Lexington Man Arraigned in Connection with Alleged Racially Motivated Incidents

For Immediate Release January 3, 2017
Contact: Press Office

CONCORD – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Lexington Chief of Police Mark Corr have announced that Robert Ivarson, 49, of Lexington, was arraigned today in Concord District Court in connection with a series of allegedly racially motivated incidents that took place throughout 2016. The defendant was charged with three counts of civil rights violations and one count of criminal harassment.

Judge Sabita Singh set bail at $10,000 cash and ordered the defendant to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet and remain under house arrest, to stay away from, and have no contact with the victims or witnesses and to possess no dangerous weapons. The next scheduled hearing in this case is Monday, February 6.

On December 16, 2016, at approximately 5:20 p.m., Lexington Police responded to a report of banana peels being thrown into the driveway of a family in Lexington. Upon arrival authorities were informed that over the past year approximately 30-40 banana peels had been thrown into a Lexington family’s driveway. Lexington Police then began to conduct video surveillance of the home. After reviewing the footage of several different incidents, the Lexington Police allegedly identified the defendant, who resided nearby the family, as the individual responsible for throwing the banana peels. The defendant was arrested after allegedly being observed by Lexington Police throwing a banana peel onto the victims’ driveway at approximately 4:25 a.m. on Saturday, December 31, 2016.

These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Nils Lundblad

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