WORCESTER – Early Sunday morning around 1:50 AM, an officer with the Worcester Police Department [WPD] working a paid detail at the Riviera Show Club on Southbridge St when he witnessed a fight in progress in the club’s parking lot. A second officer on Southbridge St also saw the fight and pulled into the lot.
The officers broke up the fight and were later told that 23-year-old Mitchell Lugo had attacked several individuals for no reason. The officers ordered Lugo and his brother, 27-year-old Zachary Lugo of Rutland to leave the area. Officers learned that the brothers had caused other incidents at the club over the course of the evening.
The Lugo brothers continued to scream at the group they were trying to fight. An officer started escorting Zachary from the parking lot when Zachary got into a fighting position. The officer told Zachary that he was under arrest. At this time, Mitchell began getting into a struggle with the other officer who was trying to place Mitchell under arrest. Mitchell got the officer into a headlock before the officer was able to get Mitchell to the ground. The officer countered with punches.
The fight ensued even when other officers arrived, but the two officers on the scene were able to get both brothers on the ground and an officer was able to place one handcuff on Mitchell, who continued fighting with his other hand.
Zachary punched one of the officers and attempted to grab the officer’s duty belt. The officer delivered a closed-fist strike to Zachary’s face. Another officer also delivered multiple strikes to Zachary’s face. More officers arrived and they were able to place both men in handcuffs.
Both Mitchell and Zachary Lugo continued to try to kick officers after being placed in handcuffs. The brothers screamed threats and profanties at an Asian-American officer, using racial slurs and threatening the officer’s family.
Mitchell Lugo is charged with Trespass, Resisting Arrest, Disturbing the Peace, Disorderly Conduct, Civil Rights Violation, and Assault and Battery on a Police officer. Zachary Lugo is charged with Trespass, Resisting Arrest, Disturbing the Peace, Disorderly Conduct, Attempt to Disarm a Police Officer, and Assault and Battery on a Police Officer. Both of them will be arraigned on Monday in Worcester District Court.
“When we conduct these investigations, we gather as much information and as many facts as possible,” said Chief Steve Sargent. “Our members of the Bureau of Professional Standards then review the circumstances, level and the degree to which force was used. The initial review indicates that the use of force falls within the parameters of policy and training standards under the circumstances. A full investigation is being conducted.”
This investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information about this incident, please contact the Bureau of Professional Standards at 508-799-8694.