeared the gunshot had been fired from inside the home 21 A St.
Police conducted a "protective sweep" of the home to make sure there were no gunshot victims inside, and discovered a large amount of marijuana. Officers were outside 21 A St. waiting for the search warrant to arrive when they realized someone had snuck into the home's back door at about 2:30 p.
Perlman said officers chased the suspect who carried a duffel bag out of the home, watched as he discarded it during the chase, then arrested him after a brief struggle with police that resulted in minor injuries to police.
Inside the duffel bag, police said they found two 9 mm handguns, a large amount of ammunition, a cellphone and more than $19,000 in cash.
After obtaining a search warrant, police said they found a .22 caliber rifle, made to resemble a larger-caliber AR-15, more ammunition, more cash, about 9 grams of cocaine and a "significant amount" of marijuana, scales, and a drug ledger. The 29-year-old resident of 21 A St. will face charges, but declined to release that individual's name since he is not yet in custody.