Boston police seize 13 mopeds, arrest 3 suspects during scooter sweep in Back Bay

Boston police recovered 13 mopeds for various violations during a recent operation. (Boston police photo)

Police confiscated 13 mopeds and arrested three suspects during a recent crackdown on scooter violations in the Back Bay.

Boston police were asked Monday to patrol the Back Bay neighborhood and check for traffic violations involving mopeds and motorcycles.

Police recovered 13 mopeds for various offenses, issued numerous tickets in Massachusetts and arrested three suspects for multiple crimes.

One of the suspects was Thomas Gomez-Vera, 21, of East Boston, who allegedly tried to flee from officers on his unregistered moped.

“Officers stopped Gomez-Vera to advise him that his moped was unregistered and uninsured and could not be operated on a public roadway,” Boston police said in a statement. “While gathering personal items from the scooter, Gomez-Vera started the scooter and attempted to drive away on the sidewalk.

“As he attempted to evade police intervention, his scooter came into contact with two officers and after a short struggle he was arrested,” police said.

Gomez-Vera was charged with several counts: assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, failure to obey the lawful order of a police officer, resisting arrest and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

He also received a Massachusetts citation for an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle and a lane marking violation.