Lexington Man Charged in Connection with Illegally Possessing Firearms and Ammunition in Home

For Immediate Release January 6, 2017
Contact: Press Office
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LEXINGTON – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Lexington Police Chief Mark Corr have announced that Robert Ivarson, 49, of Lexington, has been charged with three counts of possessing a firearm without a license, three counts of possessing ammunition without a license, three counts of possessing a large capacity firearm, three counts of possessing a large capacity feeding device and one count of being an armed career criminal following the execution of a search warrant at his home on Tarbell Avenue last night, January 6, 2017. 

 “These new charges reflect the hard work and thorough investigation of law enforcement partners across multiple agencies,” said District Attorney Ryan. “The illegal possession of any firearm poses a significant risk to the community.  By removing these weapons and the large amount of dangerous and explosive ammunition and gun powder located in the home, investigators prevented what could have been a very dangerous situation.”

“Lexington feels very strongly about celebrating diversity and we do not condone behaviors that violate people's civil rights," added Chief Corr. “Today’s charges reflect a collaborative effort of law enforcement officials to ensure the right of our residents to be safe in their own homes. I would like to applaud my department for their hard work and commitment to this case.” 

Lexington Police, Massachusetts State Police, the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad and the Lexington Fire Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives executed a search warrant at Ivarson’s home in connection with an ongoing investigation into allegations that he threw approximately 30-40 banana peels into the driveway of a Lexington family of color over the past year. During the course of the investigation police allegedly located approximately 83 firearms, ammunition, large capacity feeding devices and gun powder.

Ivarson is expected to be arraigned on Monday, January 9, 2017 in Concord District Court.

This is an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Lexington Police and Massachusetts State Police.  Lincoln Police also assisted in this investigation.

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