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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2019
SUSPECT IN LAWRENCE HOMICIDE IN CUSTODY
A 22-year old Amesbury man was arrested without incident
yesterday in Manchester, NH for allegedly murdering a 48-year old Lynn man in
Lawrence on Tuesday, June 18th.
Niko Blanco is charged with the murder of Ellis J. Wright,
who was found deceased in a parking lot near 85 Manchester Street in Lawrence
on Wednesday morning.
Essex State Police detectives and Lawrence Police
detectives, were assisted by the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive
Apprehension Section and Manchester, NH police in locating and apprehending the
He will be arraigned in Manchester, NH on a fugitive from
justice charge and returned to Lawrence District Court for arraignment on the
murder charge. The timing of the Lawrence arraignment depends upon
whether the defendant waives rendition. (It will not be today.)
Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett and Lawrence
Police Chief Roy Vasque expressed their appreciation to the investigative team
for apprehending the suspect quickly and without further danger to the
This matter remains under investigation so there will be no
The suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
District Attorney’s Office