Two Haverhill men accused of sexual assault against an unidentified woman last Friday night face potential of an indictment from an Essex County grand jury.
Manuel Agualemea-Guasco, 41 and Juan Cela, 19, both of 50 White St., Haverhill, whose arrests were first reported by WHAV Monday, were ordered held without bail on aggravated rape charges during arraignments Monday in Haverhill District Court. They are scheduled to return to court Monday, Aug 22, for a dangerousness hearing, according to Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokesperson for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.
“Given the serious nature of the charges, it is likely that we will present the case to the grand jury,” Kimball-Monahan told WHAV Tuesday.
According to a report by Haverhill police, the woman was allegedly attacked Friday night in a wooded area of Riverside Park, behind Trinity Stadium. Police, on patrol, discovered the woman running out from the woods with a partly-torn shirt and screaming. She later told police she was taken to the park in a Honda minivan after asking to be taken home. She was allegedly pulled from the vehicle by the two men, punched and sexually assaulted as she resisted. She broke away as headlights were seen from the approaching cruiser. She also reported meeting the suspects earlier at a White Street convenience store. Agualema-Guasco and Cela were subsequently arrested at 11:25 p.m. at 117 Lincoln Ave., according to a police log.